Exhibitions – “New Waves” Bill Dewey

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 6, 2014

From 6-9 p.m.

June 6 – 30, 2014

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri. from 10-5, weekends by appointment

Bill Dewey is a native of San Diego County and attended Brooks Institute of Photography, the University of California at Davis and Rochester Institute of Technology. He has had his private pilot’s license since 1981 and bases his aerial photography out of Santa Barbara airport. Bill has been photographing the California landscape since taking up the camera in the early 1970′s and has had a photography studio/business in Santa Barbara for 30 years. Some of his favorite subjects include the California Channel Islands, the Carrizo Plain, Baja California, and the rural California landscape. A member of the Santa Barbara OAK Group, he has been distinctly influenced by the art and character of the noted California painter Ray Strong. As an architectural photographer, Bill has specialized in large format documentation for the Historic American Building Survey. This program has been contributing photographs to the Library of Congress since the 1930′s. Bill’s work has included the 19th century pier in Huntington Beach, California, the Mare Island Naval Base in San Francisco and the massive Saturn rocket test stands used in the Apollo moon project at Edward’s Air Force Base. His work can be found in the collections of Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Ventura County, the Carnegie Museum of Oxnard, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Lompoc Valley Hospital, as well as those of many private individuals. Bill has been published extensively and his work is shown at The Easton Gallery in Montecito, CA and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

Exhibitions – Buena at Bell

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6-9 p.m.

Exhibitions – Bike Love

Pop Up Exhibit at the Museum and Bell Arts Factory

The Museum of Ventura County and Bell Arts Factory join forces in presenting one of the largest exhibits of bicycle-inspired art, “pimped out” bikes, photography and bike memorials in Ventura County.  Bike Love is the brainchild of Danny Gamboa, a Mexican American filmmaker with a focus on the arts and social change documentaries.  This exhibit will take you on an emotional ride from light and whimsical to serious and heart wrenching.  Gamboa, along with artists and bike enthusiasts share poetry, music and film during this evening celebration of “all things bicycle”.

Opening Night is May 2 in conjunction with Free First Fridays.  Museum hours on May 2 are 5-8pm, Bell Arts Factory 6-9pm.  A Free Shuttle will be available to transport guests from the Museum to Bell Arts Factory.  A perfect night for the whole family with Live Music and delicious dinner from Underground Gourmet Food Truck.

The Museum’s portion of this exhibit will run through June 1st with rotating “pimped out” bikes every week.  Bike Love in the Museum’s Tool Room Gallery @ Bell Arts Factory will also run through June 1st.

Bell Arts Factory’s portion of the exhibit in the community room will run through May 17th.

Programming related to this exhibit:

SPEAK!  The Museum’s New Speaker Series.

Join us at the Museum for an afternoon of engaging conversation related to our exhibits, followed by an additional gallery talk at the Tool Room Gallery @ Bell Arts factory.

Wednesday, May 7 and Saturday, May 17 at 1pm. Free with Museum admission.


Friday, May 30     6pm

$7 General Public, $5 Students and MVC Members

An evening of pop culture featuring film, food and the last chance to experience the

Pop-Up Exhibit Bike Love. From 6-7pm, enjoy the exhibits and dinner from a local Food Truck.  At 7pm, join us in the Pavilion for screenings of several bike-themed short films and featuring Ghost Bike: A Cyclist was Killed Here, a film by Danny Gamboa, creator of Bike Love, along with Kat Jarvis.  This short film tells the story of the people who honor fallen cyclists in Southern California with Ghost Bikes.

Frames Art Show

The Bell Arts Factory is a member of the First Fridays Ventura and proudly presents new exhibits every first Friday of the month. With three galleries and 30 Artists studios the Bell Arts Factory provides a unique space where you can socialize, learn, and buy great art. To learn more about our exhibits schedule please visit our current, past, and upcoming show pages.