Studio Channel Islands Art Center currently has 40 resident artists. An Artist In Residence (AIR) is a working artist in painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, etc., whose studio is located within the studio space on our campus at 2222 Ventura Boulevard. The art studios are open to the public every first Saturday of the month and by appointment. Free parking is available in front of the PVSD Auditorium on Ventura Boulevard as well as on Elm Street and on the parking lot on campus.
BEFORE I DIE . . .
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day business of life and forget what really matters to us. BEFORE I DIE is a global art project that invites us to reflect on our lives and share our personal aspirations in a public space.
By picking up a piece of chalk and writing our thoughts and wishes on a BEFORE I DIE wall, we make a difference in our own communities and in the larger community of humankind.
Originally created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved, the project took on a global effect. Three years later over 425 BEFORE I DIE walls have been created in over 25 countries.
Inspired by this profound idea, artists Mary McGill, Sigrid Orlet and Marion Wood, have brought the BEFORE I DIE… community art project to Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo.
Our gratitude goes to “Twenty 88 Wine Bistro” who so generously funded the materials, and to everyone on and off campus who helped make this project a reality.
Follow the documentation of this interactive community art project on our facebook page “Blackboard Gallery Presents Before I Die.”
This wall is yours! Please, enjoy!
Mary Studio D-1
Sigrid Studio O-2
Marion Studio B-1
A fun morning in the studio with Lucia Grossberger Morales and Nurit Avesar
November 2, 2013
Sixty local school children and resident artists at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo have decorated framed images of their departed loved ones for a Día de los Muertos altar. It will only be on view Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., during the monthly Open Studios at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. young visitors can also glow paint small clay skulls to take home. The framed pictures on the altar each include a written remembrance about a departed relative, friend, pet or even plant.
Monte Vista Middle School in Camarillo and artists teaching classes at the art center were provided frames for students to decorate and hold photographs of their loved ones, which they can later take home. Resident artists at Studio Channel Islands Art Center are also participating.
The celebration of Día de los Muertos honors the dead who are said to come back to walk among the living on November 1 and 2. Traditionally, colorful altars (ofrendas) are built for the departed, and include things they enjoyed in their lifetimes. Humorous skulls (calaveras) and skeletons going about worldly business are the dominant symbols of the holiday.
Celebrated in many parts of Mexico and Latin America, Día de los Muertos is now popular in the United States among Latinos and non-Latinos alike, and has gained recognition in other countries as well. It has roots in pre-Columbian as well as Spanish religious beliefs.
Welcome to Melanie Roschko. Our new resident artist moved into R4 to share studio space with Judi Slapin.
Come and check out our Seven Circuit Labyrinth in the middle of our studios’ campus during our Open Studios event (10-4) this Saturday! All those rocks were handcarried by Artist-in-Residence Sigrid Orlet. After you walk it and visit the studios of our over 40 artists, join us for the reception of our new exhibit “View From Within” at our Blackboard Gallery from 4-6pm. Feel free to visit our studios and walk the labyrinth any day of the week! Here’s some info on labyrinths:
The path of the Classical Seven-circuit Labyrinth creates seven concentric rings around the center. The number seven corresponds to
the seven days
seven rungs of perfection
seven petals of the rose
fullness of moral order
the dynamic perfection of a full cycle
the fullness of the universe in motion and much more.
“A labyrinth has a single pathway. The only choice is to enter and trust the path.”
“Walking a labyrinth often is calming and restful, and can be profound and life-changing.”
“The labyrinth possesses a quality that transcends time, cultures, and religions.”
“You enter the labyrinth to find yourself.”
* all quotes from: www.labyrinthbuilders.co.u
A PLACE OF LEARNING AND INSPIRATION IS REBORN AS AN ARTIST COMMUNITY
When the lights dimmed on the campus of the former Pleasant Valley School in Old Town Camarillo, no one in the community could have anticipated the creative turn of events down the road.
In 2010 the vibrant artist community of Studio Channel Islands Art Center moved into the old classrooms, filling them with life, creativity and laughter. And now, the artists of Studio Channel Islands Art Center invite alumni, teachers and staff of Pleasant Valley School and the former Los Primeros Structured School to celebrate the colorful rebirth of their old school campus. The entire community of Camarillo is invited to join in the celebration on Saturday, February 2, 2013!
From 11 AM to 1 PM there will be coffee & lemonade for a nickel, and Danish. Tie a colorful ribbon with your name to the fence next to the former administration building, now STUDIO “O”! The artist studios are open and welcome all!
Ms. Adele Stuebing Walsh, who attended Pleasant Valley School as a student and later worked as a teacher at both Pleasant Valley School and Los Primeros Structured School, shares her excitement about the renaissance of the old school grounds when she says, “What a thrill to see the Pleasant Valley School site transition into an artist colony where learning and the creative process continue to blossom for the community.”
A Frame of Film, Artist Talk and Studio Visit with Daniel Stern, October 18, 6 pm at Studio C1
“Having spent my entire adult life as an actor, writer and director in theater and films, I have essentially been bred to tell stories to audiences. I now see that my work as a sculptor is actually a continuation of my work as an actor and filmmaker. In this new medium I am still trying to create characters and capture a scene, hopefully filled with humor, passion, and the examination of human foibles in a moment of action.”
Welcome to ceramic artist Holly Matney and pastel artist Daggi Wallace who were accepted as resident artists on August 29.
If you visited the studios this week, you’d see a “bee hive” of activity! We have rented five additional rooms, and filled almost every studio. Studio Channel Islands Art Center welcomes six new Resident Artists who are moving into their studios this month: sculptur Daniel Stern, print makers Michael Clinite and Bruce Freeman, plein aire painter Anette Power and portrait painter Megan McTavish. Fiber artist Regina Vorgang will join us in September.
Directory and Application
Download a map of the artists’ studios here: Studios Directory
If you are interested in becoming a resident artist, please download and print the application forms and mail to
Studio Channel Islands Art Center
Attn.: Standards Committee
2221 Ventura Boulevard
Camarillo, CA 93010
Resident artists need to be volunteer members and be committed to actively support Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s mission: To promote and preserve the visual arts in our community, providing unique and diverse artistic encounters for all ages and extraordinary opportunities for artists.