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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

EXHIBITIONS: December 9, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Catalysts of Chane - Luther Gerlach

In the aftermath of the 2017 Thomas Fire, Luther Gerlach
turned his camera on the destruction and regeneration spanning Ventura county, using chemical elements gathered from the landscape to bring the power of these natural forces to life.   

Photographer Luther Gerlach works in a variety of historical photographic processes, highlighting the role of constraints in creative production and the hand-made, tactile connection between the artist and his work. Known for nude portraits and urban scenes of downtown LA in his early career, more recently Gerlach has pioneered the re-emergence of plein air wet plate collodion landscapes. His work distills detailed images of the natural world, particularly the trees, seaweeds, and grasses of Southern California, to emphasize pure light and line, endowing his images with a subtly abstract quality.

Luther Gerlach was born in Blayne, Minnesota in 1960. He apprenticed with Brett Weston in Carmel and Hawaii in the 1980’s, before learning the wet plate process which he still works in today. Gerlach has led lectures and demonstrations at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles since 2001. He has exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Ventura Museum of Art, the Schaknow Museum of Fine Art, Miami, the Denver Art Museum, and The Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe. Selected permanent collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Michael G. Wilson Centre for Photography, among others.

The artist lives and works in Ventura, California.

Artist’s Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 31 -    6pm $5/ museum members free

Pastoral Crude
Recent landscape paintings by Karen Kitchel

These paintings continue Karen Kitchel’s longstanding commitment to make landscape paintings that transcend conventional portrayals of scenery, location, or nostalgic attempts to interpret “nature”.  Widely recognized for her multiple-panel installations of American grasslands and urban botany, this is the first west coast solo exhibition of her landscape paintings using asphalt emulsion.

Kitchel has worked throughout the coastal and interior west for more than thirty years, receiving her M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University in 1982.   Her work is in the permanent collections of multiple museums and private collections nationally and abroad, including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum, the Joslyn Museum, the U.S. State Department, and the National Museum of Poland.   She is represented by Robischon Gallery of Denver, CO, and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, NM and New York, NY. She currently lives and works in Ventura, CA.

Artist’s Gallery Talk:  Thursday, January 24      6 pm $5/members free 


Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Two Featured Exhibits -Maarten Platje: The Early History of the US Navy and Monsters: Alive and Well and Living in the Deep

January 9 through March 18, 2019 -  Monsters: Alive and Well and Living in the Deep

That newspaper headline says it all. It could be 2018, 1918, 1818, or if daily newsprint had been invented, 318 BC in Greece. Countless headlines such as this reach back hundreds of years, and the story is essentially the same. Some “sea monsters” are both age-old and current, yet we still know little about them. Do Monsters actually lurk in the deep? Well, from Jan 9th to March 18th, come by the Maritime to find out.  “Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction” is the next exciting exhibit in the Farr Gallery at Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Works by local artisans, images and stories of the deep will be featured; a historical background for deep-sea exploration and an ecological perspective on life in the ocean’s depths. Family friendly – great for all!

January 9 through March 25, 2019 - Maarten Platje: The Early History of the US Navy

Working professionally for over thirty years, Maarten Platje’s paintings reveal his ability to depict historic topics with a stunning level of detail. Dedicated to marine paintings, Platje’s carefully-orchestrated compositions are created from an assembly of several old pictures, old drawings and ship models discovered at antique stores or placed at his disposal from private collections. Maarten Platje has been exhibiting his signature maritime art paintings since 1986.

He studied at the Ars Aemula Naturae Art Academy in Leiden, in addition to his attendance at several artistic courses and studies. Upon graduating, he spent part of his youth as a sailor before devoting himself to the painting of ships; this period certainly contributed to his ability to transform his impressions and observations into highly accurate and lively marine paintings.

Today and during his professional career, Maarten Platje’s impressive body of work traveled internationally, and has acclaimed him several achievements. Some of which include, an official invitation by the Royal Dutch Navy to embark on a frigate during NATO operations in the Mediterranean waters, and an invitation to exhibit his work at the yearly international commercial maritime manifestation ‘Europort’ in Amsterdam.



Murphy Auto Museum

Andy Granatelli-'Mister 500'

Granatelli, aka, 'Mister 500′ was a major figure in automobile racing events. This exhibit, donated by his family, has many personal objects, trophies, personal photos, racing posters and never before seen STP clothing and memorabilia. Pay tribute to the racer, entrepreneur, engineer, promoter, business executive and the man that conquered Indy.

Muscles & Mojo Car Show 

The Murphy Auto Museum, in conjunction with Fireball Tim, is pleased to announce the launch of Muscles and Mojo! Bring your vintage or classic car to the Murphy Auto Museum on the first Sunday of the month, starting March 3rd. Free coffee, free Hot Wheels and free admission to the museum during the event (7:00-9:00 am). Let us know your be there on our Facebook event page and SHARE this event with your friends and car buddies!


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


Our newest exhibit will bring together a group of the finest French automobiles in the world, to tell the story of the most prominent companies in emerging automotive market.  Starting from the day of horse-drawn carriages, through the first understandings of aerodynamic form, this collection is one not to be missed!  Cars include several of the finest from the Mullin Collection including - 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic, 1939 Delahaye 165, the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance winning 1935 Voisin Aerodyne!

Reservations required. $16 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+), $13 Student w/ID, $8 Children (3-12), Children under 2 & active Military with ID FREE.



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