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.

Call for entries! Black History Month Art Exhibition Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3 - 6 PM

OCA Gallery is pleased to celebrate Black History Month featuring a juried exhibition open to Sonoma County artists. All media accepted, please review specifications below for artwork size restrictions. Entries should be appropriate for the American Black History theme of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be open to the public from February 1st to 24th, 2019, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM and during auditorium event intermissions.

Entries (up to two per person) will be accepted on Tuesday, January 29th from 3-6 PM at Occidental Center for the Arts.

Entry fees for this exhibit are $20 for the first piece and $10 for an additional piece (max two pieces) per person. All media will be accepted, subject to the guidelines/limitations as listed below.

This exhibition will be juried by the OCA Gallery Committee.

Volunteer docents are needed for the gallery. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering in the gallery!

An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 3 – 6 PM. Artists are encouraged to bring food/drinks to share.

Please review the following guidelines for submission. Entries that do not meet the standards/guidelines set forth here will not be accepted into the show.

Entry Guidelines and Size limitations for Black History Month Exhibit:

Entries for this juried show must be presented in person on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 between 3 and 6 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.

Two-dimensional works are to be framed, or with gallery wrapped edges, wired on the back for hanging – please refer to our OCA Gallery Frame Hanging Requirement.

Artists will notified if their work is accepted into the exhibit within 48 hours of entry. Works that are not accepted must be picked up within one week.

All items are to be for sale.  Up to two submissions per artist will be accepted for consideration. Fee for first submission is $20, $10 for 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.

Entry contract will be available for download by December 30, 2018.

Gallery Exhibit: Small Works Open Friday-Sunday 11 am - 4 pm; Exhibit ends January 13th

Our current exhibit “Small Works” is an all media exhibit featuring works less than 196 square inches in size.

“Bird at Rest” by Bill McMillon

“Cassandra” by Tom Tuchel

Sonoma County artists have contributed an amazing array of creations in a variety of media! Don’t miss this amazing exhibit of local talent!

Exhibit runs Saturday, November 24th through Sunday, January 13th. The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm, and during live performance intermissions.

Works in this exhibit include:

“Ocean World” by Hemu Aggarwal
“Ecstasy” by Hemu Aggarwal
“Dreamer” by Beth Anderson
“Cold Feet” by Linda Barretta
“Franz Valley Rd.” by Linda Barretta
“Convenient Nest” by Susan Berg
“Babies in the Blossoms” by Susan Berg
“Fan-Tastic” by Mary Bramwell
“Reimagined” by Mary Bramwell
“Opposites Unite fox/chicken” by Marguerite Brennan
“untitled” by David Richard Brown
“untitled II” by David Richard Brown
“Tiger Lily” Fascinator by Sharon Cahn
“Study in Gold” by Connie Cook
“Mitsuko” by Carol Decker
“Croned” by Molly Eckler
“Coming of Age” by Douglas Emery
“Shoebill Stork” by Grace Fong
“Blue Peaches” by Grace Fong
“Still Life” by Saroj Heron
“Life’s Magic” by Saroj Heron
“Abstract Landscape 1” by Carroll Hirsch
“Adrift” by Berenice Iriks
“Oak Stump Detail” by Fred Jacobs
“Rock and Sand” by Fred Jacobs
“untitled” by John James
“Universe in a Bowl” by Nancy Kees Dunn
“Copper Meets Clay” by Nancy Kees Dunn
“Tidal Pool” by Judith Kinsey
“Landscape with Mtns.” by Joan Kircher
“Abstract” by Joan Kircher
“Tree Dancers” by Deborah LeSueur
“Bird Rattle” by Deborah Le Sueur
“Ginko Vase” by Elise Loveday-Brown
“Green Prickly Pod” by Elise Loveday-Brown
“Lambykins” by Gail Mardfin
“Meditation” by Gail Mardfin
“Untitled” by Bill McMillon
“Bird at Rest” by Bill McMillon
“Lineage” by Courtland Mudge
“Shelter #1” by Courtland Mudge
“Gardener at Winterthur” by Lesley Pickford
“Nasturtiums” by Lesley Pickford
“From Under the Sea” by Elizabeth Pond-McPherson
“Spirit Drum” by Elizabeth Pond-McPherson
“Vase” by Johanna Regan
“Pear” by Johanna Regan
“Humpback Coming Back” by Oak Reinier
“Adinkra” by Carol Swanson
“Spring” by Carol Swanson
“With You” by Minh Ta
“Cassandra” by Tom Tuchel
“Olive Grove” by Tom Tuchel
“Cubo” by Greer Upton
“Anniversary Cake” by Greer Upton
“Small Half Shelf” by Sabina Yates


Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:00 PM

Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to present internationally renowned acoustic guitarist Peppino D’Agostino ! A self taught musician who emigrated from Italy in 1984 to pursue his dream, Peppino has helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His keen melodic sense, remarkable technique, open tunings and percussive effects are the basis of his unique and original compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his warm, playful personality, emotional intensity, and broad musical tastes covering classical, folk, Irish, Italian, Brazilian, flamenco and jazz traditions and you have the recipe for his dynamic “minestrone music”.

