ArtWalk Ventura - July 18-19, 2015
If you love art, you won't want to miss ArtWalk. Entering its 22nd year, Artwalk Ventura is a totally-fun, virtually-free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios, pop-up venues and transformed PODS Containers in Ventura's Westside Cultural District and historic Downtown. One of Ventura's signature events, which draws thousands of people every year, it is now being run by an all-volunteer group who are determined to keep it fresh and festive. Explore our site. Get involved. And, most of all, join us and celebrate Ventura's thriving arts community.
Havana to Ventura
This year, ArtWalk will present “Havana to Ventura,” a series of special events and exhibits, including a public mural, as ArtWalk welcomes renown Cuban sculptor Pedro Pulido and Cuban historian Victor Pina Tabio. For Pedro, it’s a homecoming of sorts. This master carver spent 9 months in Ventura at Art City Studios as an artist in residence in 1997. Paul Lindhard and Lorenzo DeStefano sponsored his visit at that time. One of his pieces, titled Embargo, still remains at the entry. Victor is a noted lecturer on Ernest Hemingway in Cuba and the country's influence in his writing. Victor is a retired Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering. MORE...
Friday, July 17th from 6:30-9pm, the City of Ventura will host the ArtWalk Collector’s Reception for a preview of juried works by 2015 ArtWalk featured artists. This ticketed special preview event will provide art patrons and artists an opportunity to reserve works for purchase in advance of the 2-day ArtWalk. Hosted in the beautiful and historic City Hall, located at 501 Poli Street, selected works will be displayed in addition to over 90 works from the permanent Municipal Art Collection. The event will begin with the Mayor honoring the 2015 ArtWalk Artist of Distinction at 6:40pm, followed by hors d’oeuvres, music, Bowl Hop preview sale, no-host cocktail bar and a premier art performance by ALOFT Dance Theatre. MORE...
Conversations on Cuba
Join us Saturday morning at 10am at the Museum of Ventura County for our Cuban breakfast lecture. Victor Pina Tabio will discuss his extensive knowledge on Ernest Hemingway during his 21 years living in Cuba. William Hendricks, professor of photography at Ventrua College, will present a visual look at the complexity of Cuba. Lorenzo DeStefano, photographer and filmmaker, with discuss his experiences photographing and filming Los Zafiros-Music. $25 per person.
2015 Artist of Distinction
The ArtWalk Ventura Artist of Distinction Award annually recognizes an established individual artist (in any discipline) for artistic excellence and efforts in contributing to Ventura’s art community. The all-volunteer ArtWalk Steering Committee reviewed numerous community nominations and made their determination largely based on the significance and magnitude of the nominee’s contributions, leadership in the arts community and commitment to service to the arts. MORE...
Public & Local Artists Creating Environments
The City of Ventura Public & Local Artists Creating Environments (PLACE) program aims to create new ways to appreciate shared environments, inspire creativity within a community and encourage conversation about the arts. The Public Art Commission has selected four works – by a sculptor, graphic designer, professional dance performance troupe and artist team – to create four temporary public art projects at over four sites throughout the Historic Downtown and Westside Cultural Districts during the July 2015 ArtWalk, a two-daylong self-guided walking tour featuring over 200 regional artists at over 30 venues. MORE...
Buy a beautiful, hand-crafted bowl during ArtWalk and visit participating Ventura restaurants during ArtWalk weekend for a delicious sampling of their cuisines! A Bowl costs $25 with proceeds benefiting ArtWalk Ventura and Project Understanding’s food pantry. MORE...
Art Of The Masters
Vita Art Center is proud to exhibit a survey of the Ventura College Collection. This impressive collection consists of works by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya, Marc Chagall, Ben Shan, Carlisle Cooper, Morris Gaylord Broderson, John Hubbard Rich, among others. Artwork will be available for sale and selected pieces for auction throughout the month of July. MORE...
ArtWalk 2014: Take a look at last year's video!