Our Gallery will be closed from February 4th to March 3rd for renovations!

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

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“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.

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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.




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

We are pleased to announce the following accepted entries
for The River exhibition!
(listed alphabetically by artists’ last name)


Hemu Aggarwal Petaluma River digital – original
Hemu Aggarwal A River in my Dream digital – original
Krista Anandakuttan Elemental: River fresco secco ( mineral pigments, India ink, beeswax on plaster and burlap
Beth Anderson Waiting for Salmon to Swim Upstream Oil on canvas
Beth Anderson River’s Bounty Oil on canvas
Andrea Cleall North Fork Pit River Oil on canvas
Andrea Cleall Frog Springs Canyon Oil on canvas
Marc Distefand River at Sunset colored pencil on paper
Marc Distefand Wet Season colored pencil on paper
Carl Downey Taylor Creek, Lake Tahoe Oil on Canvas
Kathy Enedy Dawn’s Hope (Cry me a River) Acrylic
Amy Ericksen Amazonia Watercolor, ink, colored pencil
Patrick Fanning Petaluma Tug Boat watercolor
Harry Frank The River Mnemosyne I Mono type
Harry Frank Le Bateau Mono type
Harry Frank The River Mnemosyne   Mono type
Barbara Goodman The River She is Flowing papier-mache and collage
Tomas Hakanson River Mist Photograph
Saroj Heron River #2 Acrylic
Saroj Heron River #1 Acrylic
Ann Hines Monte Rio Quilt
Iva Hladis Pagan River oil on linen
Barbara Isaksen Willow Creek Meets the River photography, interference acrylic, archival ink
Barbara Isaksen Towards Rivers End photo, ink, colored pencils, interference acrylic
Barbara Isaksen The Fishermen Know Where photo
Fred Jacobs Ice – South Fork Tuolumne River Photography
Fred Jacobs Rocks – Tuolumne River Photography
Fred Jacobs Reflections – South Fork Bishop Creek Photography
Fred Jacobs Ramsay Creek Photography
Charles Judson Tiger Lily Navarro River photography
Charles Judson Mono Basin Stream Photograph on satin
Charles Judson Foggy Morning Photograph
Judith Kinsey “The River” acrylic
Mirka Knaster Meeting the Pacific Cotton and Silk Hand Dyed with Indigo
Tony Marchetti Smooth Like a Frog Walks Aluminum
Emilie Munsch Salmon Run Collage
Judith Nasse California River Otter mixed watercolor and collage
Michael Neal Portal to the Sea Redwood Slab
Leah Ocean One River mixed media
Leah Ocean Taking Flight mixed media
Lesley Pickford Punts on the River Cam oil on board
Lesley Pickford River Bank Picnic oil on canvas
Lesley Pickford River Aura Finland oil on canvas
Lesley Pickford Muir Beach Ride – Winter Oil on canvas
Johanna Regan-Ottenweller Russian Winter glass/tile
Carolyne Stayton Along the River’s Path watercolor
Minh Ta Cormorant Driftwood
Minh Ta Peacock Driftwood and found objects
Minh Ta Turtle I Driftwood
Minh Ta Turtle II Driftwood
Linda Weber Rollin’ on the River mixed media
Ellindale Wells Reflection of Fall Fiber
Anja Woltman Misty River Acrylic
Sabina Yates Little Grand Canyon acryllic on paper
Sabina Yates Penny Island Graphite on Paper
Sabina Yates Across from Jenner acrylic on canvas
Sabina Yates Fog acrylic on canvas
George Zastrow Golden Flow Photo


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


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