Visit Ventura: California’s New Art City

Ventura Spring ArtWalk
Saturday April 24, 3-9 PM
Admission: Free

Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District
Contact: Robin Elander
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Christine Brennan, untitled, oil on board, 9 x 9"

Three times a year, galleries, businesses and sidewalks come to life with art exhibits that highlight Ventura's unique visual and performing arts community.
• Over 175 artists exhibit at over 85 gallery-for-a-day venues
• Over 20 musical performances including reggae, latin guitar, world fusion, zydeco music, dueling drummers, Plexus Dance Theatre and more.
• All this excitement and fun is just 2 blocks from the beach in sunny Ventura, CA.
• Fun activities abound for children and adults:
Woodcarving and art demonstrations
Drum facilitation circles
Wearable Art Show
Meet local artists
Art and Architecture Tour

Unique gallery-for-a-day venues

Top 10 things to do at Ventura Spring ArtWalk
(All ArtWalk exhibits, entertainment, refreshments, activities and workshops are free!)
1. Hop inside a boxing ring to look at art!
Hop inside three boxing rings at Sylva’s Boxing Gym to view abstract photography by Dave Rivas, paintings by Rusti Ferejian and sculpture by Paco Robles. (50 W. Main St.)
2. Sip wine and enjoy live music!
Over 20 of the exhibiting locations have free refreshments and live music. To find out which just grab an ArtWalk guide at the information booth on the corner of Main Street or any of the participating businesses. And don’t miss the extensive schedule of entertainment and performances at the various stages through out the downtown Cultural District.
3. Take a tour of the city’s municipal art collection and historic building restoration from 5:30-6:30 pm.
4. Watch the talented Karl Stroll balance rocks in sculptural columns by the sea from 3-5 pm!
5. Kids- Join a drum facilitation or a teen improv workshop

(Drum Workshop: Mission Park 3-5 PM) (Teen Improv 4-6 pm Kids Arts 856 Thompson Blvd)
6. Celebrate multitalented artists who are fine artists AND musicians.
Several ArtWalk artists are both fine artists and musicians, such as Toni Jannotta exhibiting her photography and performing in a jazz duo at Main Street Jewelers (294 E. Main St). Also artists at Z’Unique Gallery and Three Angels and a Saint Stage (40 N. Fir St.) will be exhibiting their work. Leslie Merical of the band Left of Memphis has put together a great line up of bands including her own: Brett Dennen, Perla Batalla and Chaz Benton.
7. See working stone carving studios.
Three working stone carving studios are the home of extraordinary artists including Art City Studios, Pacific Stoneworks and Stoneworks Studios. At Stoneworks (300 N. Ventura Ave) meet more than 30 visual artists exhibiting in an outdoor gallery and garden plus live music by LilyWater. Art City Studios (197 Dubbers St.) showcases photographer Linda Peterson in the micro-gallery and various types of sculpture. Pacific Stoneworks (31 Peking St.) is a custom granite, marble and natural stone fabrication / installation company which is exhibiting mixed media works by Don Ulrich.
8. Marvel at the more than 175 artists from all over Ventura County exhibiting at 85 unique gallery-for-a-day venues including boutiques, restaurants, salons and more.
9. Watch and learn to wood carve or paint.
Channel Islands Wood Carvers demonstrate and instruct the public how to wood carve on the California Street Promenade (next to Holiday Inn). Also many artists will be demonstrating their painting technique including artists at 71 Palm Restaurant (71 Palm St.)
10. Check out the Wearable Art Show preview in the City Hall Atrium from 4-4:30 PM

Meet Featured Artist Christine Brennan at Baker
The public will have the opportunity to meet Spring ArtWalk 2004 Featured Artist Christine Brennan and view her artwork at Baker 294 E. Main St. Suite C, Ventura on April 24 between 3-9 pm. Spring ArtWalk posters feature her oil on board with gold leaf painting. Christine will be available to sign posters from 3-5 pm. This award-winning painter is the tenth ArtWalk “Featured Artist” since the City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division began featuring original artwork by area artists, selected by their peers, to promote city’s tri-annual ArtWalks on its posters, postcards, guides and other publicity materials

Often dreamlike and enigmatic, Christine Brennan’s work features a host of symbolic and allegorical references. Images drawn from the unconscious leading the viewer into richly lit narratives that evoke personal stories and associations. As a painter and printmaker, Christine works with oils on paper or board, and hand colored linoleum block prints. Never setting out to illustrate a specific theme or story, she creates each image as she goes, changing and shaping along the way.

Striving to give each viewer freedom to interpret her paintings she purposely leaves all of her paintings untitled. Her figures are often pensive, with enlarged eyes encouraging the view to look closer. As quoted in the LA times her work is “somewhere between childlike imagination and adult-like subconscious transference.” Christine Brennan studied at the Rhode Island School of Design earning a B.F.A. in illustration. She is currently represented by galleries in Los Angeles and Ventura County, CA. She has numerous shows in galleries from Washington State to Vermont, and her work is included in many private and public collections, including the City of Ventura’s Municipal Art Collection. Brennan’s work can be seen in the Human Arts Gallery in Ojai. She is also one of the featured artists on the Ojai Studio tour. You can find more information on Christine Brennan at her website <>.

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