Gentle Yoga classes by Smiling Tree Yoga Offered Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM and Fridays 3-4:15 PM


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Experience the skilled and nurturing teachings of Gail Saunders, CYT of Smiling Tree Yoga in OCA’s classroom; ongoing. Drop-ins welcomed. Mats and equipment provided. This is a popular offering! First Friday of each month includes Deep Relaxation with Restorative Yoga.

Four classes for $50 or drop-in at $15 per class. Classes are Wednesdays from 9 – 10:15 AM and Fridays from 3 – 4:15 PM.

For more information, contact Gail by email at or visit



Gallery Exhibit: When Day & Night Are Equal March 18 - May 14, Reception March 18 4-7 PM

Artists’ Reception Saturday, March 18th 4 – 7 PM

Exhibition March 18th through May 14th

Open to the public for viewing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM to 4 PM. The gallery is also open to patrons of OCA auditorium events during intermission and before performances.

When Day & 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.

‘When Day & Night Are Equal’ honors the sacred significance of the Spring Equinox with works that express the power and beauty of new beginnings, of life springing forth from the dark and cold into warmth and light.

This exhibit, juried by Dave Gordon, exclusively features Sonoma County artists. To see the list of accepted works, click here.


Gallery Exhibit: When Day & Night Are Equal Opening Reception Saturday, March 18th 4-7 PM


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.


Juried by Dave Gordon, the roster of accepted works for this show is as follows:

‘Book Haiku’ by Leah Ocean, letterpress

‘Elvira’ by Leah Ocean, original block

‘Menagerie’ by Mary Prisland, ink on paper

‘Merced Lookout’ by Kathy Enedy, acrylic

‘Poppies’ by Laura Williams, pen and ink/watercolor

‘Poppy Pathway’ by Kathy Enedy, acrylic

‘Rushing Water’ by Laura Williams, pen, ink & colored pencil

‘Sing Out’ by Leah Ocean, letterpress

‘Singing In The Spring’ by Deborah Leseur, clay glazed fired

‘Spring Dreams’ by Laura Williams, pen, ink & colored pencil

‘Spring Exuberance’ by Beth Anderson, oil on canvas

‘Spring Meadow’ by Beth Anderson, oil stick on paper

‘Spring on the Faultline’ by Beth Anderson, oil on canvas

‘Spring Onion’ by Saroj Heron, acrylic

‘Spring Orbs’ by Su McMurtry, crocheted wire

‘Spring Poplars’ by Dave Carlson, oil on board

‘Spring Song’ by Beth Anderson, oil on canvas

‘Spring Winds I’ by Dave Carlson, oil on board

‘Spring Winds II’ by Dave Carlson, oil on board

‘String Theory’ by Mary Prisland, monotype

‘Suspended Balance’ by Mel Ingebritson, steel and copper

‘When Day and Night are Equal’ by Mary Prisland, oil pastel on paper

‘Wisps of Paradise’ by Kathy Enedy, oil


Submission Guidelines

Submissions for this exhibit, 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 show will be juried by Dave Gordon. 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 or by phoning 707-874-9392.




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


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.

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.

Annual Fool’s Day Parade and BBQ Saturday, April 1st 1-5 PM

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Come frolic with us as we parade foolishly through Occidental-town, led by The Hub Bub Club, to wind our silly way to OCA for extreme frivolity and fun! including Lunapillar rides, the crowning of the King and Queen of Fools presided over by Zero the Clown, Bookmobile and more! This event has been an annual tradition in Occidental for more than a decade. Dance like a fool and eat like a king at this family-friendly event! Meet at 1pm at the Occidental Community Center to join the parade (children must be accompanied by parent/guardian). No fee to participate in the parade and foolish festivities. Refreshments/BBQ for sale at OCA, proceeds benefit our art center. Come one, come all!

A great big THANK YOU to the local businesses who support this event:


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Barley & Hops       Bohemian Market     Galleria/Mad Hatter

KOWS Radio      Occidental Arts & Ecology Center     Occidental Community Council

Occidental Lodge       Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary




Laughing Gravy: Gram Parsons & Beyond Saturday, April 8th 8-10 PM


This popular band of accomplished local American roots musicians has been paying musical tribute to Americana country-rock icon Gram Parsons since 2003, when Laughing Gravy was founded by ‘The Last Record Store’ owner, radio personality, purchase brown paper bag ticketsproducer (Jackalope Records) and musician Doug Jayne. He still leads the band, which features long-time collaborators Allegra Broughton and Sam Page from Solid Air, Kevin Russell and Bobby Lee of Rhythm Rangers, and Dan Ransford of Hot Grubb.

Laughing Gravy’s first Gram Parson’s tribute album was nominated for a Best Country album Grammy award in 2005 (The Dixie Chicks won it). This much anticipated concert at OCA will offer up some of the band’s choice originals and topical covers ,including protest songs; with the second set dedicated to Gram Parsons’ music. Their show mixes stories and songs, and is guaranteed to be a DANCE PARTY! Don’t miss the fun! $15 Advance/$20 at the door. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer for sale. Art Gallery open for viewing.; 707-874-9392.

Four Shillings Short Sunday, April 9th 4-6 PM

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Four Shillings Short is the Celtic, folk and world music duo of Christy Martin (from California) and Aodh Og O’Tuama (from Cork, Ireland) , who take you on a musical journey through time and across seas . These accomplished multi-instrumentalists will delight as they perform traditional and original Irish and Scottish tunes, Medieval and Renaissance music with dashes of Indian ragas with Middle Eastern flavorings on a fantastic array of over thirty instruments, including hammered dulcimer, mandolin, bodhran, North Indian sitar, doumbek, bouzouki, psaltery, percussion, charango, pennywhistles and recorders, banjo and guitar, percussion and vocals. This husband and wife duo of 21st Century troubadours tour the U.S. and all over the world performing over 150 concerts a year ; last appearing in 2015 at OCA and Salmon Creek School (sponsored by Occidental Community Council).

