Arts Listings: Week of May 18, 2023

There’s still time to see Dis Connection at Studio Channel Islands’ Blackboard Gallery, on exhibit through May 27. Pictured: “Foreign Bodies” by Maria Adela Diaz.


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BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS May 20-21.: “Goddess,” a workshop taught by Maryann Cord focused on building a figure in clay. No experience necessary. $125 members; 150 nonmembers; materials and communal vegetarian lunch included. Through June 25: Of Earth and Fire, recent work by Maryann Cord, Linda Illumanardi and Caryl St. Ama; and President’s Show, art from the Southern California Chapter of the American Ceramic Society. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, 805-646-3381,

H GALLERY May 20-July 23. Indigenous Wisdom, the art of Mariana Peirano and Carlos Grasso, and Navigating Infinity, recent work by Jason Brock. Opening reception on Saturday, May 20, 6-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-293-1616,

SANTA PAULA SOCIETY OF THE ARTS Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m. Artist Demo featuring Pam Salem, who works primarily in pastels. You will have the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow art lovers, as well as the artist themselves, and gain insights into their creative processes. Santa Paula Train Depot, 200 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-933-4226,


DAB ART Ongoing. The contemporary art organization is currently seeking submissions of work in any media for group and solo exhibitions at H Gallery and Studios in Ventura. Submit three to 20 images; $35 entry fee. For submission guidelines, online application and more information, visit


THE CHILDREN’S HOUR Through June 4. Scandal erupts at a boarding school when two headmistresses are unjustly accused of having an affair. Written by Lilliam Hellman in 1934, the play was controversial in its day and today remains a relevant examination of the horrors of intolerance. Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre. Mature subject matter; recommended for ages 12+. ARTSpace Black Box Theater, 2956 School St., Simi Valley, For reservations, contact Jan Glasband at

CINDERELLA JR. Through May 21. The classic tale about a downtrodden beauty, a fairy godmother, an enchanted evening and a fateful meeting with a handsome prince – all adapted for young actors and presented by Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio. $12. OYES, 907 El Centro St., Ojai,

DISAPPEARING ACT Through May 28. The secrets of three people are slowly and surprisingly revealed in this original mystery play written by Peter Fox and featuring live magic. $24. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797,

HOME, I’M DARLING Through May 21. High-achieving career woman Judy Martin dreams of a simpler time and rebrands herself as a 1950s housewife. Things go awry when reality starts creeping in. This award-winning play is directed by Sarah Boughton and produced by SPTC’s own Leslie Hackel Nichols and Jessi May Stevenson. $22-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645,

INTO THE WOODS JR. Through May 21. Classic fairy tales collide with unexpected consequences in this musical mashup that marks the final installment of Young Artists Ensemble’s Family Theatre Season. $12-19. Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, 805-381-1246,


643 PROJECT SPACE Through May 26. His, Hers, and Theirs, works by Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz. Marjorie’s paintings play with color and light, while Bob’s suggest aspects of the human condition. Their collaborations create mesmerizing and complicated art. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura,

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Recently opened: Pollination Investigation, a set of 14 posters (in English and Spanish) detailing the many animals that serve as pollinators and their role in the natural world. Created and presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian Gardens. Ongoing: Farm to Market, an interactive exhibit promoting healthy lifestyles through role play; plus antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive and more. Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100,

ANNA’S CIDER Through May 31. De Colores Multicultural Folk Arts will host their 6th Annual Women’s Art Show. Anna’s Ciders, 801 E. Main St., Santa Paula.

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through May 27. Dis Connection, contemporary works that explore the multigenerational trauma of forced displacement. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368,

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through July 1. Nature’s Apotheosis, new views of Ventura County’s backcountry and the Channel Islands by Robert Wassell. Reception on Friday, June 2, 6-9 p.m. Studio 99 at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235,

CAMARILLO ART CENTER Through May 28. <em≥May Daze.. 3150 E. Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo,

CANVAS AND PAPER Through June 11. Works by Alfred Wallis. 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai,

CASA BARRANCA WINERY Through June 30. Paintings by artist Sharon Russell will be on display at the Ojai winery and tasting room. 208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai,

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Sept. 26: PORT/TRAIT, a beautiful collection of never-before-seen daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, stereographs and carte de visite. It also includes a unique collection of embroidered sailor and maritime-themed portraits. Reception on May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through May 30: A pop-up exhibit of sustainability art made by Marie McKenzie, featuring work made from salvaged wood and other earth-friendly materials. Ongoing: Maritime art covering Asian, European and American seafaring history; the Marple Model Ship Collection; exhibits on whales, sailors and the Port of Hueneme and more. 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 805-984-6260,

DUDLEY HOUSE HISTORIC MUSEUM Ongoing. The National Historic Landmark was built in 1892 by Selwyn Shaw for lima bean farmer B.W. Dudley, and is one of the last pioneer farmhouses in Ventura. On display are artifacts and other elements showcasing aspects of life from 1895 to 1925. Open for tours the first Sunday of the month. COVID protocols will be strictly followed. 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura, 805-642-3345,

