Art Exhibition: Treasures From Home October 3 through November 28, 2020 Open Saturdays 12-4

Our gallery is open on Saturdays from Noon to 4 PM, with masks required for entry. We’ll be limiting visitors to groups that arrive together, with only one group inside the gallery at a time.

We realize that the COVID19 pandemic prohibits many people from visiting our gallery in person. You can see our current exhibit on our YouTube Channel beginning November 7.

“Treasures From Home” exhibit

Saturday October 3 through Saturday November 28, 2020

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This exhibit features the following Sonoma County artists:

Beth Anderson
Lisa Baiter
T. Barny
Gretchen Butler
Sharon Cahn
Marylu Downing
Saroj Heron
Fred Jacobs
John James
Nancy Kees Dunn
Karin Lease
Alexandra Mariposa
Melissa McCann
Su McMurtry
Jessica Morell
River Mortenson
Lesley Pickford
Nancy Ray Ricciardi
Diane Senia
Annie Murphy Springer
Susan St. Thomas

OCA’s Fall Spectacular Variety Show! REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SHOW ON YOUTUBE!

You can also watch this show on Facebook.

This is the fourth show in our 2020 Virtual Variety Show series.

You don’t want to miss this amazing lineup of talent!
Click here to watch the show!

Enjoy great music and art from the safety of your own home.

All of our virtual shows are available free on our YouTube Channel.

Subscribe to our channel today and don’t miss a show!

Scroll down to read the full lineup of performers.


Musical performances by:

Barbara Higbie
Benjamin Mertz
Danny & Essence
David Luning
Dennis Ludiker & Kaylee Goins
Dirty Cello
Eric Wiley
The Familiar Strangers
Heartwood Crossing Trio
Jenny Kerr Band
Laurie Lewis & Brandon Godman
Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco
Mimi & Gabe Pirard
The Musers
Nina Gerber & Chris Webster
Noah Jeffries, Matt Mefford and Dennis Ludiker
Peppino D’Agostino
Phil Lawrence
Puffinhorn
Rainbow Girls
Ricky Mier
Scott Law
Stella Heath
Teresa Tudury
T Sisters
Tumbleweed Soul

and featuring artwork from our latest Gallery exhibit
“Treasures From Home” by Sonoma County artists.

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Virtual Book Launch: A Road Less Paved by Mary Gaffney REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube

You can watch the recording of this event on our YouTube Channel.

 

Local writer and longtime OCA volunteer, Mary Gaffney, takes us on an extraordinary journey from her home in Occidental all the way to Tierra del Fuego, the southern-most tip of South America. Recounting their epic road trips as she traveled with her husband , children and friends, Mary remembers the places and people with great depth and humor.

Mary Gaffney has lived on the sunny side of the Redwoods of Occidental, CA for over 40 years. She is still there writing when she”s not traveling.  Her previous work can be found in two anthologies, Cartwheels on the Faultline and Saltwater Sweetwater. Mary has been a volunteer with OCA since its inception.

 

Virtual Book Launch: Donna Emerson’s Beside The Well with musical interludes by Jared Emerson-Johnson REPLAY AVAILABLE on YouTube

Join our first Virtual Book Launch via Zoom!

Donna’s poetry collection takes us from the wells, woods, meadows, horses, family and strangers of her family homestead in the New York Finger Lakes, to the music, ocean and earth in her current California. In plainspoken diction, narrative and lyric styles, the poet records memorable, time-stopping moments of intimacy.

This live event features selected readings, musical interludes and audience Q&A. Books will be available for purchase.

 

This event will take place online via Zoom. There is no charge to attend but you must register to receive the Zoom link.

Registration has closed. If you would still like to participate, please email  tina@occidentalcenterforthearts.org

To purchase the book please use this link. We will email you to confirm whether you would like the book signed by the author and/or any custom inscription. Books will be shipped within 7 days by USPS.

