You don’t need to leave Ventura to appreciate fine art. A current group show, “Staycation,” echoes that sentiment at Red Brick Gallery in Ventura through Aug. 13. Each participating artist experiences Ventura as a personal painting vacation and expresses the city’s places and people through various mediums. Featured artists include Jim Martin, Marco Antonio Aguilar, Katherine McGuire, Steve Cook, Jen Livia and Phyllis Gubins. They’ll demonstrate their techniques during the annual ArtWalk Ventura event this weekend. A portion of sales will be donated to several local animal rescue groups. The gallery is at 315 E. Main St., Ventura. Call 643-6400 for more information.
Stay in town and enjoy the rest of ArtWalk Ventura on Saturday from noon-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. throughout Ventura’s downtown and westside areas. Shops, restaurants and storefronts will be transformed into art galleries and studios showcasing the talents of more than 500 regional artists.
This year, PODS (Portable On Demand Storage) have infiltrated ArtWalk Ventura. Sixteen of these portable storage units, donated by local PODS supplier Steve Yapp, have been converted into mini art galleries. A few of the containers on display have been decorated by muralist MB Hanrahan and John White. Another has been designed by Patagonia employees to mark the outdoor company’s 40th anniversary.
An accompanying free street festival will feature live music, art, vendors and an eco-friendly automobile display on Thompson Boulevard outside WAV, 175 S. Ventura Ave. WAV (Working Artists Ventura) is a community that offers affordable living and work space for more than 80 artists, including painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, writers, actors, and filmmakers.
Craving cuisine for a cause? ArtWalk attendees can purchase a $25 handcrafted artistic bowl. In return, patrons will receive a punch card good for samples at local restaurants. All proceeds from this Bowl Hop will benefit Project Understanding, a charity that develops and directs resources to transform lives and community.
On Saturday from noon-8 p.m., artist Paulo Ruvalcaba will give a demonstration at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main St. On Saturday and Sunday at the museum, Ryan Carr, Courtney Sprigg, Dominica Sanchez and James Norwood will showcase their work and create an on-site installation. Admission to the museum will be free both days.