This year visitors will have two opportunities to enjoy fine art, live music, fun activities, food and craft beers at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s popular art festival, Arts Alive, presented May 4 and June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the SCIAC campus at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Now in its sixth year, the Arts Alive Festival celebrates Ventura County’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene with inspiring showcases by professional artists and performing groups, children’s activities, hands-on workshops with SCIAC artists, a full schedule of live musical performances, food trucks and beer garden, and opportunities to view and buy artworks directly from the artists who produce the work. Proceeds from the event go to support the professional arts education and artistic programs SCIAC presents throughout the year.
Hands-on activities for kids include an opportunity work with renowned street artist Ever Glavez to create a massive chalk solar system. Kids will work together to make giant cactus flowers in our interactive sculpture garden and have an opportunity to try ceramics, painting and fiber classes throughout the day. Additional family programs will be offered by KidSTREAM, Camarillo Ranch House and Camarillo Library.
Both dates will include live entertainment throughout the day, including music, performances and artist demonstrations. The music will culminate in a soulful jazz performance by Mahesh Balasooriya and Ebony Blaze with friends in the Blackboard Gallery.
Studio Channel Islands will host an exciting exhibition of the subtly subversive work of Scott Froschauer throughout the site. His works resemble ordinary roadsigns but the messages they impart challenge us to reconsider everything that we thought we knew about where and who we are.
Visitors to the May 4 event can enjoy the gallery exhibition “The Illusionists” featuring works by world-famous representational artists. For the June 1 event, the gallery will host an opening reception for a new exhibition, “The NEXT Big Thing,” showcasing the fine and bold art of various American artists from all around the country including video, film, performance, sound and installation art.
"Each year, the Arts Alive festival grows to include more and more talented visual artists, performers and crafts makers from across the tri-county region,” said Peter Tyas, SCIAC executive director. “We are grateful to the City of Camarillo, TOLD Corporation and Institution Ale for their generous support of Arts Alive and of our mission to provide creative venues where artists and community can come together to share the many benefits of a thriving arts collaboration.”
Admission to the festival is free both dates. Sponsorship opportunities are available for both dates. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805-383-1368.
Studio Channel Islands Art Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together artists and community for extraordinary artistic encounters that enrich, educate, and entertain. Ongoing programs include art classes for adults and children, providing studio space for professional artists, presenting diverse art shows in its Blackboard Gallery and providing community art and cultural events for individuals and families. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.