Vita Art Center-Exhibitions: “Drawings and Tapestries”


Drawings and Tapestries

Opening Reception: Friday, November 7 from 6-9 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: November 7 – 30, 2014

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Colin Gray departed EnglandÕs shores for Santa Barbara 26 years ago, and since that time has exhibited in solo shows locally as well as in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as well as places in between. Primarily working in sculpture and drawing, he has also completed three permanent public art projects, two in the Santa Barbara area and one in Los Angeles. His artwork has been described as being simultaneously horrific and ecstatic, monuments to the imagination, whimsical, wild, funny, scary, improvised but ancient, and more recently ÔtrashÕ by the Ôart criticÕ, Dr. Laura Schlessinger! * He has been awarded several grants, including the Santa Barbara County Individual Artists Award, as well as a Pollock/Krasner. He taught sculpture at the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, for nine years, and still teaches drawing at various places including Santa Barbara City CollegeÕs Adult Education program, and to the homeless at Casa Esperanza, with the Peoples Institute.



First Friday – October 2014

We had a great turn out. Thank you for everyone who came to participate and attend. First Fridays events are not easy to put together, it takes a lot of effort so we apreatiate all the support we can get.


We would also like to thank VC Reporter for the great honor, of presenting us with BEST OF VENTURA COUNTY “BEST GALLERY” 2014 Award.

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Exhibit: Doors to Dimensions – Gauvin

We are giving our guest one last opportunity to see and purchase the large collection that the “Doors to Dimensions” has accumulated.

All the door will be spread out throughout our building for FIRST FRIDAY
OCTOBER 3, 2014


at Bell Arts Factory
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:00 – 6:00 PM

A gathering in memory of master artist, Len Poteshman will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 1 to 6pm at Bell Arts Factory, 432 North Ventura Avenue. A large collection of his artwork will be available to admire and purchase.


Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter

Exhibit description:

The Cuento Cups exhibit is a response to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s “Cultivating Thought” author series. In May of 2014, ten authors were chosen to pen original essays on Chipotle Mexican Grill’s cups and take-out bags. Surprise! Not one writer selected was Mexican, Mexican-American or Latina/o.
This exhibit is the brainchild of MVC curator, Anna Bermudez and Latina author, Michele Serros in response to the fact that a major franchise did not include Latino stories. The cups will be displayed at the Tool Room Gallery during the month of October and will periodically be featured on the Museum of Ventura County’s website.
So, artists and writers, we challenge you to take a simple paper cup or create your own take-out cup and paint it, decorate it or keep it simple and write your compelling story on that cup in response to Chipotle’s “Cultivating Thought” series.

Exhibit Dates: October 3, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: October 3, 2014, 6:00 PM
Where: Museum of Ventura County’s satellite location:
The Tool Room Gallery @ Bell Arts Factory
432 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA

Anna Bermudez, Curator
Museum of Ventura County
100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
For more information: or call (805) 653-0323, ext. 302

Vita Art Center-Exhibition: Rick Stich

Rick Stich
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3 from 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 3 – 31

Santa Barbara painter, Rick Stich has discovered his creative fluency in liquid. An avid surfer, Stich finds his inspiration in the color, reflection and movement of water and in its interplay with light and landscape. His swirling, gestural brushstrokes and vivid hues convey not only the illusionist forms and patterns seen both above and below the water but also expose the inter-connectedness between the real and abstract in nature. Ultimately, while it is water in all its manifestations that has provided Stich with a rich field for imagination and study, it is the interaction between humans and the natural world that he hopes to reveal.

Born in Glendale, CA, Stich has had exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Carnegie Art Museum, Edward Cella Art & Architecture, L.A. Louver Gallery, and Ruth Shaffner Gallery. His paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections, including Bank of America, Eli Broad Foundation, the Oakland Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum.