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

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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

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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.

Thousand Oaks Fine Arts Fest on Saturday/Sunday, October 13-14, 2018

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The Thousand Oaks Fine Arts Fest will take place at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., on Saturday/Sunday, October 13-14 from 10am to 5pm. Free admission!

Over 75 artisans will display and sell their work at the beautiful gardens in front of Civic Arts Plaza. Event will also feature live music, local talent, food, kids’ activities and more.

Website: www.calfineartsfests.com

2018 ArtWalk Ventura Planned for October 6-7

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ArtWalk Ventura, a free, two-day celebration of Ventura’s thriving arts community, returns for its 25th year the weekend of October 6-7, 2018. Hours are 11am to 6pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

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.