Mixed Media, Image Transfer, Workshop
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Mixed Media, Image Transfer, Workshop

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  • Sunday, September 22 from 10-4pm

  • $75.

  • Instructors: Amy Schneider & Mary Perez

Join us for a full day learning multiple techniques in transferring images and incorporating them into your paintings. You can bring in your own photos or images printed from a laser jet (not ink Jet) or choose from the many images we will have available. Transfer techniques include: heat , citrisolv, carbon, tape and oil pastel. All supplies are provided. We will take a lunch break, either pack a lunch or you can grab something from any of the nearby restaurants.

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Traditional Japanese four – hole stab bookbinding
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Traditional Japanese four – hole stab bookbinding

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  • Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-5pm

  • $40.00.

  • Instructors: Lauren Volk

In this workshop, students will create a four-hole Japanese stab binding. This is the perfect project for someone looking to try a scrapbook, a family memento book, or a personal sketchbook.  In stab binding you will learn the importance of working with the direction of the grain of your paper which is important for bookbinding. One thing great about working with stab-bound books, you can use scraps of papers of different weights, textures, and colors as long as they are cut to the same size to line up to create the four-stab stitching technique. In this workshop you will also learn a simple dying technique for the cover of your book. Once you’ve learned this stab binding technique, you can learn more advanced techniques.

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Ceramic Plate Evening Workshop
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Ceramic Plate Evening Workshop

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  • Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Instructors: Sue Pollack & Mary Perez

  • 6-8 pm

  • $35

Come join us in the ceramic studio for a relaxed and fun evening creating art and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. We will be carving texture and design along with painting with glazes on preprepared plates. The plates will then be fired in the kiln and ready for pick up in a week or two. No experience is necessary.

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Mixed Media, Beatriz Milhazes Inspired
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Mixed Media, Beatriz Milhazes Inspired

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  • Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2-5pm

  • $40.00.

  • Instructors: Amy Schneider

    Combine styles of painting and collage looking to Beatriz Milhazes mixed media work with a mash-up of Brazilian folk art and modernism.

    Come join us in a relaxed and fun environment creating art and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. With expert guidance,, you will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project. No experience necessary.

    Beatriz Milhazes is well known for her vibrantly colorful, kaleidoscopic collages, prints, paintings and installations which draw on both Latin American and European traditions. Milhazes’ rigorously structured compositions are punctuated by a recurring set of arabesque motifs inspired by Brazilian culture, ceramics, lacework, carnival decoration, music, and Colonial baroque architecture.

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Ceramic Fish
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Ceramic Fish

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  • Saturday Sep. 21 & Oct. 5

  • 3-5pm both days

  • $60.

Join Sue Pollack and Mary Perez for a 2 day workshop. The first day will be spent making our fish and the second glazing. The class will cover slab, carving, and glazing techniques.

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Ceramic Plate Workshop
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Ceramic Plate Workshop

  • Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Instructors: Sue Pollack & Mary Perez

  • 6-8 pm

  • $35

Come join us in the ceramic studio for a relaxed and fun evening creating art and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. We will be carving texture and design along with painting with glazes on preprepared plates. The plates will then be fired in the kiln and ready for pick up in a week or two. No experience is necessary.

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Night Flights: New work by Joanne Julian
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Night Flights: New work by Joanne Julian

Night Flights: New work by Joanne Julian

Preview Champagne Reception, Saturday, August 31 from 4-7pm

  • Enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres during a preview of the exhibition.

  • $10., (Members Free)

Julian has studied and traveled in Asia, which is immediately noticeable in her work. Critic Robert McDonald, past senior curator of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, says, "She has developed a reductive style," and adds, "Critics have often identified a Zen quality in her work...a gentle merging of natures, a unification of humanity and all living things, of yin and yang, the discipline and spirit of Taoist painting."  McDonald also wrote, "The works of Joanne Julian remind us that drawing is a physical enterprise. With the sureness of an athlete or a dancer, she has always tamed energy with grace. A sense of energy in motion, irrespective of imagery, dominates her works. They are both refined and vigorous, dramatic and beguiling, complex and reductive." He concludes that her works are truly exceptional, saying, "They are visual, yet they also have qualities associated with music and dance. They express graphically the energy that informs all phenomena."

