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The public is invited to watch artist Minga Opazo as she works to create an outdoor art installation at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. Opazo draws inspiration from her native Chile and incorporates elements from her current coastal home of Ventura to create powerful outdoor installations. Using raw natural fibers from Chile, Opazo will weave her designs into the Museum’s gates around the plaza to create an artwork that will change, erode and decompose, introducing the component of time into her work.
Opazo will begin installing her work Sept. 22 during Museum hours and will complete the installation in time for the 2018 ArtWalk Ventura, Oct. 6-7. Visitors are encouraged to come and observe the creative process. Opazo will lead a free weaving workshop at the Museum, noon to 2 p.m., Oct. 7. Admission to the museum will be free during the ArtWalk Ventura weekend.
As a fine artist, Opazo’s mixed media work consists mostly of prints and textiles, as well as wood burning, paintings and drawings, as influenced by her heritage, identity and the natural world. Opazo emigrated to the United States from Chile as a non-English speaking fifteen-year-old, an experience which wove together two distinct cultures and continues to be present in her work. She graduated from the University of California, Berkley in 2016 with a B.A. in Fine Art.
About the Museum
The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. The museum has two locations. The main museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 and is open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 805-653-0323. The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, CA 93060 and is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 805-525-3100. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org .