About the author: Recently retired from teaching at Santa Rosa Jr. College, and private practice as a clinical social worker, Donna Emerson’s award-winning poetry can be seen most recently in the Denver Quarterly, the MacGuffin, Verdad, and anthologies such as Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Her publications also include four chapbooks, and two full-length poetry collections, The Place of Our Meeting and Beside the Well. Her recent awards include nominations for a California Book Award, two Pushcarts and Best of the Net nominations, and two Allen Ginsberg awards.

 


Jared Emerson-Johnson
is an award winning composer, sound designer, and voice director. Since the early 2000s, Jared has also worked as a music instructor in Cinnabar Theater’s education department—coaching chamber music and conducting various operettas and musicals. Since 2017 Jared has performed as front man with the Rivertown Skifflers, a lively jug band well known to Sonoma and Marin County listeners.

 

 

Donna and Jared are both featured in the recent OCA Virtual Variety Show “Keeping the Arts in our Hearts” available on our YouTube Channel.

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Sonoma County’s Got Talent! Virtual Variety Show Replay Available on YouTube

OCA proudly presents our third “Virtual Variety Show” featuring Sonoma County musicians, performers and artists!

Enjoy this free broadcast on YouTube with many OCA favorites, a virtual art exhibition of our members’ artwork, music, theater and more!

Click this link to watch the show.

Mark your calendar and enjoy this show from the comfort and safety of your own home. We’re lucky to have a community so rich with talent and generosity! Many thanks to all of the performers who are contributing their talents to this show!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or check out our earlier shows! You don’t have to subscribe but it helps us reach more viewers and allows you to “like” our shows!

 

Arts in our Hearts : A Virtual Variety Show Replay available on YouTube

Our first-ever Virtual Variety Show was a great success and we are blown away to see that in the first 24 hours our video has had nearly 1,000 views! Thank you to all who tuned in to watch and enjoy this great lineup of musicians and artists. We are very appreciative of the 60+ people who participated in the creation of the video.

We’ve also raised $4k of our $10k goal – and we are very grateful to everyone who donated!! What a generous community we have!

In case you missed it, you can watch the replay of the show at this link.

The feedback we’ve received about the show has been so overwhelmingly positive that we are already cooking up round two – stay tuned for more info to be posted soon! In the meantime, please visit the sites of our awesome performers listed below.

Claude Bourbon

http://www.claudebourbon.org/

http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/30076408

Peppino D’Agostino

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzcDSZWjfAD7Yheewc9IvCQ

Emily Lois

https://www.emilyloisband.net/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk6TW9A0bAA

Barbara Borden

https://www.youtube.com/user/barbaraborden

https://barbaraborden.com/

Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco

https://www.youtube.com/user/meredithanthraxelrod

https://meredithaxelrod.com/

Stella Heath & Ian Scherer

http://www.stellaheathmusic.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLcaE7gsFcn_pP0QuV_f58Q

Sarah Baker

https://sarahbakerstudios.com/about/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCodM0p41RrSBi2stz4Qsr9A

Mariah Parker

https://www.youtube.com/user/mariahparker

http://mariahparkermusic.com/

Benjamin Mertz

https://www.benjaminmertz.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarujYLghdPZMDpOqH5mNWQ

Danny & Essence

https://www.dannyandessence.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyRyWESkT7_7mU1eeLSO3Pg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbjQEQuJqRQ

Kevin Russell & Candy Girard

https://www.facebook.com/Kevin-Russell-Music-623819510999885/

Occidental Community Choir

https://www.occidentalchoir.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4zZc3E2q4M

The Black Brothers Band

https://www.black-brothers.com/

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY_8PgYew2oq3DkZjHCsuJsWHoTQCUCjM

Dirty Cello

https://www.dirtycello.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSq6zuLeljk1Gb98QAwWOfA

Laurie Lewis

https://www.laurielewis.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqIeZxu5LfxUMXhQdOxNeLA

Teresa Tudury

https://teresatudury.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTljYeG1VDuviJlYBBNeWvg

David Rosen

https://ordinarymiracles.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjUfj6wL0dO9bZNuyGTTpFQ

Patrick & Nancy

http://fanningartworks.com/

Naomi Newman

http://worldonfire.info/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvzWJfFsQFs