Artbound 2012: Best of Ventura County

Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

The Line in the Sand

The cast rehearsing: Angelina Diaz, Tayler Drew, Gabriel Meade, Sarah Muller, Liam Cochrane. AJ Herrera, Sean Riley and Anthony Khodanian.

Drama students at Saint Bonaventure High School in Ventura are working on "The Line in the Sand: Stories from the US/Mexico Border," a play that straddles the fault lines of the deepest social and economic crises facing the Americas today: immigration.

How to Reframe Your Local Business as A Cultural Treasure

Gordon's Belts. | Photo: Daniel Huber

Try experiencing your local family-owned business with the receptivity you have in a gallery or theater, and much more may be revealed than the goods they sell.

Ojai Returns As The Star of The Ojai Film Festival

Ojai Sunrise. | Photo: Michael McFadden

Sharing Ojai is often a fundamental part of what the city's cultural festivals intend to do. The Ojai Film Festival, from October 24th-28th, reflects the spirit and character of the hillside city itself.

My Own Private Museum: A Closer Look at Oxnard's Carnegie Art Museum

Carnegie Exterior. | Photo: Carnegie Art Museum

With its collection of fine art and ethnographic artifacts and its quarterly exhibitions, the Carnegie presents, promotes and preserves a rich breadth of California art that stretches across movements and periods.

Elle-jé Freeheart: Outsider Artist/Inside Job

'Fear of Flying'; mixed media. | Photo: Amy LeDoux.

Elle-jé Freeheart, an aesthetician, inventor, business woman, massage therapist, book illustrator, sculptor, painter and poet, is engaged in a life-long commitment to being a "deliberate creator" of her own reality.

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section header: disciplines
icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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