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Thursday, October 4th / 5 -8 p.m. \ free admission
First Thursday's Food Trucks at Plaza Park
photo credit: Brian Paumier
Friday, August 24
5:30- 7:30 pm
creating the sensation of discovering relics of the origins of mythic beings with abalone eyes and hidden depths.
Exhibit Opening Thursday, June 7th 5:30-7:30pm
@CAM Studio Gallery free
The first exhibit of photography and lens-based art by The Oxnard Plain Collective will open with a Reception on Thursday, June 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at CAM Studio Gallery beside the Carnegie Art Museum. The Oxnard Plain Collective is a new venture of the CAM Studio, hosting the development of of emerging lens-based artists at critical moments of their careers through a group from the region. The Oxnard Plain Collective itself is artist-run and through dynamic programming and access to workspace, is a catalyst for innovative creation within the artistic mediums of photography and video practices. The exhibit runs through July 29th.
On exhibit will be works by:
Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales uses elements of mythology to explore her identity and personal experiences. She began this exploration during her attendance at the Maryland Institute College of Art and carried it on in exhibitions in Ventura and Los Angeles, California, New York City, Baltimore, Maryland, and Florence, Italy. Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales is attracted to mythology because it rides the line of reality and fantasy to tell the story of a people. During her CAM Studioship she intends to build an environment that the audience can step into and feel transported to this other mythical realm where other beings once existed. The artist wishes to create for viewer a sensation of discovering relics and dissolve the line between reality and fantasy.
Jan. 18 - April 30, 2018
Guest Studio Artist - Dominga Opazo a graduate of UC Berkeley arts program, this young artist is gaining recognition for her fiber art and printmaking.
April 6 - May 20, 2018
Primal Matter by Dominga Opazo - prints inspired by nature pattern and an installation produced during her studio-ship.
Thursday, April 5
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. / free
Jan. 25 - May 31, 2018
Guest Studio Artists Brian Paumier and Jaime Bailon
Teaming up these two photographers with roots in Oxnard and El Rio, under the guidance of lead photographer Brian Paumier, will be developing an on-going photographic collective at CAM Studio primarily for photographers of the Oxnard Plain. Sale of photographic zines and images to benefit CAM Studio programs.
June - August 2018
Photographic Collective Exhibition (working title)
The Drawn Art of Dave Velasquez
September 21- November 5, 2017
Reception – Friday, October 20 5-7pm free
Dave Velasquez is a self-taught artist highly talented in drawing and capturing popular SoCal culture with humorous insight and rendering it in the special flavor of the Oxnard-Ventura area. Dave Velasquez is a lifelong resident of El Rio, a suburb of Oxnard. For over 34 years, he has worked and owned an Oxnard construction business with projects throughout the tri-counties.
However, his passion has always been his art from doodling, designing logos, and painting & lettering trucks to creating characters and portraits. Dave became intensely interested in drawing art by way of pin-striping. Pre computer generated vinyl lettering, Dave in the 1980s found a demand for his hand lettering and logo painting in the transportation market. Velasquez has pinstriped boats, hot rods, motorcycles, vintage cash registers and even airplanes. Soon pinstriping and logo design led to portraits and sketching historic points and forgotten buildings.
Having found that his favorite medium was pen and ink, he honed his talents and networked within the art community. With demand growing for private commissions and portraits, he established a subsidiary business, Velasquez Graphics. A surprise commission from Six Flags Magic Mountain launched his work further into to designs and logos for numerous other companies: the National Parks Service, Princeton University, Six Flags Entertainment, radio stations and a variety of breweries.
For years, like many die-hard artists, Velasquez has sketched and constantly “doodled”, tossing out pages of doodles thinking of them as only a hobbyist activity for himself. Fortunately, his wife (who was his high school sweetheart) saved this black and white sketches and ink doodles, which along with the artist’s graphics and other artwork have been newly transformed into a publication.
Follow Dave and his art on Facebook or Instagram (velasquezgraphics).
Welcome CAM Studio Guest Artist Porfirio Gutierrez!
Porfirio Gutierrez, artist, master weaver and advocate comes from a long line of traditional Zapotec weavers from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico where his family is still dedicated to this art. He divides his time between his hometown in Oaxaca and Ventura County, and is this summer’s CAM Studio Gallery Artist in Residence where he will carryout his family's mission of preserving their traditional art form by offering a series of weaving workshops. Click here to learn more.
Terry Arena has spent most of her life in Southern California in areas rich in agriculture. This and her concern for health with our radically changing food culture has influenced Arena’s drawings to be a consideration of ideas of seasonality, genetically modified organisms, homemade meal preparations, and most recently, the plight of bees.
One of the artist’s most recent projects, Symbiotic Crisis, deals with the plight of the bees and the ancillary effects on the environment and society. The first three iterations of this project were shown in the back of a box truck turned in to a mobile viewing gallery and driven to art areas in Los Angeles or to events by request. The mobile truck gallery was done to reference the transporting of the bees nationwide to pollinate crops. Working within the tradition of still life, Arena draws on prepared metal surfaces with graphite and installs the drawings in clusters reminiscent of bee swarms.
During her residency at CAM Studio Gallery from March 16- June 10, 2017, Arena plans to continue her ongoing project by making new works to expand upon Symbiotic Crisis and the Feed series, both of which look at the plight of the bees. Additionally she hopes to explore the development of several ideas, such as an erasing installation and a sculptural installation. Her sculptural exploration will revolve around the cloche glass jars that house her drawing subjects and will further engage in a world-wide project called” An Artist Residency in Motherhood”. Visitors are encouraged to visit Arena’s on-going work on these projects which will culminate in an exhibit and reception later in the spring. Terry Arena may be seen at work in the CAM Studio on Thursdays and Fridays generally from 11am – 5pm.
Friday, May 19
5:30- 7:30 pm
CAM Studio Guest Artist
Antonio Arredondo Juarez was born in Villa Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico. A graduate of California State University, Channel Islands, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Business and Nonprofit.
Best known for his series, Cajas de Cartón, the subjects of his work bring otherwise marginalized groups of people into the forefront of social, political and cultural justice. Arredondo pays homage to the campesino, restoring the dignity of these invisible people to the viewer.
Through the medium of photography, Arredondo takes the viewer on a journey of what society has deemed unworthy of equality and respect. He attempts to rectify the injustice and dehumanization placed on the campesino, the unsung hero that despite low wages and poor working conditions, continue picking and packaging the food so many people take for granted.
Arredondo’s stark black and white images frame the perspective for the viewer by allowing him or her to internally explore a spectrum of emotions, providing an opportunity to connect with the subject matter and provide an insight into the harsh reality of life in the fields.
Arredondo’s strives to break down barriers forced on us by society and the media. We fall victim to these external pressures which then separate us socially, culturally, economically and racially, holding us back from our full potential as human beings.
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