Call to Artists! The Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal Submit your entries on March 14th for this Gallery exhibit March 18 - May 14

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The Spring Equinox

When Day and Night are Equal

The dominance of darkness ends, signaling the return of fertility. New leaves appear on the trees. Crops sprout. Birds mate. Earth life regenerates in the emergence of new light. The great Sphinx of Giza gazes precisely at the rising of the Equinox sun.

OCA’s March 18 through May 14 exhibit will honor the sacred significance of the Spring Equinox with an art show of works that express the power and beauty of new beginnings, of life springing forth from the dark and the cold into warmth and light.

Submissions, open to Sonoma County artists only, will include all media. Works are limited to 5’ high and 4’ wide with a weight limit of 50 1bs. Two-dimensional works are to be framed, or with gallery wrapped edges, wired on the back for hanging. Soft sculpture size limit is 24 sq ft. This is a juried show. Accepted pieces will be listed on the OCA website within 2 days. All items are to be for sale.

Unframed prints of accepted works are welcome for our print rack. Up to four submissions per artist. Fee for first submission is $15, $10 for each additional entry. 40% gallery commission per sale. Payment of entry fees can be made by cash, check or credit card.

Take in will be Tuesday, March 14th from 1:30 to 7:30 PM at OCA. We do not allow online submissions.

Opening reception will be Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, and refreshments will be served. Pick up of unsold works will be Monday, May 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM or by appointment. Questions can be submitted to info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org or by phoning 707-874-9392.

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Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino Saturday, December 17th, 2016 8-10 pm

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Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to present once again the internationally renowned acoustic guitarist and composer Peppino D’Agostino ! A self taught musician who emigrated from Italy in 1984 to pursue his dream, Peppino has helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His keen melodic sense, remarkable technique, open tunings and percussive effects are the basis of his unique and original compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his warm, playful personality, emotional intensity, and broad musical tastes covering classical, folk, Irish, Italian, Brazilian, flamenco and jazz traditions and you have the recipe for his dynamic “minestrone music”. His live performances combine beautifully complex up -tempo instrumentals and a warm and engaging personality that is addictive. http://peppinodagostino.com/

As a six string guitarist, composer, and arranger steeped in classical discipline, Peppino has had an amazing recording and performing career that has spanned three decades and garnered critical acclaim and awards the world over (voted #1 Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine ). He has released eight solo albums and 17 recordings. Peppino’s newest and most ambitious solo CD Penumbra blends his own melodic originals with the works of contemporaries like Sergio Assad; many influences, from Celtic to Brazilian touches, melt into a unique and gorgeous result, balancing the classical with a rock and ethnic-influenced style. CDs will be available for purchase.

D’Agostino recently had his first sold out tour of China, and composed a soundtrack for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has performed in over thirty countries and at countless international festivals and important venues. Also a master teacher, he has published three instructional DVDs (his newest interactive video software Poetica Musica is available on his web site) , composed a movie soundtrack, helped design his own signature Seagull guitar, and collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world -Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke among others. D’Agostino co-founded The Pacific Guitar Ensemble with David Tannebaum in 2010, one of his best known musical collaborations.

We are thrilled to have this international treasure grace our stage for the third time! $25 General. Fine Refreshments available for sale. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the icon to the right. You may also reserve will-call tickets and pay at the door, phone at 707-874-9392 to reserve will-call. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Our Art Gallery is open for viewing and gift purchases during all events.

Gallery Exhibit: Onsite Friday, January 20 - Sunday, March 12 2017

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Occidental Center for the Arts Gallery is proud to present “Onsite” – An exhibition of plein air works featuring local artists Charles Beck, Dave Gordon and William Taylor.

The exhibition runs Friday January 20,, 2017 through Sunday March 12,, 2017 and is open to the public between the hours of 11 AM and 4 PM each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Gallery is also open during OCA live performance events which are listed on our website occidentalcenterforthearts.org. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21st from 4:00 to 7:00.

