“Art About Agriculture” Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum

“The Working Breed,” Oil on Canvas, Gina Niebergall

Oil painter Gina Niebergall, who creates a sense of place through gesture and light, and gallerist John Nichols, who curates the annual Art About Agriculture exhibitions, will share the stage during a Gallery Talk and Painting Demonstration, on Thursday, November 13, at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, at 2:00 p.m.

While Gina paints a canvas, John will lead an informal conversation about art, agriculture and life. Admission to the event ($5 adults; $3 seniors) includes admission to all the museum’s galleries, and is free for museum members. The 45-minute-long activity will be followed by a second Gallery Talk at the Santa Paula Art Museum, on a different subject, starting at 3:00 p.m. Free parking is available at both museums, which are located just one block apart.

Since receiving her BA at the University of California Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, Gina Niebergall has developed her skills as an oil painter known for realistic canvases that convey the feeling of being in a particular place. Her passion for colors and their relationship to one another infuses her dramatic, California scenes. An artist member of Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Gina has exhibited her work at “Art Al Fresco,” at the Museum of Ventura County; in solo shows at the Buenaventura Art Association; and at Fox Fine Jewelry, in Ventura.

She was selected to become an Associate Member of the prestigious California Art Club. Her paintings have been exhibited in three Art About Agriculture exhibitions, which have been presented at the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum.

John Nichols is a gallery owner, photographer and curator. With painter Gail Pidduck, he founded the Ag Art Alliance in 2007, and is the co-curator of the Alliance’s yearly exhibition, “Art About Agriculture.” Now in its seventh year, “Art About Agriculture” celebrates both historical and contemporary agriculture. Pieces in the large exhibition are hung in two neighboring Santa Paula institutions: the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum and the Santa Paula Art Museum. This year’s exhibition will be open from November 8, 2014 to January 28, 2015.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under, and for Museum of Ventura County members. The first Sunday of every month is free to the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.