Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Hey, You’ve Got MAIL! MAIL ART we mean.

Imagine sending in a piece of art through the mail, and then having it displayed in a museum, online, and in local venues. That’s happening in Ventura right now.

The ARTLIFE INC. Foundation is holding its annual MAIL ART Exhibit.

Hundreds of artists throughout the world have submitted over 200 pieces of art in a small 6” x 9“ format with all kinds of imagery and it must come through the mail!

We will show these works at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday June 4 at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, 2 to 5 pm. The Public is invited. Admission is free.

After that, various venues throughout Ventura County will display our frames of MAIL ART in their stores and businesses for about a month. ((NAMBA, Stephen’s Grill, House of Rio, and other places)

Check out our website to see the entries online : https://artlifefoundation.org/

“Meaningful Images” at Bell Arts Factory

“Meaningful Images” will be the theme of William D. Winbush’s solo exhibition May 27-July 30 in Buenaventura Art Association’s Studio 99 gallery at Bell Arts Factory in Ventura.

“I paint traditional, representational realism,” he said, “Therefore, I really enjoy ‘re-creating’ what I see in all its glorious detail.”

He plans to fill the Studio 99 walls with 15-20 paintings ranging in size from 20 by 18 inches to 7 by 5 feet.

Receptions for his show will be 5-8 p.m. June 3 and July 1, in conjunction with Ventura’s First Friday gallery crawls on those nights. Normal operating hours are noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for the gallery at 432 N. Ventura Ave.

BAA, the cooperative Ventura arts group founded in 1954, also has an outlet at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts at Ventura Harbor.

For more about BAA and its programs, call the gallery at 805-648-1235 or visit buenaventuraartassociation.org.

VUSD Districtwide Student Art Show at the Museum of Ventura County

VUSD Districtwide Student Art Show Opening Reception Thursday, June 2nd from 5-8pm at the Museum of Ventura County.

This juried art show will highlight talented student artists of all grades in the Ventura Unified School District. In total, over 50 works have been selected from hundreds of submitted pieces, including watercolors, photography, acrylic paintings, mixed media, and pencil drawings.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART) presents Echoes of Nature, a contemporary Chinese art exhibition

Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART) presents Echoes of Nature, a contemporary Chinese art exhibition opening on Saturday, June 4, beginning at noon with a full schedule of activities throughout the day. Events will take place at Studio Channel Islands Art Center located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo. The day will also include performances by the Westlake Village Symphony and the Pleasant Valley Dance Group. For more information visit https://studiochannelislands.org/ or call 805-383-1368.

Michael Mishou,Tony Smith and Kathy Bodycombe at Studio 99 @ The Bell Arts Factory

Hollywood Beach Sunset – oil on canvas – Tony Smith

A Trio of Solo Artists Featuring, Michael Mishou,Tony Smith and Kathy Bodycombe at Studio 99 @ The Bell Arts Factory

Now thru May 21, 2022
Open Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm
First Friday reception on May 6, 5 – 8pm

Michael Corrigan Mishou’s show, The Eye of the Beholder, features photography, both color and black-and-white. Tony J. Smith of Oxnard, who elevates everyday scenes with vivid colors, is calling his show A Tribute to Beauty and Inspiration. Ojai painter Kathy Bodycombe usually works in oils and acrylics but instead presents Leaving a Stamp, a dozen collage pieces that incorporate postage.

Santa Paula Art Museum presents “Geomorphic: The Living Earth“

The Santa Paula Art Museum presents “Geomorphic: The Living Earth,“ an exhibition of 42 abstract paintings inspired by nature by Ventura artist Kay Zetlmaier. The artist will be on hand on Saturday, May 14, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission to the reception is $5.00 for SPAM members, and $10.00 for non-members. “Geomorphic: A Living Earth” will be on view May 14, 2022, to September 11, 2022.

Kay Zetlmaier has been making art her entire life. Some of Zetlmaier’s paintings contain over a dozen layers of paint. 

She was a high school art teacher for 30 years, at St. Bonaventure High School and then Ventura High School. She is a member of Buenaventura Art Association.

Laura Jespersen in duo show with artist Lisa Mahony at historic Olivas Adobe

Laura Jespersen is an award winning, Ventura-based, acrylic artist. Always a creative, visual person, she has a background in architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly. Laura draws inspiration from the built and natural environment and the beauty of our beach town. Her experiences of a space, including the light, form, color or context provide the basis for her painterly realistic style.

Laura is currently showing her work in a duo show with artist Lisa Mahony at historic Olivas Adobe. The exhibit runs through summer 2022 and is themed Florals & Vistas, with colorful paintings of botanicals and Ventura scenery.

Laura enjoys painting weekly with Plein Air Thursday – Ventura County. Fellow painters meet on location in different locations around town each week to sketch or paint.

To see what Laura’s currently working on, follow her on Instagram: @ljjartist. To see a selection of her delightful paintings, drop by the Ventura Visitors Center.

Mother’s Day Open Air Pottery Exhibit Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery

Are you giving flowers for this Mother’s Day? Why not make a bigger impact and put them in a hand-made pottery vase? The Ventura Pottery Gallery at the Ventura Harbor is having the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Open Air Vase Market on May 7 & 8 from 11 – 6. Beautiful, handcrafted vases will be on display from the over 35 local potters. These are one-of-a-kind works of art at reasonable prices. We have tall ones, short ones, wide ones, narrow ones, vases with creatures, vases with flowers and so much more. And the vase is sure to become a family heirloom with memories of Mother’s Day. We invite you to stop by.

Free Single Stem Flower for the 1st 25 purchases both days

The VCPG Gallery is located at 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105 in Ventura Harbor. The gallery is open seven days a week from 11-6 and exhibits a vast variety of functional and sculptural ceramics.

Can’t make it to the gallery? Please visit our Online Store at www.venturapotteryonline.com.

A Trio of Solo Artists at Studio 99 @ The Bell Arts Factory

Michael Mishou,Tony Smith and Kathy Bodycombe

Now thru May 21, 2022

Open Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm. First Friday reception on May 6, 5 – 8pm.

Michael Corrigan Mishou’s show, The Eye of the Beholder, features photography, both color and black-and-white. Tony J. Smith of Oxnard, who elevates everyday scenes with vivid colors, is calling his show A Tribute to Beauty and Inspiration. Ojai painter Kathy Bodycombe usually works in oils and acrylics but instead presents Leaving a Stamp, a dozen collage pieces that incorporate postage.

Members Show at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts Now thru May 17, 2022

Featuring the artwork and artisan crafts of 10 resident member artists, Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts also exhibits the works of over a dozen other BAA members!