“OnSite”will feature the work of Charles Beck, Dave Gordon, and Bill Taylor. Dave Gordon and Charles Beck are familiar figures in the local art community; Bill Taylor is not. At 89, his fifty years of highly crafted work have remained largely unrecognized – that is, until art patron Charlie Pendergast brought him out of the shadows. Bill is a Sonoma County native who has painted in the West County for decades – that is, when he was not contributing highly prized bird specimens to the Academy of Science in San Francisco. As Pendergast has written: “His many watercolors of the streets and buildings in Occidental…are unique and accomplished with extraordinary simplicity and elegance.” Locals will enjoy seeing scenes from Occidental’s past, as well as whimsical views of such town icons as The Union Hotel clock and its two churches.

Charles Beck, a well-known artist whose work has regularly featured Sonoma County landscapes, rarely shows in galleries. Mr Beck typically depends on Art Trails, Art at the Source and a loyal clientele to make his living. This exhibit is a chance to see Mr Beck’s work outside of his studio and get a taste of the grandeur and craft of his “response” to what he sees.

Dave Gordon will also present several works featuring local landscapes at the “OnSite” show. In addition to painting landscapes, Mr Gordon is an accomplished muralist, having painted over 60 murals across the globe including an 8,400 square foot work on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Mr Gordon also created the mural on the external wall of Occidental Center for the Arts, facing Graton Road and Bohemian Highway.

Says Dave Gordon about the artists in this exhibition:

“The commonality between our work is that we traipse around the west county and paint what we see. The decision to paint a particular view and how to present this image as a painting is integral to any artist’s work. It is the specific presence of the artist at the location of the imagery that furnishes the work with credibility, and is the takeoff point for multiple layers of meaning.”

Show runs January 20 – March 12 with opening reception on Saturday, January 21 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.

For more information, contact gallery@occidentalcenterforthearts.org

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Songwriting Workshop Six Saturdays, February 18th through March 25th, 3-5 PM

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Bring your songs and instrument to OCA to meet other songwriters, get feedback, acquire new information, and have fun making original music. At each meeting we will cover songwriting basics, listen to and analyze successful songs, do skill-building exercises, and share our own works in progress. No particular experience or skill level is required, just an interest in writing a song.

Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:
Simple music theory * Song forms * Poetics for lyricists
Finding a catchy “hook” * Chord progression choices * Melodic options Composing on piano, guitar, or with voice alone * Co-writing
Planning for “singability” * Performance tips and practice
Being inspired by your heroes without plagarizing * Arranging

Workshop Leader
Patrick Fanning is a west Sonoma County amateur singer songwriter and a member of West Coast Songwriters. He’s been writing songs for 20 years and performing them for the last eight years. He will share tips and insights learned from studies with John Smith, Steve Seskin, Jai Josephs, Steve Gillete and others, To register: email fanning@sonic.net or phone OCA (707) 874-9392. Leave your name and come to the first class on Feb. 18th. Tuition is due at the end of the first class, if you want to continue. Classes will be held in the OCA classroom, 3820 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental.

Suzy Thompson & Aux Cajunals: Mardi Gras Dance Party! Saturday, March 4th at 7:30 PM

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Famed fiddler Suzy Thompson has for three decades been a leading force in many influential roots music groups such as California Cajun Band, Blue Flame String Band, Klezmorim, The Any Old Time String Band, Bluegrass Intentions with Bill Evans, and Thompsonia. A powerful vocalist as well as multi-instrumentalist with a vast repertoire of quirky old-time hillbilly/ country tunes who founded the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, Suzy Thompson became interested in Cajun music in the early 70’s and traveled throughout Louisiana playing and recording with it’s finest musicians. Now a master teacher as well as sought-after performer, she brings her considerable passion and talents to festivals and camps world wide. purchase brown paper bag tickets

OCA is pleased to invite you to a MARDI GRAS DANCE PARTY featuring Suzy Thompson and Aux Cajunals ! The Aux Cajunals play rocking dance Cajun dance music, an integral part of Mardi Gras celebrations in southwest Louisiana: energetic two-steps, romantic waltzes and hip-shaking blues numbers. Suzy Thompson squeezes her Louisiana-made accordion, fiddles up a storm, and brings the Cajun songs to life with her powerful vocals. Eric Thompson’s guitar chops keep the dancers up and hopping. Eric and Suzy have worked with many Cajun greats including the Savoy-Doucet Trio, D.L. Menard, and the award-winning California Cajun Orchestra. Agi Ban joins on fiddle, Allegra Thompson on upright bass, and guest Mark Marcin on accordion.

