Gallery Exhibit: Art & Gifts Toute Petite Nov – Jan Opening reception Friday, November 18th 5:30-7:30 PM

Occidental Center for the Arts Gallery Presents
“Art & Gifts Toute Petite”


OCA Gallery presents “Art & Gifts Toute Petite” from November 18, 2016 through January 15, 2017. Art in miniature for friends and family await your expressions of giving, sharing and gratitude. Hand made books, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more – all special gifts from special places. Join us in our cozy gallery for this close-up experience of Sonoma County Artists. Opening reception is Friday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  A reading of haiku poetry by John Miatech will commence at 5:45 PM.

Submission Requirements:
Please deliver work to OCA gallery Tuesday, November 15 between 1:30 and 7:30 PM.  All mediums are welcome, including sculpture. Size limitations are 15”x15”x15”, including a frame. Originals only, framed if 2D, or with gallery wrapped edges. Juried by gallery committee. Unframed prints of accepted works are welcome for the print rack. Up to four entries, $15 for initial entry, $10 for each additional, payable preferably by check or credit card. OCA will have a 25% commission for this show. We welcome additional cards and prints of your work, at no fee, provided that you enter at least one original work.

You can download the entry form here.

The list of accepted works will be on the OCA website by November 17. Pick up of non-accepted works will be Thursday, November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM or prior to the reception. Sold works may be taken at time of purchase or picked up prior to end of show.  Pick up for unsold works at end of show will be Monday, January 16 between 5:30 and 7:30 PM.

Questions can be addressed to
Occidental Center For The Arts • 3850 Doris Murphy Court • Occidental, CA 95465

Occidental Community Choir: Winter Concerts* December 3, 4, 9 and 10 at OCA

Saturday December 3 – Sunday December 11, 2016. Occidental Community Choir Winter 2016 Concerts: Sing the Long Nights. Directed by Andrew DelMonte. Join the locally famous Occidental Community Choir this holiday season for a delightful evening of familiar and original songs. Our 2016 winter concert joyfully offers up songs of celebration and beauty that will warm your heart, get those toes tapping, and even includes a not-to-be-missed choral romp through the ages! Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle will be our Guest Artist for the Dec 4th, 10th and 11th performances.

Every concert will feature a community sing-along starting at 7:30 PM.

NOTE: Our opening concert on December 3 is our “Community First Night” with a  $10 admission. All other performances are $15. Kids 12 and under are free at all events.

Visit for tickets, venues, times, admission and information.


The Kitchen Choir Winter Concert: Ring Out, Wild Bells!* Friday, December 16th at 7:30 PM


With Occidental perennial Sarah Saulsbury at the helm, the Kitchen Choir is ready to help you get the jump on the solstice and the new year, with a program of home-grown holiday favorites and contemporary choral gems. Ring out the old (hooray!) and ring in the new with music to delight your ears, warm your heart cockles, and refresh your spirit. Tickets: $10, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door, cash or check only. Refreshments and wine available. Find us on Facebook!

Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino Saturday, December 17th 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.

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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.

Book Launch: Julianne Skai Arbor “TreeGirl – Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature” Sunday, January 15th 12-5 PM


Book Launch – Julianne Skai Arbor

In her new book, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, photographer, arborist and forest ecotherapist Julianne Skai Arbor brings us into intimate contact with 50 species of trees from 13 countries over four continents, weaving stunning nude photography, natural history, ethnobotany, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship. Photo exhibit 12 Noon -5 pm. Book readings/slide show 2 pm. Free admission/all donations happily accepted. Delectable, ethnobotanical tree foods, live music by Richard Heinberg and opening talk by Brock Dolman.

TreeGirl, aka Julianne Skai Arbor, is the author of TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature. She has been on the forefront of the fields of ecotherapy, nature connection and environmental art since 1995. She travels around the world to learn from the trees first hand, and with a remote control and a tripod, photographs herself in intimate connection with the forest.  To date, she has intertwined with over 70 species of trees in 13 countries.

Julianne is certified as an arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, as a California naturalist with the University of California, and as a permaculture teacher. She has taught college-level interdisciplinary conservation education for over 10 years, including pioneering the very first academic program in Environmental Arts at the former New College of California in Santa Rosa. She holds graduate degrees in experiential Environmental Education and Arts and Consciousness Studies.

