Gentle Yoga classes by Smiling Tree Yoga Offered Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM


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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.

For more information, contact Gail by email at or visit



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 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.

Founded by Bill Wheeler, this class continues in his honor and is coordinated by a dedicated group of local artists.


The 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.

Gallery Exhibit: ‘Call & Response’ with Dave Gordon, Victoria Wagner and Adam Wolpert June 8th - July 29th

OCA Gallery presents

an invitational exhibit

“Call & Response”

featuring the artwork of Dave Gordon, Victoria Wagner and Adam Wolpert!

An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, June 9th from 4 – 7 PM.

The gallery is open Fri-Sat-Sun 11 AM to 4 PM (except major holidays).

‘Horizon 132’ by Dave Gordon


‘Radiant Fall Sunset’ wood rock by Victoria Wagner

painting by Adam Wolpert

About the artists:

Dave Gordon attended the San Francisco Arts Institute and UCLA, receiving a BA in Anthropology in 1980 while employed as illustrator for the Archaeological Survey. In I979, Gordon studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bourges, France. He then left school and hitchhiked across Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, painting small murals. In 1983, he worked as an assistant to Terry Schoonhoven on his Los Angeles Olympics mural, and in 1984 was commissioned to paint an 8,400 square foot retaining wall on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica, California. Since that time he has designed and painted 60 site-specific murals throughout the USA, including 4 artworks for the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, and two walls inside the Visitors Center on Independence Mall. In 2003, he was invited to paint a mural during the Festival International des Arts Plastiques in Mahares, Tunisia. For the past several years, he has had the opportunity to work locally, producing murals in Sebastopol, Sonoma, Occidental and Boyes Hot Springs.

In a physical sense, Victoria Wagner’s abstract work lies in perceptual space, vibrational color relationships and craft. Of this, she blames her formative years spent in the high Nevada desert where light was sharp and dramatic, the mountains governed the atmosphere and the sky commanded more peripheral vision than one is capable. Conceptually, her research combines historical and contemporary pursuits of knowledge that run the gamut from space exploration to automatic writing to transcendence.  She questions our eternal quest to conquer/understand the natural world using remedial, outdated tools and our attempt to comprehend human nature by the consistent application of psychological frameworks that are far too simple to measure the depth of complicated responses of which we are capable. Making the connection between the infinite nature of the cosmos and that of our boundless emotional landscape, Wagner’s work and practical research marry the esoteric, mystic, natural, mysterious and future possible. Her minimal yet unrestrained compositions (whether on panel, found wood or aluminum) combine recognizable geometries and color dynamic through natural, synthetic and industrial materials, layering the surface like a bold and complicated narrative in which one is often implicated by their own reflection in the pieces.  Her unlikely pairings and structural mark-making bear visual and vibrational relationships in the tradition of Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, Constantin Brancusi and Barbara Hepworth. She was recently included in American Craft Magazine’s issue on Wood.

Painter Adam Wolpert ( lives in west Sonoma County at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center ( ). Over the last three decades, his eclectic imagery has explored the themes of seasons, cycles, and relationship to place as well as investigating the subtle distinction between the representational and the abstract. His naturalistic outdoor work, featured in this exhibition, portrays the iconic ancient oak trees of Sonoma County. He often works in series as this allows a deeper investigation of his subject. These oak paintings are as much portraits as they are landscapes, not only of the trees themselves but of the season and even time of day. Wolpert’s smaller pieces in the exhibition are from a new series of sketches titled “Porch Variations”. Over the last decade, he has often returned to the practice of making many paintings of the same view over time. Limited in mobility and scale by a recent injury, the artist took the opportunity to paint the view of the garden path from his front porch. In these works, he explores the intimacy of the familiar while seeking once again to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary. Both in the oak paintings and the porch variations, the work reveals a rich dialogue, a call and response, between the artist and his subject.


Travel Sketching Class with Patrick Fanning Six Sundays from 10 AM to Noon beginning July 1st


This class meets on Sunday mornings from 10 AM to Noon in the OCA classroom. Classes are July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 12th.

We will meet promptly at 10 AM these six Sunday mornings for a short orientation lecture, then proceed outdoors to nearby locations for demonstrations and practice.

Materials needed:

8 1/2 x 11 sketchbook with smooth, heavy white paper such as Robert Batemen cover series

#2 and 4B pencil

Black felt tip pen/brush marker with water soluble ink

Refillable self-contained water brush

pencil sharpener & eraser


Tuition: $100, payable to OCA at the first class. Cost includes one copy of Patrick’s textbook “Travel Sketching”. (Class series is $80 if you already have the book!). Drop-ins $15 per class.


The class will teach you how to make fresh, lively sketches on location, finishing a complete composition in a matter of minutes. Topics covered include:

• Choosing a sketchbook and drawing materials

• Recording the light direction and observer’s eye level

• Determining relative sizes and angles

• Hatching and shading techniquest for modeling form

• Accurate perspective rendering

• How to use photos without being dependent on them

Patrick Fanning is the author of “Travel Sketching: Creating Lasting Memories With Pen and Pencil”. He has been chronicling his travels in sketchbooks since the early nineties.

To register for the class, email with your name, address, and phone number.

Those Were The Days: William Florian Sunday, July 8th 4 - 6 PM

OCA is pleased to welcome back the former singer for The New Christy Minstrels, William Florian as he presents ‘Those Were the Days: The Spirit & Songs of the 60’s’. Enjoy an upbeat musical journey through America’s greatest folk and pop songs of the 60’s, including hit songs he performed with The New Christy Minstrels. Sing along to your favorite songs by Peter , Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, The Mamas & The Papas and more! Accompanying himself on guitar, Florian also skillfully performs his own uplifting originals and offers amusing stories in a wonderful intimate show that will engage and delight the audience. $15 Advance/$20 at the door. Fine refreshments. Wheelchair Accessible. Art Gallery open.


Bastille Day at OCA! Saturday, July 14th 8 - 10 PM


Come to the OCA Cabaret and enjoy our classy celebration of this unique holiday with the evocative sounds of two French music trios extraordinaire!

La Guinguette will take you back in time to the French and Italian street cafes of 1900-1960’s. The melancholic sound of accordion, (Robert Lunceford), acoustic guitar (Al Hass), and voice (Christiane Lelaure) will enchant and transport you with classics from Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel as well as lively originals.

Driven by the sounds of accordian (Robert Lunceford), rhythm guitar (Lisa Iskin) and inventive bass playing (Josh Fossgreen), Un Deux Trois plays a unique mix of traditional music from the central regions of France, Bal Musette from the cafes of Paris, and original compositions inspired by French music traditions.

Cabaret seating, dance space, fine refreshments including beer and wine for sale. Don’t miss this popular event – zut alors!

Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open during events.

Tickets are $20/Advance and $23 at the door.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets (click the icon above) or in person in our Art Gallery Fri-Sat-Sun 11 AM – 4 PM.

Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble Saturday, July 21st 8-10 PM

Mariah Parker is an accomplished composer, bandleader, pianist and santurist. Her world class jazz band features 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 Dogole (Hamza el Din).


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 released their second record last year, which spent 16 weeks on the prestigious Jazzweek National Airplay chart, reaching #32. This live recording was 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!

$22 Advance/$26 at door. Fine refreshments for sale. Art Gallery open for viewing. Accessible to people with disabilities.