Arrive by 7:30 pm for Cajun DANCE LESSON with two instructors, followed by the 8 pm concert/dance. The Aux Cajunals will wear traditional Cajun-style Mardi Gras costumes — so please feel free to wear a mask or costume!  The band will bring some extra Cajun-style garb, available (first-come, first served) for you to wear if you wish. $20 includes dance instruction at 7:30 pm. Fine refreshments, beer and wine for sale and Art Gallery open for viewing . Reservations advised or call in 707-874-9392 for Will Call.

Artist Reception for OnSite Gallery Exhibit Sunday, March 5th 4-7 PM

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Join us on for a special reception with OnSite exhibit artists
Bill Taylor and Dave Gordon!

Bill Taylor’s fifty years of highly crafted work have remained largely unrecognized,  until art patron Charlie Pendergast recently brought him out of the shadows at age 89! Bill is a Sonoma County native who has painted in the West County for decades – that is, when he was not contributing highly prized bird specimens to the Academy of Science in San Francisco. As Pendergast has written: “His many watercolors of the streets and buildings in Occidental…are unique and accomplished with extraordinary simplicity and elegance.” Locals will enjoy seeing scenes from Occidental’s past, as well as whimsical views of such town icons as The Union Hotel clock and its two churches.

Dave Gordon presents several works featuring local landscapes at the “OnSite” show. In addition to painting landscapes, Mr Gordon is an accomplished muralist, having painted over 60 murals across the globe including an 8,400 square foot work on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Mr Gordon also created the mural on the external wall of Occidental Center for the Arts, facing Graton Road and Bohemian Highway.

Charles Beck, a well-known artist whose work has regularly featured Sonoma County landscapes, rarely shows in galleries. Mr Beck typically depends on Art Trails, Art at the Source and a loyal clientele to make his living. This exhibit is a chance to see Mr Beck’s work outside of his studio and get a taste of the grandeur and craft of his “response” to what he sees.

This is a rare opportunity to see the work of these fine artists!

Light refreshments will be served at the reception. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artists and see these fine paintings of West County!

Dirty Cello with Rebecca Roudman Saturday, March 11th 8-10 PM

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From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass! Led by charismatic cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, a classically trained orchestral musician who is a member of both the Oakland purchase brown paper bag ticketsSymphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony, Dirty Cello is cutting edge cello like you’ve never heard it before. From down home blues with a wailing beat to virtuosic, stompin’ bluegrass; Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! www.dirtycello.com

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….”Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured only occasionally classical”…Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine

 

….”The band plays every style imaginable and does some fantastic covers. But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in (Rebecca) Roudman’s playing- it goes beyond what most people would expect of the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.”…Good Times, Santa Cruz.

 

….”The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.”…. L.A. Times

 

Come on down to OCA’s acoustic sweet spot for an exciting performance with Dirty Cello! $20 Advance/$25 at the door.

Fine Refreshments including wine and beer for sale. OCA Art Gallery open during intermission and before concert. Accessible to people with disabilities. Purchase tickets online at brown paper tickets or reserve will call by phoning 707-874-9392.

The Yale Slavic Chorus Sunday, March 12th 5-7 PM

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Perfect for March’s INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, The Yale Slavic Chorus is a performance group comprised of young women from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds who share a common passion for Slavic music. The Chorus sings a diverse repertoire that spans the traditions of Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia among other regions. Although many members of The Yale Slavic Chorus are not native speakers of Slavic languages, the Choruspurchase brown paper bag tickets works extensively with native folk musicians and vocalists to perfect accurate pronunciation and vocal style. www.yaleslavicchorus.com

Although primarily an undergraduate group, the ‘Slavs’, as they are affectionately known around the campus of Yale University also include other members of the Yale community. The Yale Slavic Chorus has always been dedicated to maintaining musical vigor and excellence as they seek to empower women through song.

Join us from 5 to 7 pm on SUNDAY MARCH 12 as we welcome this traveling chorus of talented young women undergraduates to OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $15 General. Fine Refreshments available. Purchase tickets online or reserve will call by phoning 707-874-9392.

Art Gallery open for viewing on last day of our fine ‘Onsite’ Gallery Exhibit.