With her passion for trees she creates an experiential bridge for people to connect with wild nature through presentations, workshops and trainings in forest-ecotherapy, as well as immersive nature retreats for women. When not on her quest to meet new trees, she is at home amidst the native oak and coast redwood trees in Sebastopol, California.

Our event will feature a photo exhibit, book reading, slide show, delectable ethnobotanical tree foods, live music by Richard Heinberg and opening talk by Brock Dolman.

Auditorium Gallery Exhibit 12 – 5 PM     Talk at 2 PM

Refreshments, Q & A, book sales and signing. Donations gratefully accepted.



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Gallery Exhibit: Onsite Friday, January 20 - Sunday, March 18 2017


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 works featured in this exhibit honor landscapes and architecture in West Sonoma County and surrounding areas.

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 18 with opening reception on Saturday, January 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.

For more information, contact

esterohorizon65  ‘Estero Horizon’ by Dave Gordon

ZipLine Improv Theater Saturday, January 21st 8-10 PM


Join the skilled Bay Area actors of new theater company ZipLine Improv as they return to the OCA stage for a fun evening of entertainment; all made up on the spot with audience suggestions ! ZipLine Improv is the creation of ‘local girl’ Laura Wachtel after more than a decade of improv study in San Francisco. Laura aims to bring together the most skillful Bay Area improvisers to create original, delightful and thought-provoking theatrical experiences in Sonoma County.bpt_s

ZipLine Improv brings new casts and brand new, never-before-seen stories to each show at OCA. Their focus is on storytelling-based improv, with characters that are believable in situations that move you or bring you to the edge of your seat. It might be funny, it might be emotional, it might be ridiculous- and it might not be what you think!

Classes and web site coming soon:

$15 General. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. OCA Gallery exhibit open for viewing. Accessible to people with disabilities. 707-874-9392.

A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead: Rob Catterton Sunday, January 22nd 4-6 PM


Join us at the OCA Sunday Salon for ‘A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead’. Presented by Sonoma County-based pianist Rob Catterton, this is a solo piano exploration of classic GD jams including Dark Star, Morning Dew, Bird Song, The Other One and more. This multi-media presentation will include creative lighting and other surprises.

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Rob Catterton first learned to improvise on piano at age fifteen, playing the music of the Grateful Dead. He has been passionate about the piano for fifty-two years, and states that “ playing music is really all I’ve ever wanted to do”. Classically trained, Rob has also studied jazz at Blue Bear School of Music for seven years. He is currently working on a second album of original music, as well as a Beatles tribute on piano. This concert will be based on Rob Catterton’s album A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead, which will be for sale and can be heard on line:

$15 General. Cabaret seating. Fine Refreshments available for sale. OCA Gallery exhibit open for viewing. Accessible to people with disabilities. 707-874-9392.





SonoMusette! Saturday, January 28th 8-10 PM



Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to bring back to our stage the talented musicians of SonoMusette! This exciting Sonoma County-based ensemble recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in the ‘bal-musette’ tradition. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. SonoMusette features vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Pirard, with Robert Lunceford on accordion, Jason Briggs, guitar; Jan Martinelli on upright bass, and Richard Andrews, drums.

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Inspired by the great performers such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, the superb vocal and instrumental artistry of the ensemble SonoMusette will charm and transport you!

$15 Advance by BPT or phone; $20 at the door. Fine refreshments including wine and beer are available for sale. 707-874-9392. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. .

Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble Saturday, February 4th 8-10 PM


OCA is pleased to present a world music CD release concert that will knock your socks off! Mariah Parker is a renowned composer, pianist and santurist who last appeared on our stage with world music ensemble Ancient Future. She has recently assembled a world class jazz band featuring herself with Grammy award-winning woodwind virtuoso Paul McCandless (Oregon; Paul Winter Consort), Matthew Montfort (pioneering guitar master of Ancient Future), bassist and cellist Kash Killion (Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor), and global percussionist Ian Dogol .

This stellar ensemble… “fuses Latin rhythms with influences from South America and India with a dash of straight-up American jazz. It’s an intoxicating blend of East and West performed by musicians of astounding virtuosity. This is sophisticated stuff, an album of global fusion performed by a group with the character, charisma and confidence of world-class musicians at the top of their games..” – Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal

Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble will have their new CD available! a live recording drawn from concerts at Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, Throckmorton Theater and TRI Studios. Don’t miss this world class ensemble as they take you on a passionate musical journey at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $20 General. Fine refreshments for sale. Art Gallery open for viewing. Accessible to people with disabilities. . 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

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.