Call to Artists: Gallery Exhibit “Winter Solstice” Entries accepted Tuesday, December 1st by appointment

“Winter Roots” quilt by Bev Lagos

OCA Gallery is proud to announce its upcoming show “Winter Solstice” – an all-media exhibition of artwork by Sonoma County Artists.

Sonoma County artists are invited to submit one or two pieces for this show. An entry fee  is required (see fee schedule below), and the artwork will be shown in our physical gallery as well as in a Virtual Exhibit on OCA’s YouTube Channel. The physical exhibit runs Dec 6, 2020 through Jan 9, 2021, the virtual exhibit will premier at 7 PM on December 12th and be available on-demand thereafter.

Entries are subject to OCA’s standard size and hanging requirements, Click here to read our entry guidelines.

Due to the restrictions placed on us by the County due to COVID-19, we will not have an opening reception for this show. We encourage you to help us promote the virtual exhibit to your friends and family. The video for this exhibit will be published on Saturday, December 12th at 7 PM. We welcome in-person gallery visitors on Saturdays from Noon to 4 PM, masks are required and a limited number of visitors inside the gallery at any time.

Entries for this exhibit should be appropriately demonstrative of the ‘Winter Solstice’ theme. The OCA Gallery committee juries each exhibit and reserves the right to accept or reject work submitted based on compliance with entry specifications and appropriateness for the stated theme. Best in show and merit awards given for this exhibit will be judged by Diane Senia, Best in Show recipient for “Treasures From Home” exhibit.

 Click here to download the contract.

We will be using an appointment system for take-in and implementing safety protocol. To sign up for an entry appointment, please use this link.

If you are picking up art in the “Treasures from Home” exhibit and would also like to enter the “Winter Solstice” exhibit, please use this link.

If you have any questions please send us an email.

Virtual Book Launch: Joan Frank’s The Outlook for Earthlings REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube

On Sunday, November 15th at 4 pm, you are warmly invited to a Zoom Book Party for The Outlook for Earthlings with our friend, Joan Frank, well-known local author and essayist and in conversation with Patrick Fanning, President of OCA’s Board of Directors. Watch a recording of the event on YouTube with this link!

You can purchase the book with this link, and the author will send you a signed copy!

The Outlook for Earthlings tracks the trajectory of a problematic friendship over a lifetime between two women of opposite natures. Their friendship suggests to each a final frontier, a saving sanctuary. Yet at its core each woman takes a secret, moral offense at the other’s inmost nature-and her choices. Against the deadline of the illness which is slowly destroying one of them, a reckoning must occur.

Earthlings considers the limits of friendship-and of witnessing. It asks how we may finally measure a life-and who should do the measuring.

Joan is the author of ten books of literary fiction and nonfiction. WHERE YOU’RE ALL GOING: FOUR NOVELLAS won the 2018 Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. TRY TO GET LOST: ESSAYS ON TRAVEL AND PLACE, published the same month, won the 2018 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. A MacDowell, VCCA, and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Joan’s work has received many honors and awards, including the Juniper Prize for the Novel and two ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards. Joan also reviews literary fiction and nonfiction for the Washington Post . She lives in Santa Rosa.

 ‘Earthlings offers the gift of Joan Frank’s gorgeous, limpid prose exploring vast and nuanced constellations of human love.  Frank’s characters gracefully reveal how choices are made, accrue to shape and define our lives-yet how forgiveness may also allow us to transcend those very limitations.’

~Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor’s Cafe

Joan will share from selected readings, followed by an informal conversation with Patrick Fanning.

Pat’s first career was in publishing. In 1979 he co-founded New Harbinger Publications.  His previous novels are Infidels Abroad, Rejuvenation, and Geoffrey Doover.  His second career is in art. He was one of the founders of the Graton Gallery, paints mostly in watercolor, and has taught watercolor classes in the states and occasionally abroad in Costa Rica or Italy. He often travels with his sketchbook, which resulted in a recent book, “Travel Sketching.” He is the President of OCA’s Board of Directors and has been most recently involved in the construction of the new lobby for the OCA auditorium.

Free admission. Registration required to receive Zoom link to event. Click here to register.

NOTA BENE: Due to fire season, this event may be re-scheduled. Please check our website as the date approaches.

OCA’s Fall Spectacular Variety Show! REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube


You can also watch this show on Facebook.

This is the fourth show in our 2020 Virtual Variety Show series.

You don’t want to miss this amazing lineup of talent!
Click here to watch the show!

Enjoy great music and art from the safety of your own home.

All of our virtual shows are available free on our YouTube Channel.

Subscribe to our channel today and don’t miss a show!

Scroll down to read the full lineup of performers.

Musical performances by:

Barbara Higbie
Benjamin Mertz
Danny & Essence
David Luning
Dennis Ludiker & Kaylee Goins
Dirty Cello
Eric Wiley
The Familiar Strangers
Heartwood Crossing Trio
Jenny Kerr Band
Laurie Lewis & Brandon Godman
Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco
Mimi & Gabe Pirard
The Musers
Nina Gerber & Chris Webster
Noah Jeffries, Matt Mefford and Dennis Ludiker
Peppino D’Agostino
Phil Lawrence
Rainbow Girls
Ricky Mier
Scott Law
Stella Heath
Teresa Tudury
T Sisters
Tumbleweed Soul

and featuring artwork from our latest Gallery exhibit
“Treasures From Home” by Sonoma County artists.

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Virtual Book Launch: A Road Less Paved by Mary Gaffney REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube

You can watch the recording of this event on our YouTube Channel.


Local writer and longtime OCA volunteer, Mary Gaffney, takes us on an extraordinary journey from her home in Occidental all the way to Tierra del Fuego, the southern-most tip of South America. Recounting their epic road trips as she traveled with her husband , children and friends, Mary remembers the places and people with great depth and humor.

Mary Gaffney has lived on the sunny side of the Redwoods of Occidental, CA for over 40 years. She is still there writing when she”s not traveling.  Her previous work can be found in two anthologies, Cartwheels on the Faultline and Saltwater Sweetwater. Mary has been a volunteer with OCA since its inception.


Virtual Book Launch: Donna Emerson’s Beside The Well with musical interludes by Jared Emerson-Johnson REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube

Join our first Virtual Book Launch via Zoom!

Donna’s poetry collection takes us from the wells, woods, meadows, horses, family and strangers of her family homestead in the New York Finger Lakes, to the music, ocean and earth in her current California. In plainspoken diction, narrative and lyric styles, the poet records memorable, time-stopping moments of intimacy.

This live event features selected readings, musical interludes and audience Q&A. Books will be available for purchase.


This event will take place online via Zoom. There is no charge to attend but you must register to receive the Zoom link.

Registration has closed. If you would still like to participate, please email

To purchase the book please use this link. We will email you to confirm whether you would like the book signed by the author and/or any custom inscription. Books will be shipped within 7 days by USPS.

About the author: Recently retired from teaching at Santa Rosa Jr. College, and private practice as a clinical social worker, Donna Emerson’s award-winning poetry can be seen most recently in the Denver Quarterly, the MacGuffin, Verdad, and anthologies such as Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Her publications also include four chapbooks, and two full-length poetry collections, The Place of Our Meeting and Beside the Well. Her recent awards include nominations for a California Book Award, two Pushcarts and Best of the Net nominations, and two Allen Ginsberg awards.


Jared Emerson-Johnson
is an award winning composer, sound designer, and voice director. Since the early 2000s, Jared has also worked as a music instructor in Cinnabar Theater’s education department—coaching chamber music and conducting various operettas and musicals. Since 2017 Jared has performed as front man with the Rivertown Skifflers, a lively jug band well known to Sonoma and Marin County listeners.



Donna and Jared are both featured in the recent OCA Virtual Variety Show “Keeping the Arts in our Hearts” available on our YouTube Channel.

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Sonoma County’s Got Talent! Virtual Variety Show Replay Available on YouTube

OCA proudly presents our third “Virtual Variety Show” featuring Sonoma County musicians, performers and artists!

Enjoy this free broadcast on YouTube with many OCA favorites, a virtual art exhibition of our members’ artwork, music, theater and more!

Click this link to watch the show.

Mark your calendar and enjoy this show from the comfort and safety of your own home. We’re lucky to have a community so rich with talent and generosity! Many thanks to all of the performers who are contributing their talents to this show!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or check out our earlier shows! You don’t have to subscribe but it helps us reach more viewers and allows you to “like” our shows!


Arts in our Hearts : A Virtual Variety Show Replay available on YouTube

Our first-ever Virtual Variety Show was a great success and we are blown away to see that in the first 24 hours our video has had nearly 1,000 views! Thank you to all who tuned in to watch and enjoy this great lineup of musicians and artists. We are very appreciative of the 60+ people who participated in the creation of the video.

We’ve also raised $4k of our $10k goal – and we are very grateful to everyone who donated!! What a generous community we have!

In case you missed it, you can watch the replay of the show at this link.

The feedback we’ve received about the show has been so overwhelmingly positive that we are already cooking up round two – stay tuned for more info to be posted soon! In the meantime, please visit the sites of our awesome performers listed below.

Claude Bourbon

Peppino D’Agostino

Emily Lois

Barbara Borden

Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco

Stella Heath & Ian Scherer

Sarah Baker

Mariah Parker

Benjamin Mertz

Danny & Essence

Kevin Russell & Candy Girard

Occidental Community Choir

The Black Brothers Band

Dirty Cello

Laurie Lewis

Teresa Tudury

David Rosen

Patrick & Nancy

Naomi Newman