The OCA Gallery is open Fridays from 11 am to 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4 pm, and during Occidental Center for the Arts events or by appointment.**

Join us Fridays from 4 – 6:30 PM for Happy Hour in the Gallery – enjoy nibbles and sampling local wines while perusing the ‘Sea Creatures’ Exhibit. $5 donation requested for wine tasting.

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Click here to learn about PAST EXHIBITS.


“Illuminations – Jellyfish Series” by Mary Prisland
Songs from the Sea Exhibit – 2016


“Shroud of St. Philip’s Church” by Bill Taylor
‘Onsite’ exhibit – January 2017



Occidental Center of the Arts is proud to offer a home for the arts with our gallery. With up to six shows a year, we provide local artists the opportunity to showcase their work to the community with themes ranging from figure drawing to botanical appreciation to ocean themes, just to name a few. Be sure to check out our invitations to artists and upcoming shows below.

Are you a Sonoma County Artist? Sign up for our ARTISTS EMAIL LIST to receive announcements about exhibit entries and more! Email us to join the list!

Become a part of our team, ensuring our gallery continues to provide these wonderful opportunities. Make a donation or volunteer today! To learn about volunteer opportunities, email or phone 707-874-9392.



The OCA Gallery presents

Exhibition August 4th through October 1st

This exhibit will surprise you
with real and imagined life in the sea.

Join us for the hosted Artists’ Reception
on Saturday, August 5th from 4 – 7 PM!

This exhibit was juried by Greer Upton.

Accepted Entries for Sea Creatures

In the Depths by Beth Anderson, Oil on Canvas
Sunfish & See by Susan Berg, Chinese Watercolor
Hello from the Other Side by Susan Berg, Watercolor
Arched Angels by Susan Berg, Watercolor
Seahorse Serenade by Susan Berg, Watercolor
Sea Cape by Sharon Cahn, Fiber
Alien Wallpaper 4 (Alien Clams in an Alien Pond) by Daniel Celidore, Print on Archival Paper/Mixed Media
What Have We Done by Hollynn D’Lil, Acrylic and Wire
Sea Horse by Leslie Dalton, Acrylic
Jellyfish vs. the Great Pacific Garbage Gyre by Lyn Dillin, Mixed Media Sculpture
Jellyfish 1 by Saroj Heron, Acrylic
Tide Pool by Ann Hines, Stitchery
Birth by Storm by Barbara Isaksen, Acrylic, Collage, Colored Pencil
Trilobite by Fred Jacobs, Photography
Shells #2 by Fred Jacobs, Photography
Starfish by Fred Jacobs, Photography
Sea Circus by Theresa Joyce, Watercolor Collage
Werm by Frinz Koch, Acrylic
Mother of Waters by Deborah Leseur, Clay pressed spine of fish, glazed, fired
Beach Body by Rebecca Love, Clay/Sgraffito
Reggae Cucumber by Su McMurtry, Weaving Banana Fiber
Nudibranchs by Su McMurtry, Card Weaving
Whale Shark by Judith Nasse, Watercolor & Pencil
Sea Creature Apartment by Irena Nickels, Mixed Media
Songs from the Sea by Mary Prisland, Collage (Etching, Pastel, Watercolor)
Guardians of the Sea by Mary Prisland, Collage (Etching, Pastel, Watercolor)
Seascape Series by Mary Prisland, Etching
Madonna & Child by Christopher Oak Reinier, Orange Tree Wood
Coral Seascape by Susan St. Thomas, Water Media
Sea Serpent by Susan St. Thomas, Watercolor
The Beauty Beneath by Carolyne Stayton, Watercolor
Pink Octo-Pussy by Marion Rose Stern, Watercolor
Homage to Dali’s Dream by Greer Upton, Juror; Ceramic
Mysterious Sea Whimsies by Linda Weber, Mixed Media
There Once Was an Ichthyosaurus by Ellindale Wells, Fabric Collage
Dinner by Sabina Yates, Colored Pencil/Watercolor
OH by Sabina Yates, Colored Pencil




June 2 through July 30, 2017


From the Seeds Come Roots by Beth Anderson, oil on canvas
The Garden of Eden by Beth Anderson, oil stick on paper