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The Life and Art of Isadora Duncan Sunday March 19th 4-6 pm

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In honor of International Women’s History Month, OCA presents a celebration of the life and art of California Native Daughter and legendary dancer Isadora Duncan. Director, solo dancer and Duncan expert Lois Flood (Diablo Dance Theater) movingly interprets the original choreography of Isadora Duncan and her classical aesthetic dance movement. She brings the ‘Mother of Modern dance’ to dramatic life with flowing classical costumes and historical narration about Isadora’s many contributions as a dancer, writer, political activist and revolutionary feminist. These lyrical, dramatic and heroic dances, inspired by natural movement, are set to exquisite classical music by Chopin, Schubert, Gluck, and others. www.diablodancetheater.com

Don’t miss this unique dance performance and history lesson about the revolutionary dancer and feminist who boldly rejected the cultural and legal restrictions placed on purchase brown paper bag ticketswomen in the early 1900’s; a subject still relevant today. In the words of Isadora herself:….”to awaken human emotion is the highest level of Art.”

$15 General. Fine refreshments will be available for sale. Reservations can be made on line at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org; by phone 707-874-9392; or you may pay at the door. Accessible to persons with disabilities.

Sarah Baker with Nina Gerber & Mona Gnader! Saturday, March 25th 8-10 PM

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In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, OCA is pleased to present Blues Diva Sarah Baker in concert with guitarist extraordinaire Nina Gerber and renowned bassist Mona Gnader. This fabulous concert will begin with a musical history of women’s blues, with the second set being mostly originals. Singer, songwriter and composer Sarah Baker comes to you steeped in the musical traditions of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville. Her music bears the native authenticity of blues, rock, soul and country so identified with this creative region, and she has been mentored by and played with many esteemed musical greats from Huey Lewis, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Taj Mahal, Lou Rawls, Maria Muldaur, Tom Petty to Dr. John and Norton Buffalo and more! Equally in demand as apurchase brown paper bag tickets bandleader, composer, vocalist and keyboardist or master teacher, Sarah Baker continues to record and compose while serving as a performance coach to young Sonoma County artists. Sarahbakerstudios.com

Nina Gerber has been called a ‘musician’s musician’ Her wide-ranging folk-country-blues-jazz stylings on acoustic and electric guitar have made her a legend in her own right, as well as a sought-after accompianist . Ninagerber.com. Electric bassist Mona Gnader makes her home in Willits, CA. and has made her mark in the male-dominated rock world, playing with the likes of Gene Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) and Wayne Perkins. Currently she is a member of Sammy Haggar’s ‘Red Rocker’ band. Pinkvoodoo.com . Don’t miss this powerful collaboration of esteemed WOMEN musicians at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $20 Advance/$25 at the door. Fine refreshments including beer and wine for sale. Art Gallery open for viewing. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Reservations advised. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org 707-874-9392.

OCA Reader’s Theatre Group 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, @7pm

readers theaterAll interested in learning, sharing and reading 2-3 short plays, please come!.  A fun opportunity to express yourself. FREE

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures.

Regular READER’S CHOICE nights: Can be play, poetry, story, essay, your own writing,OR ??????

For more information, call Judith Reimuller 707-829-2176 or email Joan at joanjustjoan@hotmail.com

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Call to All Writers Book Launch Series

All genres will be considered: Prose (Fiction, Non-fiction), Poetry. Preference will be given to local Sonoma County writers or material about Sonoma County. Application Procedure: Send a sampling of 2-3 chapters if prose; 5-10 pages if poetry. Please include brief bio and any writing credits. You can email info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org, and/or hard copy to:

Occidental Center for the Arts
Attention: Book Launch Committee
3850 Doris Murphy Way
Occidental, 95465

This is an on-going series: Submitted work will be reviewed by Book Launch Committee. Writers will be notified as soon as possible. One or two writers will be featured at each reading.

Thursday Night Figure Drawing by Bill Wheeler Thursdays, 7-9 pm

Bill Wheeler Figure Drawing GroupEvery Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Drop-in, $15 per person

Live models, 5- to 20-minute poses.
All experience & skill levels welcome.
Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials.

Hosted by Bill Wheeler.

 

OCA classroom is at 3820 Doris Murphy Circle. Payment accepted at the door, cash or check only. No minimum requirement of classes.

OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. in Occidental, CA 95465
Phone: 707.874.9392 Email: info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org
Open every Friday & Saturday 11 – 4 pm, by appointment and during events. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.