September 17, 2020
During the pandemic, we’re taking everything outside. Dining. Music. Movies. Haircuts. It’s only natural, then, that galleries and museums would do the same. Because while viewing pretty pictures online is a perfectly lovely way to consume art, there’s nothing quite like seeing the real thing, in real life, up close and personal.
Now through November, art lovers can enjoy recent works by Ventura County artists just by hitting the street or the trail. The Museum of Ventura County (MVC) and Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) have teamed up to offer a sculpture installation at both locations: on the path that winds through the hillsides behind Ventura City Hall, and in the Museum Plaza facing Main Street.
According to Denise Sindelar, MVC Deputy Director, bringing art into the gardens is a years-old idea.
“Barbara Brown, the former board president and current board member at VBG, has been instrumental in envisioning permanent art installations in the gardens,” explained Sindelar. “She served on the city of Ventura Public Art Commission when I was working for the city and had thought about how best to make this a reality. Years passed and the Thomas Fire took its toll, but the idea surfaced again in response to the museum’s extended closure and the garden’s ability to reopen this summer.”
Joseph Cahill, executive director of VBG, contacted Sindelar in May about an outdoor art collaboration, which was funded through the Bonita C. McFarland Art Endowment.
Read the full article at VCReporter.com.