Beets by R. Barr, acrylic
Freedom by R. Barr, acrylic and collage
Roots by R. Barr, acrylic

Tree of Life by Daniel Celidore, print on archival paper

Dimensional Roots by Connie Cook, collage
Deep Roots from Damp Ground by Connie Cook, collage

Breakthrough by Leslie Dalton, mixed media
Dandelion by Leslie Dalton, mixed media
Spirit Tree by Leslie Dalton, mixed media

Are These My Roots by Lynn Elkins, watercolor

The Bavarian by Marilyn Dizikes, acrylic
Crossed by Marilyn Dizikes, acrylic/ink on wood
Syrto by Marilyn Dizikes, acrylic

Oregon by Patrick Fanning, watercolor

Deep Mother Roots by Gini Fenley, mixed media/collage and acrylic
From Below and Through by Gini Fenley, mixed media/collage and acrylic
From Deep in the Primordial Forest by Gini Fenley, mixed media/collage and acrylic
Rooted in Whimsy by Gini Fenley, mixed media/collage and acrylic

Beet by Saroj Heron, acrylic
Brown Eyes by Saroj Heron, acrylic
My Cousin by Saroj Heron, acrylic
Turnips by Saroj Heron, acrylic

Fern & Oak Root by Fred Jacobs, photography
Roots Quadriptych by Fred Jacobs, photography
Tree Root Detail by Fred Jacobs, photography

Rooted in Fire by Jerry Kermode, old growth wood

Rooted by Judith Kinsey, watercolor
Roots by Judith Kinsey, fabric/silk & velvet

Echoes #1 by Tony Marchetti, metal
Echoes #2 by Tony Marchetti, metal

Full Moon Spring Equinox Mandala by Caterina Martinico, prismacolor pencil
Full Moon WInter Solstice Tree of Life by Caterina Martinico, prismacolor pencil

Drift by Jude McKay, ceramic & wood
Inner Child by Jude McKay, ceramic

Me and My Dad by Su McMurtry, weaving and watercolor

Awakening by Mary Prisland, pastel
Aunt Dora with Gloves by Mary Prisland, etching
Red Hat by Mary Prisland, etching
Slovenian Roots by Mary Prisland, pastel

Rosetta Nebula by Susan St. Thomas (juror), acrylic on arches paper

The Ancestors by Linda Weber, mixed media

Uprooted by Sabina Yates, pencil on paper

“The Spring Equinox – When Day and Night Are Equal” 


March 18 through May 14, 2017

The dominance of darkness ends, signaling the return of fertility. New leaves appear on the trees. Crops sprout. Birds mate. Earth life regenerates in the emergence of new light. The great Sphinx of Giza gazes precisely at the rising of the Equinox Sun.

‘When Day & Night Are Equal” honors the sacred significance of the Spring Equinox with works that express the power and beauty of new beginnings, of life springing forth from the dark and cold into warmth and light.

You can enjoy this exhibit on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
from 11 AM to 4 PM, and during OCA auditorium events.


If you are interested in Visual Arts, the Gallery Committee at Occidental Center for the Arts needs members to help plan and organize exhibits and for gallery sitting so OCA can be open to the public more often. It’s a great opportunity to meet other artists, get involved in the community and experience how an art gallery operates. Please contact us at if you would like to volunteer.


A juried exhibit is a competition.  A juried art exhibit is an art gallery exhibit, usually based on some kind of theme, where artists enter visual art to be chosen by a juror. Jurors are notable artists or art critics that are invited by the gallery committee to judge and pick the art that will be in that particular exhibit. A non-refundable entry fee is required to submit artwork to a juried show. These entry fees pay for the juror, the best in show award that is chosen by the juror, the opening reception and other administrative costs.

The juror picks what they consider the best art to put in the exhibit, and rejects other art that they deem unsuitable for that particular show. Jurors also select awards, including best in show. The artist who receives this honor usually receives a prize, which is sometimes monetary.

Links with more information about art gallery exhibits:

Art Exhibit- Wikipedia

Juried Exhibit- Wikipedia

Art Gallery- Wikipedia

From a juror’s perspective

From an artist’s perspective: When your art is not accepted into a show