432 N. Ventura Ave.
Sarah Beckton Leon
Dawn Fowkes Cushing
Girls Girls Club
Merlich Art Glass
Reves de Sabine
Succulents with Style by Marian Roell
Vita Art Center
Youth Art Program – Michelle Foster, Director
ArtWalk Ventura 2017: Destination Bell Arts Factory
Bell Arts Factory is a "must visit" destination during ArtWalk. We will be having special performances and exhibits on both Saturday and Sunday, so schedule a stop both days. Located right in the heart of the Avenue, BAF is also walking distance to other West Ventura staples Stoneworks Studios and Art City Studios. Here are a few highlights that are in the works:
Bell Arts Factory is honored to exhibit the 2017 Artist of Distinction, Maribel Hernandez. Maribel has been at BAF for the entire history of the organization. She is a diversely talented artist and an art teacher who has helped inspired so much creativity in both the young and old in Ventura. For ArtWalk, Maribel is converting the Tool Room Gallery into her own aviary as form of tribute to her inspiration, pajaros.
Vita Art Center will be exhibiting the Global Artist of Distinction, Shamsia Hassani from Kabul, Afghanistan. One of Afghanistan's first female street artists, Shamsia makes vibrant murals and paintings depicting women as strong, independent figures. She received extensive international recognition, media attention and public interest during her two-month residency at UCLA’s Hammer Museum last year. She has brought the world of art to the people, walls and streets of Kabul using huge shockwaves of color and hopeful imagery that promote women in this traditionally male-dominated society.
The exhibits in the Tool Room Gallery and at Vita Art Center will be complemented by all of Bell Arts Factory's current tenants. BAF is home to more than 30 artists, many of whom have very special exhibits planned. It doesn't matter the medium — photography, ceramics, painting, sculpture, sketching or drawing, Bell Arts Factory's artists are some of the best in town, and their work will proudly be on display.
Need a place for the children? Bell Arts Factory will be offering free drop-in art classes for kids ages 6-12 from 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday (space will be on a first come, first serve basis, so get to Bell Arts early!) The classes will be taught by Michelle Foster, who is also curating a weaving exhibit for current Youth Art Program students.
Looking to do some shopping? Maybe grab a bite to eat? Bell Arts Factory has you covered. The community room will be home to about 15 unique artists and vendors, selling some of their most recent wares and creations. Food Trucks will also be located on-site, making sure you are well fed before you check out the other ArtWalk exhibits. We will also be having performances from the Harmony Project and other musical acts, with a full line up to be posted shortly, so stay tuned!
For more information regarding ArtWalk Ventura 2017 at Bell Arts Factory, please email us: info/at/bellartsfactory.org or call 805-836-ARTS.