The Big One: A backyard group show where locals are given the opportunity to exhibit art


Flyer for “The Big One”, a backyard group show hosting over 10 artists.

By Emily Ledesma

Moorpark and the surrounding area are home to many artists, painters and musicians. On Oct. 5 a backyard arts show will be held at 142 Timber Rd., Newbury Park. The group show, called The Big One, will be featuring local artwork, photography and live music. The event will be free from 4-10:30 p.m.

Moorpark College arts alumni Tara O’Gorman and Kori Lucero have partnered together this fall to host the multimedia art event in Lucero’s backyard.

“Galleries can be intimidating for viewers and challenging to get into for young artists so I think it’s a great way to bring together the community for a fun experience and give artists the space to share their creations,” said O’Gorman.

Original artwork by Ivy Lovett previously sold at Moorpark College's Artisan Fair. Photograph provided by Ivy Lovett.

Several different mediums of art will be shown including 2D and 3D designs. Paintings, sculptures and photography will also be featured from artists such as Ivy Lovett, a graphic designer, and Jules Van Winkle, a painter.

“My illustrations are a combination of pop culture references and wacky doodles,” said 22-year-old Lovett. “People have told me that my art reminds them of shows from their childhood.”

Lovett is currently a student worker at Moorpark College’s Makerspace and graphic design department. Lucero, the host of the event, invited Lovett to partake in the show.

Graphic designer Ivy Lovett has taken advantage of Moorpark College's Makerspace by printing her original artwork on buttons and stickers. Photograph provided by Ivy Lovett.

“At the Makerspace I have created buttons, stickers and tote bags out of my drawings and sold them online and at events like the big one coming up!” Lovett explained. “I’m currently in the works of creating a new series of illustrations that I’ll be showing, and I’ll also be showing some merch.”

The Big One will be featuring over 10 social artists, musicians and even astrological readings by Kevin Davila. An open mic platform will also be open to those interested in partaking.

“I am so excited to be surrounded by all these talented individuals and connect with artists I haven’t met before. The art shows that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of have always had good vibes and good people and I expect nothing less from this one,” Lovett elaborated.

Another featured artist, 23-year-old Bailey Walters, is a senior ceramics student and president of the Ceramic Arts Club at California State University, Long Beach.

Walters met the hosts, and several artists in the show at Moorpark College before transferring to CSULB. Walters was invited by host O’Gorman who also attends CSULB.

As a sculptor, Walters finds solace in making clay objects as they speak to her identity as a queer woman.

“My sculptural objects are reconstructed explorations of my upbringing, enriched by my experiences and relationships,” said Walters. “I’m excited to be a part of such a creative community, reunite with old classmates and friends and see how they’ve all progressed as artists!”

Live music and performances will also be taking place during the free event and Davila will be performing magic rituals and have crystals for sale. Attendees may also grab refreshments throughout the day to cool down.

Parking tips provided by host Kori Lucero

All those interested in the event are encouraged to carpool and park in the Stagecoach parking lot off of Susan Drive.

“We recommend carpooling, ride sharing and being courteous; especially while parking as it is very limited with narrow roads in the neighborhood,” explained O’Gorman.

For more information please contact Tara O’Gorman or Kori Lucero on Instagram.