SCIART Hosts Arts Alive Festival and Exhibit Opening | The NEXT Big Thing

Free all-day festival includes opening reception for new exhibition juried by renowned art critic Mat Gleason

Camarillo, Calif.—Studio Channel Islands Arts Center (SCIART), located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, will host its free all-day Arts Alive Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1, culminating with the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. for its newest gallery exhibition, The NEXT Big Thing. The exhibition is juried by renowned artist Mat Gleason, an internationally recognized art critic and curator of contemporary art and founder of the highly controversial Coagula Art Journal. The NEXT Big Thing showcases the contemporary art of exciting emerging artists, as well as nationally exhibited and award-winning artists, in all medium including video, film, performance, sound and installation art.

SCIART’s popular Arts Alive Festival celebrates Ventura County’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene and offers a creative venue where artists and community can come together to share the many benefits of a thriving arts collaboration. The festival features inspiring showcases by professional artists and performing groups, including a soulful jazz performance by Mahesh Balasooriya  and Ebony Blaze with friends in the Blackboard Gallery at 3 p.m.

Hands-on activities for kids start in the morning and include an opportunity to work with renowned street artist Ever Glavez to create a massive chalk solar system. Kids can make giant cactus flowers in our interactive sculpture garden, as well as try ceramics, painting and fiber classes throughout the day. Additional family programs will be offered by kidSTREAM, Camarillo Ranch House and the Camarillo Library.

Visitors can enjoy food trucks, including Wood Fire Pizzas, a craft beer garden, and opportunities to purchase original artwork directly from the artists who create it. Proceeds from the Arts Alive event go to support the professional arts education and artistic programs SCIART presents throughout the year.

“We are excited to be able to connect the community with a wide variety of talented visual artists, performers and crafts makers from across Southern California,” said Peter Tyas, SCIART executive director. “Arts Alive provides visitors many hands-on opportunities to experience the arts, as well as showcases unique works of art for sale by the artists who created them. We are grateful to the City of Camarillo, TOLD Corporation and Institution Ale for sponsoring Arts Alive.

Admission to the Arts Alive festival, gallery and opening reception is free. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org  or call 805-383-1368. The exhibition will be on display June 1 through July 20. Regular gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org  or call 805-383-1368. 


Studio Channel Islands Art Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together artists and community for extraordinary artistic encounters that enrich, educate, and entertain. Ongoing programs include art classes for adults and children, providing studio space for professional artists, presenting diverse art shows in its Blackboard Gallery and providing community art and cultural events for individuals and families. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010.


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