Author Betty Ann Brown sees Julian as "a modern American master of haboku ('flung ink' style.) Usually associated with Zen Buddhism, haboku was practiced by monks who, after years of arduous training, sat in meditative repose until they sensed a oneness with the universal life force. The monks then moved from meditation to art allowing the force to flow through them, through the brush and onto the paper in rapid dexterous strokes."

Julian has mounted 20 solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions nationally. She works often on a commission basis on site-specific pieces for international corporations. Critical reviews, essays and reproductions of her works have been published in The Los Angeles TimesThe San Francisco ChronicleArtweekLos Angeles Herald ExaminerImages and IssuesArtsPress TelegramArt SceneArt in AmericaForum 2001, and Perspectives among others.

Joanne Julian was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her MFA degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. She has been a faculty member at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA since 1973 where she was Chair of the fine arts department and Gallery Director. She has also taught and lectured at Art Center College of Design, Glendale College, University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge. She has exhibited at Jan Baum Gallery [Los Angeles], Thomas Babeor Gallery [La Jolla], Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many others. Public collections of her work include Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America, Grand Wailea Resort, Home Savings of America, The Irvine Company, Nestle, Nikko, Price Waterhouse, and Teneco Oil.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My work is about restraint as well a spontaneous expression.  It is about grace and violence.  It begins with quiet order and climaxes in wild celebration. It is the way I think I am, and how I wish to be.  Making art for me means perpetually bridging the gap between form and content until they both merge into the truest vision of myself.  The concerns of my art are those of clarification and passion.  I do not wish to tell stories or illustrate.  I seek to evoke an emotional response from the viewer, perhaps no different from what I wish to achieve with the rest of my life.

I wrote this statement nearly 35 years ago, and much of it still applies. Although most people know me as a no-nonsense, practical, organized animal, for me, today’s world also requires a good measure of dreaming, and even more courage.   I want to experience as well as provide that venue and take a soulful ride along with the viewer.

Joanne Julian

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The Drawing Room, Preview Champagne Reception
Jul
27
4:00 PM16:00

The Drawing Room, Preview Champagne Reception

THE DRAWING ROOM

Preview Champagne Reception

Saturday, July 27 from 4-7pm

Vita Art Center is pleased to present The Drawing Room, A group exhibit featuring 15 contemporary artists for whom drawing is the major focus of their work.

Scott Anderson

Eric Beltz

Hilary Brace

Russell Crotty

Ann Diener

Colin Fraser Gray

Dane Goodman

Lynn Hanson

Nathan Huff

Horacio Martinez

John Nava

Rafael Perea De La Cabada

Susan Petty

Marie Shoeff

Karl Swanson

Image: Ann Diener, La Lanterna #2, 2016, 22.5" x 30"., graphite, colored pencil, gouache, ink, silkscreens and cut paper on paper

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Creating Your Life: Presentation and Discussion
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Creating Your Life: Presentation and Discussion

Presentation & Discussion

Creating Your Life: Mindfulness, Creativity, and Working with The Inner Critic

FREE for members, $5 non-members

Tuesday, July 23rd from 6-8:30pm

Pre-workshop presentation and discussion: Living a creative life as artists and non-artists: Creativity as a cycle, and collaborating with the inner critic.

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Copper Butterflies
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Copper Butterflies

  • Instructor: Michelle Wilson

  • Ages 16 thru Adult

  • Sat., Jul 20 & Sun, Jul. 21

  • 1-4pm both days

  • $120.

  • All materials provided

In this 2 day workshop, we will design and create our own sculptural butterflies. Using a jewelers saw, we’ll cut our shapes from copper sheet and wire. We’ll use etching and stamping techniques to create our wing patterns and hammer form our pieces into their desired shapes. To finish, we’ll solder our elements together into either a wearable pendant or a decorative decor piece.

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Image Transfers, Mixed Media Workshops
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Image Transfers, Mixed Media Workshops

  • Sunday, September 22 from 10-4pm

  • $75.

  • Instructors: Amy Schneider & Mary Perez

Join us for a full day learning multiple techniques in transferring images and incorporating them into your paintings. You can bring in your own photos or images printed from a laser jet (not ink Jet) or choose from the many images we will have available. Transfer techniques include: heat , citrisolv, carbon, tape and oil pastel. All supplies are provided. We will take a lunch break, either pack a lunch or you can grab something from any of the nearby restaurants.

