Film Preview Screening and Q&A: Food Waste Fiasco – Friday, April 24th 2015 6 PM

Film Preview Screening and Q&A:  Food Waste Fiasco - Friday, April 24th 2015 6 PM

Free Film Screening: Food Waste Fiasco – Friday, April 24th 2015 6 PM
@ Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Ave
Ventura, CA 93001

If you’re concerned about food waste, poverty and/or the environmental impact of industrialized food production, we will be hosting a preview screening of the film Food Waste Fiasco by Rob Greenfield. Also presented by the City of Ventura and Ventura Water, the screening and Q&A with Mr. Greenfield will take place Friday, April 24th 2015 from 6 – 9 PM in our Community Room here at Bell Arts Factory.

This event celebrates the launch of the Special Event Zero Waste Program by the City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Program and recognized leaders in municipal waste reduction efforts. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

For more information call 805-652-4501/Para mas información en Español, llame 805-652-4501.

Here is more information on the film’s creator:

“Rob Greenfield is an American adventurer, environmental activist, and entrepreneur on a mission to entertain, educate, inspire, and give back to the world. He is teaching others about the issues associated with food, energy, water, waste, transportation, and health by displaying his style of living to the world. He is leading them towards a greater sense of happiness and freedom. In 2013 he biked across America, eating over 280 pounds of food from grocery store dumpsters, sharing this food at events (Food Waste Fiascos) staged in different towns across the way, to educate us about the extent of food waste in America. For instance, Americans throw away nearly $165 billion worth of edible, healthy food each year. Annually, enough food is produced to feed over 500 million Americans, yet so much goes to waste. In a time when much of the country faces severe drought and climate-related challenges, or nearly 50 million live with food insecurity, this is an issue that goes deeper than just dumpster diving.”

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Bell Arts Factory Featured Artist: Uriel Leon

Bell Arts Factory Featured Artist: Uriel Leon

When you get down to the brass tacks, art is the core inspiration of what we do here. And we could not do any of it without our artists. So every few weeks, we will take some time here on the website and our social media profiles to highlight some of their work and give you a chance to get to know them better. Today, we highlight Uriel Leon.

Uriel Leon has been an artist at Bell Arts Factory since 2012. In addition to being a fine artist and muralist, Uriel also does business branding, graphic design and web development (like!) under the moniker Momentum Collab.  An Avenue local, Uriel’s art can be seen through out Southern California. Here are his words:

When did you move into Bell Arts Factory?

I moved into Bell Arts Factory back in October of 2012, when my friend Kyle and I had been getting a good steady amount of commission mural work. We both were working from home at the time and well, we just needed a bigger, more private place to create. Bell Arts Factory was that and more.

How did you first discover art?

I discovered art around 7 years old through my father. My pops would draw for me after finishing with homework for the day, mostly mountain-scapes and livestock like cows, horses and even chickens. I wouldn’t touch art for another 10 years, the last week of high school. I grew up skateboarding, mostly as a way to cope with hardships at home. Eventually the skateboarding culture moved me to Santa Barbara back in 2004. There in SB, I experimented with all types of art, from Chalk painting portraits for the annual “I MADONNARI” festival to raw street-art all while taking all art classes offered at SBCC. I got into Design when one of the 3 skateboarding companies I was sponsored by commissioned me to draw a skateboard graphic. I was mesmerized by the process, concept to print. I fell in love with design from that day on.

Bell Arts Factory Featured Artist: Uriel Leon

Who are your influences?

I would have to say that my best friend David “Rabi” Torres(world renown designer/muralist) was one of my strongest influence but I was lucky enough to have amazing artist friends and mentors growing up. People like:
Scott Keyzers- Designer/Film Directer
Chad Westmoreland- Tattoo Artist/Fine Artist
Jake Vantiger- Designer/Illustrator
Jane Masterson- Designer/Business Owner

What inspires your art?

Current events, music,  and culture.

How do you define your creative process?

Research, innovation and strategy

How do you think art connects to the community? Specifically, how has your work connected to the community on Ventura Ave. ?

