Discover Oxnard’s Cultural Side

Oxnard has a medley of museums. History buffs can enjoy a variety of museum experiences offering California art, maritime history and classic cars display.

Cultural Events in Oxnard

Carnegie Art Museum

The Avalanche and the Silence Exhibition
September 10 - November 19  

Linda Arreola is one of California Community Foundation’s 2017 Fellowship Award Winners. Exhibited  is her latest series of sleek, smart, geometric paintings that explore the duality between states of tumultuousness and serenity.  Her Carnegie exhibit will coincide with the Getty’s ambitious Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, exploring Latin American and Latino from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 

Opening Reception sponsored byThe Arts Collaborative .

CAM Studio Gallery
September 16 - October 29  

Dave Velasquez is a self-taught artist highly talented in drawing and capturing popular SoCal culture with humorous insight and rendering it in the special flavor of the Oxnard-Ventura area. Dave Velasquez is a lifelong resident of El Rio, a suburb of Oxnard. For over 34 years, he has worked and owned an Oxnard construction business with projects throughout the tri-counties.

However, his passion has always been his art from doodling, designing logos, and painting & lettering trucks to creating characters and portraits. Dave became intensely interested in drawing art by way of pin-striping. Pre computer generated vinyl lettering, Dave in the 1980s found a demand for his hand lettering and logo painting in the transportation market. Velasquez has pinstriped boats, hot rods, motorcycles, vintage cash registers and even airplanes. Soon pinstriping and logo design led to portraits and sketching historic points and forgotten buildings.

Having found that his favorite medium was pen and ink, he honed his talents and networked within the art community. With demand growing for private commissions and portraits, he established a subsidiary business, Velasquez Graphics. A surprise commission from Six Flags Magic Mountain launched his work further into to designs and logos for numerous other companies: the National Parks Service, Princeton University, Six Flags Entertainment, radio stations and a variety of breweries.

For years, like many die-hard artists, Velasquez has sketched and constantly “doodled”, tossing out pages of doodles thinking of them as only a hobbyist activity for himself. Fortunately, his wife (who was his high school sweetheart) saved this black and white sketches and ink doodles, which along with the artist’s graphics and other artwork have been newly transformed into a publication.

Follow Dave and his art on Facebook or Instagram (velasquezgraphics).


Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Featured Exhibit - " Our Ocean's Edge

October 2 - December 30, 2017 

Exploring the beautiful essence of California’s 1,100 mile long coastline through photography and prose, this exhibition features black and white images from LA-based photographer Jasmine Swope’s quest to capture the essence of California’s marine parks. Accompanying the images, author Dwight Holing's prose contributes narrative interpretations of these otherworldly landscapes.

 Artist in Residence - Shannon Celia

* Opening Reception - Sun. October 8 from 10 am - 12 pm - Help us welcome artist Shannon Celia to CIMM with coffee and cookies. 

* Studio Hours at CIMM - Mondays 1 pm - 4 pm, Thursdays 10 am - 1 pm - Come see the artist in action every Monday and Thursday during the month of October in the Brenda & Gary Farr Gallery on the Upper Deck of CIMM! 

* Kid's Activities ($10 fee) - Sat. October 13 from 10 am - 12 pm - Kids can create a collage using the artist's book ABCs of the Sea!, hear the artist read, and be sure to pick up your copy to bring home with you! 

* Artist-led Workshop ($20 fee) - Sat. October 21 from 10 am to 12 pm - Study perspective, value and composition with the artist using the CIMM's beautiful view of the harbor and create their own work! All levels welcome!

* Display of Artwork - Sat. October 28 & Sun. October 29 - Come by CIMM to see a collection of the artist's work including pieces worked on during the A.I.R. Program.



Murphy Auto Museum

Exhibit runs: October 7, 2017 through December 30, 2017

Henry Ford's Model A revolutionized the car industry and shaped the future of American society. We will have the museum packed vintage Fords for this exhibit. For the one day special event car show on November 4th, $10 admission gets you into our parking lot packed with fantastic Fords, includes entrance into the museum with over 90 vintage automobiles from 1910 to the present, plus the largest model railroad around. Fun for the whole family!           


Seabee Museum

The U.S. Navy Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps have a rich tradition of protecting America's freedom and helping to build a better global community. The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum preserves their history, educate visitors, and promote the Seabee's famous "Can Do" spirit for generations to come. Established in in 1947, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second oldest of the official Navy museums. It is located in a new state-of-the-art facility at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme and is open free to the public. Family friendly exhibits and programs engage and inspire visitors about the Naval Construction Force.

The Mullin Automotive Museum

Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique 

Come experience a sampling from one of the most innovative French automobile manufacturers of the 20th century, Citroën!  These fascinating automobiles encompassed technology way ahead of their time, in futuristic bodies. 

Reservations required. $15 Adults, $12 Seniors (65+), $8 Children (3-11), Children under 2 & active Military with ID FREE.



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