Don’t miss this uniquely delightful performance by a world – class duo bringing their musical virtuosity, captivating story-telling and fine Irish humor to OCA’s excellent acoustical space once again. This is a great show for kids of all ages! $12 General /$5 children ages 5-17. Children under 5 free. Family price available by request – call 707-874-9392 or email Fine Refreshments for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing during events.

Book Launch: What Are We Going To Learn Today? Author Anne Cummings Jacopetti Sunday, April 23rd at 2 PM

How all children can become enthusiastic lifelong learners.

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From a fifty-year career of teaching, the author shares engaging and heartwarming reflections on the power of relationship, hands-on experience and the arts in helping children come alive to learning. Teachers, mentors, parents and families are enthusiastically invited to attend. Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. The event will feature readings from the author and some of her former students, Q&A with the author, book sales and signing. For more information, call 707-874-9392, or email us at
OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.


Review: ‘Anne has graciously created a book which recalls the essence of education. She reclaims the value of community, creativity, imagination, ritual and wildness as essential in the generation of whole young adults. At a time when the soul of education is being systematically stripped from our classroom, Jacopetti enables us to remember what an education of the soul actually entails. This book is a gift, not only to educators, but for parents, mentors and anyone granted the opportunity to nourish the heart and mind of our children.’  – Francis Weller, Author, The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante: Scottish Folk! Friday, April 28th 8-10 PM


Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased bring back to our venue the internationally renowned folk music duo of Alan Reid and Rob van Sante, presenting a mix of traditional and original Scottish folk songs on piano, guitars and accordion. Scots Trad Award nominee Alan Reid, a founding member of the legendary Battlefield Band, has recorded over thirty albums with the band and has toured the world collaborating with purchase brown paper bag ticketsmusicians such as Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. He was the first to use the keyboard in traditional folk/Celtic band performance, as well as playing guitar and acccordion. His warm vocals and well respected original songs, with their beguiling melodies and strong historical content, blend seamlessly with Dutch-born guitarist Rob van Sante’s skillful guitar accompaniment. Van Sante contributes lead and harmony vocals as well as mandolin, bass, synthesizers and percussion. He was the sound engineer with the Battlefield Band and continues to be a noted producer, recording engineer and session musician based in Leeds, England.


Enjoy a memorable evening of well-crafted, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody in the Scottish tradition with Alan Reid and Rob van Sante. $20 General. Cabaret and concert seating. Fine refreshments for sale; including spirits. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.; 707-874-9392.

Teresa Trull, Cris Williamson & Barbara Higbie Reunion Tour Friday, May 5th 7-9 PM

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O.C.A. is very pleased to present: Teresa Trull, Cris Williamson and Barbara Higbie Reunion Tour! Flying in for a short visit from her New Zealand home for this special tour, blues and rock dynamo Teresa collaborates on stage again with her very talented friends, feminist singer-songwriter Cris and composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Barbara for an unforgettable evening of old and new favorites. Together, these three acclaimed women artists bring high energy, enormous talent, and great chemistry to make music that is vibrant and joyful, tender and poignant, soul-stirring and spirit-lifting.

Blues songstress Teresa Trull combines a gutsy, larger-than-life gospel/soul /rock voice purchase brown paper bag ticketsand fearless intensity with top-notch songwriting talent. Also an award-winning producer of more than 30 albums, she has shared the stage with such artists as Joan Baez, David Sanborn, Tracy Nelson, Holly Near and recorded critically-acclaimed albums with Cris and Barbara ( Unexpected, Playtime). Trull’s live performances are said to combine the high power of Nona Hendryx with the irreverent wit of Bette Midler.

Women’s music pioneer Cris Williamson (The Changer and the Changed) is an iconic treasure whose music and voice has become the cornerstone of ‘women’s music’ from the early decades when she started the first woman-owned record company (Olivia Records). Today, with 30+ albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit and be embraced by women the world over; while adding new material in her tireless activism for the LGBT community. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and headlining many of the great folk festivals. She currently resides in Seattle.

Grammy-nominated, Bammy award- winning composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie is a high-energy musician who combines technical brilliance with the pure joy of playing. She has performed on more than 65 albums, including Carlos Santana’s 2007 release and Teresa Trull’s CDs. A co-founder with Darol Anger of the acoustic super group ‘Montreaux’ (‘Live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival’ Windham Hill 1984), Barbara is virtuosic solo artist who brings her many musical gifts, including a beautiful voice, to this exciting collaboration. Barbara was last seen on our stage with Holly Near in 2016. .

Don’t miss this amazing musical reunion of very good friends that is guaranteed to delight and inspire their audiences! $27 Advance/$30 at the door. Note: 7 pm start time! Fine Refreshments for sale including wine and beer. OCA Art Gallery open during events. Accessible to people with disabilities.

Occidental Community Choir Spring Concerts* Sat May 6th, Sun May 7th, Fri May 12th, Sat May 13th

Don’t miss the Occidental Community Choir’s Spring Concerts

DNA – Music: It’s in Our Genes

Presented over two weekends at Occidental Center for the Arts. Featuring guest artist Iris Dunkle, Sonoma County Poet Laureate.

Community First Night on Saturday, May 6th at $10 general admission; all other performances are $15 with kids under 12 free. Tickets available at


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

Meet in the OCA classroom.


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, 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:
Open every Friday & Saturday 11 – 4 pm, by appointment and during events. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.