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



Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Sunday, July 9th 4 - 6 PM



Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as one of the finest, most diversely talented acoustic folk artists in traditional Americana and bluegrass today. A tremendously gifted songwriter with an exquisite voice who is also a whiz on the fiddle and acoustic bass, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 acclaimed albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest with her band The Right Hands was nominated for the ‘Best Bluegrass Recording’ Grammy this year. Laurie has been twice awarded Female Vocalist purchase brown paper bag ticketsof the Year by The International Bluegrass Association, and she has paved the way for many young women artists even while her music continues to transcend the formal limitations of the genre. In recent years Laurie has produced albums by young Bay Area musicians such as Melody Walker and the T Sisters. She is also a committed music educator, teaching at prestigious camps, festivals and workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Consummate singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator…as Utah Phillips says: “ Laurie Lewis’ songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don’t hear often. Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

The Right Hands features:

Tom Rozum, who has been Laurie Lewis’s performing companion since 1986. A renowned mandolinist, he is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player; his vocal duets with Laurie call to mind the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and other greats. Their 1996 CD, The Oak and the Laurel, was nominated for a Grammy, and Tom has also issued a highly regarded solo album, Jubilee. His crisp musicianship and comic banter add verve and excitement to every Laurie Lewis/Tom Rozum performance.
Patrick Sauber, from Arcadia, CA, has been playing old-time, Cajun, and bluegrass music ever since he can remember. His father, Tom Sauber, is a stalwart of the traditional music scene in Southern California. Under his father’s tutelage, the young Patrick has developed an ear and depth to his playing, a technical expertise, and an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional music forms. Much in demand, he is the perfect “utility man” for any band and can be heard often with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, The John Jorgensen Band, and others.

A recent graduate of Hampshire College, Tatiana “Hoss” Hargreaves has what can only be described as an amazing career in music ahead of her. Raised in a musical family in Corvallis, OR, Tatiana is the younger sister of Alex Hargreaves. His musicality and fiery command of the fiddle has made him one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. Tatiana has that same possibly-genetic drive toward excellence and a real ear for old-time fiddling in particular. Playing with Laurie and the band gives Tatiana a chance to really delve into bluegrass fiddling, and she has proved to have a real knack and ear for the genre. She is a person to keep your eyes and ears on.

Max Schwartz, of Berkeley, CA, has been playing in the Right Hands since he was 16 years old. Max grew up playing banjo in his family’s bluegrass band, and is a serious student of the string bass. In high school, he played in the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, and has won himself a four-year full scholarship to the University of Miami, where he will be starting this Fall. His mastery of the instrument gives real depth to the band sound, and his solos are always entertaining and inspiring. The band will be sorry to see him go, but look forward to being able to say they knew him when…

It doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands! ! $25 Advance/$30 at the door. Reservations advised. Fine refreshments for sale. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible. . 707-874-9392.

Call to Artists: ‘Anything Goes’ Exhibition *Members Only! Entries accepted February 27th 4 -7 PM

The OCA Gallery is pleased to announce that our March 2018 exhibit will be entitled “Anything Goes”.  This is a special exhibition featuring the art of OCA Members. To learn more about becoming a member of OCA, click here.

Entries will be accepted Tuesday, February 27th from 4 – 7 pm in the OCA Gallery; entry fee is $20; members may apply their annual free exhibit entry.

Artist reception for “Anything Goes”  is March 3rd from 4 – 7 PM.

“Anything Goes” exhibition runs March 2, 2018 through April 1, 2018.  The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and  Sundays from 11AM – 4PM and during the intermission of auditorium events.


Guidelines for Entries!

Occidental Center for the Arts Gallery is pleased to present exhibitions exclusively featuring Sonoma County Artists. Throughout the year we offer themed, juried exhibitions as well as invitational exhibits. Planning and execution of exhibits is the undertaking of a dedicated group of volunteers on our Gallery Committee. If you are interested in joining the gallery committee, or volunteering to help with specific tasks, please let us know!

Juried exhibits are open exclusively to Sonoma County Artists. Only original artwork will be accepted for exhibitions (no Giclées); however, prints of accepted pieces may also be submitted for display in our print rack. The following restrictions apply to all entries for our juried exhibits:

A maximum of four pieces of original art may be entered into any single exhibit. Works previously accepted into OCA juried exhibits may not be entered again. Entry fees apply and are subject to change at any time. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Maximum size for a single piece is 4’ x 4’ for two-dimensional pieces, 24 cubic feet for three-dimensional pieces. Each piece may not exceed 50 lbs. Work must be ready to hang by secure wire on back, with gallery wrapped edges or frame.

Accepted entries for juried exhibits will be posted on the OCA website within 24 hours of the juror’s selection. Artists who’s entries are accepted are encouraged to provide an ‘Artist’s Statement’ on 8.5 x 11 paper for our artist binder. This can be submitted by email or hard copy.

