This Holiday Season, Support Local Artists!
Bell Arts Factory Studios will be having its Annual Holiday Boutique, including OPEN STUDIOS and the Potter’s Guild.
Friday, Dec. 5, 5-9pm & Saturday, Dec. 6, 12-5pm.
The VCPG this year will display some of their best wares; an amazing variety of styles, colors, and types of hand-made functional and decorative works in clay and many whimsical sculptural pieces. Not only is this a great place to select gifts, but you’ll get a chance to meet the artists, ask questions about their work, and perhaps learn what else goes on in this labyrinth of galleries and studios.
Friday’s opening coincides with “Ventura’s First Friday” and with the BAF’s open studios event from 5pm until 9pm. Saturday’s hours are from 10am to 4pm, but plan to arrive early, if you’d like to have the widest selection. The potter’s work is all hand-made, stoneware and porcelain, offering a multitude of uniquely creative pieces.
The Bell Arts Factory is a blessing in our community, especially in their capacity to be so flexible as to put on great shows with very little time or resources. Such was the case last Monday night (November 10, 2014) when a group of traveling musicians from Mexico, Grupo Yodoquinsi performed an amazing concert to a very appreciative, standing room only crowd.
Grupo Yodoquinsi called their Bell Arts experience the best evening of their exploratory journey into the United States. They are back in Mexico now and we are here, yet we all are still basking in the afterglow of an amazing night at the Bell Arts.
Art Exhibition of New Paintings by Erik ReeL
The Museum of Ventura County will be exhibiting new acrylic paintings by Erik Reel in November and December. The show will feature work from his most recent series, Rebar. This exhibition continues ReeL’s exploration of mark-making and its relationships to signification. The rebar motif is a loosely defined metaphor for the strength at the core of meaning, something inside and hidden within the concrete. Originally from Seattle, ReeL currently resides and runs a studio in downtown Ventura and has been a part of the Ventura Avenue renaissance over the last few years.
Artist’s Statement excerpt:
My work has been influenced by micro- and nano-photography, poorly erased whiteboards, sidewalks, ruins, abandoned industrial sites, ancient stone surfaces, fire, sand, sea, ice, charcoal, hieroglyphs, esoteric texts, Hubble Deep Field photographs, photographs of things we cannot see with the naked eye in real time, foundries, wars, concrete….
As for early influences in the visual arts, growing up in Seattle my visual starting point for
painting was Mark Tobey’s late work: the White Writing paintings. Other influences included
Pacific Northwest Scandinavian textile design, architectural, and design traditions, which tend to
be highly abstract.