History has proven that art and culture entwine. The extent of that impact may vary, however, as do the driving forces that encourage artistic efforts. In Ventura County, the Ventura Artists’ Union (VAU) was vital to this effort for years. It was formed in 1993 by Joe Cardella. He is a 28-year Ventura County resident and artist who serves as director of ARTLIFE MOCA, a virtual gallery, and publisher emeritus of the highly regarded ARTLIFE, recognized as the longest continually published artists’ periodical of the 20th century. Cardella first tried to establish a contemporary art museum. When that...Read More
Author: Daphne Khalida Kilea
Opening Bike HUB opened at Two Rivers Park, 100 D St. in Fillmore. The store is a collaboration between nonprofit BikeVentura and the Fillmore Parks and Recreation Department. Bike HUB is a do-it-together community bicycle shop and secondhand bike thrift store that is staffed by master mechanics and volunteers. … Forever 21 opened at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard. The store offers cutting-edge fashion and chic trends, accessories and beauty products at great deals. The 16,182-square-foot store is located between H&M and Cotton On. … Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is opening its first store with a grand opening...Read More
Opening The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) held an open house for its new district administrative center at 761 E. Daily Drive, suite 200, in Camarillo. The new site is centrally located and provides improved accessibility for students, staff, faculty and community members in the VCCCD service areas. … Caring Transitions of Ventura County (CTVC) opened at 13770 Gunsmoke Road in Moorpark. The company specializes in senior relocation, and planned and unexpected transition services, including estate sales and online auctions, downsizing and decluttering, and more (i.e., create a customized transition). CTVC participates in the comprehensive Certified Relocation Transition...Read More
Opening Empty Hangers opened at 2221 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. The consignment store offers a wide selection of new and gently used designer and brand-name apparel for newborns to women, accessories and home décor. Items are added monthly, and the store sells, buys and trades new and gently used clothing. … Santa Barbara-based eatery Los Agaves Restaurant has opened at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard, becoming the center’s first Mexican dining spot. The restaurant serves award-winning Mexican cuisine with an innovative twist. … Discount grocer Aldi opened at 635 S. Ventura Road in Oxnard. The retail store offers...Read More
THREADS TO THE PAST | Oaxacan artist Porfirio Gutiérrez weaves together history, art, culture and tradition
Porfirio Gutiérrez, 38, is a renowned Zapotec weaver who, at the age of 12, learned the skill from his father while growing up in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. As he recounts, that was the culture; weaving was a way of life. While weaving is still a source of income for some Zapotecos, many have long since adapted to the influences of time by opting for money-saving alternatives and utilizing less time-consuming practices, such as the use of chemical dyes. According to Gutiérrez, most of the younger generation no longer grow up weaving due to school or other opportunities....Read More
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