First Fridays Ventura: September 1, 2017 at Bell Arts Factory

First Fridays Ventura: September 1, 2017 at Bell Arts Factory

Tool Room Exhibit for First Friday

First Fridays Ventura: September 1, 2017 at Bell Arts Factory

For the September 2017 First Friday, Bell Arts Factory will be the place to kick-off Labor Day Weekend in Ventura.  For those of you visiting our city by sea for the holiday, First Friday is the perfect time to check out the local arts scene.   Here at Bell Arts, this is when all of our artists open their studios to show off some of their latest works.  Our artists work in all the mediums: painting, ceramics, photography, and sculpture- just to name a few. Also, local artist Gilda Hall will be exhibiting her art work in our lobby.

For this First Friday, we have a few highlights-

Vita Art Center – Latin American Art

First Fridays Ventura: September 1, 2017 at Bell Arts Factory

Vita Art Center Exhibit

Beginning in the modern era, the art of Latin America and Mexico is complex yet filled with optimism in the search for a cultural identity. Shaking off the European academic model, Latin American artists were searching for autonomy; indigenism; cultural and political freedom; nationalism; and the role of the artist in the constructs of history. The purpose of this exhibition is to explore the art of Latin America and Mexico during the 20th century, including the ideologies, revolutions, adversities, fantasies, and the fashioning of identities: Featuring the works by Emiliano Lopez, Jose Clemente Orozco, Gustavo Montoya, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Guadalupe Posada, Pablo O Higgins, Raul Anguiano, Agapito Labios, Fanny Rabel, Judy Baca, and many others.

The Tool Room Gallery – Rafael Perea de la Cabada (Image Above)

Award-winning artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada was born in Mexico City and has lived and worked in Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA since 1987. Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has exhibited at many galleries and museums in Southern California including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and the Hunsaker-Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica.  He has also shown in New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Croatia, Spain, and Germany. His work is included in numerous public and private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, and the United States.

Artistan Marketplace

First Friday is a great place to find one of kind gifts like jewelry, soaps, vegan fudge, woodwork, and coffee.  Bell Arts Factory has assembled some of the best artisan vendors in Ventura and their tables will be set up in our Community Room and out on the Patio. We still have a few open tables, so if you’re interested in reserving a space, click here to find out more.

$1.50 Tacos….

That’s right, Ortiz Taco Time is going to be serving up some of their famous tacos at $1.50 each.  They’ll also be serving quesadillas and have a salsa bar for an added boost. So plan on taking that special someone to Bell Arts for dinner (Read: Cheap Date!).

First Friday takes place from 6 pm to 9 pm, and involves multiple galleries throughout Ventura.

Bell Arts Factory is located at 432 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura CA 93001. As always, this is a free event in Ventura and all ages are welcome.

For more information, please email us: info/at/ You can also call us- 805-836-ARTS.

See you there!

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