Posted on June 1, 2022
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Free opening scheduled for June 18

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A photograph of the exhibition All that glitters is not gold. (Courtesy picture)

A piece of Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors.
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A piece of Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors. (Courtesy picture)

The Ventura County Museum invites patrons to a free opening reception, 3-5 p.m., June 18, at its Main Street campus, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. The museum will open three exhibitions: All that glitters is not gold; Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors; and Always Keep Creating: The Resilience of Carol Rosenak.

First-timers are invited to enjoy a Bee’s Knees, Prohibition-era cocktail provided by Ventura Spirits (while supplies last).

The museum’s transformation takes visitors on a historic journey from the 1920s experienced by the people of Ventura County through 100 years of collected county artifacts displayed in brilliant chromatic brilliance, to a celebration of Carol’s artistic range Rosenak. Museum visitors can also see a new set of historical figures by George Stuart.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold offers a glimpse into 1920s Ventura County with all its glitz and glamour, contrasting with the repression and exclusion also present in the decade. Wander through the histories of Prohibition and learn about smugglers and law enforcement, as well as the lesser-known wave of anti-immigrant prejudice, all set in Ventura County’s history.

All That Glitters is made possible in part by the support of the John Hammer Family, the VCCF Heritage Fund, the Chrisman Estate Company and the DeArkland Family, with additional support from Ventura Spirits.

Always Keep Creating: The Resilience of Carol Rosenak: Rosenak was known for her exquisitely textured and intricately detailed still lifes. After a stroke hampered his ability to portray such fine detail, Rosenak interrupted his creative flow. Unable to resist any longer, she resumes creating, but with a new style.

Spanning some thirty years, the Rosenak exhibition highlights her early etchings, still lifes, and the abstract style she adopted later in life. The Rosenak exhibition is made possible in part through the support of the Bonita McFarland Endowment Fund.

» Chromatic: The Museum of Six Colors: For more than 100 years, the museum has been collecting and preserving objects from the community. These objects symbolize a part of the county’s history, culture and art, ranging from everyday objects to rare and precious pieces.

Visitors are invited to experience the collection as a chromatic display in six bright, whimsical colors, and reflect on the colorful objects that represent their own lives in Ventura County. The exhibition is made possible in part thanks to the support of the Told Foundation and the Pierpont Racquet Club.

Visitors to the museum can also see Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at Historical Figures by George Stuart, which opened in early May. Behind the Curtain invites patrons to lean in and see the minute details incorporated by Ojai artist George Stuart, magnified for a close-up view. Details such as swords, embroidery and miniature paintings show his extensive research into the lives of prominent figures in history.

The exhibition showcases the breadth of Stuart’s oeuvre, with 11 figures spread across several series, including Queen Elizabeth I, the Duke of Orléans and Madame CJ Walker. Behind the Curtain is made possible in part by the Fred W. Smith Gallery Fund, with support from Bethe and Tim Sullivan in memory of Rosemarie Magness.

The Ventura County Museum celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the Channel Islands of California and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibits, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community.

The museum has two locations: the Main Museum, 100 E. Main St. Ventura, 805-653-0323, and the Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100. Both museums are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. To learn more, visit venturamuseum.org.

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