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Ceramic Plate Workshop
Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Ceramic Plate Workshop

  • Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Instructors: Sue Pollack & Mary Perez

  • 6-8 pm

  • $35

Come join us in the ceramic studio for a relaxed and fun evening creating art and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. We will be carving texture and design along with painting with glazes on preprepared plates. The plates will then be fired in the kiln and ready for pick up in a week or two. No experience is necessary.

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Matthew Rosenquist  Preview Champagne Reception
Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

Matthew Rosenquist Preview Champagne Reception

Preview Champagne Reception: Saturday June 29 from 4-7pm

$10. (members free)

Los Angeles based sculptor Matthew Rosenquist carves commentary on contemporary life out of rough-hewn wooden block. His process suggests a “take-no-prisoners” approach, much as his figures suggest self-snapping punkrockers on their cell phones.

Matthew Rosenquist was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He acquired his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

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The O Word, Poetry Reading
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

The O Word, Poetry Reading

  • The O Word, Multiple Takes on Orgasm

  • Friday, June 14

  • Doors open at 7pm, Reading begins at 7:30

  • Organized by Marsha De la O and Phil Taggart

  • $5, (members free)

Join us for an evening of poetry and art. The poetry read is in response to David Eddington’s current exhibit at Vita Art Center, specifically the painting of orgasms.

Poets: Ellen Reich, Florence Weinberger, Jean Colonomos, Alis Morris Soto, Ron Alexander, Becky Sanvictores, Phil Taggart, Nina Clements, Friday Gretchen, Marsha De La O, & Chris Spangenberg.

David Eddington was born in Bedfordshire, England, David Eddington is best known for his large-scale paintings, rendered in acrylic on linen. He obtained a diploma in mural painting from the Central School in Holborn, London, post-graduate diploma in environmental design from Hornsey College of Art in London, and a master’s degree in the social and political influences in art from the University of Trent in Nottingham. In 2000, the artist relocated to the United States from England. The move coincided with an evolution from figurative, almost photorealistic renderings to a style that is more expressive. Eddington has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has lectured extensively at several institutions, including: California State University, Northridge, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Tulane University, California State University, Long Beach, Plymouth University in Devonshire and Derby University in Derbyshire. He received the British Council Award in 1987 and 1994. Eddington currently resides in Venice, California.

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from Vermont College and is the author of three books, Every Ravening Thing, just out from University of Pittsburgh Press and two collections of poetry: Black Hope (1997), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Antidote for Night (2015), winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize from BOA Editions. De la O is associated with the landscapes and cityscapes of Southern California, and her poetry is known for its nuanced observation and description of the region.

Phil Taggart is the current Poet Laureate of Ventura County. 

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Artisans Market
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Artisans Market

Vita Art Center is holding its first Artisans Market, a curated market featuring local artisans, on Friday, June 7 from 6-9pm. during First Friday’s Ventura.

If you are interested in selling your hand crafted goods email an overview and image of your items to info@vitaartcenter.com. There is a $30. Participation fee.

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Meditation & Drawing, Equilibrium      
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Meditation & Drawing, Equilibrium      

Monday June 3,2019

$30. per class

Class theme: Equilibrium   

All of nature revolves around and is dependent on the notion of equilibrium or balance and we rely on our sense of equilibrium all the time. It plays a role with everything we experience. 

Equilibrium in nature can be understood as unity which occurs when opposites or polarities come together. When this happens, it is understood that things are in balance, much like that of the Chinese’s concept of yin and yang. While polarities are in contrast and opposition they are also indispensably joined together. 

In this workshop we will be working on the opposites, stability and instability. We will start with a guided 15/ 20 min Yin and Yang meditation. Then we will take this concept of equilibrium and compare it to drawing in two ways: symmetrical drawing and asymmetrical drawing.

  • Monthly, first Mondays

  • Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

  • Time: 6-8:30pm

  • Fees: $30. per class

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

  • Category: Adult

“Drawing is the urge to illustrate what we see and feel.” -The Zen of Seeing

 Awareness is very important. We are here, nowhere else. Since we are here why not be here?

In this course students will learn meditative exercises to become more intuitively aware of enhancing their perception. The first step toward creation is to see everything as it really is. This approach to art can be seen as a form of meditation, a way of getting into intimate touch with the visual world around us and become fully awake. You cannot be an artist without relating to some practice of meditation. The key to drawing is to set conditions to cause a mental shift to an altered state of consciousness that enables you to see truly and well. In this drawing mode, you will be able to draw what you perceive even for those who have never studied drawing. Students develop the perceptual skills necessary for realistic drawing: contour line, positive/negative space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, and seeing and drawing the whole.