I believe that art is the universal language of the human race… that art is the vehicle for messages and most importantly for CHANGE. I like to think that the murals that I design and paint at elementary schools here on the Avenue, gives kids a chance to relate to one another but also potentially give a voice to the next generation.

What upcoming projects are you most excited about?

I will be painting two new murals outside of the Avenue, one in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles and one in Fontana Ca. I’m excited to paint these next murals because it is an opportunity to broaden my network and also to connect with more youth.

Where do you want your work to take you in the next year? Five years and beyond?

I envision my craft taking me to more museums and hopefully to different countries someday. In five years I see more employees working with me at Momentum Collab. In 5 years, I hope to start a second business, maybe a restaurant or pub.


Bell Arts Factory Featured Artist: Uriel Leon


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Available Artist Studios & Creative Office Space At Bell Arts Factory

Available Artist Studios & Creative Office Space At Bell Arts Factory


Attention artists and creative professionals: Bell Arts Factory has studios available for rent, available for immediate move in. Whether you are a painter, potter, graphic designer or a dot com start-up, these spaces will work for you.

Located on Ventura Ave., Bell Arts Factory was created in 2004 and opened officially in April 2006. The mission was to transform an old mattress factory on Ventura Avenue into a vibrant, multi-purpose community arts center, to enhance and save young lives through the arts, and to help lead the cultural and economic revitalization of the Westside. Now home to a variety of artists, non-profit organizations, and small businesses , B.A.F. is a multifaceted epicenter of creativity in the city of Ventura.

All mediums and formats are welcome. We offer flexible lease terms, paid utilities, free wifi, and use of community areas.

Please email info/AT/ or call (805) 643-1960 to schedule an appointment. Details on each individual are as follows:



Bell Arts Factory Studio 32 For Rent


Stretched layout, with personal sink. $500 a month. Available now.


Bell Arts Factory Artist Studio For Rent

Natural light with personal sink. $400 a month. Available now.





Bell Arts Factory Artist studios for rent #79

Be a part of the action in this studio located right off of the main lobby. $350, available now.


Imagine Bell Arts Factory:

  • 30 artist studios
  • Janet Addison Community Room
  • Tool Room Gallery
  • Arts on The Avenue Studio Classroom
  • Vita Art Center

For inquiries regarding studio space, you can also click on the link below and complete the online form. We will be in touch soon.

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Meet Bell Arts Factory Yoga Instructor Liz O’Brien

Meet Bell Arts Factory Yoga Instructor Liz O'Brien

Meet Bell Arts Factory Yoga Instructor Liz O’Brien

Liz O’Brien is the instructor who first brought Yoga here to Bell Arts Factory. Practicing Yoga for the past 15 years, Liz is a part of the Yoga Alliance, an organization that ensures proper training for its registered Yoga Teachers (RYT’s). Liz views Yoga practice as more than just an exercise routine, helping her teach classes that incorporate life experience into the overall program.

Here are her words:

How do you define Yoga?

Yoga is so encompassing it is hard to put into words… You have to experience it. It’s bringing the mind, body, and spirit into stillness, into bliss.

How did get your start in the Yoga world?

I was introduced to Yoga by my best friend who was going through a divorce at the time. She asked me to go to an Iyenger class on November 7th, 2000. I had chronic pain in my shoulder and neck and that day the pain was gone. I deeply delved into practice and my whole life changed. I took teacher training to deepen my knowledge, never thinking I’d teach. The Universe had a different plan- numerous teaching opportunities came my way, enough that I could leave my lucrative, yet stressful court reporting job.

Why did you choose Bell Arts Factory as a place to teach a yoga class?

Once again, this was the Universe’s plan. New in town I was told to go to the Avenue for Mexican food. Out of the corner of my eye I saw “Be The Change You Want To See In The World.” I thought, “I need to look that place up.” Two days later, I got a call from Jim and Kristin from Bell Arts who got my number from a hospice volunteer I did my training with. They wanted to bring yoga to the center. I’m happy to say I was the first teacher, and that I have had a chance to give back to the community.

How is yoga different from more traditional exercise programs?

