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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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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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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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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Hilma af Klint, Painting Workshop
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Hilma af Klint, Painting Workshop

  • fee: 40.00

  • Instructor: Amy Schneider

  • Sunday, March 10 from 1-4 p.m.

  • Adults

This workshop’s inspiration will come from Hilma af Klint’s abstract paintings. In 1906 Hilma af Klint’s bold and colorful paintings were unlike anything seen before: bold, colorful, and without any recognizable references to the physical world. A considerable body of her abstract work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Kandinsky. Her work did not receive any recognition until 1986. Her paintings, which sometimes resemble diagrams, were a visual representation of complex spiritual ideas.

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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We Are Volcanoes, Poetry Reading
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

We Are Volcanoes, Poetry Reading

  • Friday, March 8, 7pm

  • Featuring poets- Georgia Schreiner, Madison Ortiz, Jennifer Kelley, Sharon Venezio, Nancy Jean Pement, Marsha de la O, Mary Kay Rummel, Judith Barnes

  • $5, (members free)

“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.” - Ursula K. LeGuinn

In recognition of Women’s history month we have invited 8 women poets in various decades of their lives, the youngest still in her teens, to read poetry in response to the all women exhibit at Vita Art Center “Women On the Rise, 2019”. The exhibit features the work of Hilary Brace, Linda Ekstrom, Peggy Pownall, and Astrid Preston

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First Fridays Ventura
Mar
1
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,

WOMEN ON THE RISE - 2019

Hilary Brace - Linda Ekstrom - Peggy Pownall - Astrid Preston

  • First Friday Opening: March 1 from 6-9pm

  • Exhibit Dates: March 1 thru March 22

In celebration of Women's History Month, March 2019, the Vita Art Center in collaboration with Focus on the Masters will exhibit the artwork of 4 women artist that will be interviewed and documented by Donna Granata in 2019. FOTM has done an incredible job documenting the work and lives of extraordinary artists that have dedicated much of their lives to their craft and Vita Art Center is honored to showcase the work of some of these women. This is the third annual all Women's art exhibit co-curated by Vita Art Center and Focus on the Masters.

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Mixed Media Workshop
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Mixed Media Workshop

40.00
  • Dates: Sunday Feb. 24

  • Time: 1-4 p.m.

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk 

  • Adults

    In this Mixed Media workshop we’ll explore different ways to mix traditional painting with other drawing and art techniques. Students will explore combining acrylic painting with collage, using acrylics  on colored paper, mixing oils with pastels, and more.

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WOMEN ON THE RISE, Champagne Preview Reception
Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

WOMEN ON THE RISE, Champagne Preview Reception

WOMEN ON THE RISE - 2019

Hilary Brace - Linda Ekstrom - Peggy Pownall - Astrid Preston

In celebration of Women's History Month, March 2019, the Vita Art Center in collaboration with Focus on the Masters will exhibit the artwork of 4 women artist that will be interviewed and documented by Donna Granata in 2019. FOTM has done an incredible job documenting the work and lives of extraordinary artists that have dedicated much of their lives to their craft and Vita Art Center is honored to showcase the work of some of these women. This is the third annual all Women's art exhibit co-curated by Vita Art Center and Focus on the Masters.

Vita Art Center, Members Free

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POP ART WORKSHOP
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

POP ART WORKSHOP

POP ART WORKSHOP
40.00
  • Roy Lichtenstein Inspired POP Art Painting Workshop

  • Instructors: Amy Schneider and Mary Perez

  • Sunday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m.

This workshop’s inspiration will come from Roy Lichtenstein’s high-impact, iconic comic book, images that have become synonymous with Pop art. Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s. The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects.

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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Look, Learn, & Create, POP ART
Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Look, Learn, & Create, POP ART

  • Featured Pop Artist: James Dine, hearts

  • $10. (members free)

  • Instructor: Mary Perez

  • Dates: Saturday, Feb. 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.

Jim Dine developed his distinct style of using popular symbols in his art. Inspired by Jim Dine we will use the simple shape of a heart as a foundation for an exploration of color and texture.

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Film Viewing and Discussion with Derek Boshier
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Film Viewing and Discussion with Derek Boshier

FREE

Join us for a special event with artist and filmmaker Derek Boshier. The screening program will include Boshier's award winning short film. "An Englishman in L.A., Mr. Boshier” . The second screening is from the BBC4 series by Zara Hayes, “What Do Artists Do All Day”  it offers intimate, observational portraits of leading artists, revealing unique insights into their working lives and creative process. The episode follows a day at the artist's studio as he works on a new painting and reflects on his life and career.

Boshier burst onto the British art scene in the sixties as one of the young artists who pioneered the British pop art movement. He studied at the Royal College of Art and starred in Pop Goes the Easel, Ken Russell's seminal BBC film about the pop art scene. Now in his eighties and living and working in LA, Derek remains as energetic and prolific as ever.

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Derek Boshier, Champagne Preview Reception
Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Derek Boshier, Champagne Preview Reception

The Vita Art Center is privileged to present the artwork of British artist Derek Boshier. The champagne preview reception will offer complimentary champagne, wine, and refreshments. Admission is FREE for Members and $10 for Non-Members.

Born in Portsmouth in 1937 Derek Boshier first came to prominence with his paintings as a student at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied alongside David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and others. Embracing the iconography of British and American mass culture, his paintings earned him recognition as one of the pioneers of British Pop Art. In 1962, he was featured with Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and Peter Phillips in Ken Russell's BBC documentary 'Pop Goes The Easel'.

Subsequently he has used other media:drawing, printmaking, film, books, three dimensional objects, installations and photography among them. His graphic work with popular music groups such as The Clash and with David Bowie have brought his work to a wider audience.

Works by Derek Boshier can be found in major museum collections including Tate, The British Museum and the V&A. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Derek Boshier, Champagne Reception
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PAPER & CLAY
Dec
30
to Dec 31

PAPER & CLAY

PAPER & CLAY

Tanner Sawitz, Scott Gordon , Graham Moore,

Jean-Pierre Hébert, Jerry Sawitz, and Gail Pine

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 2018 from 6 - 9 pm

PAPER & CLAY- An exhibition featuring ceramic artists curated along with works on paper.

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