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Op Art Workshop
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Op Art Workshop

40.00
  • Sunday, June 2

  • 1-4 pm

  • Instructor: Amy Schneider & Mary Perez

  • Adults

This one day workshop is inspired by the Op Art movement. Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op art works are abstract and give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping. Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, and Marina Apollonio are a few of the Op artists we will look to their work for inspiration. We will create our work using paint markers.

Come join us us for a glass (or two) of wine in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project.

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David Eddington
Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

David Eddington

Preview Champagne Reception: Saturday June 1 from 4-7pm

$10. (members free)

Born in Bedfordshire, England, David Eddington is best known for his large-scale paintings, rendered in acrylic on linen. He obtained a diploma in mural painting from the Central School in Holborn, London, post-graduate diploma in environmental design from Hornsey College of Art in London, and a master’s degree in the social and political influences in art from the University of Trent in Nottingham. In 2000, the artist relocated to the United States from England. The move coincided with an evolution from figurative, almost photorealistic renderings to a style that is more expressive. Eddington has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has lectured extensively at several institutions, including: California State University, Northridge, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Tulane University, California State University, Long Beach, Plymouth University in Devonshire and Derby University in Derbyshire. He received the British Council Award in 1987 and 1994. Eddington currently resides in Venice, California.


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Sumi & Sip
May
11
4:00 PM16:00

Sumi & Sip

  • Sumi & Sip  

  • Saturday, May 11th 4-6pm

  • Instructor: Kathleen Kaller

  • Adult

  • $35.

Japanese inspired refreshments and creative exploration.  A introduction to the mediative practice of Suminagashi- The Japanese Art of Marbling.

Using special inks we will float them on the surface of water.  We will print our work on rice paper and transform them into beautiful stationary for your loved ones!

Just in time for Mother’s day!  All supplies included.

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Dorthea Tanning Inspired Workshop
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Dorthea Tanning Inspired Workshop

Dorthea Tanning Inspired Mixed Media Workshop
40.00
  • Sunday, May 5

  • 1-4 pm

  • Instructor: Amy Schneider & Mary Perez

  • Adults

This one day workshop is inspired by Surreal Artist, Dorthea Tanning. Her art is rich in symbolism, like other surreal artists Tanning looked to her own dreams for artistic and psychological exploration. In this mixed media workshop we will create and explore using collage and paints.

Come join us us for a glass (or two) of wine in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project.

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First Fridays Ventura
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Fridays Ventura

GLASS EXHIBIT

Kazuki Takizawa, , Katherine Gray,

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Joe Cariati

  • Champagne Preview Reception: 

  • Saturday April 27 from 4-7 p.m

  • First Friday Community Opening: Friday, May 3 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Exhibit Dates: April 27 - May 24

The Vita Art Center is proud to present the work of four glass artist from southern California.  The exhibition presents a diverse array of techniques and approaches to handmade glass including functional, sculptural, and wall mounted. 

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with High Honors in 2010. He has since worked and taught at various glass educational facilities including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has been making work in glass to speak about his personal experiences with mental illness. His most recent glass installation project, In Between Light and Shadow, was installed at STARworks Glass Lab in North Carolina to bring awareness on mental illness and suicide. He has traveled to numerous universities in the country such as Columbus College of Art and Design and University of Southern California to speak about his work and his experiences with mental illness. He currently lives and works in West Adams district in Los Angele, California where he runs his glassblowing studio, KT Glassworks

Joe Cariati is an award winning artist, craftsman and educator, Joe Cariati has dedicated over 20 years to the practice of glassblowing. He is a designer, maker and mentor. Joe’s work is an incomparable synthesis of calculated pragmatism and essential beauty. While Joe thrives off of repeatable process and predictable results, it is the fact that during any given piece, he can experience elation, frustration, defeat or discovery that drives his creative spirit. In 2003, Joe established his eponymous studio in Los Angeles, California where he continues to refine his craft and push his boundaries as a glassblower and a designer. Ever evolving, Joe launched the Lighting Collection in the spring of 2015 and is looking forward to venturing even further into new territory with the introduction of the Joe Cariati Home Collection.