Yoga is so much more than just the Asanas (postures). Aside from being exercise, it is also a lifestyle and spiritual practice.

What are some stereotypes about yoga that need to be changed?

Too many people believe they aren’t flexible enough, it’s for women, or it’s a religion. Everyone can benefit from learning Yoga, regardless of ability, gender, or spiritual beliefs.

What can yogis expect in your Yoga classes that might different from other instructors?

My classes weave in life experiences relating to Yoga philosophy with my Dharma Talks. I also do hands on adjustments to assist with going deeper in the pose.

What do you want your yogis to take away from your class?

To learn one thing about their body, their mind, and their spirit!

Liz’s classes are offered every Tuesday at 9 AM at the Community Room. All levels are welcome, please bring your own mat. For more information on Yoga at Bell Arts Factory and complete class listings, please visit here .

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VITA Art Center Presents – Peter Liashkov: “The Painted Image” April 3rd – 26th

VITA Art Center Presents - Peter Liashkov: "The Painted Image" April 3rd - 26th

VITA Art Center Presents: PETER LIASHKOV “The Printed Image”

Opening Reception: Friday, April 3 from 6-9 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: April 3 – 26, 2015

Gallery hours: M-F 10-4 pm Sat.& Sun. by appointment

Vita Art Center presents a collection of Peter Liashkov’s work including Liashkov’s series, Homosapiens, the interior of the human bodies is imprinted with fragmented narratives. These tales are part of a fictionalized past-work of the person who is actually depicted. The tattoo-like markings, enhanced with powdered pigments, earth and crushed glass, speak of the complexity of the inner workings of contemporary human beings. Simultaneously the figures are linked to antiquity through their hieratic stance.

Born of Russian parents in France in 1939, and raised in Argentina, Liashkov immigrated to Los Angeles in 1955 where he studied Slavic languages at the University of California and completed his MFA at Otis Art Institute in 1967. Since then Liashkov has been a practicing artist in the Los Angeles area. He is Professor Emeritus at Art Center College of Design where he has taught since 1975. He continues to teach in the Los Angeles area.

His work is found in numerous private and public collections: San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco Museum of Art, Riverside Museum of Art, Laguna Beach Museum, Cleveland Center of Contemporary Art, Marble Palace St. Petersburg, Russia, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan, and Centro Cultural San Angel Mexico.

Liashkov has traveled extensively in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Image: Ulysses, 2011, acrylic, collage, powdered pigment, xerox transfer, oil, crushed glass, enamel, shellac, charcoal, on synskin, 82 in x 44 in

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Bell Arts Factory’s Moses Mora Featured On The Cover Of The Ventura County Reporter

Bell Arts Factory's Moses Mora Featured On The Cover Of The Ventura County Reporter

Two weeks ago, Michel Miller of the Ventura County Reporter came by Bell Arts Factory to interview our own Moses Mora about the Vietnam War, the subject of a new exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County. The exhibit, called “We Remember: Ventura County To Vietnam and Back,” will honor Vietnam veterans 40 years after the fall of Saigon.

The article begins with a quote from Moses and runs as follows:

“‘The first casualty of war is the truth.’

It’s a maxim that Vietnam War veteran Moses Mora finds particularly apt when discussing the quagmire of fact, fiction and opinion surrounding the war he spent one long year fighting and the rest of his life recovering from. It’s also one of the first things visitors to the Museum of Ventura County will notice upon entering “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back” an exhibition that opens on Friday, April 10 — 40 years after the Fall of Saigon, the final showdown in the controversial and cruel conflict. “I have my stories and every veteran has his own stories,” says Mora, “and each of us has our own version of the truth. We are all just carrying these things with us.”

Curated by the museum’s Anna Bermudez and filmmaker/Vietnam veteran George Sandoval, the exhibition will attempt, through story, artifact and dialogue, to reflect the individual truths of the local men and women who served in Vietnam — the ones who made it home and the ones who did not.”

You can read the entire article on the VCR here. The exhibit runs from April 10th through July 5th. For a full run down of events associated with the exhibit, please visit

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