Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 12-5 p.m.
A brief guide to Downtown Ventura’s premier art festival. For full schedule, map and more information, visit www.artwalkventura.org.
ArtWalk Collectors Reception
Ventura City Hall
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Get an early look at featured artists at this special reception where attendees will have the opportunity to reserve works for purchase prior to ArtWalk’s formal kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets: $20; $25 at the door.
Oaxaca to Ventura: The Mural
Ventura and Harrison Avenues
A collaboration of this year’s Global Artist of Distinction Rolando Sigüenza, Artist of Distinction MB Hanrahan and local designer and muralist Uriel Leon, the large-scale Westside mural is now complete, just across the street from the Bell Arts Factory. A formal unveiling and dedication will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6:15 p.m.
Ventura Plein Air Invitational “Quick-Draw”
Gallery V, 540 E. Main St.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-11 a.m
The 17 regional artists who participated in the Ventura Plein Air Invitational in the weeks leading up to ArtWalk will compete in a “Quick-Draw.” Artists have two hours to complete a painting from start to finish on the sidewalk and corners around the gallery, with the public voting for their favorite through Sunday, Oct. 2. The winning artist will be awarded a cash prize.
PODS® Container Galleries
These mini, mobile galleries have become a hallmark of the ArtWalk celebration, and can be found scattered throughout Downtown Ventura and the Westide. Hundreds of local and regional artists and galleries will showcase their work, including (but by no means limited to) Michael O’Kelly, Indigo Art House, Eco Shumaker and Working Artists Ventura.
Enjoy the culinary arts at the annual Bowl Hop! Purchase a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowl made by a local artist during ArtWalk and receive a punch card that allows you to visit participating restaurants for samples of their cuisine. Restaurants may be visited during normal business hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Bowls cost $25 and can be purchased at the Bowl Hop tent at California and Main Streets. Note that food will be served in takeout containers, not the bowl itself. All proceeds benefit ArtWalk Ventura and Project Understanding’s food pantry.
Oaxaca to Ventura: The Exhibition
Bell Arts Factory
The Westside art center will showcase the work of several esteemed Oaxacan artists in celebration of Global Artist of Distinction Rolando Sigüenza. Vita Art Center hosts the works of Sigüenza and printmaker Alan Altamirano (aka MK Kabrito), and those of numerous other artists — including painters, sculptors, fiber artists and photographers — will be on display in the Tool Room and Community Galleries. Bell Arts is always a hotbed of activity during ArtWalk, but this very special exhibition will be up for most of October, so there’s plenty of time to catch it.
Ventura College Performances
California and Santa Clara Streets
Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Students and faculty from Ventura College (this year’s premier sponsor) present a full day of musical entertainment, including classical, jazz and percussive music, choir and dance. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and culminate with a screening of the one-act film Bad Hair at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to check out the Ventura College PODS® Container as well.