The Ojai Raptor Center, MacArthur Park, Jon Ng and More This First Friday- October 2, 2015

Come to Bell Arts Factory this Friday, October 2nd! 4 fantastic shows, music, food and of course, 30 open artist studios!

In our Community Room: The Ojai Raptor Center
The Ojai Raptor Center is a wildlife education and rehabilitation center that specializes in birds of prey, dedicated to wildlife conservation in Ventura County. On First Friday the Ojai Raptor Center will be exhibiting fine art photography and LIVE birds of prey.

In the Museum of Ventura County’s Tool Room Gallery: MacArthur Park: Time Stands Still
LA photographer, Sam Hernandez brings part of his MacArthur Park Project to the Tool Room Gallery, documenting the lives of people who live in the Westlake area of Los Angeles, who make the park a part of their lives, in this photo documentary exhibit.

In VITA: Jon Ng
“Jon Ng’s work maintains a bridge between classical still life and figurative painting and contemporary art. One feels the strong presence of a 600 year old tradition in the midst of having a 21st. century visual experience. Mr. Ng paints a certain reality; yet evokes a sense of solitude, displacement and transformation. His work is as simple and beautiful as it is rife with human and earthly complexities.” – Hillary Metz

The process of painting fascinates me. It begins with a visual inspiration that evolves in my studio in the act of painting. The greatest challenges and accomplishments for me as an Artist lie in capturing (in line, color and texture) the veritable qualities, as well as the emotional and spiritual essence of a subject. – Jon Ng

In Studio #37: Porfirio Gutierrez, Oaxacan Weaver
Porfirio Gutierrez, Oaxacan weaver from Ventura is exhibiting his beautiful woven pieces, along with the loom he works on. Porfirio is originally form Teotitlan Del Valle, a village of weavers in the mountains of Oaxaca. Don’t miss this!

Event Recap: Muhu Tasen Fundraiser Here At Bell Arts Factory

Event Recap: Muhu Tasen Fundraiser Here At Bell Arts Factory

By: Moses Mora

Sunday, September 6, 2015 was a good day at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura. Not only was it SIP’s inaugural organizing effort, the benefit fundraiser in support of Muhu Tasen exceeded our expectations.

It was a day of nothing but highlights starting with the powerful opening by Judi Ortiz Aparcana singing the Chumash Welcome Song with the Native women’s drum group Turtle Women Rising. Followed by a stunning performance by The Street Poets who also provided us with a sound system for the day. Then we were treated to some Jarocho music by John Robles’ local group Chicumite followed by Native American flutist Cody Blackbird accompanied by two musicians for a most enjoyable set.

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Meet Bell Arts Factory Bell Ringer Allyx McCormick

Meet Bell Arts Factory Bell Ringer Allyx McCormick

We launched our Bell Ringer fundraising campaign and have been overwhelmed with the amount of support from our community. The donations keep rolling in, and it has been amazing to hear all of the reasons why so many of you are supporting Bell Arts Factory.

You can see all of the donors and read some of the messages on our donation page here. Some of our donors have also taken the time to write a few words on why they support our work. Allyx McCormick, a Ventura local, shared a few words with us when she stopped by the office to donate in person (and say hello!).

Here is why Allyx supports Bell Arts Factory:

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Bell Arts Factory Featured Artist: John Weikel

Bell Arts Factory is home to over thirty of Ventura’s best creatives. Every month or so we’d like to take a little time on our website to highlight one of them, both on our website and in the lobby here. This month we are excited to highlight John Weikel in Studio 94.

John Weikel was born in 1937 in Canton Ohio, and worked here in Ventura for over 20 years in flood plain management. He retired in 2002, and started taking art classes at Ventura College. He began painting regularly with the Plein Air Painters weekly in 2003. Much of his inspiration comes from nature and the countless hours he spent assessing California’s beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and agricultural areas as a civil engineer.

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5 Fantastic Reasons To Be At Bell Arts For First Friday – September 4 2015

5 Fantastic Reasons To Be At Bell Arts For First Friday September 6th 2015

When it comes to the Ventura arts community, First Fridays is one of the flagship events you don’t want to miss. It’s a great chance to get familiar with the local scene, with studios, galleries and other creative spaces opening their doors to the public.

So every month, everyone here at Bell Arts Factory is thrilled to put on their “First Friday Best” (so to speak!) and welcome art collectors, supporters, fans, friends and family where visions become works of art. This month, we have five fantastic reasons to make sure you hit Bell Arts Factory on your tour of all things art in Ventura.

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Community Reiki Clinic Begins On September 17th 2015


Community Reiki – Bell Arts Factory

We are excited to announce the start of community Reiki clinic right here at Bell Arts Factory community room. Taking place every every 3rd Thursday of the month, we invite you to join local Reiki practitioners, for a donation based, 20 minute Reiki session.

Reiki is translated to mean “Universal Life Energy” and is a stress reduction and relaxation technique that promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive”.

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