OCA accepts all artwork as commissioned; all pieces must be for sale. OCA retains 40% of sale price; 60% commission paid to artist within 30 days of sale. OCA is responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax.

OCA requests that sold items be left in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit, unless the purchaser is from outside Sonoma County. Should a piece be removed by the purchaser, the artist will have the opportunity to submit a replacement piece, which must be of similar size and also appropriate for the exhibition’s theme.

Exhibition dates and pickup schedule is noted on the receipt for artwork during the entry process. Works not picked up within 10 days of the stated pickup date become the property of OCA.

Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Wally Barnick: Americana Masters! Sunday, March 4th 3 - 5 pm

OCA is pleased to host flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary, banjo legend Bill Evans, and SoCal acoustic favorite Wally Barnick as they come together for the first time to perform cutting edge bluegrass, folk, and Americana music.

Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar solos in a bluegrass band, right up there with Doc Watson, Clarence White and Norman Blake . A founding member of the Bluegrass Alliance, and the “newgrass” approach, his 20+ year collaboration with Byron Berline and John Hickman (Sundance & California) earned him numerous awards and accolades. A veteran of tours in more than thirty countries, Dan’s a stylist with an international reputation for taste and brilliance.

Bill Evans is an internationally loved five-string banjo life force. Whether he’s lending his instrumental chops to a blazing fiddle tune or performing one of his original compositions, Bill is one of contemporary banjo’s treasures. He’s at home with traditional and contemporary bluegrass as well as branching out on the farthest musical limbs that Dan and Wally can take him.

Wally Barnick (bass & vocals) is at home singing and playing everything from folk and bluegrass to country and even rock and roll. Wally has performed with many familiar Americana and bluegrass groups such as Cache Valley Drifters, Bluegrass, Etc., and The Hay Dudes. His warm vocals and engaging stage presence are a perfect complement to Dan and Bill’s instrumental fireworks.

A Crary, Evans & Barnick show includes new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. It’s whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, furious and foot-tapping instrumental tunes, and a little touch of glory-to-God. And it’s the hovering ghosts of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family and Bill and Lester and Earl and Woody and all the greats who showed the way.

Don’t miss the Americana Masters at OCA’s acoustic ‘sweet spot’ on a Sunday afternoon: Come on down! $25 Advance/$30 at the door.

Fine refreshments including wine and beer for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. Art Gallery open. 707-874-9392

Book Launch: Andrea Granahan’s ‘Backstories from the West Edge’ Friday, March 9th 7 - 9 PM

Please join us as we celebrate Andrea Granahan’s latest book ‘Backstories from the West Edge’ which she describes as “forty years of adventure and journalism on the Northern California Coast (aka Quirktopia)”.

The author will share readings from the book and answer audience questions. There will be books for sale and signing, musical performers and refreshments. No charge to attend; donations gratefully accepted.

Andrea Granahan has won awards for her reporting and feature writing from the California Newspaper Publishers Assn., and the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. She is the only reporter to hold three Lincoln Steffens awards for investigative reporting. She was the founding publisher of the Bodega Bay Navigator, a weekly newspaper. Her work covering the fishing industry has been described as unparalleled. She currently works as a travel publisher. She is the author of ‘It’s Greek To Me’ and ‘The Man with the Portable Love Room and other Stray Thoughts’.

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen in Concert! Saturday, March 10th 7 - 9 pm

Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette perform at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Photo © Copyright 2013 Stephen Ide, all rights reserved.

OCA is pleased to present for their fifth concert on our stage famed folk duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen from Vermont! Steve Gillette is a revered country/folk singer and songwriter with a warm baritone voice and a unique finger-picking guitar style. Some of his best known songs: Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, Back on the Street Again have been covered by Ian & Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, and Tammy Wynette. His wife Cindy Mangsen, expertly accompanying on a variety of instruments, is called “one of the finest singers in American folk music” (Come for to Sing). She is best known as a keeper of old songs as well as her own thoughtful originals.

Come on down to OCA’s excellent acoustic space to enjoy the compelling interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs, rich harmony and a good dose of humor from this enduringly popular duo who have traveled the world and recorded six albums in their more than 25-year collaboration.

$18 Advance/$22 at the door. Fine refreshments for sale. Art Gallery open for viewing. 707-874-9392. Wheelchair Accessible.


WASHI EGG CLASS with Barbra Friedman Sunday, March 11th, 1 - 3 PM


Come enjoy a cozy, relaxing afternoon with local instructor Barbra Friedman, learning the ancient art of crafting decorative Washi Eggs with handmade Japanese mulberry paper. Washi means paper in Japanese!

Create 3 decorative eggs with many beautiful papers to choose from! Eggs are often shared among friends and are symbols of new beginnings, so bring a friend or family member! These eggs are perfect for your unique and special Easter basket. Barbra will be sharing tips on how to turn twigs and grasses from your yard into nests for your eggs.

