Our gallery is open on Saturdays 12-4 PM
and by appointment for private viewings

Maximum of three guests inside the Gallery at any time, masks and social distancing required. To request a private viewing appointment please email us.

Occidental Center of the Arts is proud to offer a home for the arts with our gallery. With up to eight 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.

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Upcoming Exhibits

Figure Drawing Exhibit (Invitational)
March 6 – 27, 2021

Salmon Creek Students Exhibit (Invitational)
April 1 – 11, 2021

“Keep On Truckin” all media exhibit – entries accepted 4/12/21
April 17 – May 29, 2021

Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Exhibit (Invitational)
June 5 – July 17, 2021



January 23 – February 27, 2021

Watch the virtual exhibit online beginning February 6th




Winter Solstice Exhibit December, 2020 – January, 2021

“Winter Reflections” by Beth Anderson, Oil on Canvas, $265

Best In Show Winner (Above)

“Winter Solstice” by Beth Anderson, Oil on Canvas, $1,600

“Changing Woman Remembers Her Birth” by Gretchen Butler, Acrylic, $800

“Chica Roka” by Gretchen Butler, Fabric Wrapped Sculpture, $90

“Dark Night of the Soul” by Diane Senia, Pastel, $2,000

“Dark Season” by Jessica Morell, Encaustic, $225

“Day Takes Flight” by Lisa Baiter, Acrylic on Canvas, $375

“Night Falls – Raven and Barn Owl Feathers” by Lisa Baiter, Acrylic on Canvas, $425

“Diversity” by Diane McNulty, Acrylic on Canvas, $300

“Bare Aspens” by Fred Jacobs, Photography, $325

“Full Moon and Swans” by Fred Jacobs, Photography, $325

“Untitled” by Judith Kinsey, Acrylic, $395

“Fall Feasting” by Lesley Pickford, Oil on Canvas, $250

“If a Visitor Arrives, I’m Ready!” by Lesley Pickford, Oil on Canvas, $250

“Honoring Winter Solstice 2020” by Ellen Fishburn, Mixed Media Acrylic/Collage on Canvas, $350

“Kiss of Winter” by Ellen Fishburn, Mixed Media Acrylic/Collage on Canvas, $350

“Ice-O-Lated” by Abigail Foster, Mixed Media: Ink, Charcoal, Crayon, $300

“I Prefer Chardonnay!” by Rich Winston, Oil on Canvas, $350

“Two Fisted Drawings” by John James, shown are two drawings of 50 in this hand-sewn book, Ink, Charcoal & Gouache, $1,000

“The Shortest Day 2020” by Ken Van Cleave, Wood/Ink/Acrylic, $100

“The Longest Night 2020” by Ken Van Cleave, Wood/Ink/Acrylic, $120

“Mutant Message” by Nancy Kees Dunn, Pit Fired Tiles mounted on Plexiglass, $350

“Thibaud Cityscape” by Patrick Fanning, Watercolor, $500

“New Years San Francisco” by Melissa McCann, Glass, $350

“Solstice Plate” by Christopher Norberg, Cast Concrete/3D Printed Mold, $100

“Solstice Bowl” by Christopher Norberg, Cast Concrete, $100

“Protection” by Emilie Munsch, Collage, $250

“Running Toward the Light” by Su McMurtry, Fabric Collage, $150

“Solstice” by Jemma Walker, Acrylic on Natural Stone, $250

“Somewhere in Gualala” by Rich Winston, Acrylic on Canvas, $360

“Tending to the Cosmos” by Marylu Downing, Mixed Media, $850

“The Return” by Marylu Downing, Mixed Media, $750

“Unchartered Star” by Emilie Munsch, Mono-Print, $150

“Winter Landscape” by Saroj Heron, Acrylic, $450

“Winter Pumpkin” by Saroj Heron, Acrylic, $450

“Winter Space” by Ariana Bloom, Mixed Media on Paper, $120


Treasures From Home Exhibit Oct-Nov 2020

“A Taste of China” by Lesley Pickford, Oil on canvas, $300




“Vintage to You” by Alexandra Mariposa, Collage on Paper, $80




“Homage to Georgia O’Keefe – Clouds” by Su McMurtry, Fiber Arts, $565




“Untitled” by Nancy Kees Dunn, Pit fired tiles mounted on metal over wood, $450




“Summer Delights” by Saroj Heron, Acrylic, $1,350




“Blipt and Blumpt” by River Mortenson, Collage on paper, $4,750




 “The Old House” by Karin Lease, Watercolor, $550




“Serenity for Two” (Sea Cave Series) by Annie Murphy Springer, Watercolor, $350 (frame not shown in photo)




