William Turtle: An Undiscovered Legacy
Oct
4
to Dec 29

William Turtle: An Undiscovered Legacy

WILLIAM TURTLE'S UNDISCOVERED LEGACY

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) presents "William Turtle: Undiscovered Legacy", opening Thursday, October 4, from 6-9pm and continuing until Saturday, December 29, 2018.

This is a comprehensive exhibition of an important - yet completely undiscovered - artist who practiced various forms of art, from geometric assemblage to metal and wood sculpture, to collage and found object derived works. "Billy" - as he's known to his friends - is fondly remembered for practicing his art daily while supporting himself as a woodworker in a well known collective studio on Main Street in Santa Monica for many decades. He rarely participated in shows - the occasional Venice Art Walk, and a couple of exhibitions in the 1990's organized by artist friend Sandy Bleifer at the Bradbury Building and a local El Salvadoran cultural center. Decades later, he's been rediscovered.

Upon an urgent call from Bleifer on a rainy day in March 2018, ViCA discovered his work left behind in his studio, and many other artist's works being thrown in a dumpster, and endeavored to protect and preserve, clean and document them.

Partly as a result of the sudden devastating death of his wife and lifelong companion Bonnie - longtime part of Venice's venerable Small World Books - early in 2018, and less than a month later being evicted from his studio with just a few weeks notice - another casualty of gentrification - Billy was brought back to the east coast to live with his immediate family and unfortunately is no longer able to make his beloved art.

As part of our ongoing mission we present the remaining lifelong work of William "Billy" Turtle, along with insightful exhibits from a future-forward thinking, yet historical perspective.

There will be a comprehensive catalog of Turtle's body of works published following the exhibition, with essays by Curator Anna Dusi and Director of ViCA Juri Koll, among others.

ViCA is part of the The Loft in San Pedro/Los Angeles at 401 S Mesa St, San Pedro, CA 90731. ViCA Hours FOR THIS SHOW ONLY: Saturday 1-4pm - PLEASE call first to confirm you arrival, first Thursdays of each month, 6-9pm, and by appointment.

For inquiries:
Juri Koll/ViCA
juri@veniceica.org



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Far & Near
Jan
3
to Feb 28

Far & Near

In the main Loft galleries, we present new painting from abroad by Sulamit Elizondo (Mexico), Roman Traexler (Austria), and Waseem Marzouki (Syria) and nearby from Juri Koll, Doug Edge, MB Boissonnault, and Jodi Bonassi (Southern California).

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 6-9pm.

We’re planning an Artist Talk and Tour during January TBA.

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ViCA: Collection Selections
Mar
7
to Apr 27

ViCA: Collection Selections

Featuring Sam Francis, Cosimo Cavallaro, Peter Alexander, Saul Koll, George Koll, KuBO, Uschi Lüdemann, Joost de Jonge, Dick Keltner, William Turtle, Mike Street, Courtney Heather, Edmund Teske, Peeter Allik, Anonymous Boh, Taje Tross, Toomas Küusing, Tönis Laanemaa. Phil Santos, Theodore Svenningsen, Mark Munski, Josh "Bagel" Klassman, Oscar Spierenberg, and Michael Streitley

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Edge to Edge
May
2
to Jun 28

Edge to Edge


Renowned artists from Southern California and Estonia will be specially selected for the exhibition to begin at ViCA’s galleries in Los Angeles, then travel to Estonia. Cultural figures will participate in talks, tours and workshops - a cultural exchange to promote progress, activism, and peace - finding common ground, new ways of seeing and expressing their innermost views to the world at large.

Exchange will happen, from painting to sculpture, performance and film, to the written word. A catalog will be published following the exhibition.

This is especially prescient, as Estonia, along with other Baltic states, celebrates it’s 100th anniversary of independence, from their emergence as free, democratic countries in 1918.


