Ventura Inspiration Guide 2018 - 59

2018 INSPIRATION GUIDE

HOW
VENTURA
EMBRACES
THE ARTS
WORLD - CL ASS ARTISTRY,
SMALL-TOWN HOSPITALIT Y.

Written by Ken McAlpine

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Photo by Cameron Hurdus

hey share the same street, the same sea breezes, and
the same aim: A passionate desire to bring you the
loveliest, the most thought-provoking, the most moving
flowerings of the human soul and mind. Those rarified creations
we can never quite put a finger on. And so we call them art.
The Rubicon Theatre (20 years and running) and H Gallery +
Studios (six years and running) stand like book ends, some two
miles apart on Main Street. At a casual glance, they appear to
present two vastly different experiences. The Rubicon, a classical
performing arts theatre housed within a 1920's church, often
offers plays of the fondly remembered and familiar (Our Town,
The Night of the Iguana, Hamlet). H Gallery showcases some
of the world's most contemporary artists, so that you might
stand before a painting created by a mechanical hand whose
movements were orchestrated by a dancer's swayings.
But really, they offer the same treat.
Karyl Lynn Burns, who co-founded the Rubicon Theatre
Company in 1998 with husband James O'Neil, extends her arms,
spreads her hands to their theatre, and smiles with a touch of pride.
"Here," she says, "we have world-class artistry and
small-town hospitality."

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