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.
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.
We have available wall space for community artists for this coming First Friday, November 7 at reduced rates. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
Here are just a few partner ideas:
ArtWalk VenturaBell Arts
FactoryDesserts to Die For
FridaysKinetic Sculpture RaceMuseum of
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
Community Partnerships Manager
Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department
City of Ventura
We create opportunities for a better
life through people, parks, programs, and
COLIN FRASER GRAY
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: Êhttp://www.independent.com/news/2008/oct/16/colin-fraser-gray/
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.
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.