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 exhibition runs Friday January 20,, 2017 through Sunday March 18,, 2017 and is open to the public between the hours of 11 AM and 4 PM each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Gallery is also open during OCA live performance events which are listed on our website An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21st from 4:00 to 7:00.

“OnSite”will feature the work of Charles Beck, Dave Gordon, and Bill Taylor. Dave Gordon and Charles Beck are familiar figures in the local art community; Bill Taylor is not. At 89, his fifty years of highly crafted work have remained largely unrecognized – that is, until art patron Charlie Pendergast brought him out of the shadows. Bill is a Sonoma County native who has painted in the West County for decades – that is, when he was not contributing highly prized bird specimens to the Academy of Science in San Francisco. As Pendergast has written: “His many watercolors of the streets and buildings in Occidental…are unique and accomplished with extraordinary simplicity and elegance.” Locals will enjoy seeing scenes from Occidental’s past, as well as whimsical views of such town icons as The Union Hotel clock and its two churches.

Charles Beck, a well-known artist whose work has regularly featured Sonoma County landscapes, rarely shows in galleries. Mr Beck typically depends on Art Trails, Art at the Source and a loyal clientele to make his living. This exhibit is a chance to see Mr Beck’s work outside of his studio and get a taste of the grandeur and craft of his “response” to what he sees.

Dave Gordon will also present several works featuring local landscapes at the “OnSite” show. In addition to painting landscapes, Mr Gordon is an accomplished muralist, having painted over 60 murals across the globe including an 8,400 square foot work on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Mr Gordon also created the mural on the external wall of Occidental Center for the Arts, facing Graton Road and Bohemian Highway.

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 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.

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Redwood Arts Council presents The Miro Quartet Friday, January 20th at 7:30 PM


Redwood Arts Council presents The Miro Quartet!

Back by popular demand, this incredible quartet will only appear in our small hall one night. Last year, playing to critical acclaim at the larger Shroeder Hall, this is your chance to hear the quartet on a more intimate level, for a breathtaking, live performance that can’t be duplicated.

Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical  interpretations, exciting performances, & thoughtful programming. Each season, the they perform throughout the world on the most important chamber music series & on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics & audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century.

Concert highlights of recent seasons include a highly anticipated and sold out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s complete Opus 59 Quartets; collaborations with award-winning actor Stephen Dillane as part of Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival; Miró Quartet took first prizes at several national and international competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2005, the Miró Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.

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Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

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*This event is presented by Redwood Arts Council and is not eligible for OCA member benefits. To make a reservation or inquire about this event please contact Redwood Arts Council directly. Tickets can be purchased online using the Brown Paper Tickets link above.

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.

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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 Dogole .

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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.



Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen in Concert Saturday, February 11th at 7 PM

Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette perform at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Photo © Copyright 2013 Stephen Ide, all rights reserved.

OCA is pleased to present for their fourth concert on our stage the acclaimed folk singer /songwriter duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen from Vermont! Steve Gillette is a revered country/folk singer and songwriter with a warm baritone voice and a unique finger-picking guitar style. Some of his best known songs: Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, Back on Buy tickets onlinethe Street Again have been covered by Ian & Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, and Tammy Wynette. His wife Cindy Mangsen, expertly accompanying on a variety of instruments, is called “one of the finest singers in American folk music” (Come for to Sing). She is best known as a keeper of old songs as well as her own thoughtful originals.

Come on down to OCA’s excellent acoustic space to enjoy the compelling interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs, rich harmony and a good dose of humor from this famed folk duo who have traveled the world and recorded six albums in their more than 25-year collaboration.

$15 Advance/$20 at the door. Fine refreshments for sale. BPT Reservations on event page at; or by phone 707-874-9392. Accessible to persons with disabilities.

West County Film Society presents “Limon – A Life Beyond Words” Indie Film Screening & Networking Event Friday, February 17th 6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Occidental Center for the Arts is proud to host the West County Film Society’s inaugural networking and screening event!

“Limon – A Life Beyond Words”
Friday, February 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

The West County Film Society seeks to help filmmakers, film lovers and arts organizers join forces in support of global justice. All are welcome, filmmakers and film enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to attend and join our network of supporters! Bring your ideas and suggestions!


As part of the inaugural meeting of this newly-formed alliance, we will screen “Limon – A Life Beyond Words” written, directed and edited by Malachi Roth. Mr. Roth will entertain questions from the audience at the conclusion of the film.


“Limon – A Life Beyond Words” depicts the life of revolutionary modern dancer and choreographer José Limon (1908-1972), described by the New York Times as the “greatest male dancer of his own or any other time”. The film has won awards for Best Film Made for Television at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art, Best Documentary at the Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine in Mexico, and Best Documentary on the Arts at the Wine Country Film Festival in California. The film has screened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Pompidou Center, 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, and the National Portrait Gallery.

There is no charge to attend – donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments available. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.

Lucy Kaplansky in Concert! Saturday, February 18th at 8 PM

Lucy Kaplansky in Concert!

OCA is pleased to present N.Y.C. based singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky in Concert! A rising star of ‘modern city folk’, Kaplansky was an in-demand harmony singer at a very young age, forming a duo with Shawn Colvin. She then decided to pursue a doctorate in Psychology, working in NYC hospitals and her own private practice, even while recording vocals with Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, and ex-singing partner Shawn Colvin. Lucy released her first solo hit album The Tide in 1994, followed by back-to-back award-winning albums showcasing her emerging songwriting skills as well as her exceptional vocals. Dr. Kaplansky never went back to the office. Teaming with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell in super-group Cry Cry Cry (1998) led to a national tour of sold-out concerts, and Lucy’s star was firmly launched.

Now a mother and co-writer with her husband Richard Litvin , Lucy Kaplansky continues to be in high demand as a soulful singer ( Red Horse) and gifted songwriter, sharing her nuanced reflections on family ties, shifting roles, and motherhood while touring world wide and nurturing her own family. Her seventh hit CD Reunion (2012) is a moving masterwork, celebrating Lucy’s pioneering immigrant grandmother’s journey as well as the deepening circles of connections and shifting roles in her life.

Don’t miss acclaimed singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky, whom the Boston Globe describes as …”becoming the songwriter laureate of modern city folk”… at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot! $25 General. Fine refreshments for sale. Concert seating. Reservations advised. Art Gallery open for viewing. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.


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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.