Art gallery

1st place
Red Brick Gallery
315 E. Main St., Ventura
643-6400

2nd place
Bell arts factory
432 N. Ventura Ave., Suite 101, Ventura
643-1960

TIE
3rd place
Sylvia White Gallery
1783 E. Main St., Ventura
643-8300
dogwood studio

2347 E. Main St., Ventura

Athlete

1st place
Tony ferguson, mixed martial arts

2nd place
fabio leopold, brazilian jiu-jitsu

3rd place
victor ortiz, professional boxing

Band/musical artist

1st Place
REy fresco

TIE
2nd Place
the sideshow preachers

we govern we

3rd Place
the shoemaker brothers

EDITOR’S PICKS

Best use of vacant space for a cultural event:

Open Borders

2Some people see empty space as empty space, others see possibility. Thousand Oaks film producer, photographer and entrepreneur Larry Janss saw the latter while surveying the cavernous remains of Borders Books following its closure earlier this year. He partnered with a group of eager hipsters from an arts nonprofit called Regenerate, and in two quick months, put together what was easily the most inspired and well-attended arts festival of the year.

Called the “most eclectic local festival in the Southland” by the L.A. Times, the Open Borders Summer of Music and Art ran from June 2 to Aug. 7 and featured a diverse roster of performers, including the Doors’ Ray Manzarek, Daniel Johnston, Jefferson Starship and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. True to its name, Open Borders made room for every sector of the arts from dance to poetry, graffiti art to sculpture and more. The entire event was streamed live to the Open Borders website and volunteers made good use of social networking by updating Facebook throughout the event’s run.

It’s no simple task to fill 40,000 square feet with art and entertainment and keep people continually engaged, but Janss et al. found a way. “We all knew that it would be a lot of work,” Larry Janss told VCReporter in June, “but it really turned into a labor of love for everyone involved.”

— Michel Cicero 

Cultural fest

1st Place
Casa Pacifica Angels Wine
& Food Festival

2nd Place
Ventura ArtWalk

3rd Place
Oxnard Salsa Festival

Dance troupe

1st Place
Pin-Down Girls

2nd Place
Claddagh Dance Company

3rd Place
hir bois drag kings

Library

1st Place
Camarillo
4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo
388-5222

2nd place
E.P. Foster
651 E. Main St., Ventura
648-2715

3rd place
Oxnard
251 South A St., Oxnard
385-7500

Live music venue

1st Place
Zoey’s Cafe
185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura
652-1137

2nd Place
Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura
653-0721

3rd Place
Watermark on main/w2o
598 E. Main St., Ventura
643-6800

Local Comedian

1st Place
Stickboy

TIE
2nd Place
jeff urrea
Travis Greer

3rd Place
daryl rummens

Museum

1st Place
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura
653-0323

2nd Place
Ronald Reagan Presidential
Library & Museum
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley
522-2977

3rd Place
Gull wings Children’s museum
418 W. 4th St.., Oxnard
483-3005

Politician

TIE
1st Place
Elton Gallegly

STeve Bennett

2nd Place
Lois Capps

3rd Place
Bill Fulton

Radio personality

1st Place
Bo Jackson (B95.1)

2nd Place
Tom Spence & Stickboy (KVTA)

3rd Place
Rico and Mambo (Q104.7)

Radio station

1st place
Q104.7

2nd Place
100.7 KHAY

3rd Place
1520 KVTA

Teacher 

1st Place
tabitha sanchez

2nd Place
kylie gongola

THree—way TIE
3rd Place
dan nelson
heidi moon
frank davis

Theater Company

1st Place
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main St., Ventura
667-2900

2nd place
Ventura Improv Company
34 N. Palm St., Ventura
643-5701

3rd place
Theater 150
316 E. Matilija St., Ojai
646-4300

Theater production

(From July 2010 to June 2011)
1st Place
lonesome traveler (Rubicon)

2nd Place
annie (ojai art center)

3rd Place
les miserables (high street
arts center)

Visual Artist

1st Place
mb hanrahan

2nd Place
rhonda Johnston

TIE
3rd Place
briana bainbridge
hilda kilpatrick

Volunteer

1st Place
Chamalene johnson

2nd Place
Elsie Grigsby

3rd Place
erika harding