Andres Salazar – Solo Exhibit

Over seventy guests visited the opening reception at the WAV Theater Gallery to view artist Andres Salazar’s display of forty new works of art. Exhibit runs May 4 – 25, 2024. Several paintings were purchased, however the gallery will be open on weekends during the month to view the artist’s available pieces.

The WAV community is again inspired after a long closure due to the recent pandemic. WAV artists will keep up the momentum to share their creative spirit with the local Ventura community and beyond.

The exhibition includes forty, oil on canvas paintings as well as a large number of works on paper, all of which had been completed within the last 10 months. To contact Andres, call 805-746-6884 and visit his works online at

Exhibit curator, Jacqueline Woods – WAV artist – photographer.

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First Fridays @ WAV

Every First Friday of the month Ventura’s art centers celebrate art openings with new exhibits and open studios. WAV is no exception. Parking is free at the Ventura Museum parking lot. The entrance is one block from WAV on Santa Clara St. Call the WAV office for info on our scheduled art exhibits and other events.

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Frances Spencer Exhibit November


I wish to share with my WAV friends and others that I have received a Puffin Foundation Grant to fund an exhibition of my paintings, themed “Peace and Love Will Save the World,” to be held the month of November 2017 at the WAV Gallery in Ventura, California. The grant is awarded in consideration of quality of art work as well as volunteerism contributing to the local community.

As a long-time artist resident of Working Artists of Ventura (WAV) I am grateful to all who have supported and encouraged me in my career pursuits, especially Chris Velasco and Elizabeth Bowling, the founders of PLACE and WAV who made it possible.

Frances Spencer

Artist-resident of WAV

July 30, 2017

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Harvest cafe gets solid support!

There was a great supportive crowd on Friday evening at the Harvest cafe now getting started at the WAV’s north retail space. Great way to bring in the new year 2017 for the residents of the WAV and guests of Jai Rhythm Yoga – and of course the entire Ventura community.

Harvest cafe specializes in healthy fare which will include personal pizzas made with gluten-free buckwheat and sweet potato crust – was surprisingly delicious! They served wine and beer with a vegan bowl of chili topped with a sunflower crusted chip. For those who refrain from wine and beer there was plenty of in-house-made water kefir infused with lavender.

There’s more on the menu to come, but if Friday night was any clue of how things will be developing, it will be a wonderful addition to the WAV complex for years to come. Look for more soft opens coming soon – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Pictured above are the owners, Robert and Rica. Photos by Sarah Kalvin

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Frances Spencer – 2016 Events

A painting by Frances Spencer was juried into the Casa Gallery’s group exhibition by the Summer Solstice Committee during the month of March 2016 to coincide with the Santa Barbara Solstice parade and festivities.

On June 9, 2016, Frances Spencer was awarded First Place for her Haiku poem. The award, a geode with her poem engraved on it, was presented to her by the Poet Laureate of Ventura County, Phil Taggart,  at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Ventura County Library System held in the EP Foster Library, Ventura.


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WAV Artists Group Show

Elegant group show at the WAV Theater Gallery for the months of July and August. Organized and installed by Sarah Kalvin. Photos by Sarah Kalvin

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The Santiago Express

Great party for Santiago Salazar at the WAV Theater Gallery, March 5, 2016.  Keep on chugging. Photos by Nicole Salazar.


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Mosaic displayed at WAV for First Friday

The Anacapa and Mimosa is 24 feet wide and 7 feet tall. The monumental mosaic completed by Larissa Strauss was displayed at the WAV Theater Gallery March 4, 2016. The mosaic will be installed at a private residence in Ventura. Congratulations Larissa, another exceptional piece added to your prolific resume.

Larissa’s public works can be seen at the Museum of Ventura County and at the entrance to Marina Park. Both in the city of Ventura.


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JeanneMarie’s 95th Birthday Celebration at WAV

JeanneMarie celebrated 95 years with family and friends March 2, 2016. She is a WAV resident, musician and painter. Violin is her passion. When asked what she thought of her party, with a joyful smile she replied, “It’s a dream!” She commented on how much she loved living at the WAV, and that she is always greeted kindly, with respect and smiles from all WAV neighbors.

Happy Birthday to you JeanneMaria! May you celebrate many more to come at the WAV Theater Gallery.

Photos by Christopher Judges.


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WAV Artist Vivian Sky is 2 years old!

Happy Birthday Vivi! All of us at WAV were glad to see you at the Theater Gallery enjoying your special day with all your friends and family. It has been so much fun watching you grow into a creative and happy little artist and resident of WAV.

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