Tool Room – Exhibition: “Rebar”


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Art Exhibition of New Paintings by Erik ReeL

November 7 – December 31, 2014
Opening: 6-9 pm, Friday November 7, 2014
December opening reception: 7-9 pm, Friday December 5, 2014


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.

1593, Inside Job

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.

Community Room-Exhibition: “BEING SEEN”

“Being Seen”
Ventura High
Pacific High
Vita Teen Art Program
Portraits on Exhibit in the Bell Arts Factory Community Room
Opening: Friday, November 7 from 6-9 p.m.

Vita Art Center worked with teens at Vita, Ventura High and Pacific High to create a series of portraits entitled “Being Seen”. The portraits bring the many faceted selves of the real teenage experience into the light:  Their strengths, their energies, their ambivalence, their power, their talents, their questions, and their courage to look inside.  Each portrait is imbued with something the artist wants to be seen.  Raw, real and alive, this show reveals the faces of Ventura’s teens. As our culture and media place so much focus and value on physical appearance, it’s easy to lose touch with who we really are. What do we really look like? How we feel? How do our feelings “look” on the inside? What’s real to each of us? What matters to us? Teenagers, especially, struggle with this disconnection as they grow into young adults by trying on different identities.  They often struggle with feeling their true selves are invisible while their attempts to put on identities put them awkwardly on stage.

Available exhibit wall space for First Friday

We have available wall space for community artists for this coming First Friday, November 7 at reduced rates. Please contact for more information.

Join Us – Open Streets/Calles Vivas (Santa Barbara)

Hi Friends:

I am hoping you will consider joining the City of

Ventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships

Department and the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau in

participating in the 2014 Santa Barbara Open Streets on

Saturday, October 25th between 10-4 PM. This is a tremendous

opportunity to showcase all that is exciting just a short

trek down the coast from Santa Barbara. We have jointly

sponsored a space along the 2.5 mile stretch of Cabrillo

Blvd. near the bird refuge, midway between the Celebrate and

Jubilate zones (see attached map).

We are hoping to collaborate with all of you to share a

taste of Ventura’s offerings by including arts, music,

poetry, performance, sports and food with our neighbors to

the north. Almost anything goes as long as it’s

interactive for the folks attending. This is not a

traditional street fair, it’s a street activation.

Shouldn’t we share some of the great things we have

happening here?


Here are just a few partner ideas:

Art City

ArtWalk VenturaBell Arts

FactoryDesserts to Die For

Downtown VenturaFirst

FridaysKinetic Sculpture RaceMuseum of

Ventura County

Music Under the Stars

Paint VenturaScratch Food


VccoolVentura Music WeekVentura

Art and Street Painting FestivalVentura Parks,

Recreation and Community Partners


Winter Wine Walk

Send me an email if you would like to participate in


Thank you!

Denise Sindelar

Community Partnerships Manager

Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department

City of Ventura

We create opportunities for a better

life through people, parks, programs, and


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

link to article in the SB Independent: Ê



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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