"Looking West" Art Exhibit in Downtown Ventura October 7 to November 1

California Gold, oil on canvas by Ron Zolkover

Oxnard painter roams for vistas

The Buenaventura Art Association will present Looking West, an exhibition of recent oil-on-canvas paintings by Oxnard artist Ron Zolkover, from Oct. 7-Nov. 1 in the Clophine Dooley Gallery at the nonprofit group’s downtown Ventura location.

The solo show will include about two-dozen views of area landscapes and Santa Barbara Channel locales, said Zolkover, who will attend the opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 11.

“I enjoy spending time in nature. Many of my works were done plein-air,” he said. “I love the spontaneity of painting in natural light … and the challenges of capturing the mood of the moment. You have to work fast and get the shadows down quickly.

“I try to paint daily,” said Zolkover, who has been pursuing his passion for 14 years. “It has been a long learning process that never gets old. There are plateaus and times when I feel like I am not evolving, but then there are times when I will make a quantum leap to another level … it is the process I enjoy.”

Some examples of his plein-air landscapes and seascapes can be found at californiapleinair.ning.com/profile/RonZolkover. The paintings in this show will range in size from 9 by 12 inches to 2 by 3 feet.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more about BAA, an artists cooperative celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or phone 805.648.1235 during gallery hours.