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Ventura gallery artists present unique views

September 13, 2017

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Ventura gallery artists present unique views

Next month at Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura, a new exhibition of artworks by Buenaventura Art Association members will be augmented by three individual shows: Kathy Ikerd of Santa Paula and Lili Miura of Port Hueneme in the Clophine Dooley Gallery, and Darlene Roker of Ventura on the main gallery’s red wall.

Ikerd’s show, titled “Excursions,” Miura’s “Femmes Japonaises” and Roker’s “Black and White (With a Touch of Color)” will be on display Sept. 5-Oct. 8. Each artist plans to show about 10 pieces. Two receptions are planned, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 9 and from 5-8 p.m. the following Saturday, Sept. 16, part of Ventura’s Arts & Eats gallery crawl. The last weekend, Oct. 7-8, corresponds with the Ventura ArtWalk.

Throughout this run, smaller groupings by Carol Simson and Mary Kolada Scott, two Ventura artists whose works earned outstanding merit awards in the current BAA show, will be up in the gallery’s central hallway.

Ikerd, who’s been creating art about 17 years, will show oil-on-canvas paintings of “places I’ve visited and things that I’ve seen,” she said. She paints figuratives, animals and landscapes in an impressionist style.

“I’ve always enjoyed life drawing and have been doing it since I began to study art. I draw figuratives and portraits in charcoal and paint with acrylics and oils on short and long poses. I also enjoy doing tiny ink and watercolor sketches of people,” Ikerd said.

Miura, who is from Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the U.S. many years ago, said, “The majority of my art revolves around concepts concerning cross-cultural contemporary figuratives. ‘Femmes Japonaises’ is fusion portraiture of modern and traditional Japanese women, expressing beauty, strength and determination in an understated manner.”

She spent 25 years as a designer, first in fashion and textile arts, then in advertising, design and publishing, before taking up painting and fine art about five years ago. Her acrylic paintings on canvas include figurative works in contemporary realism and environmental seascapes in expressionism.

Roker, a fine art photographer since 2001, recently became president of BAA. She will present photos on archival canvas.

“My goal as an artist is to photograph ordinary outdoor scenes and create an impressionistic image of what I saw and felt. Most of my images are in black and white. I use spot color for highlights and emphasis,” hence her show’s title, she said.

“When I am finished working on an impressionistic piece and it looks like I envisioned it, I am overjoyed. I love it when a person looks at one of my pieces and tells me, ‘I feel like I could walk into your scene!’ ”

Each of the solo artists has a Web presence, Ikerd at, Miura at, and Roker at

Their recent works will be on display at the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, which is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the BAA website,, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.


September 13, 2017


Buenaventura Gallery
700 E Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93001 United States
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