Gallery Exhibit: Pointless in Occidental 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

Annual Community Sing : Threshold Choir Sunday, October 30, 3-5pm


Written by founder Kate Munger

Dia de los Muertos ( Day of the Dead), is celebrated on November 1 and 2 of this year 2016. In honor of our community ancestors, Occidental Center for the Arts is hosting a Community Sing with local members of the Threshold Choir. This unique chorus is a non-profit network of a cappella choirs with 100+ chapters world-wide. Composed of primarily women’s voices, this is a dedicated non-religiously affiliated organization whose mission is to sing for and with those at the thresholds of life ; often at bedside. Frequently described as “Kindness made audible”, this music is deep, heartfelt and accessible. Through rounds and parts singing, rich harmonies, original compositions and songs from around the world, Threshold Choir members invite us to come and join the circle as we sing to honor our ancestors, loved ones, and ourselves.

There will be space on the Ancestor Altar for small momentos or other offerings. Local Threshold Choir members will lead songs and share stories of singing at bedside. Donations will be gratefully accepted; to be split evenly between the two non-profit groups hosting (OCA) and presenting (Threshold Choir) to support on-going work for our communities. Light refreshments will be served. Please don’t miss this special afternoon of “Kindness made audible” and join us in singing as we give and receive!

Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp & Story Saturday, November 5th, 8pm


OCA is pleased to welcome back to our stage the world renowned Celtic harpist and modern day bard Patrick Ball. In Celtic Harp & Story, Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. The passion of the Irish for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to a mythical past, and their ability to find joy and humor in a dark and often supernatural world make for stories unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition. Patrick Ball weaves the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment together with ethereally gorgeous instrumental harp melodies into a warm and magical performance that will leave the audience spellbound.

Patrick Ball tours extensively in the U.S., Canada and world wide to great acclaim. Luckily for us, he lives in Sonoma County with his wife artist Susan Ball, and his beloved dog Max. Do not miss this spellbinding evening of glorious harp music and lyrical storytelling filled with laughter and mischief, politics and magic by this American master of the Gaelic narrative and instrument! $20 General. Fine refreshments available. Reservations by BPT (link embedded) or by phone 707-874-9392. Accessible to people with disabilities.

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Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emerita, Katherine Hastings’ Shakespeare and Stein Walk Into A Bar Friday, November 11, at 7pm


Shakespeare and Stein Walk Into A Bar is a collection of ‘imperfect’ sonnets as well filename-utf-8front-cover-shakesas other poetic forms responding to their subjects accordingly, including Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare conversing at a bar, spiders who eat their mothers, Lorca’s last lover, climate change, and more. This collection ‘is animated by the two most rewarding and replenishing of poetic forces: dexterous formal diversity and a fierce, unflinching searching” –Malachi Black. There will be selected readings, followed by a Q&A, books sales and signing. Admission is free and all donations are gratefully invited. Refreshments will be available for sale. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Katherine Hastings is the author of three full-length poetry collections from Spuyten Duyvil in NYC, Cloud Fire (2012); Nighthawks (2014) and Shakespeare & Stein Walk into a Bar (2016) as well as several chapbooks. Poet Laureate Emerita of Sonoma County, CA, Hastings has hosted the WordTemple Poetry Series since she started it in February 2006, bringing poets from all over the country and beyond to Sonoma County to read, and has kfh_pub_photo_colorhosted WordTemple on KRCB FM, an NPR affiliatesince 2007.  She has taught poetry workshops in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, CA, and hosts the occasional WordTemple Workshops with visiting poet instructors.  Hastings is the editor of Digging Our Poetic RootsPoems from Sonoma County, and What Redwoods Know — Poems from California State Parks, published as a benefit for the California State Parks Foundation when 70 parks were faced with permanent closure. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College.

Anita Bear Sandwina and Bohemian Highway Saturday, November 12, 8-10 pm


OCA presents a dynamite double-bill of popular local musicians for your Saturday night fun! ‘Bio-Iowa’ raised songbird and songwriter Anita Bear Sandwina, who is one half of the talented indie-folk duo Spark & Whisper, solos in the first half of the evening, delivering her original compositions with righteous guitar chops, soul and feeling and some infectious dancing feet.

Following Anita’s performance, popular local band Bohemian Highway takes the stage – featuring singer/songwriter and guitarist Doug Blumer with wife Nancy Irish and band mates playing a joyous mix of originals and covers from folk, rock, and country genres with emphasis on big harmonies, acoustic guitars and a positive vibe for your listening and dancing pleasure.

$15 General. Fine Refreshments for sale including wine and beer. Come on down- rain or shine- and celebrate great music and community at OCA!

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

Saturday December 3 – Sunday December 11, 2016. Occidental Community Choir Winter 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 some performances.

Visit for venues, times, admission and information.


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.