New Year’s Eve Celebration

SAVE THE DATE! H Gallery Resident Studio Artists have installed a special pop-up show of their own work. Celebrate the new year and a new chapter for H Gallery + Studios! Reception: 6-8pm NEW YEAR’S EVE

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H Gallery + Studios
1793 E. Main Street
Ventura CA 93001

Artists: Nova Clite, Andi Schoenbaum, Lauren Michael Peters, Renee Brown, Nash Rightmere, Efren, Brooke Petersen, Cameron Hurdus and Hekar Rivera

Curated by: Andi Schoenbaum & Nova Clite

H Gallery Open Studios Holiday Happy Hour

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 3-7pm
Live Violin 6-7pm

Andi Schoenbaum
1793 E. Main Street, Studio 11
Ventura CA 93001


STUDIO 11My Studio
(Claire perched amid works in process on 11/18/19)  Come for the wine, say hi to Claire, see what I’m working on.  View studies and completed works.  Abstract paintings are available for holiday showcase home or office decor.  I will also have my original coloring books and greeting cards available for purchase as well as complimentary henna tattoos.

GALLERYWHITE RABBIT is a group exhibition curated by Featuring contemporary works that convey visceral themes of absence, longing, loss, fragility and aggravation.

A Veteran’s Heart

I am honored to have completed this commission oil painting perspective of American flag blowing in the wind for Mark Dominguez at Rahnama Law in Oxnard.

Mark is an Army Veteran, who joined the military at the age of 18. He was stationed in the Dominican Republic as reconnaissance infantry and served 17 months in Vietnam.  His experiences there deeply cultivated his passion for patriotism and service. It also carved deep wounds with the loss of close friends to wartime casualties.  He went on to serve 26 years in the Ventura County police force, most notably as an undercover narcotics officer. He enjoys fly fishing, sunsets at Rincon and live performances. This painting is to celebrate his life of duty.

Mr. Clean is the Man

In 1984, I was 8 years old in Sydney Littenberg’s oil painting class at the Culver City Teen Center. We stunk up the poorly ventilated basement with elixirs of turpentine, linseed oil and the thick fragrance of the original Mr. Clean. The hairy, sweaty, grunting men aspiring to be Lou Ferrigno in the weight room next door to our classroom never complained.

In this day and age, the toxic fumes and proximity of half-naked testosterone engines to little children in a confined space would never fly, but in those days we reveled in the oddity of it all. To drown out the grunts, we turned up the volume on “Born in the USA” and “Dancing in the Dark” by Sydney’s favorite vocalist, Bruce Springsteen.

In between lessons in mixing, blending and brush stokes, Sydney would share stories about living in her artist loft in Downtown LA above Skid Row. The magical mystery of the oils, the connection with creation swirled with the carpentry of wooden stretcher bars that she made for income and stories of homeless people hiding in her fire escape.

On her last day, she walked me out to her car, held my shoulders and looked me in the eye and said, “Promise me you’ll keep painting. Don’t stop no matter what they may say.” I was eleven. I still miss her.

One thing that continues to ring true is the beauty of brush cleaning with Mr. Clean. I’ve tried the fancy stuff, I’ve tried dish soap and shampoo, but 35 years later, Mr. Clean is still the best for cleaning brushes.

“Perpetual Sunset,” 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas, Andi Schoenbaum, 1986 From Syndey Littenberg’s Oil Painting Class