Ventura County Museum Announces Opening Reception for Three New Exhibits in Exciting Museum Makeover

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Saturday, June 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 100 E Main Street, Ventura. FREE ENTRANCE.

VENTURA COUNTY, CA – The Ventura County Museum welcomes guests to a FREE Opening Reception, June 18, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at its Main Street campus in Ventura. The Museum will open three new exhibitions: All That Glitters Is Not Gold, Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors and Always Creating: The Resilience of Carol Rosenak. First-timers are invited to enjoy a Bee’s Knees, Prohibition-era cocktail provided by Ventura Spirits (while supplies last). The museum’s transformation takes visitors on a historic journey, from the 1920s experienced by the people of Ventura County, through 100 years of collected county artifacts displayed in eye-catching chromatic brilliance, to a celebration of artistic range by Carol Rosenak. Museum visitors can also see a new set of historical figures by George Stuart.

Exhibit Details: All That Glitters Is Not Gold – A glimpse into the fascinating history of 1920s Ventura County with all its glitz and glamor contrasted with the repression and exclusion that were also present over the decade. Wander through histories of Prohibition, discover tales of bootleggers and law enforcement as well as the lesser-known wave of anti-immigrant prejudice, all set in the history of Ventura County. This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of the John Hammer family, the VCCF Heritage Fund, the Chrisman Estate Company and the DeArkland family, and additional support from Ventura Spirits.

Always Keep Creating: The Resilience of Carol Rosenak — Carol Rosenak was known for her exquisitely textured and intricately detailed still lifes. After a stroke hampered his ability to portray such fine detail, Rosenak interrupted his creative flow. Unable to resist any longer, she resumes creating, but with a new style. Spanning over 30 years, this exhibition highlights her early etchings, still lifes and the abstract style she adopted later in life. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Bonita McFarland Endowment Fund.

Chromatic: The Museum in six colors—For more than 100 years, the Museum has collected and preserved objects from the community. These objects symbolize a part of the county’s history, culture and art, ranging from everyday objects to rare and precious pieces. Guests are invited to experience this collection as a chromatic display in six bright, whimsical colors and reflect on the colorful objects that represent their own lives in Ventura County. This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Told Foundation and the Pierpont Racquet Club.

ChromaticTheMuseumInSixColorsBehind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at Historical Figures by George Stuart – Learn about popular historical figures like never before. Now inviting guests to lean in and see the minute details incorporated by Ojai artist, George Stuart, magnified for a closer view. These details such as swords, embroidery and miniature paintings testify to his extensive research into the lives of prominent figures in history. This exhibit showcases the breadth of her work with 11 exquisite characters across several series, including Queen Elizabeth I, the Duke of Orléans and Madame CJ Walker. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Fred W. Smith Gallery Fund and additional support from Bethe and Tim Sullivan in memory of Rosemarie Magness.

About the Museum – The Ventura County Museum celebrates, preserves, and interprets the art, history, and culture of Ventura County, the Channel Islands of California, and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibits, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. The museum has two locations – the main museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA (805-653-0323). The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, CA (805-525-3100). Both museums are open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – venturamuseum.org.

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