There has been lots of action this week at Bell Arts Factory as the artists are preparing for ArtWalk Ventura 2017. As everything is coming together, I think it is important to recognize someone vital to BAF and the Ventura arts community, Maribel Hernandez, the winner of the 2017 Artist of Distinction.
There is no one more deserving of this award. Bell Arts Factory has been honored to have Maribel as an artist/tenant since we first opened back in 2006. She started off in one of our smaller spaces, eventually landing in her current home of Studio 97. Through the years, Maribel has become a vital part of the community here, welcoming new tenants, inspiring new artists, and now serving as one of our community managers.
This summer, Maribel developed the curriculum and taught the classes for Bell Arts Factory’s first ever Spanish Language summer art camp. This three-week long camp taught Spanish speaking children fine art techniques in ceramics, design, drawing, and painting. It was a one-of-kind opportunity for children to learn art methods in the language spoken in their home, or perhaps as a part of their dual language immersion program. The success of this program can fully be attributed to the hard work of Maribel.
Maribel’s contributions to the Ventura arts community go well beyond the walls of Bell Arts. She is a true arts leader, sharing her many talents as an art teacher for children, adults, and those with developmental disabilities. Her outreach efforts in the community are unparalleled. She is always taking emerging artists under her wing and has introduced so many to artists to our community.
No words can adequately describe how much Maribel has contributed to Bell Arts Factory and Ventura as whole. We are so very fortunate to have Maribel, and her art, in this world.
Interim Executive Director
During ArtWalk Ventura 2017, Maribel Hernandez will be exhibiting “Desde Mi Jaula Abierta” in our Tool Room Gallery on Saturday, October 7th from 11 AM until 7 PM and Sunday, October 8th from 12 PM until 5 PM. For a complete listing of all Bell Arts Factory Exhibits during ArtWalk, please click here.
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