Barbra introduced Martha Stewart to this craft, while owner of Bennett Valley Farm, a producer of dried wreaths and floral arrangements. These decorative eggs are super easy to make and will delight your family and friends season after season. Class fee includes all materials needed to make three eggs! To see pictures of decorated eggs, visit

There is a $40 fee to participate in the class, which includes all materials. To register, email or call 707-874-9392.


The Black Brothers Band Friday, March 16th 8 - 10 pm


Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend at OCA with the Black Brothers Band ! Shay and Michael Black are the charismatic singing siblings from Ireland’s foremost family of song which includes their sisters Mary and Frances and brother Martin. Shay and Michael, who grew up in Dublin, play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads including songs from the revolutionary Irish era. Singing in close harmony, the brothers draw people in with their energy, wit and superb musicianship. They have a special fondness for chorus songs and love to hear their audience sing.


The Black Brothers Band also features fiery fiddle virtuoso Bobbi Nikles, who is an acclaimed force in the Bay Area music scene. Bobbi’s luscious fiddling and driving rhythm add fuel to every performance. Originally from Dublin is famed pianist Eamonn Flynn, who was the keyboardist on the best-selling movie soundtrack ‘The Commitments’. His driving piano style adds excitement to the Black Brothers jigs and reels.

Don’t miss The Black Brothers Band back again at OCA’s acoustically excellent venue! Their joy in performing, their love of a good story, and their charm and wit plus irish humor make every day seem like St. Patrick’s Day!


$22 Advance/$25 at the door. Fine wine and beer plus pub grub for sale. Reservations advised. 707-874-9392. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open.

Abbie Gabrielson (piano) in concert Saturday, March 17th 8 - 9:30 PM


Please join us for this special classical performance by one of Sonoma County’s finest young musicians!

Abbie’s program will include:

Beethoven Sonata Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”

Rachmaninoff Preludes from Op. 23: No. 6 (E-flat Major),
No. 3 (D Minor), No. 4 (D Major) and No. 5 (G Minor)

Chopin Ballade No. 3

Ginastera Sonata No. 1, Op. 22

Attendance for this event is by donation, $10-$20 suggested. Fine refreshments for sale. Wheelchair accessible. 874-9392 or

About the performer:

Abbie Gabrielson is a classical pianist and piano teacher living and working in Sonoma County.  She loves music passionately. Her greatest joy is sharing this love of music with others through performing and teaching. She particularly enjoys performing in intimate settings, where each performance becomes an opportunity to connect with an audience to make classical music more accessible to all listeners. She attended Lewis & Clark College, where she studied piano under the guidance of Dr. Orla McDonagh.  She graduated in 2010 with a B. A. in piano performance.  After college, Abbie spent several years in Portland, OR and Sonoma County teaching piano lessons privately, performing solo recitals, and working as an accompanist.  To further hone her musical skills, she returned to academia, pursuing a Master of Music in piano performance at the University of Maryland.  There, she studied under Dr. Mayron Tsong and proudly completed her M. M. in December 2017.  Abbie has now returned to Sonoma County and is very excited to be performing and teaching just as much as she can!

The Life and Art of Isadora Duncan Sunday, March 18th 4 - 6 PM

In honor of International Women’s History Month, OCA presents our annual celebration of the life and art of California Native Daughter and legendary dancer Isadora Duncan. Director and solo dancer 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. She brings a new set of dances this year, inspired by natural movement, with accompanying recordings of classical music by Chopin, Schubert, Gluck, and others.

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 women in the early 1900’s! The dancer often leads the audience in movements that are ‘Isadora-esque’, and her presentation is up close and personal for the audience.

$15 Advance/$18 at the door. Fine refreshments will be available for sale.

Wheelchair Accessible. Art Gallery open.

Meredith Axelrod: Popular Songs from a Bygone Era Sunday, March 25th 4 - 6 PM

We are pleased to welcome back the engaging vintage Americana singer and guitarist Meredith Axelrod .This Chicago native and Bay Area transplant is a fine multi-instrumentalist as well as a unique vocalist who delivers heartfelt renditions of ragtime, music hall, minstrel, pop standards, boogie woogie jazz, country, old time blues, and even jugtime tunes from times gone by. Meredith sings and plays guitar as if she had time-traveled back to pre-mic days, learning from the original recordings and tools of musicology, and bringing her own charm and humor with a large dose of devotion to these American cultural treasures. In her care, the old songs are unmistakeably inspired, infectious and relevant. She has been on our stage twice with string virtuoso Craig Ventresco, and with Jim Kweskin for their fine ‘Songcatcher’s Tour’. Meredith has her own hot jazz band, her own string band, and plays regularly with many music legends such as David Grisman, Dan Hicks, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot , Maria Muldaur and more.

Don’t miss this delightful and talented performer at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. $15 Advance/$18 at the door. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale.  OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.

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 with 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.

For information on the class, contact Pieter Myers at or phone 707-953-3535.