Katherine Gray received her associate degree from the Ontario College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design.[4][5] Her works are in the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of American Glass, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Her works have also been exhibited internationally at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark and Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany. Gray has won several grants and awards, including the Award of Merit from the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington and the ARC Completion Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, California.[7][2][8] She created one of her most well-known pieces, Forest Glass, by collecting glass from thrift shops and stores, then assembling the glass into the shape of trees. Gray creates functional art, including chandeliers, as well as works that "defy functionality." She also makes use of transparency in her work. Gray is an associate professor at California State University, San Bernardino and teaches workshops elsewhere.  In addition to serving on the board of trustees for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine), Gray has contributed to Glass Magazine and Glass Gazette.

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, a past board member and Honorary Life Member of the Glass Art Society (1982-86), served as the first woman president from 1984-86. She has worked on the Ojai Arts Commission from 2001-2014. Her innovative work in glass, mixed media, and public art is included in private collections and public institutions including the LA County Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, and the City of Los Angeles. “Stinsmuehlen-Amend’s work functions like a visual soundtrack, mapping the unpredictable rhythms of thought.” -Annie Buckley review for Glass Quarterly

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Glass Exhibit, Preview Champagne Reception
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Glass Exhibit, Preview Champagne Reception

  • Glass Exhibit: Joe Cariati, Katherine Gray, Kazuki Takizawa, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend

  • Champagne Preview Reception: Saturday April 27 from 4-7 p.m

  • $10., Members Free

The Vita Art Center is proud to present the work of four glass artist from southern California.  The exhibition presents a diverse array of techniques and approaches to handmade glass including functional, sculptural, and wall mounted. 

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with High Honors in 2010. He has since worked and taught at various glass educational facilities including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has been making work in glass to speak about his personal experiences with mental illness. His most recent glass installation project, In Between Light and Shadow, was installed at STARworks Glass Lab in North Carolina to bring awareness on mental illness and suicide. He has traveled to numerous universities in the country such as Columbus College of Art and Design and University of Southern California to speak about his work and his experiences with mental illness. He currently lives and works in West Adams district in Los Angele, California where he runs his glassblowing studio, KT Glassworks

Joe Cariati is an award winning artist, craftsman and educator, Joe Cariati has dedicated over 20 years to the practice of glassblowing. He is a designer, maker and mentor. Joe’s work is an incomparable synthesis of calculated pragmatism and essential beauty. While Joe thrives off of repeatable process and predictable results, it is the fact that during any given piece, he can experience elation, frustration, defeat or discovery that drives his creative spirit. In 2003, Joe established his eponymous studio in Los Angeles, California where he continues to refine his craft and push his boundaries as a glassblower and a designer. Ever evolving, Joe launched the Lighting Collection in the spring of 2015 and is looking forward to venturing even further into new territory with the introduction of the Joe Cariati Home Collection.

Katherine Gray received her associate degree from the Ontario College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design.[4][5] Her works are in the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of American Glass, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Her works have also been exhibited internationally at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark and Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany. Gray has won several grants and awards, including the Award of Merit from the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington and the ARC Completion Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, California.[7][2][8] She created one of her most well-known pieces, Forest Glass, by collecting glass from thrift shops and stores, then assembling the glass into the shape of trees. Gray creates functional art, including chandeliers, as well as works that "defy functionality." She also makes use of transparency in her work. Gray is an associate professor at California State University, San Bernardino and teaches workshops elsewhere.  In addition to serving on the board of trustees for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine), Gray has contributed to Glass Magazine and Glass Gazette.

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, a past board member and Honorary Life Member of the Glass Art Society (1982-86), served as the first woman president from 1984-86. She has worked on the Ojai Arts Commission from 2001-2014. Her innovative work in glass, mixed media, and public art is included in private collections and public institutions including the LA County Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, and the City of Los Angeles. “Stinsmuehlen-Amend’s work functions like a visual soundtrack, mapping the unpredictable rhythms of thought.” -Annie Buckley review for Glass Quarterly


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Artist Talk with Amy Elkins
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Artist Talk with Amy Elkins

Amy Elkins is a visual artist primarily working in photography whose work explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration. Her approach is series-based, steeped in research and oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary.

