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.

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. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

DGIIN! Saturday, September 3, 8-10pm

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Twice voted “Best Band” by the North Bay Bohemian, DGIIN is a six piece high energy dance band playing original songs and international covers. DGIIN’s style is a mix of Flamenco, Latin, French café, Reggae and Funk. Founded by Gabriel and Mimi Pirard in 2000 when they moved from their native France to Sonoma County, DGIIN includes some of the SF Bay area’s finest musicians and enchanting vocalists. Their passionate music and superb musicianship is guaranteed to have everyone on the dance floor! www.dgiin.com . Come to the OCA cabaret and enjoy fine acoustics, dance space, wine and beer plus sweets and savories for purchase. No reservations needed. $10 At the Door. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Last of the Red Hot Tenants Sunday September 4, 4-6pm

Veteran theater artist and Sonoma County resident Lois Pearlman premieres herunnamed riveting, funny one woman play ‘Last of the Red Hot Tenants’, based on a true saga of housing heroine M. Jean Herman. Today’s news is rife with people losing their homes to gentrification, redevelopment, vacation rental investors, and rising rental prices. But in 1980’s Manhattan, when developers tried to demolish Jean Herman’s rent controlled apartment to build a 31-story high-rise, she fought back.

Inspired by an earlier play by Michael Fels, written and performed by Lois Pearlman and directed by Diana Grogg, this world premiere performance will be in the OCA classroom @ 3820 Doris Murphy Way. It starts at 4 pm. Seating is limited, so phone reservations (707-874-9392) are advised .$10 General. Light refreshments available. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Book Launch: Becoming Real in 24 Days by HolLynn D’Lil Sunday, September 11, 2pm


Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Slide show with ongoing Q&A, book sales and signing. Refreshments for sale. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

As captured in her book, Becoming Real in 24 Days, disability activist and author shares her experiences and photographs from 1977’s historic demonstrations in 10 cities across the country to enact the first civil rights law for people with disabilities, setting the stage for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since 1975, HolLynn D’Lil has represented people with disabilities to develop California’s accessibility standards for public accommodations, historical buildings and housing, serving on numerous state and national boards and commissionsHer publications include articles in Ms Magazine, Mainstream Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Examiner.  She is the author of Becoming Real in 24 Days, image001One Participant’s Story of the 1977 504 Demonstrations for Disability Rights and is a main contributor to the “Patient No More” exhibit sponsored by San Francisco State University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HolLynn has served as president of the Graton Community Club, and is a founder of the Graton Green Group, a non-profit organization responsible for creating a community park in Graton.  In 2013, she was elected to serve on the board of the Graton Community Services District, and has represented Graton residents on the Graton Fire Protection District advisory board.

Becoming Real in 24 Days: http://becomingrealin24days.com/

Local Talent: Jacob Green & Friends Friday, September 16, 8-10pm

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OCA continues ‘Local Talent Fridays’ with Jacob Green & Friends, featuring the blues singer/songwriter and modern day rambler who becomes an acoustic “OneManBand” with stompbox, harmonica and guitar/banjo/ukelele/dobro and vocals. Green has a fresh approach to old-school roots and blues lyrics that taps into hip hop, rockabilly and country genres, with positive riffs of change and “being green”. www.jacobgreenmusic.com

Joining him will be Terry Ann Gillette on violin, Kamesh on flute, Briar Hood, saxophone and Nate on bass. Enjoy some soulful blues aged in Americana folk and seasoned in country roots to listen and dance to. $10 at the door. Fine Refreshments. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. 707-874- 9392

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Gallery Exhibit: Pointless in Occidental Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18th, 2-5pm. September 16 - November 13th


September 16 through November 13th

Opening Reception:  Sunday, September 18th, 2-5 pm

Improv Bargello

Improv Bargello – Sue Kelly

My Eye

My Eye – Sue Kelly

POINTLESS IN OCCIDENTAL – In addition to many contemporary art quilts, this popular annual exhibit features 2 of the group’s recent challenges – “Abstract Designs” and the ’Russian River Watershed”, the latter reflecting the diversity of the Russian River from its headwaters to the mouth of the river, highlighting the agriculture, wildlife and natural resources of the area. It has recently been a featured exhibit at the Laguna de Santa Rosa and also the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Gallery is open Fridays thru Sundays, 11-4 pm; and during OCA events.

My Favorite Color

My Favorite Color – Sue Kelly

Helm: Classical/ Folkloric Music & Dance from Turkey and the Arab World Sunday, September 25, 5-7pm


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OCA continues to be the place to enjoy the uniquely wonderful music of many world Buy tickets onlinecultures! HELM, based in Marin County, features accomplished musicians Ling Shien on Arabic woodwinds, accordion and vocals with Mark Bell and David Two Hawk on percussion; joined by Paul Anderson on oud and Lani Rhoades on qanun. Playing original compositions that have become classics in the worlds of Tribal and Belly dance, as well as traditional music from Turkeunnamedy and the Arab world, HELM has toured internationally and provided sound tracks for film and television and produced 8 plus albums.They also play frequently at Redwood Café for Open Belly on the first Monday of every month. Helm music (website)

Joining the multi-instrumental troupe will be dynamic dancers Kendra Chatfield (Tribal, Fusion, Oriental Bellydance plus modern hoop dance) and Lily Goessling. Only $15! Donations for the dancers encouraged. Don’t miss this exciting performance on SUNDAY from 5 to 7 pm at OCA. Fine Refreshments for sale. Facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Meredith Axelrod: Popular Songs from a Bygone Era Saturday, October 1 , 8pm–10pm

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We are pleased to welcome back the engaging vintage Americana singer and guitarist  Meredith Axelrod; last seen on the OCA stage as part of the ‘Songcatcher’s Tour” with Jim Kweskin. Performing solo and with a band, this Chicago native and Bay Area transplant is a fine multi-instrumentalist and 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. www.meredithaxelrod.com. 

Don’t miss this delightful concert at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot. $15 General.  Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. Reservations: BPT coming soon; Phone–in : 707-874- 9392. 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 joanjustjoan@hotmail.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.