Gentle Yoga classes by Smiling Tree Yoga Offered Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM and Fridays 3-4:15 PM


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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 and Fridays from 3 – 4:15 PM.

For more information, contact Gail by email at or visit



Gallery Exhibit – ROOTS June 2nd - July 30th

Sonoma County artists share their works expressing personal roots, botanical roots, historical roots and more! Entries juried by Susan St. Thomas.

The OCA gallery is open Fridays 11 AM – 6:30 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM. Wine Tasting on Fridays from 4 – 6:30.

To see a listing of works included in this show, click here.



IMG_7242Aunt Dora with Gloves by Mary Prisland

Batacha Quintet Friday, June 30th 8 - 10 PM


Come on down to O.C.A. after buying your veggies, flowers and dinner at the Occidental Farmer’s Market and dance to the irresistible rhythms of the Batacha Quintet! This quintet of talented musicians is derived from Sonoma County’s premier Latin band Batacha (African word ‘bata’, drum and ‘Cha-Cha’, rhythm), which began in 2001 in downtown purchase brown paper bag ticketsGraton during the Friday evening Mexico Lindo jams and plays a rich variety of Latin music from jazz to salsa and everything in between at many venues around the Bay Area.

The Batacha Quintet consists of leader Joel Bennett on keyboards, Sebastian Link, bass/vocals, Hal Forman, trumpet, Carlitos Madrano, congas/vocals, and Mario Salomon, timbales/vocals. These accomplished musicians provide high energy, very danceable rhythms so bring yourself and a friend and enjoy!  Fine Refreshments for sale plus wine/beer.  Dance space and cabaret seating. $12 General.


Juanito Pascual: Flamenco Guitar Saturday, July 8th 8 - 10 PM



OCA is pleased to welcome back to our stage the internationally recognized flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual! His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences such as Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Recognized in both Spain and the U.S. as a unique and creative flamenco and jazz performer, Juanito brings together global audiences through his mesmerizing virtuosity, original composition style, and passion for collaboration. Now based in Los Angeles, Juanito is also an purchase brown paper bag ticketsaccomplished composer, arranger and producer who scored the 2016 Netflix biopic about the Pope (Call Me Francisco). Environmental steward-ship is another of his passions (‘Earth Train’ Panamanian rainforest project) as he uses music to inspire and educate. Juanito regularly hosts flamenco workshops around the world, and has produced a popular method book, “The Total Flamenco Guitarist” (Alfred Press).

“One of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years”. NPR

Juanito appeared on the OCA stage last year with his Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio, which merges flamenco with elements of jazz, world music and even rock and soul influences. ( ). Do not miss the mesmerizing virtuosity and warm and evocative playing of this ‘flamenco phenom’ (Boston Globe) ! playing SOLO one night only at OCA’s intimate and acoustically excellent venue! $18 Advance /$20 at the door. Fine Refreshments including wine and beer available for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. Art gallery open for viewing. Reservations advised. Questions?  Email or phone 707-874-9392.

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Sunday, July 9th 4 - 6 PM



Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as one of the finest, most diversely talented acoustic folk artists in traditional Americana and bluegrass today. A tremendously gifted songwriter with an exquisite voice who is also a whiz on the fiddle and acoustic bass, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 acclaimed albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest with her band The Right Hands was nominated for the ‘Best Bluegrass Recording’ Grammy this year. Laurie has been twice awarded Female Vocalist purchase brown paper bag ticketsof the Year by The International Bluegrass Association, and she has paved the way for many young women artists even while her music continues to transcend the formal limitations of the genre. In recent years Laurie has produced albums by young Bay Area musicians such as Melody Walker and the T Sisters. She is also a committed music educator, teaching at prestigious camps, festivals and workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Consummate singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator…as Utah Phillips says: “ Laurie Lewis’ songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don’t hear often. Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