Of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States, an estimated 100,000 of them are kept in solitary confinement, often for years on end.  Black is the Day, Black is the Night, a project spanning from 2009-2016, explores how that type of long-term isolation and incarceration can affect an individual's psychology, sense of self, and perception of reality.  Through personal correspondence with men serving life and death sentences, I created images that attempt to showcase the unexpectedly vulnerable aspects of my pen pals' incarcerated lives. Using appropriated material, I created composite landscapes of memories shared in letters, overlaying them to account for the number of years each had spent in prison as well as pixelated portraits using an image loss ratio of years behind bars to years alive.  I constructed objects with instruction from my pen pals like jump ropes made of bedsheets and paint sets made of dissolved candy and tap water.  I sent these images to them. This went on for years.  Of the seven men I originally wrote with: one man was released in 2010 at the age of thirty after spending 15 years in prison.  Three men eventually opted to move on from the project. One man was executed in 2009 after spending 12 years on death row, another executed in 2012 after spending over 15 years on death row, both of which maintained their innocence throughout their sentences.  And most recently, one of the men was released early from a life without parole sentence that had been given to him at the age of 16. Leading up to his release, he had served twenty-two years in an adult super max prison, seventeen of which were spent in solitary confinement.

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Matisse Inspired Sun Painting
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Matisse Inspired Sun Painting

  • Sunday, April 14 from 1-4pm

  • Instructor: Amy Schneider

  • Adult

Henri Matisse created some of his best-known art in the final decade of his life, and he made it from the simplest materials: shapes cut from colorful sheets of paper. He described these “cut-out” works as “drawing with scissors,” and he used this technique for works of various sizes and subjects. inspired by Matisse we will cut various shapes from simple paper and then learn techniques in sun painting a process using fabric paints, our paper shapes and the sun to print onto fabrics. We will be supplying fabrics and supplies needed, you are also welcome to bring your own 100% cotton pre-washed fabric.

Come join us us for a glass (or two) of wine in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project.

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Urban Sketchbook
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Urban Sketchbook

  • Monthly, Second Sundays

  • Dates: Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8

  • Time: 1-4 pm

  • Fees: $40. per class $130. for all 4

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

    The purpose of this course is to learn to sketch on location - people, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. Build the skills an artist needs to draw vibrant city sketches and urban landscapes full of people. Learn to see the world one drawing at a time. Connect with the energy of place and capture the decisive moment.In this course, students learn to see pictorially on location. They will also develop a good foundation in basic drawing. We cover 2D and 3D shapes, proportions, silhouette, contouring, value, shadow, texture, and perspective. 

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Fragments: An Interactive Exploration of mass incarceration through poetry and art
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Fragments: An Interactive Exploration of mass incarceration through poetry and art

Fragments: An Interactive Exploration of mass incarceration through poetry and art
5.00
  • Friday, April 12, 7pm

  • $5., (Members Free)

  • lead by Marsha De la O and Phil Taggart

Join us for an evening of poetry and art as we use fragments from CD Wright’s poetry to discuss her work and make connections to our current exhibit “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” by Amy Elkins. Both thought provoking bodies of work give a deeper and unique look into incarceration.

Amy Elkins is a visual artist primarily working in photography whose work explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration. Her approach is series-based, steeped in research and oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary.

C. D. Wright has been writing some of the greatest poetry-cum-prose you can find in American literature. One Big Self does to the contemporary prison-industrial complex what James Agee did to poverty — it reacts passionately and lyrically (and idiosyncratically) to a sociopolitical abomination. This book, while angry and sorrowful and bewildered, has humor, constant levity and candor, and countless moments of incredible beauty." —Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from Vermont College and is the author of three books, Every Ravening Thing, just out from University of Pittsburgh Press and two collections of poetry: Black Hope (1997), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, and Antidote for Night (2015), winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize from BOA Editions. De la O is associated with the landscapes and cityscapes of Southern California, and her poetry is known for its nuanced observation and description of the region.

Phil Taggart is the current Poet Laureate of Ventura County. 

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First Fridays Ventura
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

First Fridays Ventura

Each month the Vita Art Center exhibits the art of outstanding contemporary artists. On the First Friday of each month the Vita Art Center along with other venues in Ventura hosts a free community reception open to the public,

AMY ELKINS

Black is the Day, Black is the Night

  • Preview Champagne Reception: Saturday, March 30, 4-7pm

  • $10. (members free)

  • First Friday Opening: April 5 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Exhibit Dates: March 30 thru April 20

