First Friday Ventura, CA

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On the first Friday of each month, visual fine art spaces in downtown and midtown Ventura offer a variety of special entertainment to compliment the collectible artworks on display. Demonstrations, lectures, music, and performance provide an opportunity for everyone to share in this unique Ventura cultural experience. First Friday’s goal is to promote the appreciation of art in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment.

On Friday, June 7th, the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, CA featured the artwork and talents of individuals on the autism spectrum. The Art of Autism exhibit was curated by Debra Hosseini and showcased artwork from over 25 artists on the autism spectrum. The evening included presentations from Brent & Linda Anderson, authors of “Unintentional Humor; Celebrating the Literal Mind”; Kelly Green, autism mom and founder of Autism Highway ;  Autistic cartoonist, Calvin Nye;  Film producer Keri Bowers and her son, artist, Taylor Cross; a vocal performance by Dylan Aragon; and a preview of the film “Generation A”, produced by Autism Movement Therapy visionary, Joanne Lara.

Art of Autism co-founder, Debra Hosseini and her family, celebrated the accomplishments of her son, featured artist Kevin Hosseini (center), hours after attending Kevin’s high school graduation!

Gayle Rasmussen, Jim Rice and Art of Autism founder Debra Hosseini

At the conclusion of the night, Bell Arts director, Jim Rice expressed his willingness to host another Art of Autism exhibit in the near future!