PICTURED: Nova Clite and Andi Schoenbaum at H Gallery. Photo courtesy of Andi Schoenbaum
by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer
H Gallery + Studios is getting into a new groove for 2020. Following the departure of Yessica Torres, who opened a new gallery space in Downtown Los Angeles, the Midtown Ventura creative space (which, despite an error published in “Arts Briefs” in the Jan. 2 issue, has not closed) has a new curator in Ute Culemann-Ritke. She will debut her first show in February.
Currently on the walls in the contemporary art gallery are works by resident artists who occupy the building’s 20 studio spaces. At the moment, gallery viewings are by appointment only, but the public will have a chance to see the exhibit and meet Culemann-Ritke — as well as H Gallery’s artists, musicians, photographers and other creative types — during The Art of Networking, a mixer for artists and other business professionals, on Jan. 22.
The free event was organized by resident artists Nova Clite and Andi Schoenbaum and sponsored by Business Networking International (BNI) Masters of Business Chapter, based in Thousand Oaks, which aims to build “consistent, proactive and reciprocal business relationships.” Food will be provided by nearby Native Pizza, studios will be open, and prizes will be given away, too.
According to Clite, the mixer will help H Gallery artists further solidify the relationships they have built with the local business community, and expand their networks as well. “We are one of the pioneering businesses of the Ventura Midtown resurgence,” she says. “We look forward to a brilliant new year of art and music in 2020.”
The Art of Networking takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. at H Gallery + Studios, 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit visithgallery.com or the gallery’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HGalleryAndStudios.
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
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
“Paris in Springtime” (commission)
Acrylic on Canvas
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 3-7pm
Live Violin 6-7pm
1793 E. Main Street, Studio 11
Ventura CA 93001
20 STUDIOS + GALLERY
8 NEW RESIDENT ARTISTS
STUDIO 11 – My 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.
Commission for Heather Lease Arena
Birthday present for her mother, Andrea Lease.
Andi Schoenbaum, 2019
Oil on Canvas
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.
Our critique group for the Santa Barbara-Ventura area met at my studio last week.