Posts tagged ‘public art’

December 27, 2012

…………………..2012: A List………………

(Hope you don’t get seasick) p.s. it’s all local


Cassettes were all the rage this year. Massenger was my favorite band.

Recorded Music
The Pullmen
D on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers



Live Music
Wussy at Zoey’s
Pangea at Indie West Fest
The Pullmen at Bombay
Kapeesh at Red Cove
Alexandra and the Starlight Band at Zoey’s
Miguel Garcia & the Vaquetones at Yolie’s
OFWGKTA at the Ventura Theater (for the sheer spectacle of it)


Outstanding film! Bob Forrest actually remembered me from the old days.

Bob and the Monster at Indie West Fest


Shenanigans at the Scavenger Hunt. (Appropriately, I stole this photo.)

The Local Rock Picnic
86 Scavenger Hunt (I was a secret weapon. Plus, I sacrificed my son’s innocence. See pic.)
Westside ArtWalk

comics comics

Comics and Comics at Hypno Comics

Comics and Comics at Hypno Comics


I purchased one of these pieces from Sean Tully. Can you guess which one?

Sean Tully at The WAV
Stacie Logue’s guerrilla bluebirds
Paul Lindhard’s gateway to Ventura
Evan Ames’ and Lauren Mosinka’s yard sale
Everything at Sylvia White Gallery
Michael Pearce at Carnegie Art Museum
Art of Autism at Westside ArtWalk
MB Hanrahan’s Scabenue Calendar


End Transmission: The Life and Death of the People’s Radio

April 24, 2009

Follow me: ArtWalk

These are my picks for ArtWalk. I plan to go on Saturday, and make Sunday my cleaning day (sigh) but there are some noteworthy events on Sunday so please visit the ArtWalk Web site for details. My general order of visitation is west to east but that could change. Plus, I’m not sure what time I will begin the journey. I will try to tweet but I’m still trying to figure out how to set up my phone.

643 A Project Space (cool contemporary art here but they’re rarely open)

Bell Arts Factory/Vita Art Center (never disappointing, always refreshing, eclectic and fun)

Stoneworks Studios (go for the art and entertainment, stay for the homemade hospitality)

Architexture (the best live music happens here and this time will be no exception)

Spa by Diane Loring (VCReporter managing editor/artist, Michael Sullivan‘s inaugural event)

Artist’s Union Gallery (needs no introduction)

Erle Stanley Gardner Building (CSUCI Capstone exhibit: foretells an expansion into Ventura)

Buenaventura Art Association (friendly people, friendly art)

Sea Breeze Gallery (an authentic collective that gets overlooked sometimes, well worth a look)

Sylvia White Gallery (large scale, upscale and inspiring)

Other possibilities:

1 p.m. Sea Lions (live music) at Buffalo Records

3 p.m. Kiley Ki (live music) California St. stage

6 p.m. Delaney Gibson (VCReporter musical artist to watch) California St. stage

April 2, 2009

Ventura arts and inclusivity

It’s been an emotional few weeks in Ventura’s arts scene with discussion of substantial cuts to the city’s arts budget on everyone’s lips. Many of the city’s most prominent arts figures stormed the podium at the last two city council meetings to dissuade the council from nixing a handful of “public art” projects and cutting nearly 46 percent from the overall arts budget.

In the midst of his impassioned plea, Joe Cardella (Art Life Magazine)–whom I have great respect for, made reference to the “New Bar City” he feels downtown Ventura is in danger of becoming, vs. the “New Art City” we are attempting to become.

While perhaps we don’t want to trade our identity as an arts-driven community for one of a bar scene, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater: within that “bar scene” is a vibrant music culture. For the first time in more than a decade, live music in Ventura is not only being made, it’s being attended in almost record numbers.

I heard a lot of talk about the arts being an economic engine for the city and I would venture to guess a fair amount of revenue is generated via alcohol and food sales from venues that are thriving because of the musicians who perform there (for ridiculously outdated wages).

I know artists of all forms of expression to be an inclusive people and I would caution our visual artists to take care when making statements about the “bar scene” that inadvertently show disrespect to a key component of this city’s cultural landscape.

March 19, 2009

Blessings and curses


One of our favorite sayings in the VCReporter office is “No good deed goes unpunished.” Indeed, local artist MB Hanrahan must be acquainted with the real life manifestation of this dictum as her latest philanthropic contribution to the city of Ventura has come under scrutiny.

As detailed in a recent story in the Reporter by Michael Sullivan, Hanrahan brought her talent and heart to a county  juvenile facility where together with a handful of boys incarcerated there, she conceptualized and painted a series of panels depicting themes and scenes from the controversial book Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.

It’s a vivid coming-of-age tale about reconciling cultural and religious differences in the World War II era which was read by hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S. as part of the national BIG READ project. The story is visually rich and blood is a recurring element both metaphorically and literally, which brings me to the point of this post.

It seems there are people in the city, specifically the downtown area, who take issue with  some of the imagery painted on the mural installation which has a temporary home in the mini park downtown between Oak and Palm streets.

Because weapons and blood are depicted alongside other powerful images of despair, confusion and redemption, certain people find the mural distasteful and out of place in a business district.

Grow some cojones, people.

If, as a business district, you’re going to lean on the arts for identity, going as far as to call yourself a cultural district under the moniker”New Art City,” you must understand the nature and purpose of art. Art is not  a pretty decoration, though it often lends beauty and artists are not decorators; like musicians they are translators who thankfully, via their vision and skill, give the rest of us a way to understand life and humanity. The book is daring and the mural is daring, but it is a real expression brought forth from the hearts and minds of people who are not only culturally connected to the story but to our community.

By deeming their expression unsightly you are not only de-valuing their expression, you are also demeaning their stories and the stories of their ancestors, all of which play an important role in American and specifically California culture.

Pretty lights and potted plants are nice, but meaninful artistic expression is  the only way to give authenticity to the New Art City tag.

November 22, 2008

Holy art installation, Batman


It seems someone got the idea to address issues of church and state using public art. I love when art collides with life in this way.

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