“Laguna Lake” by Beth Anderson, Oil on canvas, $2,010




“Remembering Magic Cat” by Susan St. Thomas, Mixed Media, $525




“TP – Safer Sanitary” by T. Barny, Carrara Marble Sculpture, $999




“Blue Day on the Bay” by Melissa McCann, Glass, $250




“Laguna Landscape” by Sharon Cahn, Mixed Media, $500




“Amid Crises” series by John James, Ink, Gouache and Charcoal, $3,000
(pictured is one of one-hundred and four drawings in this series)



 “Sanctuary” by Nancy Ray Ricciardi, Acrylic on Canvas, $1,500 (frame not in photo)





“Americano Creek Watershed from Bloomfield Cemetery” by Fred Jacobs, Photography, $500





“Leo” by Marylu Downing, Mixed Media, $250




“Raven’s Eye View of Oceansong” by Lisa Baiter, Gouache, SOLD




“Underwater Ballerina” by Diane Senia, Mixed Media, $2,900



 “Seeding Wishes” by Jessica Morell, Encaustic, $825



 “Warmth” by Jemma Walker, Acrylic on Natural Stone, $180

Annual OCA Members’ Show July – Sept, 2020

“Amid Petals, Wings” by Beth Anderson
Oil on Canvas, $2,500

“Rhythm” by Ken Bellucci
Stainless Steel, $425

“Untitled” by Joel Bennett
Burnished Pit Fired Vessel

“Theory of Everything” by Gretchen Butler
Acrylic on Professional Signboard, $2,500

“Peachy Keen” by Sharon Cahn
Fiber Art, $300

“Blue Cranes” by Daniel Celidore
Archival Print from Original Image

“Angel Island” by Chris Cheek
Graphite on Arches Cover Stock

“Sireen” by Marylu Downing
Mixed Media, $1,200

“Under the Sea” by Pat Engel
Ceramic, $120

“Redwood Road” by Patrick Fanning
Watercolor, $1,000

“Still Life with Teapot” by Saroj Heron
Acrylic, $750

“Catch a Falling Star” by Ann Hines
Quilt, $425

“Figures in the Pandemic” by John James
Ink, Guache and Charcoal, $1,000

“Transforming Adversity” by Nancy Kees Dunn
Pit Fired Clay Slab w/Mixed Media Application, $300

“Helianthus” by Judith Kinsey
Acrylic, $750

“Pandemic Emergency Kit for Witches” by Karin Lease
Mixed Media/Wooden Box with Found Objects, $650

“Countdown: Potentiality and Actuality” by Alexandra Mariposa
Collage, $140

“Fountain #7 Calypso by M. Diane Masura
Mortered Base, Copper, Porcelain Glazed Flower & Leaf, $5,000

“Close Quarters” by Su McMurtry
Fiber Arts, $165

“Their Eyes Were Watching” by Jessica Morell
Encaustic, $825

“Rhino” by River & Kay Mortenson
Wood, $9,000

“The Juggler” by Emilie Munsch
Collage, $450

“3D Beaded Hummingbird Necklace” by Christine Paschal
Beads Glass size 15 seed beads, $120

“Golden Pegasus” by Lesley Pickford
Oil on Canvas, $1,500

“Valley Oak” by Andy Rangel
Oil on Canvas, $385

“For Zoe Keating” by Johanna Regan
Oil on Canvas, $1,100

“Henry” by Oak Reinier
Redwood, $750

“Bursting Blooms” by Annie Murphy Springer
Watercolor on Yupo, $1,300

“Sheltered” by Susan St. Thomas
Acrylic, $850

“Savannah” by Carol Swanson
Ceramic, $900

“Omage a Camille a Auguste” by J. Joel B. ValBrown
Terracotta – Bronze Patina, $1,000

“Autumn Sun” by Ken Van Cleave
Wood/Acrylic/3D Landscape, $75


You can view this exhibit on our YouTube Channel.

