Press Release
Artwalk Ventura 2017

Artwalk Ventura 2017

2017 ArtWalk Ventura Global Artist
Shamsia Hassani


Saturday, October 7, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, October 8, 12 – 5 pm
700+ artists / 30+ galleries


If you love art, you won’t want to miss ArtWalk Ventura 2017. ArtWalk Ventura is one of Ventura’s signature events, drawing thousands every year. Run by an all-volunteer group, this weekend event is fresh and festive and focused on Ventura’s authentic cultural community. Now in its 25th year ArtWalk Ventura is a fun, virtually free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios, pop-up venues and transformed PODS Containers in Ventura’s Westside Cultural District and Downtown.

2017 Featured Events including Bowl Hop where you can buy a beautiful, hand-crafted Bowl Hop bowl and receive a punch card that allows visits to participating restaurants during the weekend for a delicious sampling of their cuisines! A Bowl costs $25, with all proceeds benefiting Downtown Ventura’s Family Reconnection Program, which helps connect needy individuals with family or an appropriate support network.

2017 Global Artist of Distinction is Shamsia Hassani. Hassani is a graffiti artist from Kabul, Afghanistan who often paints women in Burqas/women in symbolic shapes, and fishes, symbols of the atmosphere flowing around her and her own life experiences.

2017 Venues include: PODS Containers, Vita Art Center, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, Parson’s Galleries, Namba Performing Arts Space, Mainstreet Architects and many more.

ArtWalk Ventura provides a free shuttle sponsored by Kirby Automotive Group and Roadrunner Shuttle. Passenger pick-up is at the parking lot entrance to the Museum of Ventura County (100 E. Main Street in Downtown Ventura). The shuttle goes from the Museum to Bell Arts Factory, dropping you within a block of Stoneworks Studios. The shuttle then heads over to Art City on Dubbers Ave and then to the WAV (Working Artists Ventura) before it returns to the Museum.

For more information, directions and maps please visit


Preliminary list of the artists and where they will be showing:


T Christian Gapen (Parson’s Gallery)
Hiroko Yoshimoto (Museum of Ventura County)
Pamela Pilkenton (NAMBA Performing Arts Space)
Scott Gordon (Bell Arts Factory)
Melodie Bird (Bell Arts Factory – Rise Studio 82)
Maribel Hernandez – 2017 Ventura Artist of Distinction (Bell Arts Factory – Tool Room Gallery)
Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales / Izzy Morones(Stoneworks Studios)
Chris Meugniot (Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau)
Lili Miura (Buenaventura Gallery)
Jan Kolbusz (Qbit Gro, Inc.)
Brent Hanson (Brent Hanson)
Stephanie Hogue (Latitudes Fine Art Gallery)
Sue Pollack / Mary Perez (ArtWalk Coordinators)
Cassandra Tondro (PODs container)
Cathy Immordino (PODs Container)
MB Hanrahan (Bee Cause PODs Gallery/City of Ventura)
Vonder Gray (WAV Gallery & Studios)
Jen Livia (Red Brick Gallery)
Michelle Kemick (Bell Arts Factory – Rise Studio 82)
Joanne Duby (Ventura Botanical Gardens)
Kathy Ikerd (Buenaventura Gallery)
Laura Rosencranz (D.A. Davidson & Co. Gallery)
Michele Foster (Ventura County Interface Children and Family Services)
Robert Wainscott and Dan Flowers (Working Artists Ventura (Wav) )
Stephen Babcock and Lorien Rennie (The Corner of 53 & Grrr)
Darlene Roker (Buenaventura Art Association gallery)

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