Jan 20, 2018 - Art Opening Night!

Art Opening at Very Ventura!

Ventura Strong T-Shirts to Arrive before Christmas!

Ventura Strong T-shirts to arrive before Christmas!

11/18 - Art Opening! California Dreamin' and Beyond

Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery is pleased to present "California Dreamin’ and Beyond” – A fine art show featuring watercolorists Ann Galloway and Julie Merrill. Both artists enjoy plein air and in-studio painting.

10/28 - Meet the Author! Ghosts of Santa Barbara and the Ojai Valley

Meet the Author and Book Signing!

Saturday, 10/28/2017



Ghosts of Santa Barbara and Ojai ValleyEerie Tales of the famous and infamous. From the Chumash legends of the Dolphins and the Whispering Tree to the ghostly sightings at Sedgwick Reserve, hauntings abound here. In beautiful La Conchita, nightfall reveals dark secrets to anyone who will listen. Sightings of mysterious apparitions are common along Creek Road, considered one of the most haunted highways in California. In the 1800s, Summerland was home to spiritualists who held séances in the Big Yellow House. The Santa Barbara Mission is home to many specters, including the famous Franciscan monk said to roam the cemetery and gardens. Discover these stories and more with author Evie Ybarra as she explores the haunted side of history.

About the Author. Evie Ybarra is the mother of two—a daughter and a son. She considers her two children her greatest accomplishments. Her husband and confidante, Robert, is her greatest supporter. Evie now has four beautiful grandchildren to whom she has told many stories. After having taught creative writing and history for thirty years, she now enjoys writing as a second career. Evie and her family reside in Southern California in a coastal community filled with many legends and stories.  

Oct 20th is Poetry Night!






From Sea to Skyscapes - Fine Art Exhibit

Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery is pleased to present


                  A Fine Art Exhibit

 Opening Night - September 16, 2017 -  6pm-8pm



Shannon Celia Fine ArtShannon Celia


Shannon Celia is an award-winning artist who grew up in coastal New England and currently lives by the beach in Oxnard, CA. She paints in oil with palette knives and brushes to create her coastal inspired, texture heavy work. She typically paints en plein air or at her seaside home studio.

Shannon Celia Plein Air PicnicShannon Celia is a member of The Westlake Village Art Guild, a California Art Club associate member and an American Women Artists’ Associate Artist with Distinction, she participates in national and local juried art shows. She has won eleven awards in the last few years including a 2nd place ribbon in oils for her piece “Squid Ships” in the 79th Annual Open Juried Show in Santa Paula, CA. She has also had eleven solo shows and was just chosen as the first Artist in Residence at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and will be showing work and painting there weekly in October 2017.  (Image Copyright: Shannon Celia - Plein Air Picnic)


Sherri Cassell Headshot Sherri Cassell


Sherri Cassell is an award-winning artist who has studied with accomplished national and local artists Bert Collins and Glenna Hartmann as well as studying on her own by going through many miles of paper and canvas.

She was Sherri Cassell Lift your eyes upborn and raised in Santa Paula, CA.  She remembers as a child looking up at the beautiful mountains surrounding her home town and playing underneath the tall eucalyptus trees. This was the beginning of her love for the California landscape. Sherri freelanced in commercial art for several years before devoting herself to her true passion, fine art. Sherri is an impressionistic landscape painter and her focus is the California landscape; she paints en plein air and at her studio. Most of her work is in pastels for she loves the rich colors and tactile quality of this medium, but she also enjoys working in oils. She is a member of the National Pastel Society of the West Coast and was most recently recognized at the 2017 Santa Paula 80th Art and Photography Exhibit where she was awarded the Douglas Shively Award of Excellence. (Image Copyright: Sherri Cassell - Lift your eyes up) 


 Arts and Eats  Opening night is in conjunction with Arts & Eats, Downtown Ventura!  Arts & Eats is a fun night where art lovers and foodies can stroll down lively Main Street while they view fine art and nibble their way down Main street! For a full list of participating venues visit Arts & Eats Ventura


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