Save the Date for our next Virtual Variety Show! Saturday, November 7th at 8 PM on YouTube

Alas, we are still unable to host live events at OCA, and our beautiful new LOBBY is quietly waiting to welcome our audiences back!! In the meantime, we’ve got another great variety show in the works, scheduled to air at 8 PM on
Saturday, November 7th!

Performers include:

Teresa Tudury

Barbara Higbie

Nina Gerber

T Sisters

Jenny Kerr Band

Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco

Danny & Essence

The Musers

Heartwood Crossing Trio

Dirty Cello

Phil Lawrence


Jenny Kerr Band

Abbie Gabrielson

Peppino D’Agostino

Eric Wiley

Ricky Mier

The Familiar Strangers

Dennis Ludiker & Kaylee Goins

Mimi & Gabe Pirard

Laurie Lewis & Brandon Godman

and a Virtual Art Exhibit!


Watch for updates on this spectacular show to be announced soon!

Call to Artists: Gallery Exhibit “Treasures From Home” Entries accepted Tuesday, September 29th by appointment

“Henry” by Oak Reinier

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

Entries for this exhibit should feature objects, landscapes, vistas/views, people, animals, heirlooms and other treasured images that provide comfort and joy during our extended Shelter-In-Place of 2020.

Sonoma County artists are invited to submit one piece for this show. An entry fee of $10 is required, 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 Oct 3 – Nov 28, the virtual exhibit will premier mid-October and be available thereafter (exact date TBA).

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. 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.

Download the entry contract here.

We will be using an appointment system for take-in, greeting artists with their entries outside in the OCA parking lot, and implementing safety protocol. To sign up for an entry appointment, please use this link. If you have any questions please send us an email.

OCA Members Art Exhibition July 18 through September 26, 2020 Open Saturdays 12-4

Our gallery is open Saturdays from Noon to 4 PM

Our gallery falls into the category of small retail, and will only be open on Saturdays from Noon to 4 PM, with masks required for entry. We’ll be limiting visitors to groups that arrive together, with only one group inside the gallery at a time. When you visit, you may be asked to wait a short while outside.

We realize that the COVID19 pandemic prohibits many people from visiting our gallery in person. You can see our current exhibit on our YouTube Channel.


Saturday July 18th through Saturday September 26th, 2020

Our gallery is open with limited hours and adhering to appropriate safety precautions (limited visitors inside, masks required, etc.), re-opening on Saturday July 18th. We are planning to have the gallery open to the public on Saturdays only, from 12 Noon to 4 PM, for now. Unfortunately, we cannot have an opening reception at this time.

This show includes artists:

Beth Anderson
Ken Bellucci
Joel Bennett
Gretchen Butler
Sharon Cahn
Daniel Celidore
Chris Cheek
Marylu Downing
Pat Engel
Patrick Fanning
Saroj Heron
Ann Hines
John James
Nancy Kees Dunn
Judith Kinsey
Karin Lease
Alexandra Mariposa
Diane Masura
Su McMurtry
Jessica Morell
River & Kay Mortenson
Emilie Munsch
Christine Paschal
Lesley Pickford
Andy Rangel
Johanna Regan
Oak Reinier
Annie Murphy Springer
Susan St. Thomas
Carol Swanson
J. Joel B. ValBrown
Ken Van Cleave

Virtual Book Launch: Donna Emerson’s Beside The Well with musical interludes by Jared Emerson-Johnson Sunday, September 13th 4 - 5 PM

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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Virtual Book Launch: A Road Less Paved by Mary Gaffney Friday, September 25th 7-8 PM

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.

Join us on Zoom for this Virtual Book Launch featuring selected readings and author Q&A. There is no charge to attend but you must register. Click here to register for the event.

To purchase a copy of Mary’s book for $15, click this link.

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.


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