    Of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States, an estimated 100,000 of them are kept in solitary confinement, often for years on end.  Black is the Day, Black is the Night, a project spanning from 2009-2016, explores how that type of long-term isolation and incarceration can affect an individual's psychology, sense of self, and perception of reality.  Through personal correspondence with men serving life and death sentences, I created images that attempt to showcase the unexpectedly vulnerable aspects of my pen pals' incarcerated lives. Using appropriated material, I created composite landscapes of memories shared in letters, overlaying them to account for the number of years each had spent in prison as well as pixelated portraits using an image loss ratio of years behind bars to years alive.  I constructed objects with instruction from my pen pals like jump ropes made of bedsheets and paint sets made of dissolved candy and tap water.  I sent these images to them. This went on for years.  Of the seven men I originally wrote with: one man was released in 2010 at the age of thirty after spending 15 years in prison.  Three men eventually opted to move on from the project. One man was executed in 2009 after spending 12 years on death row, another executed in 2012 after spending over 15 years on death row, both of which maintained their innocence throughout their sentences.  And most recently, one of the men was released early from a life without parole sentence that had been given to him at the age of 16. Leading up to his release, he had served twenty-two years in an adult super max prison, seventeen of which were spent in solitary confinement.

Amy Elkins is a visual artist primarily working in photography whose work explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration.  Her approach is series-based, steeped in research and oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary.

Elkins received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  She has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; North Carolina Museum of Art; among others.  Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Aperture, Harpers, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, PDN and Vice.   She received the Lightwork Artist-in-Residence in Syracuse, NY in 2011, the Aperture Prize and the Latitude Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2015.

Her first book Black is the Day, Black is the Night won the 2017 Lucie Independent Book Award.  It was Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award and the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize as well as listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.

"Every image, most pronouncedly the portraits of the men themselves, is marked by compromise — pixelation or blur or another form of indeterminacy. The amount of "image loss," as Elkins describes it, reflects the proportion of years the men have served to total years lived. Erosion of the self and suppression of spirit are utterly clear, just as the pictures are not." - Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times

"Through rendering their portraits and the images of places they told Elkins they would never see again into something vague and indecipherable (the portraits are digitally distorted based on the ratio of how much time the men had spent in prison, so the longer, the hazier), she somehow humanizes them. Seeing these elusive, immaterial images of real people living life in prison is powerful, the visual significators reminding us that just as memory cannot sustain itself when it is pulled from place and time, even a person’s self gradually evaporates when isolated for so long." - Joel Beers, OC WEEKLY

"As viewers, we are invited to puzzle over an assortment of clues, including reenactments, exhibits submitted for our considerations, partial evidence, and statements both leading and misleading. The work is elegiac and provocative, asking the viewer to engage above and beyond a simple, cursory viewing of these images." - Leslie A. Martin, Aperture Foundation

"Photographer Amy Elkins offers an unflinching contemplation of capital punishment and identity in a culture of mass incarceration." - Mass Appeal

"Elkins ponders the psychological impact incarceration has on inmates, using blurry and pixelated photos to imagine how life on the inside shapes and distorts an inmates’ perception of reality and awareness." Pete Brook, WIRED Magazine

"Rather than a documentary angle, Elkins has chosen artifacts and scenes that reveal both the preponderance of time on death row (enough time to become a poet, learn calligraphy, read voraciously) and it’s corrosive qualities as it ineffably moves these prisoners toward the end. It’s a tough project, but one that reveals Elkins’ profound sensitivity to the shades of gray in this potentially black-and-white issue." - Arts and Culture, TX

"Elkins’ imagery of the darkness in the lives and deaths of these men may be morose, but optimism is intrinsic to her determination to see the world from their perspective." - Artillery Magazine

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Meditation & Drawing
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Meditation & Drawing

  • Monthly, first Mondays

  • Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

  • Time: 6-8:30pm

  • Fees: $30. per class

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

  • Category: Adult

“Drawing is the urge to illustrate what we see and feel.” -The Zen of Seeing

 Awareness is very important. We are here, nowhere else. Since we are here why not be here?

In this course students will learn meditative exercises to become more intuitively aware of enhancing their perception. The first step toward creation is to see everything as it really is. This approach to art can be seen as a form of meditation, a way of getting into intimate touch with the visual world around us and become fully awake. You cannot be an artist without relating to some practice of meditation. The key to drawing is to set conditions to cause a mental shift to an altered state of consciousness that enables you to see truly and well. In this drawing mode, you will be able to draw what you perceive even for those who have never studied drawing. Students develop the perceptual skills necessary for realistic drawing: contour line, positive/negative space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, and seeing and drawing the whole.

