Art Exhibitions at the Ventura College East Campus in Santa Paula offers students and members of the community a gallery and forum for the presentation, interpretation, and discussion of artworks, from a variety of media within an educational setting. An on-going series of exhibitions by visiting artists encourages individual thinking, develops visual literacy, supports local artists, and inspires a lifelong commitment to the arts.
Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Current Art Exhibition
A Celebration of Artworks by Ventura College and Santa Paula High School Art Students, Faculty, and Alumni.
Art Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Exhibit: April 16 – May 31, 2018
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Art is available for purchase. Open to the public.
Previous Art Exhibitions
Ventura College East Campus Welcomes the Art of Mariana Peirano
Exhibition Dates: January 22 - April 5, 2018
Closing Art Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mariana is an award winning figurative artist and art educator living in Ojai, California. Born in Argentina, she has spent most of her life in Southern California. Although mainly self-taught, she received her basic atelier instruction at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Her work reflects a passion for beauty in all its forms and a deep concern for the human condition. Preserving the realness of emotions and expressions in the people she paints, she captures humanity in its truest form. Her nontraditional portraits painted in the classical way capture emotions that evoke a strong response in the viewer. Her paintings come from a deep source of inspiration combined with a fascination for beauty of the human form and spirit with the emotional perplexity of facial expressions. For information on art classes and workshops taught by Mariana, visit: www.peiranoart.com.
Retablos and Artwork Featuring: Carlos Almaraz, Charlie Carrillo, Roberto Gil de Montes, Xavier Montes, Leo Limón, Frank Romero, Marie Romero Cash, and Jimmy Trujillo.
Via 126 showcases ten diverse artists who utilize a variety of media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, and more. Works from Fillmore artists Paul Benavidez; Judy Dressler; Lady Jan Faulkner; Lois Freeman-Fox; Joanne King; Jeremy Kirsch; Virginia Neumann; Doris Nichols; Luann Heber Perez and Lia Verkade will be on display for the community to enjoy.
From Presidents to pop stars, every picture tells a story! Author and Journalist Ivor Davis shares his photo collection of over half a century featuring some of the greats of showbiz and the world. View favorites and some never before seen images of Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Bobby Kennedy, Prince Charles, Jonathan Winters, the Beatles, and more! Ivor Davis
Artist Reception Thursday, October 23, 6:00-9:00 PM
The Artists Guild of Fillmore was founded in 2009 to create interest in original work created by local artists. Nine Points of View showcases nine diverse artistic styles in a variety of media which include watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and more with contributing Fillmore artists: Doris Nichols, Joanne King, Judy Dressler, Lady Jan Faulkner, Lia Verkade, Lois Freeman-Fox, Luanne Hebner Perez, Virginia Neuman, and Wana Klasen.
In recognition of Women’s’ History Month, the Ventura College Santa Paula Campus presents, Women in the State of Grace, curated by Vanessa Acosta, an art exhibition featuring 18 women artists from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ventura Counties. Featured artists include: Angela Ortiz; Pola Lopez; Cola Smith; Gayel Childress; Isabel Martinez; Jacqueline Biaggi; Jenchi Wu; Judy Baca; Juliane Backmann; Lois Freeman-Fox; Christine Morla; Lynn Creighton; Margaret Garcia; Marianne Sadowski; Paty Diaz; Silvia Huerta; Sylvia Raz; Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta.
Student Art Show curated by Cathy Day-Barroca and Michelle Onstot. ArtLab: Ventura’s New Art School! Drawing, Painting, Design, Printmaking, and Children’s Classes.
Xavier Montes, former director of the “De Colores Art Show” curates some of the Chicano art collection of Ben Saiz, Professor of Chicano Studies at Ventura College. The artwork reflects the cultural, historical, and political struggles of the community. In addition, signed pieces of “Los Tres Grandes,” Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco, will be on display.
Born in Lebanon, and raised in a diverse cultural background, Rima Muna’s work is influenced by her love of travel. Places like Bali (Indonesia), Andalusia (Spain), and San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) are symbolic in creating Rima’s intense palette of deep, rich colors. Rima’s style is influenced by the abstract expressionists who believed that nonrepresentational painting could express spiritual and emotional truths. Rima creates her paintings with a passionate immediacy and you are left looking at the energetic expressions on canvas. Rima Muna Art
Ventura College Santa Paula welcomes the art of Educator, Activist, and Painter, Denis O’Leary.
Xavier, affectionately known by his nickname, Big X, for both his size and talents, is a practicing visual artist (acrylics), a musician (folk harp, guitar, and vocals), community activist, and education teaching and promoting the cultural arts. One of Xavier’s major accomplishments was to establish the De Colores Art Show which he ran and curated for 18 years. The De Colores Art Show has become one of Santa Paula’s most popular art and cultural events.