Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed July 15th - September 10th

The Occidental Center for the Arts

Presents a Juried Exhibit:

Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed

Reception will be held Friday, July 15th at 5:30 PM.

The OCA’s 2016 July/September juried art exhibit will honor plants. The oxygen that plants release to the air that sustains all animal life is only the beginning of their gift to human life. Plants are sources of medicine, spirit and imagination, not to mention sustenance. Their miracles of color, light, form, pattern and texture are an ongoing source of inspiration, solace and joy, as are the life-sustaining cycles of growth from acorn to oak tree, from seed to flower and fruit.

Submission Requirements

All mediums welcome. Two-dimensional works can range in size, the maximum being 4’w x 5’h. Submission date is Tuesday July 12th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at OCA Gallery. Please submit originals only. The fee for having your work considered is $15 for the first piece and $10 for each piece thereafter. All entries must have wire hangers and be framed or have clean looking or gallery wrapped edges. Unframed prints of accepted works are welcome to be placed for sale in the print rack. An Honorarium of $50 will be awarded the Best in Show.

The Exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, July 15 and will remain on display through Saturday, September 10th. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Submission request attached as well as Entry Form.

Questions can be addressed to info@OccidentalCenterfortheArts.org.

Local Talent Friday: French Oak Gypsy Band Friday August 5, 8-10pm

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OCA celebrates Local Talent Friday in August with a unique jazz combo comprised of some of the players from the popular French Gypsy jazz band Dgiin. French Oak Gypsy Band features the amazing vocals of Stella Heath, with Gabe Pirard on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Inciardi, saxophone, and guitarist Ian Scherer. Playing classic international jazz standards in the style of Django Reinhardt, this stellar group mixes French chanson, Gypsy jazz, Dixieland and Django swing with great vocals for a happy melange of music to dance or listen to. stellaheathmusic.com. Only $10 at the door. Wine, beer and refreshments for sale. Come on down after Occidental’s popular Farmer’s Market! www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 707-874-9392.

David Helfand & Justin Lader: Journeys Beyond the Borders Friday, August 12, 8-10pm


Experience the music of passion, dreams and magical landscapes of power and myth with this masterful Eugene, Oregon based duo. David Helfand is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who composes and performs original instrumental music on Celtic harp, mandicello, octave mandolin, keyboard and guitar. In collaboration with violist /violinistBuy tickets online extraordinaire Justin Lader, the duo is returning to OCA to present an evening of vibrant, transcendental original music inspired by journeys to Cornwall, the Negev Desert and beyond; and featuring music from their newest epic album “Through the Portal” www.davidhelfand.com.

If you missed them last time, don’t miss this unique concert at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $12 General. Wine, beer, and savories for purchase. Cabaret and concert seating. Wheelchair Accessible. Reservations at 707-874- 9392.

“..David Helfand adds a good measure of peace to the spirit…he provides a refreshing and comforting sense of well-being.”..David McDonald

Hiroya Tsukamoto: Solo Guitar Saturday August 20, 8-10pm


Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and singer/songwriter originally from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was thirteen years old, winning a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in 2000. Now residing in New York, Hiroya has been performing internationally since his debut album “The Other Side of the World” was released with his jazz/world fusion band Interoceanico to great acclaim in 2004. He has released five albums and won prestigious songwriting competions the world over, appearing at Blue Note in NY with Esperanza Spaulding, Kendrick Scott (The Crusaders), and other musical greatshttp://www.hiroyatsukamoto.comBuy tickets online

Appearing on the OCA stage for the second time, this talented young composer with multi-cultural influences is playing acoustic solo guitar and singing both Japanese folk songs and his own unique compositions with English translations. He delivers skillful and innovative guitar instrumental solos; his soothing vocals impart a mood of peace and tranquility that will transport and enchant you.

“Hiroya Tsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth.”- Celine Keating, Acoustic Magazine.

15$ General. Fine Refreshments for sale. Cabaret seating; wheelchair accessible. Reservations online at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.orgor 707-874-9392

The Rhythm Rangers! Saturday, August 27, 8-10pm


Sonoma County’s favorite country swing band will get your dancin’ feet movin’ and groovin’! The Rhythm Rangers is a seven piece band that coverthe range of American roots music, including blues, rock, country and western swing. “I think of us as America’s jukebox”, says bandleader Kevin Russell. “We cover all the bases. We play family friendly music that will put a smile on your face”. http://www.kevinrussellmusic.com.Buy tickets online

With veteran players Blair Hardman on bass, Russ Gauthier on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, Rick Cutler on drums, Kirby Pierce on keyboards, Bobby Lee on pedal steel, Cori Woods on vocals, and local legend Kevin Russell on guitar and vocals, you can’t help but enjoy this “fun –danceable- upbeat -positive –vibrant- down home –bluesy-funky- sandal-kickin’show”! It’s a dance party and you are invited! $15 General. Wine, beer and fine refreshments for sale. Dance space and concert seating. Wheelchair accessible.

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 judyreimuller@yahoo.com

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 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.
OCA is Wheelchair accessible.