VENTURA, Calif. – The three million people who visit the state capitol building in Sacramento every year now have a new vision of Ventura County thanks to a modernized display that highlights the county's natural beauty, wide variety of resources, and cultural diversity.
Each of California's 58 counties has a display window in the halls of the capitol building. The county's display is comprised of two primary components. The first is a panel of original art by Newbury Park artist Shannon Lundberg. The panel is 18-gauge steel with plasma cuts depicting iconic features from Ventura County, including citrus and oak trees, the Channel Islands and the San Buenaventura Mission. The art frames the second component, a high-definition monitor showing photographs from throughout Ventura County.
"This display really tells the story of Ventura County," said Supervisor Kathy Long. "It is bold, beautiful, technologically advanced and inclusive; it represents everything we value about where we live, work and play."
A number of community organizations worked with Supervisor Long and County staff to make the display a reality. They included the Ventura County Lodging Association, Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, Oxnard Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Ventura County Arts Council, Channel Islands Maritime Museum and the William Maple Design company.
The display was officially introduced at the capitol building on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. The ceremony was attended by Supervisor Long, the Ventura County State Delegation, representatives from the California State Association of Counties and numerous passers-by.
The display unveiling was attended by Supervisor Kathy Long, the Ventura County State Delegation and artist Shannon Lundberg. Pictured L to R: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, Assemblymember Das Williams, Senator Fran Pavley, Shannon Lundberg, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Supervisor Kathy Long and Assemblymember Scott Wilk.