As a six string guitarist, composer, and arranger steeped in classical discipline, Peppino has had an amazing recording and performing career that has spanned three decades and garnered critical acclaim and awards the world over. He has released eight solo albums and 17 recordings. In 2016 D’Agostino had his first sold out tour of China, and composed a soundtrack for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has performed in over thirty countries and at countless international festivals and important venues. As a master teacher, he has published three instructional DVDs (his newest interactive video software Poetica Musica is available on his web site) , composed a movie soundtrack, helped design his own signature Seagull guitars, and collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world -Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke among others. D’Agostino co-founded The Pacific Guitar Ensemble with David Tannebaum in 2010, one of his best known musical collaborations. “Peppino’s music is deep and beautiful.” –Tommy Emmanuel


We are thrilled to have this international treasure grace our stage for the fifth time!. Fine Refreshments available for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing and gift purchases during all events. 707-874-9392

Tickets are $25/advance and $28 at the door. Purchase tickets at

‘Winterlude’: A Benefit Concert for OCA featuring Coastal Winds and Coastal Brass Saturday, January 12th 3 - 5 PM

We are pleased to welcome back to our stage two accomplished local chamber ensembles in a benefit concert performance entitled ‘Winterlude’. Distinguished oboe player, teacher (and former OCA Board member) Daniel Celidore created this wintertime classical concert treat as a benefit for OCA in 2012, and he will be playing oboe along with Valerie White, flute; Jeff Chan, clarinet; Miranda Kincaid, bassoon, and John Lounsbery, horn in the fine ensemble known as Coastal Winds. They will be joined by pianist Alice Chan for a performance of ‘Mozart Quintet in E Flat Major for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn’. Coastal Winds will also perform: ‘Aires Tropicales for Woodwind Quintet’ by Paquito D’Rivera.

The second ensemble known as Coastal Brass features Tom Hyde on trumpet, John Lounsbery, horn and Roger Dixon on trombone. Dixon will be the trombone soloist with Sonia Tubridy at the piano for ‘Aria et Polonaise’ by Joseph Jongen. Their program also includes works by Samuel Scheidt, Francis Poulenc, Zack Smith and Kid Ory.

Please join us for an elegant afternoon of wonderful acoustic chamber music to benefit Occidental Center for the Arts! Admission will be $20 Advance/$25 at the door.

There will be fine refreshments available, including wine and beer. OCA’s Art Gallery will be open for viewing. Wheelchair accessible. 707- 874-9392.

Book Launch: The Last Devadasi: A Novel by Barbara Baer Sunday, January 13th 3 - 5 PM

Please join us for a book launch featuring local author Barbara Baer’s new novel The Last Devadasi.

The event will include selected readings, Indian dance troupe performance, author Q & A, book sales and signing. Exotic refreshments served; no charge to attend.


“Readers seeking a story based in India but filled with flavors of past and present will find The Last Devadasi a powerful read that draws important, thought-provoking connections between spirituality, relationships between men and women, and the kinds of institutions that keep old beliefs alive; sometimes beyond their relevance to contemporary experience.”

—Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Barbara L. Baer received her BA and MA at Stanford University before going to South India to teach and study dance. She has reviewed classical and contemporary dance for newspapers and periodicals in America and France. Credits include fiction in Redbook and reportage for The Nation. She lives in Sonoma County, California, where she and her husband, Michael, who is also a writer, cultivate pomegranates and olives.



Words and Music: Laurie Lewis, Don Henry, Claudia Russell and Nina Gerber Friday, January 18th 7 PM

OCA is pleased to present ‘ Words and Music ’ with Don Henry, Laurie Lewis, Claudia Russell and Nina Gerber. Join us for a night of outstanding music as three celebrated , award-winning songwriters trade some of their favorite tunes in a Nashville-style song circle, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Nina Gerber. You will be moved by the quality of their unique voices, the thought-provoking , timeless lyrics and the rich variety of musical genres represented in this special collaboration at Sonoma County’s acoustic sweet spot.! $25 Advance/$30 at the door.

Reservations advised! Fine refreshments including wine and beer available. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open for viewing.

707-874-9392. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465


Don Henry’s songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, Patti Page, and Conway Twitty, as well as by Blake Shelton, Lonestar, and Jimmy Wayne. He won a Grammy for Kathy Mattea’s version of “Where’ve You Been.” Don is a songwriter’s songwriter, bringing humor, depth and a profound sense of humanity to his songs. Entertainment Weekly calls Don …”a first cousin to Randy Newman… This is funny and thought-provoking stuff, all of it good”.


Laurie Lewis is a Grammy-award winning musician and world renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator .“Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true.” Linda Ronstadt.  She has twice been voted Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Laurie Lewis ‘ latest album with her fine band, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the “Best Bluegrass Recording” Grammy in 2017. Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands will be performing at O.C.A. on Friday March 8, 2019!


Claudia Russell’s heartfelt and humorous songs have won her accolades from far and near. Britain’s Country Music People UK writes, “Few singers can construct a song as well as Claudia Russell, and her sharp, well-observed lyrics, have an engaging timeless feel.” American Songwriter named her 2013 CD, All Our Luck Is Changing “a masterpiece”. A third generation singer, Russell’s father Val Rosing was a singer with the BBC, and her grandfather was a Russian opera tenor who performed at Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.


Last but not least, Nina Gerber adds her virtuoso guitar to the evening’s music. Nina is one of the West Coast’s most sought after guitarists, known for her intuitive and sometimes ethereal style. She’s added her talents to a long and distinguished list of wonderful artists , most notably Kate Wolf, with whom Nina started her musical career. Her album Good Music with Good People features outstanding performances with Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Bruce Cockburn.