Museum of Ventura County update for Oct. 2

October 2, 2017
Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the
City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura.
Meet Featured Artist Hiroko Yoshimoto
at ArtWalk Ventura October 7-8

?The Museum of Ventura County will be participating
in the 24th annual ArtWalk Ventura, with free admission
both days. Meet featured artist Hiroko Yoshimoto and
enjoy her solo show, Artful Brush, a series of ink paintings inspired by Chinese calligraphy and Oriental ink painting, in the Smith Pavilion.

Join us, 2 – 4 p.m on October 7, for a calligraphy demo and lecture by the artist. The lecture/demo includes an interactive experience with all the materials provided. Basic instructions for writing Chinese characters and Sumi painting strokes will be given. There is no fee but any donation is welcome. RSVP via email to

In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Latin American & Latino Art in LA, the Museum of Ventura County presents

Ayer y Todavía

Experience Chicano culture and history, as well as current struggles and social issues, as seen through the eyes of Chicano artists in this unique exhibit, Ayer y Todavía.

Featured artists include Margaret Garcia, Frank Romero, Leo Limón, Salomon Huerta, Jack Vargas, Harry Gamboa, Diane Gamboa, Ignacio Gomez, and Patssi Valdez among others.

The exhibit will be on view through November 26. For more information,

Exhibit and event are sponsored by the Port of Hueneme, Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall.

Special thanks to the MVC Latino Advisory Committee.

Schedule Your Own Tour

Chicano Art Exhibit tours are available for student and adult groups Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Docent-led tours provide insight into the art and the artists included in this inspiring exhibit. Please schedule two weeks in advance with Megan Gately,, 805-653.0323 x310.

Turning Lemons into… A Booming Business

Betsy Chess, great granddaughter of Nathan Blanchard and current Limoneira board member, will be the featured speaker at the next “Speaking Of Ventura County” speaker series, Tuesday,October 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula.

Chess, whose family has a long history of success, philanthropy and leadership in the agricultural industry, will chronicle the early beginnings of the lemon business in Santa Paula, named by her pioneer relative Nathan Blanchard, to a current citrus powerhouse company, Limoneira.

Free for members; $5 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas: A Chicano Art Practice for Honoring our Loved Ones

Special guest, Roberto Vargas will present the use of ofrendas (altars) and ceremony for honoring our loved ones as reflected in the current exhibit, 6 – 7 p.m., October 26, in the Huntsinger galleries. Free for members; $5 for non-members, Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Interested in Volunteering
at the Museum of Ventura?

The Museum of Ventura County is looking for volunteers to help support the museum’s events and educational programs in the following areas: school tours, front desk services, special events, programs and in the research library.

All prospective volunteers are invited to attend upcoming training workshops on Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 14, 21 from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The workshops will offer an overview of Ventura County history, museum history and collections, with training for tours and working with the public.

For more information, contact Director of Education and Outreach Megan Gately or (805) 653-0323 ext. 310.
Located at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.  For more information, visit

FREE Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in
Santa Paula, Sunday, October 29,
11 a.m.–  5 p.m.

The Art MuseumOil MuseumPierce Brothers Cemetery and the Ag Museum have partnered for a community celebration.  Make monarch butterfly crafts, hear about the symbolism of the Monarch butterfly and bring something to add to our community offrenda.

At 2 p.m., professional storyteller Evie Ybarra will spins tales
of “La Llorona” and other scary tales from her book, Ghosts
of Ventura County’s Heritage Valley.

17th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
at the Museum of Ventura County
Free family event features music, art, dance and crafts

In Memoriam:
The Chicano Moratorium

The Chicano Moratorium, the massive mobilization in 1969 to raise awareness of the Vietnam War as a civil rights issue in the Chicano community, is the topic of a panel discussion, 2–4 p.m.,November 11, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Set at the height of the disproportionate death rates of Mexican-American casualties in Vietnam–20 percent of the casualties as compared to 10 percent of the American population–the march was the largest anti-war action of any oppressed nationality in the history of the U.S., drawing over 30,000 Chicanos in protest.

Free for members; $5 for non-members.

Why I Collect Chicano Art

Ventura College professor and avid art collector, Tomás Sanchez, will be featured speaker at the November 14 “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Tomás Sanchez has been a serious Chicano Art collector since the mid-1980s. Featured artists in his collection and the Ayer y Todavía exhibit include Carlos Almaraz, Roberto Tito Delgado, Elsa Flores, Salomón Huerta, Leo Limón, Roberto Gil de Montes, Frank Romero and Patssi Valdez. At Ventura College Santa Paula, Sanchez teaches World History, Western Civilization History, United States History and Chicano History. This presentation will be a combination of art and history as it intersected during the Chicano Movement in southern California.

Free for members; $5 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Lost Empires:
The Conquest of the Americas

Experience the story of the Mayan civilization, begun nearly 10,000 years ago and inhabiting today’s area of southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and portions of Honduras and El Salvador, as told through ‘Lost Empires: The Conquest of the Americas’ at the Museum of Ventura County, now through April 2018 at the Museum of Ventura County.

Featuring the highly-detailed and historically-accurate George Stuart Historical Figures Collection, visitors will learn about the early beginnings of the Mayan civilization and its advancements in sophisticated art and mathematics, evident in 500 BC, as well as its architecture which rivaled that of Europe.

For more information, visit

Free First Sundays and Appreciation Weekends

The museum offersFree First Sundaysand free admission for featured groups on designated Appreciation Weekends.

October 14-15 – City and County Workers
October 28-29 – Zip code 93015-93016, 93040
November 5 – Free First Sunday
November 11-12 – Grandparents
November 25-26 – 93062 – 93065
December 3 – Free First Sunday


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