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Black is Day, Black is Night, Amy Elkins
Mar
30
4:00 PM16:00

Black is Day, Black is Night, Amy Elkins

Black is Day, Black is Night, Amy Elkins, Champagne Reception
10.00

BLACK IS DAY, BLACK IS NIGHT

AMY ELKINS

Champagne Preview Reception

  • Saturday, MARCH 30, 2019

  • 4:00 PM  7:00 PM

  • $10., members free

Of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States, an estimated 100,000 of them are kept in solitary confinement, often for years on end.  Black is the Day, Black is the Night, a project spanning from 2009-2016, explores how that type of long-term isolation and incarceration can affect an individual's psychology, sense of self, and perception of reality.  Through personal correspondence with men serving life and death sentences, I created images that attempt to showcase the unexpectedly vulnerable aspects of my pen pals' incarcerated lives. Using appropriated material, I created composite landscapes of memories shared in letters, overlaying them to account for the number of years each had spent in prison as well as pixelated portraits using an image loss ratio of years behind bars to years alive.  I constructed objects with instruction from my pen pals like jump ropes made of bedsheets and paint sets made of dissolved candy and tap water.  I sent these images to them. This went on for years.  Of the seven men I originally wrote with: one man was released in 2010 at the age of thirty after spending 15 years in prison.  Three men eventually opted to move on from the project. One man was executed in 2009 after spending 12 years on death row, another executed in 2012 after spending over 15 years on death row, both of which maintained their innocence throughout their sentences.  And most recently, one of the men was released early from a life without parole sentence that had been given to him at the age of 16. Leading up to his release, he had served twenty-two years in an adult super max prison, seventeen of which were spent in solitary confinement.

The champagne preview reception will offer complimentary champagne, wine, and refreshments. Admission is FREE for Members and $10 for Non-Members. 

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Geli Plate Workshop
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Geli Plate Workshop

GELLI PLATE Workshop
  • One Day Workshop

  • Instructor: Kathleen Kaller

  • Dates: Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Time: 1-4 p.m.

  • Adult

Gelli plate is a (table-top) printing surface that makes it easy to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork with amazing colors and textures without having to use a printing press. This workshop will demonstrate how to create monoprints using gelatin printing to create stunning layered prints, pages for art journals, greeting cards, and much more. Gelli printing is the perfect medium for beginners and experts alike. Durable and reusable, Gelli plates are easy to clean with water, so you can quickly change paint colors and move on to your next project. Exciting results can be obtained quickly, and simple variations give each print its own unique personality. You will be inspired to create colorful backgrounds, textured pages, multiple layers. You’ll learn how to use stencils, stamps, found objects and work with different surfaces to create interesting and innovative textures and exciting works of art.

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Dadaism, Hannah Hoch & the Art of Collage
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Dadaism, Hannah Hoch & the Art of Collage

  • Dates: Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Time: 1-4 pm

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

Fantastical or serious, personal or political, the art of collage is a popular art technique accessible to beginner and professional alike.

The Dadaists were the first serious artists to fully explore the technique of collage. Dada was an art movement that came into being after and as a response to the First World War in Europe. The techniques adopted by the collage artists gave expression to a new way of looking at and interpreting the world.

Hannah Hoch was a female Dada artist renowned for her collage art innovations. Her work was highly original, political, and intellectual, skillfully merging feminist ideas with the overall Dadaist aesthetic.

Students in this workshop will be given a foundation in the elements and principles of design (color, composition, perspective, etc.) They will also learn about the Dadaist art movement and its place in the social structure of the time. Students will be creating their own journals of collage art pieces.

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Look, Learn, & Create, YAYOI KUSAMA
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Look, Learn, & Create, YAYOI KUSAMA

  • Featured Artist: Yayoi Kusama

  • $10. (members free)

  • Instructor: Mary Perez

  • Dates: Saturday, March. 16, 2019

  • Time: 2-4 p.m.

  • Ages 6 thru adult

LOOK, LEARN & CREATE is a  new monthly series by Vita Art Center that will combine a fun art project with a bit of Art History in a way for both kids and adults to enjoy. Each month’s featured artist will focus on making connections with our exhibitions or art related themes.

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is sometimes called ‘the princess of polka dots'. Although she makes lots of different types of art – paintings, sculptures, performances and installations – they have one thing in common, DOTS!

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