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Fine Arts Film Festival
May
24
to May 25

Fine Arts Film Festival

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The 6th Annual Fine Arts Film Festival (FAFF) presents the finest films in the world about art, photography, collectors and artists of all mediums in and out of their studios, galleries, museums, public art, and alternative art spaces. This includes video art, created as a Film or a Virtual Reality medium and newly created categories - Screenplays.

Featuring exceptionally creative and important films about art, artists, and the art world - many premiering for the first time in the United States - from all over the world.

 

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Beyond Baroque 50th Anniversary Art Auction & Gala
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Beyond Baroque 50th Anniversary Art Auction & Gala

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Beyond Baroque's 50th Anniversary "Bohemian Bacchanal," celebrated the legendary literary center’s half century mark, and featured an auction of work by some of LA’s most iconic artists.

The auction kicked off the festivities with more than 60 works from some of the world’s most notable artists, including Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Gronk, Robbie Conal, Catherine Ruane, Barbara Kerwin, Bob Branaman, Gloriane Harris, and Francisco Toledo. Items included rare books, poems and artifacts from Beyond Baroque's unique literary archive, as well as items donated by the Venice business community. 

The catalog published online contains information on what remains available from the auction.

Works were donated by the artists, Andy Schwarz, Board President of Beyond Baroque, and ViCA. For inquires about specific works available, call Juri Koll at 310-957-7037.

AUCTION CATALOG

Staged in the Venice Arts Plaza adjacent to Beyond Baroque’s landmark building, the catered dinner presented a historic lineup of L.A.’s leading artists, performers, poets and authors, highlighted by presentations honoring actor/poet Viggo Mortensen, a long-time supporter of the non-profit organization, and award-winning poet Will Alexander. The evening also paid tribute to Beyond Baroque founder, George Drury Smith.

Among the performers who graced the stage were John Doe and Exene Cervenka (who first met at Beyond Baroque and formed the iconic LA band X); John Densmore, founding member of The Doors; legendary jazz trumpeter Bobby Bradford; Chris D (Divine Horsemen; Flesh Eaters); Julie Christensen (Divine Horsemen; Leonard Cohen); and poet Kamau Daáood, among others.

The landmark arts complex surrounding the former Venice City Hall (now occupied by Beyond Baroque) includes unique sustainable landscaping curated by Kiss The Ground and Safe Place for Youth, the Poet’s Garden and artwork in the Mike Kelley Gallery, and a unique collection of poetry and literature for sale in the bookstore.

For tickets and information:
http://beyondbaroque.org/gala
310-822-3006
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Out In The Street
Sep
21
to Oct 21

Out In The Street

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art ViCA and Muzeumm present a unique fine art photography exhibition "Out In The Street", which focuses on a nearly 200 year tradition in art. We invite works created with a camera that address urban challenges and solutions in terms of social issues, justice, political protest, demonstrations, geographical, and/or philisophically creative ways of seeing what's out in the street or out of doors - from around the world. This exhibition will include world renowned street photography from historically significant fine art photographers including:

Asif Ahmed 

Debe Arlook

Sunny Bak 

Hasmik Bezirdzhyan

Nick Bradley

Rodrick Bradley

Larry Brownstein

Cosimo Cavallaro

Ray Carofano

Liz Chayes

Jeremiah Chechik

Diane Cockerill

Lynne Deutch

L. Aviva Diamond

Jenny Donaire

Doug Edge

Maureen Haldeman

Louis Jacinto

Josh “Bagel” Klassman

Juri Koll

Eric Kunsman

Stephen Levey

Lawrie Margrave

Leigh Marling

Alberto Mesirca

Stefanie Nafé

Ave Pildas

Osceola Refetoff

Dotan Saguy

Buku Sarkar

Lana Shmulevich

Carl Shubs

Ted Soqui

Stephen Spiller

Stephenie Sydney

Edmund Teske

David Valera

Jody Zellen


Curated by Director of ViCA Juri Koll, the exhibition will take place from September 21 - October 21, 2018 at Muzeumm in Los Angeles, a pre-eminent exhibition space in the burgeoning West Adams District of Los Angeles, California. 

