The Museum of Ventura County (MVC) and the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) is thrilled to host 14 regional artists in their first ever collaboration, “Arte Forastero.” Open now through November 30, 2020, visitors can currently view this open-air installation at the Botanical Gardens Wednesday—Sunday from 9am to 5pm. MVC Members can visit the Botanical Gardens free of charge, and once the museum reopens VBG Members can visit the Museum of Ventura County and the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula free of charge.

Here’s a look at just a few of the pieces on display at both locations. Keep your 👀 peeled for more information in the coming weeks!

Sculptures and installation works have been installed in the Ventura Botanical Gardens’ nursery and lower trails, and in the Museum’s outdoor Plaza along Main Street in Downtown Ventura. This exhibit showcases works by the following artists: Emma Akmakdjian, Gloria Bradley, Kevin Carman, Bijan Fan, Wrona Gall, Sooz Glazebrook, Carlos Grasso, Paul Lindhard, Bob Privitt, Sudad Shahin. Additional works by artists Tanya Kovalesky, Marianne McGrath, Carole Shaw Sutton and Amy Sharp will be installed in mid-September.

This collaboration was initiated by VBG Executive Director Joseph Cahill and MVC Deputy Director Denise Sindelar in recognition that the Gardens and the Museum’s outdoor Plaza would provide an excellent venue for the community to safely explore and experience outdoor art installations. Jurors selecting the exhibiting artists included Christine Beirne (Ojai Studio Artists), Barbara Brown (Board Member VBG), Matthew Furmanski (Professor CSUCI), Michael Pearce (Professor CLU), Peter Tyas (Executive Director Studio Channel Islands) and Denise Sindelar (Deputy Director MVC).

The funding to support the art installations was provided by the Bonita C. McFarland Endowment through the Museum of Ventura County. All art sales will 100% benefit the exhibiting artists. Patrons interested in purchasing works may contact Denise Sindelar at

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