The Right Hands features Tom Rozum, Laurie’s musical partner since 1986, who plays mandolin, fiddle and guitar and adds harmony vocals to her recordings and performance. Fiddler Chad Manning (David Grisman Bluegrass Experience), bassist and composer Andrew Conklin, banjoist Patrick Sauber, Nashville-based bassist Todd Phillips (he also tours with Joan Baez), Grammy-winning bluegrass player Craig Smith and North Carolina guitarist /vocalist Scott Huffman round out this amazingly accomplished and talented ensemble. It doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands! ! $25 Advance/$30 at the door. Reservations advised. Fine refreshments for sale. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible. . 707-874-9392.

Bastille Day at OCA! Saturday, July 15th 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.

Un Deux Trois blends accordion, guitar and electric bass to create a contemporary and innovative sound that also incorporates traditional Bal Musette and lively dance music. Robert Lunceford-accordion; Lisa Iskin-guitar & vocals; Jan Martinelli-bass guitar.

Cabaret seating, dance space, fine refreshments including beer and wine for sale. $15 purchase brown paper bag ticketsAdvance/$20 at the door. Don’t miss this popular event –zut alors! Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open during events.

Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet Saturday, July 22nd 8 - 10 pm


O.C.A. welcomes back a unique musical offering : Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet. Shawn Thwaites is a versatile steelpan musician and educator from Washington, D.C. His trademark style integrates his Trinidadian ancestry and his D.C. upbringing, intertwining jazz, hip-hop, funk, calypso, reggae and more. Shawn has performed with several steel orchestras in prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center as well as toured world wide with notable artists such as Lauryn Hill, Walter Beasley, and Greg Philliganes. He has traveled five continents with the Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen, as he puts it: “spreading the positive message that all Muslims are not radicals”. A passionate musical educator, Shawn formed the ‘Pan United Youth Movement’ steel drum youth orchestra in collaboration with The Boys and Girls Club of Martinsville, Virginia. His daughter Kamari is the youngest member.

Shawn Thwaites formed the STRQ in 2015. This dynamic and eclectic ensemble of talented musicians, with the steeldrum born out of the purchase brown paper bag ticketscolonial history of Trinidad at the helm, attempts to fuse intricate works of Caribbean, African, American and European composers into a worldly mix. Bringing together elements of jazz, R & B, hip hop, Afro-beat, and Calypso, STRQ pushes the limits of innovation while remaining loyal to authentic world sounds. They are promoting their new CD NEW LIFE

Don’t miss this innovative world musician and his eclectic ensemble at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $15 Advance; $18 at the Door. Fine refreshments for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. 707-874-9392.


Gallery Exhibit: Sea Creatures August 4th through October 1st

Sea Creatures are coming to OCA!
Our future exhibit will surprise you with real or imagined life in the sea.
Scroll down for entry information.

suCreaturesoft sculpture by Su McMurtry

Artist Entry Information

Entries for this juried show must be presented in person on Tuesday, August 1st between 3:30 and 7:30 PM. We do not take online submissions. Open exclusively to Sonoma County artists, this exhibit will include all media: ceramic, glass, photography, soft sculpture, sculpture, fiber arts, etching, painting, drawing, mixed media, wood, metal, etc. All works, however altered or enhanced, may only include the artist’s original created imagery.

Entries may not have appeared previously in any OCA Gallery Exhibit.

This is a juried show. Works are limited to 5’ high and 4’ wide. Two-dimensional works are to be framed, or with gallery wrapped edges, wired on the back for hanging. Three dimensional works must weigh less than 50 lbs. Accepted pieces will be listed on the OCA website within 3 days.

All items are to be for sale.  Up to four submissions per artist will be accepted for consideration. Fee for first submission is $15, $10 for each additional entry. 40% gallery commission per sale. Payment of entry fees can be made by cash, check or credit card.

Unframed prints of accepted works are also welcome for our print rack.

Questions? Contact us! or phone 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.