Opening Event Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 to 10 pm.

Closing Reception: Talk/Panel Discussion/Q&A with Artists/Guests, Sunday, October 21 from 1-3pm.

Out In The Street - Caught in the Act - A Brief History

•  Following the exhibition a catalog will be published by ViCA about Out In The Street which will be available for purchase (at cost to participating artists), and afterward available free online..

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Fine Arts Film Festival
May
11
to May 12

Fine Arts Film Festival

The 5th Annual Fine Arts Film Festival (FAFF) presented the finest films in the world about art, photography, collectors and artists of all mediums in and out of their studios, galleries, museums, public art, and alternative art spaces. This included video art, created as a Film or a Virtual Reality medium.

Featuring exceptionally creative and important films about art, artists, and the art world - many premiering for the first time in the United States - from all over the world.

Schedule of Films

2018 Award Winners: 

Best Narrative Feature - Kupal/Iran

Best Documentary Feature - The Secret Life of Portligat: Salvador Dali's House/Spain

Best Director - Signe Roderik/The Art of Silence/Denmark

Best Documentary Short - Plakat: The Birth of Modern Advertising/Germany

Best Narrative Short - Passage: Wall to Wall/France

Best Cinematography - Simone Cariello/Murmur of the Marble/Italy

Best Score or Original Music - Chamber Music Wonderland/Austria

Best Animated Film - Land of the Fairies/Israel

Best Experimental Film - The Third Breath/France

Best Student Film - Ray Richardson - Our Side of the Water/Belgium

Best Documentary VR - Paris Terror: The Hostages from the Hyper Cacher/Germany

Best Narrative VR - Leggenda/France

Dan Wood Audience Award: Getting Lucky/United States

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Art In A New Place.
Mar
10
to May 6

Art In A New Place.

 

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) and the Long Beach Museum of Art Annex presented Art in a New Place. The venue - known as LBMAx - featured 39 works curated from artists featured in the ViCA 2017 Annual by Ron Nelson, Executive Director of LBMA. The exhibit included drawing, painting, photography and sculpture from internationally known artists. The exhibition is part of ViCA's mission to present Southern California artists - and included Peter Alexander, Sonja Schenk, Barbara Kolo, John Eden, Linda Sue Price, and Ned Evans.

ViCA 2017 Annual
 

“I’m very proud of this exhibit and look forward to its presentation to the community.  The Art Exchange has become an important venue for showcasing established and emerging artists’ works and this exhibit contains an exciting combination in several medium by both.”  

-Ron Nelson, Executive Director LBMA
 

“At ViCA, we curate well known artists with up-and-coming artists because we believe it’s the most effective way to preserve and promote our creative community - in this case we’ve included those from The Long Beach/San Pedro Harbor area, which has become a another creative hub for Southern California. We’re so pleased that Ron Nelson has made a selection of these for ARTX - we know people will want to see this show.”  

- Juri Koll, Director,ViCA

Featuring: Peter Alexander   Ginny Barrett   Bob Branaman   Cosimo Cavallaro   Dave Clark   Jean Edelstein John Eden   Ned Evans   Scott Grieger   Courtney Heather   Jeongmyo Kim   Joel King   Juri Koll   Barbara Kolo   KuBO   Elena Kulnikova   Campbell Laird   Cody Lusby   Lawrie Margrave   Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass   Lena Moross   Stefanie Nafé   Robert Nelson   Hung Viet Nguyen   Terry O'Shea   LInda Sue Price   Alison Ragguette   Georgina Reskala   Mark Rebennack   Frederika Roeder   John Rosewall   Kerri Sabine-Wolf   Sonja Schenk   Jon Seaton   Caryl St. Ama   Theodore Svenningsen   Edmund Teske   Ron Therrio   Reginald Van Langenhove

An opening reception celebrated Art in a New Place on Saturday, March 10, 2018 and was open to the public from March 10th to May 6th, 2018.

