2019 ArtWalk Ventura on Saturday, September 28th


ArtWalk Ventura, retuns for its 26th year on Saturday, September 28th from 11am to 7pm.

This signature event will take to the streets of Ventura’s historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District as patrons enjoy a free, self-guided (and shuttled) tour of dozens of professional exhibits, pop-up studios, live performances and PODS Containers transformed into mini art galleries.

ArtWalk is one of Ventura’s signature events, drawing thousands of cultural tourists from all over to appreciate artistic pieces created from over 700 artists, as well as a series of coordinated, fun-filled events. To learn more, visit www.artwalkventura.org.

Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival September 7-8, 2019

The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival will take place September 7-8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura. This waterfront juried art festival features more than over 40 talented street chalk artists creating colorful murals along the Village promenade overlooking the boats.

Visitors to the seaside event will watch as street painters create spectacular chalk pastel murals along the promenade, and enjoy original artwork available for purchase including paintings, sculptures, woodwork and wearable items.

Ventura Harbor Village has free admission and complimentary parking and over 30 seaside restaurants, boutiques, new waterfront coffee house, and several local artist galleries to enjoy during the two day festival. For artist application or sponsorship information visit venturaartfestival.com.

42nd Annual Ojai Art in the Park Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-26, 2019

This Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, 2019 is the 42nd Annual “Art in the Park” at Libbey Park in central Ojai. The open-air juried art show is presented by the Ojai Center for the Arts, the oldest nonprofit art center in California.

Drawing over 80 artists from all over California, the Art Center accepts work in the following categories: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry, and mixed media. Cash prizes are awarded, but the weekend offers something more.

Plan ahead and don’t let this Memorial Day find you still looking for something to do. Instead, take part in an Ojai tradition under the canopy of Libbey Park’s century-old oak trees. Enjoy the beautiful casual surroundings and mingle with artists and patrons throughout the weekend. Show hours are 10am to 5pm. For further information, call (805) 646-0117 or visit www.ojaiartcenter.org/art-in-the-park.html .

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at Santa Barbara Mission May 25-27, 2019


Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Santa Barbara Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival on May 25-27, 2019 benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. 

Festival hours are 10-6 daily. Admission is free. More information at www.imadonnarifestival.com.

Arts Alive Art Festival at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo on May 4th, June 1st


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.

22nd Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival, Weekend of May 4 and 5, 2019

The Calabasas Arts Council welcomes back the 22nd Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival at the Calabasas Civic Center and Commons at Calabasas 101 Freeway, exit at Parkway Calabasas. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a premiere, two-day, outdoor event with live entertainment and over 150 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and hundreds of other fine artisans, as well as children’s activities and more.

The Calabasas Fine Arts Festival attracts over 15,000 collectors and art buyers each year. FREE admission and parking (sponsored by Kilroy Realty Corp).

Visit www.calabasasartscouncil.com/CalabasasFineArtsFestival.htm for more information.

Ojai Studio Artists Second Saturday Open Studios - Free Event on January 14, 2017

The Ojai Studio Artists Second Saturday mini-tours begin on January 14 with four open studios in downtown Ojai. Featured this month are Andrea Haffner, Rex Kochel, Marta Nelson and Iris Williams. Studios will be open from 10am - 3pm. Admission is free, and the studios are all located within a few miles of each other.

With enthusiastic response from the community to the Second Saturday tours, OSA is scheduling mini-tours from January through July. "It gives people a chance to spend some in-depth time with each artist," Ms. Moran says. "With over 60 artists on the October Studio Tour, people really have to pick and choose who to see. This is a more leisurely tour."

A professional artist for the past 18 years, Andrea Haffner's resin cast pieces are unique and delicate. Inspired by the natural form - from yucca capsules to maple samaras, Haffner assembles and suspends bits of natural material in resin colored with transparent dyes. With a background in both photography and glass, light is a primary consideration in her work. Elegant yet abstract, she encases her assemblages within small sterling silver or larger steel frames. She creates jewelry pieces as well as large commissions. Haffner has exhibited extensively across the country and recently completed numerous large-scale commissions for hospitals, hotels and private residences.
After 34 years as an educator in the Ventura School District, Rex Kochel is now a full-time artist. His whimsical style evolved primarily from the use of blind continuous line drawings. He begins his watercolors on location, then continues to modify them in his studio before he begins to paint. His work reflects his travels to Mexico, Peru, Panama, Argentina, as well as time spent in San Francisco and Ventura County. He maintains a strong compositional focus in all of his artwork, frequently moving in the direction of abstract realism. His work can be seen at the new Remax Building in Ventura, for which he created 54 paintings which are part of their permanent collection.

Marta Nelson is a painter, printmaker and sculptor and a founding member of Ojai Studio Artists. A lifelong artist, she won her first art scholarship at 10 years old, and attended her first figure drawing classes at Chouinard Art Institute. She later taught at Bakersfield College, teaching painting and sculpture. Her art often reflects her interest in dance, her garden in Ojai as well as exotic scenes from her travels around the world. Her paintings and prints hang in private collections across the United State, Mexico and Japan. Marta is also deeply committed to the International Peace Movement. Incorporating peace doves in all her work, Marta was instrumental in establishing the first Peace Pole in Ojai.

Iris Williams sees art as a silent language. Her oil paintings are often mischievous and whimsical and also involve some aspect of storytelling. “Art was the agent that allowed me to speak,” she explains. She uses her art to explore her imagination and dreams. In all her work, whether still life, landscape or figurative work, she aims to elicit a feeling of wonder. As co-owner of Ojai Creates along with her husband Kirk Lowry, Williams sells art supplies to the community and has a longtime association with the Ojai Art Center.

A map for the January 14th event can be printed from the OSA website: ojaistudioartists.org. Any changes or additions to the list of artists will be posted there.