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 30. Side by Side, oil, pastel and collage by Thomas Hardcaste and landscapes and seascapes by Bobbi Balderman. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800,

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Ongoing. Art and artisan crafts created by 10 resident BAA members. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750,

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through June 19. Dreaming of Colours. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747,

KWAN FONG GALLERY Opened April 20. 2023 Dibble Art Competition and Student Art Showcase, featuring art by CLU students of any major, and Infinite Potential: A Selection of Ceramics, by Janet Neuwalder. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697,

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Opened April 20: ArTexture, automotive-themed tapestries, paintings and sculptures by Keith Collins. Ongoing: The famed auto museum pays tribute to French automotive design, with coaches from the 1800s, Bugattis from the 1920s-30s, Concours d’Elegance winners and more. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; advance tickets required. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400,

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. Impressive display of vintage automobiles and Americana, as well as the Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club and the car-centric art in the Fireball Art Gallery. Muscles and Mojo car show in the parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month. The museum is now open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1930 Eastman Ave., Oxnard, 805-487-4333,

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 28: Finding the Light, works from the museum’s permanent collection that showcase how light can elicit emotion, tell stories and convey meaning; All That Glitters Is Not Gold, the Jazz Age in Ventura County; and Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors. Through September 2023: Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at the George Stuart Historical Figures® Collection. Through Dec. 31, 2023: Always Keep Creating: The Resiliency of Carol Rosenak. Ongoing: MVC Gallery Marketplace, exhibits devoted to the Chumash, the history of Ventura County, online exhibits and resources and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or

OJAI ART CENTER Through June 29. S.B. Printmakers, featuring works made using monotype, woodcut, lino cuts and etching techniques. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117,

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Ongoing. Small exhibitions on a range of topics related to the history of the Ojai Valley, as well as virtual talks and more. Now open Friday-Sunday. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390,

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORIC PARK Ongoing. The Olivas Adobe is now open the second Sunday of each month for visitors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The historic park invites all plein air artists to come out to the site for creative inspiration, from the rose garden and 160-year-old fuchsia to the rancho and the bell tower. In addition, Laura Jean Jespersen’s The Romance of the Adobe will be on exhibit in the small adobe.

There will be raffles, historic interpreters, an al fresco gift shop and more.

4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura,

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Ongoing. Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033,

RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. The 40-acre landmark and museum is one of the best surviving examples of an early California rancho and honors the area’s Spanish and Mexican heritage. “Last Sundays at the Landmark” take place the last Sunday of every month, and include docent-led tours, music and more. Open every Sunday for docent-led tours; group and special-focus tours by appointment. Situated off of Highway 126, two miles east of Piru. 805-521-1501,

realART Ongoing. The art gallery in Whizin Market Square features works by a variety of contemporary artists. Whizin Market Square, 28861 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000,

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Through Aug. 13: Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. bringing together hundreds of original objects, owned by both victims and perpetrators and bearing witness to the horrors of the Holocaust, from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and other institutions. This is the only time this exhibit will be on the West Coast. Recommended for ages 12+. Ongoing: Permanent exhibits include Air Force One, an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, an M-1 Abrams tank and more. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354,

SANDRA AND JORDAN LABY GALLERY Ongoing. An Historical Eye, oil paintings, dye sublimations and gold-leaf prints from renowned artists Michael O’Kelly, to be displayed on the newly created arts space downstairs at the Rubicon Theatre Company. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900,

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Sept. 10: On the Ranch, paintings and drawings of artist Andrea Vargas’s familial homes in Santa Paula and Ventura. Through July 9: Shadow and Light: The Landscape Paintings of Bruce Everett, sweeping landscapes of Los Angeles and the Central Coast filled with drama from the San Luis Obispo artist’s 60-year career. Free family days on the first Sunday of the month. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or

SPICETOPIA Through June 15. The spice and tea shop will display original artwork by members of the Buenaventura Art Association. 576 E. Main St., Ventura,

VENTURA POTTERY GALLERY Ongoing. Talented ceramic artists from across Ventura County make up the Ventura County Potters Guild, and they display their works — housewares, home decor, figurines and more — at the guild’s gallery and shop in Ventura Harbor. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105, Ventura, 805-644-6800,

VITA ART CENTER Through May 20. Uncharted Terrain: Imagined Landscapes, the familiar and otherworldly beauty of the natural world through the eyes of Hilary Brace, David Eddington and Astrid Preston; Flower Etchings by Dan McCleary; and Emulations of Chicken, chicken figurines sculpted by participants in the Vita Art Center Teen Art Program. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214,

WAV GALLERY Through May 20. The Hive Collaborative. Be a part of our Hive on opening night and come support local visual and literary artists, youth groups, and beekeepers while we celebrate how incredible and vital bees are! Learn what challenges bees face in today’s modern world and easy solutions to help support these amazing creatures. Free and open to the public. Local honey will be available for purchase. WAV Art Gallery, 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura.