Friday, December 11, 2009

Music Festival Chests

Ventura Music Festival's Treasure Chests

This year, the Ventura Music Festival presents “Treasure Chests”, the fifth annual visual arts exhibition presented in partnership with selected local artists. Handcrafted chests (30 x 20 x 20”) were the canvases upon which these accomplished artists rendered richly diverse and three dimensional compositions. This exciting show is produced in conjunction with “Romanze!,” the Festival’s 2010 concert season.
These unique works will be on display at local venues from mid-December to early March.

“Treasure Chests” is a successful celebration and collaboration of visual art and music!

Our very own Inkspots Artists are amongst the artists selected to decorate the boxes:

Karen L Brown
Judy Gibbs
Leslie Plimpton
Betsy Quinn
Their Wooden Chests can been seen HERE

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New Membership

Monica Wiesblott has been juried into the Los Angeles Printmakers Society!!

This is a very prestigious group of printmakers and will allow Monica to exhibit with them both as a group and individually in their name in and around the Los Angeles area.

We are all quite proud of Monica and her work.
See Monica's submission here:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Donna Carver exhibiting in the Northwest!

Donna Carver has been Juried into Peninsula's Art League as an Exhibiting Member in the following forms:
2D Fine Art: Acrylic Painting, Monotypes and Dry point Etchings.

You can find her work here:
Seattle Print Arts
Peninsula Art League

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gallery at the Crowne

Lynn LeTourneau's Magical Landscape was featured in this years Artwalk map and can be viewed in person in the Winter show at
" The Gallery at The Crowne"

The Crowne Plaza hotel here in Ventura.
There will be a reception for the artists on November 5th from 5-8pm .

Please make it part of your Thursday nights activities and support Local Artists!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Artwalk 2009!!

Monica Wiesblott and Lynn LeTourneau will display and have prints and photos to sell at Stoneworks Studios Harvest Art Walk.

300 N Ventura Ave (corner of Park Row & Ventura Ave)
Sat. Oct. 24 1-10 pm


Sun. Oct. 25, 12-5 pm.

That is site #7 on the artwalk map, there is a shuttle stop right outside the gates!

Additional parking at Catholic Charities Parking lot across the street

Also Inkspotters Betsy, Judy, Tiger and Leslie will be displaying in the gallery on site!

Great chance to see our work ,buy some art and enjoy yourself!

Hope to see you there
*image copyright Monica Wiesblott 2009 All rights reserved

Monday, October 19, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Opening Night!!

Please join us in celebrating our show "Off The Press" by attending the reception !

Opening reception: September 12th 5-9pm

Hosted at: Gallery 255 @ Seabreeze art studios
255 S Laurel St, Ventura CA

Sure to be a wonderful time, filled with lovely conversation, treats and of course ART!!

We hope to see you there
The Inkspots Of Ventura

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mark your calenders!!

Promising to be an exciting event, we are offering a "Directors Series" for sale for the first time.
This is a limited edition portfolio of prints from each of the artists in Inkspots. The collection is a boxed collection of 10 prints total,one from each Inkspots artist. Styles and methods vary and truly represent the different paths each artist practices in the group.

Food, refreshments and great company, plus a chance to tour the studios and see the Inkspots workspace!

Mark your calenders and make a plan to join the fun

* Seabreeze Art Gallery and Studios is creating a new gallery, Gallery 255 @ Sea Breeze art studios.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

News from around the town

Karen L Brown got 4 pieces juried into the Ventura County Fair!
and won: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention AND Directors Choice

15 artists have been chosen for the Ventura Music Festival 2010, among them are our own:
Karen L Brown
Leslie Plimpton
Betsy Quinn
Judy Gibbs

Judy Gibbs entered two pieces each into the following juried art shows:
The Buenaventura Art Gallery Membership Show and the Harbor Village Gallery Show. All pieces were accepted in both shows. In the Buenaventura Art Gallery Show, she received one of three Merit Awards for the solarplate print, "Sunshine."
In the Harbor Village Gallery Show, she received First Place Award for an encaustic/mixed media piece, "The Big Fish Story."
The BAA Show runs from July 21 though September 12. The Harbor Village Gallery Show runs from July 22 through August 24.

Well done Inkspotters!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lynn LeTourneau Invites You!

I would like to invite you to the Crowne Plaza Art Reception this Thursday July 30 to enjoy a wonderful display of paintings.
This collection shows 50 paintings of local fine art.
Hope to see you there!

Lynn LeTourneau

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lynn LeTourneau showing in two venues!

I have a monotype print on display currently at:
Artist Union Gallery show,
330 California St, Ventura
Thurs-Sun noon -6, Fri and Sat. noon-9.

Also on display is an Oil painting as part of the:
Abstract Show at the Faulkner Gallery
at the main library building
Santa Barbara Library
Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA
It is open daily 10-5pm. Sun 1-5pm

Come by and check out the great art!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Leslie Plimptons work on display!

"Please join me for the next big opening reception at the CSUCI Gallery at the cornerof Main & California this Thursday from 6-9pm. I will be showing work in the gallery.This party sounds like a blast: The title is "Summertime Blues" with southern comfortfood by Southern Chic Catering, featuring live music by the "Tony Randall Experience."See the latest newsletter for info....hope you can come!"

If you are in Ventura, come and join the fun.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

The newest exhibit at Ventura Community Memorial Hospital:

"Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer"

Open: June 9 - Sept 11 2009

A reception for the artists will be on Tuesday, June 16 from 5 - 7 pm.

Donna Carver has had three works of her art juried into this show.
One entitled," Koi in Motion" was selected to be on the postcard for advertising the show.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Reynolds Gallery

The Reynolds gallery will display the work of Karen L Brown, Betsy Quinn and Monica Wiesblott amongst its Views and Visions: Interior Space show opening this Thursday from 4-6pm.

This was a juried competition from an open call for entries, and 3 of the Inkspots made the cut!!

Check out the details here:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ginny is in the news!!

What a wonderful article high-lighting Ginny's work!!
We are all super proud of her and hope that this leads to even more wonderful things.
Check out the whole article here:

Yeah Ginny!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


We hung our show Thursday afternoon thanks to the great work of Karen and Sandra!!

Tiger helped hammer in the last few pieces and Donna and Monica brought up the back doing the final cleaning of the space and pieces.

The show opened last night, and was attended by approximately 150-200 people!
the gallery was full the whole time and at 8pm we had to turn away people as the visitors center had closed.

We received a lot of great comments and congratulations.

It was a great success for each of us and the group as a whole.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Opening Reception-May 1st 2009

Invitation to our Opening Reception:

"The Inkspots of San Buenaventura"
Artists in Sea Breeze Gallery

When: Friday May 1st, Friday Night Gallery Crawl

Where: Discovery Gallery, in the Visitors Center
on the corner of Santa Clara and California.

Time: Reception: from 5-8pm

We hope you can make it.....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Notice from our peers

We are getting some recognition from our peers too!
Here is what our friends in the Santa Barbara Printmakers Society have listed:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Article in LA Magazine

We have been mentioned in LA Magazine!
Our upcoming show is generating some buzz and the word is traveling.
Here is the link:;opening=2411

We are very excited, please join us and scoop up some wonderful artwork of your own!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Preparations for our May 1st show...

The group is a buzz as we ready ourselves for our group show this May 1st.
The show will feature our varying styles of Fine Art Printmaking.

Each of us will have between 2-3 pieces displayed and it should be a great treat for the eyes!

I think it is excited because not only will we show, but we get to showoff the fact that we are the ONLY FINE ART PRINTMAKING GROUP in Ventura County!
We are all feeling a great sense of pride and hope that our work will be collected and prized.

More details to come as the date comes closer.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tiger Huang wins best of show!

Tiger Huang swept all categories in the 72nd annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show!
Tigers Mixed Media piece called "Summer" not only won 1st place in its category of Graphics and Mixed Media but also, Jury of his peers award, Peoples Choice award and Best of Show!!

We are all very excited for Tiger!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Santa Paula Art Show

The Santa Paula Society of Arts is having their 72nd annual juried show at the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula and the work of some Inkspotters got into the show!
Opening reception March 21st from 4-7pm!

Come see the work of :
Judy Gibbs, Tiger Huang, Leslie Plimpton and Monica Wiesblott.

Click here for more details:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dicovery Gallery Group Exhibit

We will be exhibiting as a group at:
The Discovery Gallery (inside the Ventura Visitor center) from May 1st to May28 2009

Opening reception: May 1 from 4-8pm

This show will feature the work of our entire group:
Karen L Brown, Donna Caver, Ginny Furmanski, Judy Gibbs, Tiger Huang, Lynn LeTourneau, Sandra McCullough, Leslie Plimpton, Betsy Quinn and Monica Wiesblott

Healing Arts Exhibit

Karen L Brown and Donna Carver have been accepted into the "Healing Arts Exhibit", a juried exhibit put on by the Buenaventura Artists Association and the Community Memorial Hospital, Art exhibit space, first floor lobby, 147 N Brent, Ventura CA

March 1-May31, 2009
Reception: March 28th

More infor:

Friday, January 30, 2009

Come see some beautiful work by Catherine Day Barroca and her invited students (Dr Karen L Brown just happens to be one).

"A decade of exceptional work from the Ventura College Print Shop"
February 7, 2009 Reception: 2-4
Museum of Ventura County
89 South California Street

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Juried work on display

Donna Carver, Karen Brown, Tiger Haung, Judy Gibbs, Leslie Plimpton and Betsy Quinn have works of art which have been Juried into Buenaventura Art Association 23rd Annual Open Compeition.
The show runs from Jan. 20 - Jan. 31, 2009.
Opening receiption is on Sat. Jan.24,2009 from 4-7pm.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tiger Huang art work on display!

Art Show by Tiger Huang

January 15, 2009 - March 17, 2009

Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, SaturdayHours are Monday – Thursday, 10:30 – 6p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 – 10 p.m DowntownContact: Fox Fine JewelryPhone: (805) 652-1800
Admission: Free

Tiger will display his art in a show at Fox Fine Jewelry running from January 15 through March 17, 2009. Artists' Reception will be Saturday, January 17th, 6 - 9 pm.

Tiger was raised in China, mastering the Chinese art of brushwork. His expressive animals, combining traditional brushwork and color, have been delighting audiences in the states. His simple lines, bled with color, capture a simplicity and conciseness not often seen in western trained artists. Tiger also will display a 25 foot, eight panel painting, in the style of our earliest roots-the rolled scroll

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ron Pokrasso workshop!

Ojai Workshop April 1-5, 2009
Ron Pokrasso, master printmaker from Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be giving a Non Toxic Printmaking Workshop at Linda Taylor's Spotted Dog Studio in Ojai April 1-5. Ron will teach a multitude of monotype and solarplate techniques, utilizing Akua Intaglio Inks, a soy base ink. No solvents will be used in this class. The class is excellent for the beginner as well as the advanced printmaker. Ron is an outstanding teacher and artist who has over 20 years experience with both monotype and solarplate techniques and is featured in Julia Ayers book, "Monoprinting". The class is limited to 8 people. The fee is $650, which includes all printmaking materials except for printing paper. One solarplate is also included. A deposit of $300 holds a space, with the remainder of the fee due on March 1. Please call Linda Taylor at 805 646 9892 or e-mail her at for questions.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Donna Carver exhibiting at the following locations!

Donna Carver, has works of art displayed at:

Discovery Annex as a part of the annual " Buenaventura Art Association Board of Directors Goup Show"
Show runs for the month of January.
The reception will be held on Januarary 17th from 5-8pm.

She also has work displayed at:
Variations on a (Local) Theme Community Memorial Hosptital
Dec. 3 - March 1
Featuring the works of over 50 local artists

As well as, The Harbor Village Gallery in the Ventura Harbor in Ventura.

In the January -Feburary exhibit at Sea Breeze Gallery, she will have her work displayed the Gallery as well as in the Inkspots Studio.

Karen L Brown exhibiting in the following locations!

Karen has some prints in the Catherine Day Barroca: The Student Prints "A decade of exceptional work from the Ventura College Print Shop".
Show runs: February 7 - March 22 Museum of Ventura County,
89 So. California St.
Reception for Catherine Day Barroca & Students is Saturday, February 7th from 2-4.

Karen has also been invited to participate in the Annual Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, February 20 - 22, 2000 West Road, La Habra Heights, CA.
The opening reception is February 19, 2009 at the Hillcrest Congregational Church from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Classes at the Schott Center

Winter Classes at the Schott Center:

PrintmakingPrintmaking offers processes that include monotype, collagraph, intaglio and solarplate.Basic Printmaking [402165]Monday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 8 sessions starting January 26, 2009, ending March 23, 2009Class cost $0 , Materials Fee $ 45.00Instructor: Siu Zimmerman Location: Santa Barbara - Schott CenterImportant: Limited materials and tools are provided.

Monotypes and Monoprints with Oil Based Inks [402348]Friday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 9 sessions starting January 23, 2009, ending March 27, 2009Class cost $0 , Materials Fee $ 45.00Instructor: Siu Zimmerman Location: Santa Barbara - Schott CenterImportant: Limited materials and tools are provided.

Printmaking Like a Pro [430020]Friday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 8 sessions starting January 23, 2009, ending March 20, 2009Class cost $0 , Materials Fee $ 45.00Instructor: Elaine LeVasseur Location: Santa Barbara - Schott CenterImportant: All materials and tools provided.Safe

Printmaking with Solarplate [402333]Saturday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 9 sessions starting January 24, 2009, ending March 28, 2009Class cost $0 , Materials Fee $ 45.00Instructor: Elaine LeVasseur Location: Santa Barbara - Schott Center

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Play on Words Printmaking workshop at CAFAM

Play on Words: Printmaking and Commentary
Tuesdays February 3 – March 17 (no class on February 24 – 6 classes total) 7 pm - 9:30pm$170 $155 CAFAM MembersInstructor: Holly Jerger
Speak your mind and express your creativity! Create powerful prints combining evocative words with historical and contemporary images of toys that stir up social commentary. Using color linoleum cut and letterpress printing techniques, participants will create their unique visual statements.

Closing soon at CAFAC

The Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles has the following printmaking events:

Closing Jan 11th:
Who am I ?
IDENTITY: UNLIMITED EDITIONSSeptember 21, 2008 – January 11, 2009
The question of personal identity is a complex and constantly evolving process of self-knowledge that cannot be easily answered. What makes a person uniquely who they are is influenced by a myriad of factors including culture, ethnicity, gender, profession, psychology, values, and memory. Self identification in our modern, multicultural time may seem for some to be a riddle with unlimited possibilities. In collaboration with the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), CAFAM hosts a juried exhibition of world class printmakers that ponders the age-old question of identity within the context of contemporary life. The artwork selected for Identity: Unlimited Editions represents a diverse range of personal expression as negotiated in this world of shifting and constantly evolving labels. Judith Amdur’s Fighting for My Life displays the blatant beauty of a human body surviving cancer; Joseph Vorgity’s The Boy Saint documents a spiritual journey influenced by, and eventually separated from, religious dogma; and Nancy Jo Hasselbacher records her mother’s genetic legacy through the physical imprint of her body.