Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Avenue
Ventura, CA  93001
(805) 643-1960 (Phone)   |   (805) 669-3755 (Fax)
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   Bell Arts Factory provides the Ventura community with a place to gather for arts and education, and offers exciting multicultural experiences for everyone.
    Artists, poets, crafters, dance and arts instructors, as well as City and community groups, are all making creative and active use of the 2,000 square foot Janet Addison Community Room for programs, meetings, performances and exhibitions.
    There are 27 Artist Studios at our facility that are open to the public on First Fridays of each month. Artists can be seen working or displaying their art on days when there are special events taking place in the Community Room and other locations on our premises
    Bell Arts Factory was created in October 2004 with the decision to transform an historic 20,000 square foot mattress factory on Ventura Avenue into a vibrant, mixed-use community arts center. When we opened officially in April 2006, over 20 artists were at work in their studios, and we began engaging 70 children per week, ages 6 to 12, in the multicultural Bell Arts Factory After-School and Saturday Youth Arts Program.

Art Categories:
    Abstract,  Animals,  Art Deco,  California Landscape,  Cityscape,  Cubism,  Erotica,  Figurative,  Floral,  Folk,  Graffiti,  Impressionism,  Landscape,  Murals,  Nudes,  Other,  Plein Air,  Portrait,  Realism,  Seascape,  Sports,  Still Life,  Surrealism,  Western,  Wildlife,  
Art Mediums:
    Acrylic,  Ceramics,  Craft,  Digital,  Drawing,  Etching,  Fabric,  Glass,  Gouache,  Illustration,  Jewelry,  Lithograph,  Metal,  Mixed Media,  Mosaic,  Oil,  Other,  Pastel,  Pen & Ink,  Photography-B&W,  Photography-Color,  Print,  Serigraph,  Stone,  Watercolor,  Wood,  
Art Movements:
    Abstract Expressionism,   Action Art,   Aesthetics,   Ancient & Classical Art,   Art Deco,   Art Nouveau,   Arts & Crafts Movement,   Ashcan School,   Barbizon School,   Baroque,   Bauhaus,   Black Mountain College,   Bloomsbury Group,   Classicism,   Colour Field,   Conceptual Art,   Constructivism,   Cubism,   Dada,   De Stijl,   Der Blaue Reiter,   Eight, The,   Expressionism,   Fauvism,   Flemish School,   Fluxus,   Folk Art,   Futurism,   Gothic,   Graffiti Art,   Group of Seven,   Harlem Renaissance,   Hudson River School,   Impressionism,   Indian River School,   Mannerism,   Massurrealism,   Medieval,   Minimalism,   Modernism,   Nabis,   Naïve Art,   Neo-Classical,   Neo-Expressionism,   Op-Art,   Photorealism,   Pointilism,   Pop-Art,   Post-Impressionism,   Post-Modernism,   Pre-Raphaelites,   Realism,   Renaissance,   Rococo,   Romanticism,   Situationism,   Suprematism,   Surrealism,   Symbolism,  Other,  
Artists (Living):
    Juan Solis
Artists (Deceased):
    Beatrice Woods, Freda Kahlo

Business Categories:
    Art Centers,    Art Gallery,    Art Materials & Supplies,    Art Schools,    Art Schools,    Artists & Sculptors,    Arts & Cultural Associations,    Arts - General,    Community,    Dancing,    Dancing Instruction,    Instruction - Misc.,    Venues - Misc.,    Youth Organizations & Centers,

Business Hours:
    9 am to 5 pm

    During normal business hours

Location Type:

Languages Spoken:
    English,   Spanish,  

Legal Entity:
    Non Profit - 501(c)(3)

    Indoor/Outdoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Parking lot and abundant street parking.

Handicapped Accessible?

    NOT Permitted

Cell Phones?

Cameras/Recording Equip.?

Pets Allowed?

Guided Tours?
    By Appointment Only

Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale

Classes Offered?

 Recent News & Buzz!!
8/13/13 - Save the Date! Art Sale for Life! "It's Just Clay" - Sculptures by Judith Grimes Gallery Showing
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Judith Grimes is a Sculptress living in Oxnard. She has been an artist for her entire adult life. Five years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, the cancer has metastasized to her brain. Her grim diagnosis did not stop her resolve to continue making amazing sculptures. Even through a barrage of aggressive treatments, she kept shaping and molding clay to express the emotions and images the disease was causing her to feel and see at the time. These sculptures are a portrayal of the journey that she has taken over the last five years. Please come see and appreciate her work on August 24, 2013. All of the sculptures are for sale, and the proceeds will help pay for the expenses of end-of-life care for this wonderful person.
Presented by ... Bell Arts Factory
Venue ... Bell Arts Factory  Website
3/21/13 - Save the Date! -- A photographic collaboration between Jesse Groves and Shaun H Kelly -- March 5
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A photographic collaboration between Jesse Groves and Shaun H Kelly about hope and despair will be on display at the Tool Room Gallery (at Bell Arts Factory) from Apr. 5-26, with an artist’s reception on Apr. 5 from 6-9 pm.
Jesse Groves was born in Detroit Lakes, MN, but raised in New Hampshire, the state that proudly holds as its motto “Live Free or Die.” His early education was a mélange of methods including: Home, Private, Romania, and Public school. He holds a BA in Visual Journalism and an MFA in Photography from Brooks Institute. Jesse is a photographer and Gallery Curator living in Southern California who believes that photography is a wonderful dialogue of intentions.
As a curator Jesse has mounted over 100 exhibitions including exhibits for Nick Brandt, Keith Carter, Jonas Jungblut, Luceo Images, Terrance Reimer, Todd Roeth, and many student and group exhibitions for Brooks Institute.
JOIN US AT THE OPENINGS ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH! Openings hours are from 6pm - 9pm April, 2013 Jesse Groves
Venue: Bell Arts Factory-Tool Room Gallery.  Website
8/19/10 - Bell Arts 5th Anniversary Birthday Party!
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Come Celebrate with us! We will have live music, food and drinks! All proceeds benefit the youth arts programs!   Website

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