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LBMAx

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Art in Place.
Nov
4
to Mar 3

Art in Place.

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"Art in Place." opened Saturday, November 4, 2017. The exhibition continues through March 3, 2018 by appointment and is located at the Newberry Lofts, 433 Pine Ave., Long Beach California 90802. Artists selected by Curator Juri Koll include KuBORenee Tanner, Gloriane Harris, Cosimo CavallaroMB BoissonaultTheodore Svenningsen, Ron Therrio, and Reginald Van Langenhove, and works from the collection of ViCA by artists such as John Baldessari,  Sam Francis and Edmund Teske, as well as a never-before-seen work by Terry O'Shea, which was restored for this exhibition by artist-to-the-artists Jack Brogan. A monumental sculpture was commissioned and executed for this exhibition by Ron Therrio.

There will be catalog issued for this exhibition.

The list of artists curated into this exhibition:

John Baldessari

Sandy Bleifer

MB Boissonault

Jodi Bonassi

Bob Branaman

Cosimo Cavallaro

John Eden

Sam Francis

Gloriane Harris

Joel King

Barbara Kolo

KuBO

Maria Larsson

Lawrie Margrave

Hung Viet Nguyen

Terry O’Shea

Max Presneill

Phil Santos

Sonja Schenk

Theodore Svenningsen

Osceola Refetoff

Reginald Van Langenhove

J. Renee Tanner

Edmund Teske

Ron Therrio

Jae Hwa Yoo  

 

Open Call Selection

 

Ginny Barrett

Chenhung Chen

David Clark

Denise DeGrazia

Jeanne Dunn

Matt Ehrmann

Lewis Francis

Stephanie Han

Courtney Heather

Elena Kulikova

Cody Lusby

Emily Maddigan

Kim Marra

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass

Lena Moross

Cat Chiu Phillips

Linda Sue Price

Mark Rebennack

Georgina Regala

Frederika Roeder

John Rosewall

Karrie Ross

Caryl St. Ama

Christine Sawicky

Linda Stelling

Katie Stubblefield

Stephanie Sydney

Scott Trimble

Tracy Weiss



ViCA,  in association with Engel & Völkers (representing the Newberry Lofts) presents the exhibition in 7000 sq. ft. of exhibition space in several newly completed condominiums at the Newberry Lofts located on historic Pine Ave. in downtown Long Beach, CA. 
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Conversations on the Art & History of Venice Beach
Sep
2
3:30 PM15:30

Conversations on the Art & History of Venice Beach

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Focusing on the unique, venerable, boundary-busting history and art of Venice Beach, Betty Ann Brown will moderate a free-wheeling panel discussion and Q&A with artists from the acclaimed Venice: Now & Then exhibition - including Jean Edelstein, Scott Grieger, Victor Henderson, Juri Koll, and Catherine Ruane. An updated version of the catalog will be available at the event, and can be ordered online at https://www.createspace.com/7404392

Artists featured in the exhibition, which will be on view, are:
Martha Alf
John Baldessari
Bob Branaman
Jean Edelstein
Doug Edge
Ned Evans
Scott Grieger
Victor Henderson
Juri Koll
Ann McCoy
Catherine Ruane
Rena Small

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

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Venice: Now & Then
Aug
5
to Sep 3

Venice: Now & Then

Cutting edge artists - historically and in present practice - in Venice.

Martha Alf    John Baldessari   Bob Branaman   Jean Edelstein

Doug Edge   Ned Evans   Scott Grieger   Victor Henderson

Juri Koll   Ann McCoy   Catherine Ruane   Rena Small

Curated by Juri Koll. Catalog Foreword by David S. Rubin and Essay by Betty Ann Brown. Click to Order Catalog.

