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Over 20 artists, members of the Buenaventura Art Association, will have works on the walls of Buenaventura Gallery, featuring mini-shows by Mary Kolada Scott and Carol Simson, winners of the Outstanding Merit award, given by the juror to the most outstanding pieces from the previous members-only show.
Exhibition Title: Three Solo Shows: Roker, Ikerd & Miura plus BAA Members Show
At the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura, a new exhibition of artworks by Buenaventura Art Association members will be augmented by three individual shows: Kathy Ikerd of Santa Paula and Lili Miura of Port Hueneme in the Clophine Dooley Gallery, and Darlene Roker of Ventura on the main gallery’s red wall.
Ikerd’s show, titled “Excursions,” Miura’s “Femmes Japonaises” and Roker’s “Black and White (With a Touch of Color)” will be on display Sept. 5-Oct. 8.
Ikerd, who’s been creating art about 17 years, will show oil-on-canvas paintings of “places I’ve visited and things that I’ve seen,” she said. She paints figuratives, animals and landscapes in an impressionist style.
“I’ve always enjoyed life drawing and have been doing it since I began to study art. I draw figuratives and portraits in charcoal and paint with acrylics and oils on short and long poses. I also enjoy doing tiny ink and watercolor sketches of people,” Ikerd said.
Miura, who is from Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the U.S. many years ago, said, “The majority of my art revolves around concepts concerning cross-cultural contemporary figuratives. ‘Femmes Japonaises’ is fusion portraiture of modern and traditional Japanese women, expressing beauty, strength and determination in an understated manner.”
She spent 25 years as a designer, first in fashion and textile arts, then in advertising, design and publishing, before taking up painting and fine art about five years ago. Her acrylic paintings on canvas include figurative works in contemporary realism and environmental seascapes in expressionism.
Roker, a fine art photographer since 2001, recently became president of BAA. She will present photos on archival canvas.
“My goal as an artist is to photograph ordinary outdoor scenes and create an impressionistic image of what I saw and felt. Most of my images are in black and white. I use spot color for highlights and emphasis,” hence her show’s title, she said.
“When I am finished working on an impressionistic piece and it looks like I envisioned it, I am overjoyed. I love it when a person looks at one of my pieces and tells me, ‘I feel like I could walk into your scene!’ ”
Each of the solo artists has a Web presence, Ikerd at kathleenikerd.com, Miura at www.lilimiura.com, and Roker at enpleinairphotography.com.
For more information, visit the BAA website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.