“She Persisted” Exhibit Feb-March 2020


“If you choose to betray us, we will never forgive you” by Chris Cheek
Best in Show, ‘She Persisted’ Exhibit, March 2020




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



“She Persisted”
An all-media exhibition of works celebrating the achievements of women throughout time.
Friday, February 21 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. We regret that this exhibition was cut short due to the Coronavirus shelter in place order.  Below are some images from the exhibit. ‘Best in Show’ piece by Chris Cheek can be seen at the top of this page.

from “Figures of October” by John James

“Stormy Weather” by Mylette Welsh

“Still Breathing” by Jessica Morell


“Liberty” by Marylu Downing

“Honoring Jane Lathrop Stanford” by Lesley Pickford

“Minnie Mouse” by Saroj Heron

Artistic Expression
An exhibition of works by members of our Thursday Night Drawing Group
Friday, January 31 through Sunday, February 16, 2020

Pointless Sisters Art Quilts
November 1 – December 1, 2019


Judges Michele Foyer and Patricia Sonnino

May 31 – July 21, 2019

Best In Show – “Torso” by Nancy Kees Dunn

“Reminiscence” by Leslie Dalton

“Into Being” by Andrew Annenberg – Honorable Mention Recipient

Garden of Dreams

Exhibition April 12 – May 26, 2019

Juried by Teri Sloat

Best in Show

“Yellow Roses” by Emilie Munsch



“In Your Dreams” by Ann Lorraine Holmes


“Vase of Flowers” by Saroj Heron

Wilder Bentley the Youger: A Retrospective
Exhibition March 22 – April 7, 2019

Wilder Mayo Bentley II passed away on October 11, 2018.
A true renaissance man, he was talented in multiple art forms.

This exhibition featured a variety of his paintings,
printmaking, poetry, stained glass, hand made books,
calligraphy and brass inlaid jewelry.

The Bottom Line

An exhibition of figure drawings from the Thursday night
drawing group founded by Bill Wheeler.

Exhibition March 1 through 17, 2019


Black History Month Exhibition

An exhibition of juried artwork as well as the private historical collection
of Raynetta James. Exhibition Feb. 1-24, 2019.

Our National Shame painting by Beth Anderson


Salmon Creek School Students
Annual Art Exhibition January 18 through 27, 2019

Small Works
Juried all media exhibit  November 24, 2018 through January 13, 2019

Myth and Magic

All media exhibit – October 5 – November 18, 2018
Juried by Jennifer Mazzucco

Best in Show awarded to

Changing Woman painting by Gretchen Butler


7th Annual

Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Exhibit

featuring this year’s challenge “Reflections”

Exhibit open September 1 – 30; Fri-Sat-Sun 11 AM  – 4 PM

“Crush, One Hundred and Fifty Years Young” by Lyra Bobo

“Can’t Buy Me Love” by Su Lin Mangan

“Anubis” by Pat Fratis

“Purple Silk Shadowed Circles” by Judy Mathieson



August 3rd through August 26th, 2018

“Silver Linings”

Work by senior students of SRJC’s art program, and their instructors


Select paintings from DS Gordon’s “Horizon” Series


‘Cat Nebula’ by Susan St. Thomas


Call & Response

June 8 through July 29, 2018: An invitational exhibit
featuring D S Gordon, Adam Wolpert & Victoria Wagner

Woodrock by Victoria Wagner

Summer Oak by Adam Wolpert

Horizon 132 by D S Gordon



Exhibition Friday, March 2 through Sunday, April 1, 2018

Some of the artwork featured in “Anything Goes”

“Seasons on the River”
Weaving by Su McMurtry

Driftwood & Found-wood by Minh Ta

“Girraffes in the Serengeti”
Cotton commercial and hand-stamped fabric, beads
by Carroll Hirsch

“Harbor Lights”
Acrylic by Kathy Enedy


Students of Salmon Creek School

7th and 8th grades, Tanya Turneure, Instructor

January 19th to February 4th, 2018

“Untitled” by Zoie



“The River”

November 3, 2017 through January 14, 2018


“Peacock” by Minh Ta
Russian River driftwood & Found Wood

October 6 – 29, 2017
The Pointless Sisters annual art quilt show.

“Blues in the Night” quilt by Jan Nilsen

“Canna” quilt by Carroll Hirsch

“Winter Roots” quilt by Bev Lagos


Exhibition August 4th through October 1st, 2017



June 2 through July 30, 2017


“The Spring Equinox – When Day and Night Are Equal”
March 18 through May 14, 2017



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


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. 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