  NED EVANS - WIOTA, 1983 (Detail)

NED EVANS - WIOTA, 1983 (Detail)

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Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation from Southern California
May
14
to Jul 9

Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation from Southern California

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The twelve artists in “Trans Angeles” come from many different cultures, geographies, communities, skill sets, and life experiences. All of them draw quite deeply and deliberately on this multiplicity within themselves. By bringing together these twelve very different artists of very similar spirit, then, “Trans Angeles” demonstrates the inner as well as outer “globality” of the southern California artist. Curated by Peter Frank.

Fatemeh Burnes   Cosimo Cavallaro   Gisela Colón

Gronk   KuBO   Maya Mercer   Kirk Pedersen

Mei Xian Qiu   Katsuhisa Sakai   John White

Jae Hwa Yoo   Zadik Zadikian

 Peter Frank Speaking at the Opening

Peter Frank Speaking at the Opening

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Hollywood & Fine
Apr
8
to May 20

Hollywood & Fine

Hollywood in the spotlight - as an important way of seeing the world - from the glitz, to the glamour, to the gutter, from the personalities to the pipe dreams, from stardom to stardust. Artists in the context of artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat.

Matt Aston   Jean Michel Basquiat   Jodi Bonassi

Carolyn M. Campbell   Lisa Derrick   Corey Deshon

Sam Erenberg   Simone Gad   Tanner Goldbeck   Eva Hassmann

Juri Koll   Reginald Van Langenhove   Meryl Lebowitz   Ofer

Mei Xian Qiu   Phil Santos   Elena Mary Siff   Sandy Shimooka

Mike Street   Stephanie Sydney   Edmund Teske

Andy Warhol/Louie Waldon

  MICHAEL DELGADO - CLAUDIA, 2016

MICHAEL DELGADO - CLAUDIA, 2016

 

 

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Level
Jan
12
to Jan 15

Level

LEVEL is a group show of photographic works from the Pacific fringes of California and Japan. The selected works explore personal history within context of various environments; natural or manufactured. Locating oneself in a place of exchanging information and understanding the symbols of senses, the subject will ease in to communicate with the environment and focus their attention on it. “Level” is the measure of environmental sustainability and cultural sustainability of the space or place creating a indicative sense of relativity to human geography. Curated by Juri Koll & Kio Griffith. Co-sponsored by TYPE.

Sally Coates   Kenichiro Egami   Kio Griffith
Mayumi Hamanaka   Hiroyo Kaneko
Juri Koll   Chris Komater   Yasuo Konishi   Maria Larrson
Lawrie Margrave   Chihiro Minato   Masami Murao
Toshi Onuki   Kazuyuki Ozonoe   Ave Pildas
Chiaki Saito   Keiko Sotokubo
Ken Takewaki   Edmund Teske   Kanendo Watanabe

 

 

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Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation from Southern California
Mar
18
to May 6

Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation from Southern California

The twelve artists in “Trans Angeles” come from many different cultures, geographies, communities, skill sets, and life experiences. All of them draw quite deeply and deliberately on this multiplicity within themselves. By bringing together these twelve very different artists of very similar spirit, then, “Trans Angeles” demonstrates the inner as well as outer “globality” of the southern California artist. Curated by Peter Frank.

Fatemeh Burnes   Cosimo Cavallaro   Gisela Colón

Gronk   KuBO   Maya Mercer   Kirk Pedersen

Mei Xian Qiu   Katsuhisa Sakai   John White

Jae Hwa Yoo   Zadik Zadikian

 INSTALLATION AT CHABOT MUSEUM

INSTALLATION AT CHABOT MUSEUM

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Abstract Never Is
Jan
29
to Apr 9

Abstract Never Is

Abstract Photography has a long, illustrious, inspiring tradition, which extends to contemporary photographers’ work. Abstract Never Is means to convey the concept that an abstract photographic image never truly escapes the process of pueng the lens in front of the eye and clicking the shutter. The moment of conception of an abstract photograph requires intention, place, surface, object, and time, to mention a few aspects. If it is successful, it thrives on the border of the known and the unknown. The moment and the timeless. A successful abstract photograph requires both - and balances on the heft of each. Curated by Juri Koll & Mishelle Moross. Click to Order Catalog.

Fatemeh Burnes   Sasha vom Dorp   Kio Griffith

Diane Holland   Suda House   Juri Koll   KuBO

Lawrie Margrave   Stefanie Nafé   Kirk Pedersen

Osceola Refetoff   Lisa Rosel   Edmund Teske

 

  EDMUND TESKE - CHICAGO, 1938

EDMUND TESKE - CHICAGO, 1938

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Sep
19
to Oct 29

Venice: Here & Now

The 15 artists define the significant role Venice plays in the global art world and highlight the efforts ViCA is making to sustain the creatives of our community despite accelerated gentrification and displacement of artists on a daily basis. 

“Since it’s founding in 1905, Venice has always been an artists community. Here and now our artist friends are being evicted and endangered on a daily basis. Many of the artists included in this exhibit are in having to cope with the possibility of leaving the place where they are inspired to create. We highlight their work in order to help them thrive here, not merely survive here. That’s what ViCA is all about.” Juri Koll, Founder and Director of ViCA

Javier De Aubeyzon   Sandy Bleifer   Mb Boissonnault

Fatemeh Burnes   Dani Dodge   Janet Gervers   Gloriane Harris

Amy Kaps   KuBO   Mei Xian Qiu   Sonja Schenk   Lisa Rosel

May Sun   Edmund Teske   Jennifer Verge

 MB BOISSONNAULT

MB BOISSONNAULT

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Jun
13
to Jul 18

New Works

New Works by Southern California artists. Curated by Kathy Leonardo & Juri Koll. Sponsored by LA Art Party.

Tyler Cummings   Scott Horton   Juri Koll

Bethany London   Sonia MIrzaei   Jason Ostro

Phil Santos   Jennifer Verge   Stephanie Visser

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Water Works II
May
9
to Oct 1

Water Works II

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Following on the acclaim and success of their Water Works show, the Porch Gallery Ojai and The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) presented Water Works II, an international juried exhibition including works from as far away as China. Water Works II is broadly focused on the myriad issues related to water - from its beauty, its scarcity, its importance to human life, the politics of it, to its environmental issues and beyond. 

Spread between the exhibition space at Porch Gallery Ojai and The Ojai Art Center the show featured 70 pieces of work by 54 artists*. In addition to the gallery venues, three commissioned sculptures were installed in and around Ojai by artists KuBo (Besant Hill School), Sonja Schenk (The Farmer and the Cook) and Alberto Bevacqua (Porch Gallery Ojai). The exhibition traveled to the Glendale Community College Art Gallery in September, 2015,

During the opening weekend, on Saturday, May 9th, a panel discussion moderated by ViCA Director Juri Koll regarding water issues was held next to Porch Gallery Ojai at Modern Folk Living from 4-5 p.m. Liam Carpenter-Urquhart, a senior from The Thacher School in Ojai, presented a poem to open the discussion. On Sunday, May 10th, Johnny Fonteyn of Rio Gozo Farms conducted a special tour of his organic farm in upper Ojai at Besant Hill School covering topics such as organic farming in Ojai, water use and conservation in a farm setting, and the farms role and impact on the natural ecosystem.

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*Accepted artists:

Richard Amend, Susan Amorde, Nurit Avesar, Vince Baworouski, Bobbi Bennett, MB Boissonnault, Bill Leigh Brewer, Gary Brewer, Patricia Chidlaw, Diane Cockerill, Duane Dammeyer, Bibi Davidson, Lynne Deutch, Bill Dewey, L. Aviva Diamond, Elizabeth Garat, Jack Halbert, Sharon Hardy, Mark Indig, Cynthia James, Amy Kaczur, Colleen M Kelly, J. J. L'heureux, Terri Laine, Campbell Laird, Feng Ling, Daniel Leighton, Daniel Jack Lyons, Aline Mare, Bruce Mcallister, Jim Mcaninch, Mary Mcgill, Wendy Osher, Ann Phong, Osceola Refetoff, Kate Register, Gay Summer Rick, Shawn K. Riley, Lisa Rosel, Karrie Ross, Catherine Ruane, Seda Saar, Jill Shanbrom, Yin Sheng, Joan Scheibel, Wendy Smith, Shyun Song, Caryl St. Ama, Jill Sykes, Mark Tovar, Katie Van Horne, Christine Weir, Tracey Weiss, Gina Yu

 

 SONJA SCHENK - MARKER, 2015

SONJA SCHENK - MARKER, 2015

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Apr
12
to Jun 27

Southern California Museum Tour

A series of traveling solo exhibitions. Curated by Juri Koll. Co-sponsored by the Gypsy Trails Gallery. 

KuBO at Santa Monica Museum of Art (April)

Mei Xian Qiu at Riverside Museum of Art (May)

MB Boissonnault at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (June)

Osceola Refetoff at the Torrance Art Museum (September)

 

 OSCEOLA REFETOFF at TORRANCE ART MUSEUM

OSCEOLA REFETOFF at TORRANCE ART MUSEUM

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The Book of the Dad
Dec
28
to Jan 30

The Book of the Dad

The work of George Koll (1941-2013) - hilarious, controversial, insightful drawings and writings - is shown for the first time in public at the Mike Kelly Gallery at Beyond Baroque. George Koll lived an alternative life in the underground of San Francisco, and his writings and art are testimony to his life. He survived, - sometimes thrived - under the radar, longer than most, if not all of his friends and contemporaries of the Beat Generation, the 1960’s, 70’s and beyond. The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art is very proud to present this exhibition at Beyond Baroque, which is one of the United States' leading independent Literary/Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. A definitive book on the project is being prepared.

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Water Works
Jul
26
to Oct 24

Water Works

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In July of 2014, Porch Gallery Ojai and The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) presented a traveling group exhibition featuring works by: Dark Bob, Fatemeh Burnes, Sam Erenberg, Kio Griffith, Gloriane Harris, Juri Koll, Barbara Kolo, KuBO, Jayme Odgers, Kirk Pedersen, Kate Register, and Karrie Ross. The show was curated by Juri Koll with Catalog Essays by Peter Frank, John Seed & Shana Nys Dambrot. The exhibition moved to the Loft at Liz's in Los Angeles, then to it's last stop at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster.

The artists in this show use watercolor, inks, and other liquid media for a variety of reasons – some love the risk of not being able to alter the result once it hits the paper. Others have a more formal reason for the process. Some use the medium as a contemplative, almost reverential experience, or for “quiet meditation or being present in the moment”, as Shana Nys Dambrot says. All these motivations inspire these works, and engage the audience with the here and now, regardless of when the work was completed.

Many of the artists have been influenced in some way by Japanese Sumi painters or modern artists such as Sam Francis. The Sam Francis Foundation sponsored the catalog, a copy of which has become part of the Sam Francis archives at the GETTY Museum Research Institute Library.

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Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation from Southern California
Apr
13
to May 18

Trans Angeles: Crossover Experimentation from Southern California

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The twelve artists in “Trans Angeles” come from many different cultures, geographies, communities, skill sets, and life experiences. All of them draw quite deeply and deliberately on this multiplicity within themselves. By bringing together these twelve very different artists of very similar spirit, then, “Trans Angeles” demonstrates the inner as well as outer “globality” of the southern California artist. Curated by Peter Frank.

Fatemeh Burnes   Cosimo Cavallaro   Gisela Colón

Gronk   KuBO   Maya Mercer   Kirk Pedersen

Mei Xian Qiu   Katsuhisa Sakai   John White

Jae Hwa Yoo   Zadik Zadikian

 Peter Frank Speaking at the Opening

Peter Frank Speaking at the Opening

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