PODS Container will be parked on Harrison Street, outside Vita Art Center and Bell Arts Factory.
423 Ventura Avenue
Other Exhibiting Artists
VENTURA WATERCOLOR ARTISTS
Ventura County and Santa Barbara Plein Air paintings & variety of seascapes, landscapes, architecture, still life & portraits. Also some graphite drawings.
We are dedicated to providing a creative environment that promotes personal and professional growth for watercolor artists. Our group, Ventura Watercolor Artists, is part of Julie Merrill's Plein Air Art Class at ART LAB. Almost all of our plein air locations are in Ventura. We have been meeting as a group for about 4 years. We love to share the beauty of Ventura through paintings!
We will be donating 25% of our combined profit to The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust operating in the Ventura region since 2003. Our mission is to preserve the hillsides, canyons, and open space that contribute to the unique character and natural environment of the City of Ventura and the surrounding region for the benefit of present and future generations.
At 4:00 On Saturday October 1, We will be having a MEET THE ARTIST gathering at our POD which will include wine tasting and appetizers. We love to meet new people who are interested in the arts and lively conversation. We will be having a drawing giving away free art classes!
Artist Biographies / Autobiographies:
Ventura is where I call home, I was actually born here!
Art has always been in my life, I actually used to eat crayons as a toddler probably because they look so yummy.
Currently I am teaching watercolor classes at ART LAB, where I have 2 beginning and intermediate classes.
I also teach a plein air class where we travel around Ventura and Santa Barbara county painting the local color.
Last year we formed our group, the VENTURA WATERCOLOR ARTISTS. We are a great support to each other through encouragement and inspiration in our Art Adventures.
Teachers who I have been influenced by are Cathy Quiel and Tom Henderson, Santa Barbara ,Brenda Swenson, Pasadena and Charles Reid.
I just won the DIRECTORS AWARD at the 2016 Ventura County Fair for my painting “ Ventura Pier”!
My big passion is travel so I mix my painting with travel, Europe, Mexico and US.
I love painting Ventura, local scenes too!
I no longer eat crayons, although sometimes I kind of want to!"
As a Fine Arts major in college I painted in acrylics and worked in printmaking. After a career detour into teaching for 28 years I took up watercolor painting. I have been working in watercolor for fifteen years. I enjoy plein air painting (painting outdoors) as well as painting in the studio.
Some of my teachers have been Tom Henderson, Cathy Quiel, Brenda Swenson, Karen McGaw and Julie Merrill. My painting buddies and I usually paint in Ventura, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. I have had the good fortune to travel and paint in Italy and France. Both countries were incredibly inspiring.
I am a member of The Buenaventura Art Association, participate in their shows and have paintings on display at the gallery. I assist Julie Merrill in her watercolor classes at Art Lab and have participated in the Ventura Art Walk at Vita Art Center, the Aloha Festival and the Wine Walk in downtown Ventura. My work was displayed at A Secret Place Salon, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and The Blanchard Community Library.
I am a watercolor artist living and working in Ventura, California. I am an active member of the Buenaventura Art Association and volunteer at their gallery in downtown Ventura. I am a part of the Ventura Watercolor Artist group that meets and paints at ArtLab and I’m pursuing independent studies in drawing there as well.
My watercolors received numerous awards at fine arts competitions in Ventura County. Most recently I was awarded First Place in Intermediate Watercolor at the 13th Annual Exhibit and Awards of The National Arts Program for Ventura County employees and their families, and two Third Place awards in Watercolor at the 79th Annual Art and Photography Show of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts.
In my watercolor paintings I try to capture the interplay of sunlight and shadow in an array of local subjects, from coastal scenes to park settings to beloved locations around town. Making and sharing my art is the full focus of my days and gives me great pleasure and satisfaction. I hope that my paintings provide the same to anyone who encounters them.
I was born and raised in Boston, surrounded by a loving family of talented artists and artisans. At UMass I majored in theater arts and art, furthered my studies at Mass College of Art in interrelated media and photography.
I worked for many years in the audio visual department of a large teaching hospital where I created multimedia presentation materials to a diverse population of health professionals. I met and married my husband in 1989, moved to Pasadena, have three lovely children and moved again to Ventura in 1996.
In 2013 I picked up watercolors for the first time at the urging of my mother, who was a beautiful watercolorist. I felt an instant connection to the media. I was mesmerized by the inherent movement of the paint and the life that it has. My hope is that I can breathe this life and feeling into the subjects that I paint.
I am eternally grateful to Ann Galloway for being my first teacher and to Julie Merrill and the Ventura Watercolor Artists group for the continued support and encouragement that I never received in all of my years in art school!
I am from Ventura and have continued to enjoy life here with my husband and four children.
My mother was a wonderful painter and artist and I have always wanted to be part of that world....
Julie Merrill and I worked together for Patagonia many years ago. When I found out she was teaching watercolor, I was so happy to join her class. I now assist Julie in her classes and events.
Currently I manage Surfclass, a surf school my husband Chip and I started 15 years ago. We also put on a community event called the Aloha Beach Festival where we raise money for local non-profits.
My site and senses have been heightened from my wonderful experiences with watercolor and I am so inspired by the talents of others and by this ongoing journey.
I have been a resident of Ventura since 1976. Approximately five years ago,I decided to learn to paint with watercolors. Watercolor to me is the most exciting medium. I have had the pleasure of taking classes with Julie Merrill through the Vita Art Center and Art Lab in Ventura, with Tom Henderson of Santa Barbara, with Brenda Swenson of South Pasadena, and Richard Stephens of Arkansas. I am happy to be a member of the Ventura Watercolor Artists. This group has embraced painters of all levels. I enjoy urban sketching using pen, ink and watercolor to record our city. I also enjoy traveling always bringing my paints and sketchbooks with me. A few years ago I went on a three week watercolor painting adventure in the Tuscany area of Italy, spending two weeks in Lucca under the instruction of Brenda Swenson. I try to paint nearly every day as I have been told you need 10,000 hours of practice to start mastering your art.
Tom Dase has been a resident of Oxnard for the past fourteen years. Since his retirement in 2009 he has devoted his time and energy to improving his drawing and water color skills. He greatly appreciates the encouragement of his teachers: Julie Merrill, Colin Frasier Gray, and Michelle Onstot.
Tom is particularly interested in painting architecture and landscape and graphite drawings of friends and family.
Born in Russia, Galina Richardson, met her husband, a Ventura native, twenty three years ago in Western Siberia. Their meeting proved to be love at first sight, and she has called Ventura her home ever since.
A Translator by formal education, Galina spent her earlier career working for the FBI in Los Angeles. She also studied graphic design at UCSB and worked as a Graphic Designer locally for many years.
Presently, she paints Plein Air with the Ventura Watercolor Artists, headed by Julie Merrill, attends workshops and classes taught by renowned local and international artists, including Gerald Brummer, Jeannie Vodden, and Judy Koenig.
She is passionate about painting portraits, ranging from family and friends to pets! Her distinct style reflects her desire to connect with the subject matter through each brushstroke.
Galina and her husband have raised two lovely daughters, who often are the subject of her artwork. She is also an avid runner, having completed over 40 marathons. While running keeps her physically healthy and happy, painting brings her joy because she can share it with others in the hope that they will enjoy it too.