Events at the Museum of Ventura County

Natural State Closing Reception and Artist Talk with Ryan Carr

Ventura, Calif.—Join artist Ryan Carr at 6 p.m., Aug. 9, for a talk about the body of work created during his time as Artist in Residence at the Museum of Ventura County. Enjoy the current exhibition of his work, Natural State, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. No host bar.


Free First Sunday at Ag Museum Features Glass Sculptures of Artist Dale Chihuly

Santa Paul, Calif.—The Agriculture Museum, located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, will feature the Sculptures of Living Color project, Sunday, Aug. 5, with free admission all day and free art activities from noon to 2 p.m. Inspired by the Macchia glass sculptures of artist Dale Chihuly, participants will capture the colors of the landscape by using natural dyes to create their own unique sculptures that will dry to look like colorful works of transparent and opaque “glass.”

Free First Sunday offers free admission all day at both the Ventura and Santa Paula museum locations.  Free art activities will take place only at the Ag Museum. For more information visit venturamuseum.org  or call 805-653-0323.


Q & A with Hollywood Publicist David Mirisch

Ventura, Calif.—Hollywood publicist David Mirisch will share stories about his five decades of working with celebrities, helping to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes, 11 a.m., Aug. 8 at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David and many of the celebrities he has worked with, now on display Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Museum’s Smith Pavilion. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.


Pop-up Exhibit Features Artist John Robertson at Ag Museum

Santa Paula, Calif.— Large-scale acrylic paintings by Ventura artist John Robertson depicting various scenes from the Ventura County Fair, a favorite past-time of the artist and his family, will be on display at the Agriculture Museum from July 28 through September 9. Known nationally for his large-scale sports paintings, many of which are on display at major stadiums, Robertson paints what he sees: local people and scenery using house paint on large rolls of canvas to accommodate the grand-scale size. The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula. For more information visit venturamuseum.org or call 805-525-3100.


Forgotten Foster Park” presented by local author Gwen Alferes at Museum

 Ventura, Calif.— Local author Gwen Alferes will be the featured speaker, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 14, for the “Speaking of Ventura County” series at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. Alferes will present a slide show of rare images from Ventura County’s forgotten town, Foster Park.

Surrounded by steeply sloped hillsides, Foster Park was a tiny rural community that took shape during the oil boom of the 1920s. It was situated at a bend on Highway 33 adjacent to Foster Memorial Park, for which it was named. A community of about 50 or so homes, Foster City had a thriving business district and a dance hall that hosted musical greats of the time–such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Everly Brothers–and a saloon equipped with a boxing ring. The Ventura River, once loaded with giant steelhead trout, and the Southern Pacific Railroad both ran through the town. With the makings of a Norman Rockwell portrait, it came to its end in the mid-1960s to make room for the hotly contested extension of the Ojai Freeway. To younger generations and newcomers of the area, Foster Park’s former existence is virtually unknown.

Admission is free for members; $5 for nonmembers. After the talk, the author will have books on hand to sign and sell.

About the Museum 
The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. Located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, the Museum of Ventura County is open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323. 

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