Call to artists – “The Shape of Things” 3D Art Exhibition Submit Entries on Tues, Dec 3rd - Exhibit runs Dec 6 - Jan 26

Woodrock by Victoria Wagner

OCA is pleased to present “The Shape of Things” – a juried exhibition of artwork created by Sonoma County artists.

Join us in expressing your 3 dimensional fantasies!! The Shape of Things is an opportunity to expand your visions and ideas to a new level. Original three dimensional works accepted and encouraged to include, but not limited to sculpture, bas relief, shadow boxes, altered books, ceramics, fine artisan crafts, mobiles, textiles, jewelry, woodworking. Contact us ahead of time to discuss installation if needed.


Artists are encouraged to use their own displays for their art as our pedestal and other display devises are limited.

Artists may submit up to three pieces for this show. Entry fee is $20 for first piece, $10 for each additional piece. Please email with any questions.

Footprint must be no larger than 36 square inches (height can be up to 5′); must weigh less than 50 lbs.

Additional Entry Guidelines:
Entry Guidelines and Size limitations:
We do not take online submissions. Open exclusively to Sonoma County artists, this exhibit includes all three dimensional media. All works, however altered or enhanced, may only include the artist’s original created imagery.
Entries may not have appeared previously in any OCA Gallery Exhibit. All works must be for sale. This is a juried exhibit.
Works are limited to a 36 square inch footprint. All works must weigh less than 50 lbs and be free-standing with its own platform or support mechanism (no nailing to wall, ropes, etc.)
Artists whose works are not accepted will notified within 48 hours of entry.
All items are to be for sale. 40% gallery commission per sale. Entry fees are $20 for the first piece, $10 for additional pieces (up to three total per artist). Payment of entry fees can be made by cash, check or credit card.

Contract can be downloaded here: Gallery_Contract_Shape_Of_Things_2019

If you have any additional questions please email




Gallery Exhibit: Pointless Sisters Art Quilts Exhibit runs Nov 3rd - Dec 1st
Reception Sun., Nov. 10th 2-4 pm

“Urban Jungle” by Cheryl Braswell

OCA is proud to welcome back the Pointless Sisters!

This gallery exhibit is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM and during events. A reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, November 10th from 2-4 PM.

Pointless in Occidental – 2019 –

“Urban/Cityscape” and “Earth, Wind and Fire”

The Pointless Sisters Group regularly challenges its members to create a fiber art piece that fits specific parameters of subject, size, color or technique. Recent challenge themes have shown at Occidental Center for the Arts such as “Flowers”, “Reflections”, “Black and White plus One Color.”

This year’s OCA exhibit contains work from the two most recent challenges, “Urban/Cityscape” and “Earth, Wind and Fire.”

After the fires in 2017, it seemed like a natural and obvious choice to have a Fire challenge. This became “Earth, Wind and Fire” to broaden the scope of the challenge and accommodate the various reactions and experiences that our members had regarding the fires. Many of the pieces in this collection got their start in a workshop with internationally renowned fiber artist, Rosalie Dace, who happens to teach a workshop called “Earth, Wind and Fire”.

The second challenge displayed are from the very broad “Urban/Cityscape”. The resulting art quilts are varied; cities during the day, cities at night, abstracted images of cities, familiar skylines, large pieces, and small pieces.

About the Pointless Sisters

The Pointless Sisters is an art quilt group whose members’ quilts have been shown nationally and internationally.  Members use a variety of non-traditional quilting and surface design techniques to produce stunning and innovative fiber arts.

Book Launch: Ashes in a Coconut by Bo Kearns Friday, November 15th 7 pm

In 1983, New York City fashion designer Laura Harrison sets aside her career and accompanies her banker husband Jack to Indonesia to save her marriage. Finding herself in a culture of mysticism and superstition, Laura experiences feelings of unease and haunting premonitions. Still, she’s determined to make things work. As she attempts to grow closer to her husband, they become at odds over his shady business dealings. When her premonitions become reality, events spin out of control. 

BO KEARNS, journalist and writer of fiction, is the author of Ashes in a Coconut, a novel

set in Indonesia, where he lived for three years. In his career in international finance, he lived in Bahrain, Indonesia and London. He is a feature writer with Northbay biz magazine and the Sonoma Index-Tribune newspaper. His short stories have won awards—First Prize, Napa Valley College writing contest, Honorable Mention-Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition, and Finalist- Redwood Writers On the Edge genre competition. Other works

have been published in the annual California Writers Club Literary ReviewNapa Valley Writers First Press, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine and Sonoma: Stories of a Region and Its People. He is a UC Naturalist, beekeeper, avid hiker and active supporter of conservation causes. He lives in Sonoma with his wife and rescue dog Jake.

“…a dazzling palette of colors and aromas…Bo Kearns paints the transformation of heart and mind and spirit, an inspiring and sometimes terrifying rebirth…should be on the top of the list for any reader who cares about the planet or the people who inhabit it.”  ~ Daniel Coshnear, Willa Cather Award winner and author of Jobs & Other Preoccupations and Occupy and Other Love Stories.

The author will talk about his experiences living in Indonesia, interspersed with selected readings from the novel, accompanied by a slide show of Bali, followed by a Q&A, with book sales and signing. Admission is free, and all donations are always gratefully accepted. Indonesian treats will be offered by donation, beer/wine for sale.

Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp & Story Sunday, November 17th 4 - 6 PM


OCA is pleased to welcome back to our stage, direct from his home in Ireland, one of the premier Celtic harp players and spoken word artists in the world. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

In Celtic Harp & Story, Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. The passion of the Irish for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to a mythical past, and their ability to find joy and humor in a dark and often supernatural world make for stories unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition. Patrick Ball weaves the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment together with ethereally gorgeous instrumental harp melodies into a warm and magical performance that will leave the audience spellbound.

Patrick tours extensively in the U.S., Canada and world wide to great acclaim. He and his wife, artist Susan Ball, and their beloved dog Max have recently relocated to the magic isle of Ireland. Do not miss this spellbinding evening of glorious harp music and lyrical storytelling filled with laughter and mischief, politics and magic by this American master of the Gaelic narrative and instrument! $20 Adv/ $25 at the door. Fine refreshments. Art Gallery open. Wheelchair accessible.



Teresa Tudury & Friends Saturday, December 21st 7:30 pm

Direct from her new home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, everyone’s favorite musical comedienne returns to her former Occidental digs to gift us with her own brand of madcap musical magic for ‘the holidaze’; joined by some well known musical friends! Doug Jayne of KRCB will be the MC.

Singer-songwriter Teresa Tudury has been called “A simmering Mother Lode of singing, songwriting, acting and madcap comedy talent”. With a deep, sultry voice, original quirky tunes, and a scathing comedic wit, complemented by her bluesy guitar playing, Teresa is an absolute original. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA, she wakes up the music scene, creating a loyal following and rave reviews wherever she performs. A long time local treasure in Sonoma County, Teresa still hosts her live radio show for KOWS from her new desert home. Occidental welcomes her ‘home for the holidays’ with open arms!


$20 Adv/$25 at the door. Advance tickets highly recommended. Fine refreshments including wine and beer available. Art Gallery will be open for viewing and gifts. OCA is wheelchair accessible.