ART GALLERY


The OCA Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4 pm, and during the intermission of auditorium events or by appointment.

Click here to learn about our CURRENT EXHIBIT

Click here to learn about our UPCOMING EXHIBITS AND ENTRY INFORMATION

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

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“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 info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org or phone 707-874-9392.

 

 

Upcoming Exhibits

The Bottom Line

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

Exhibition March 1 through 17, 2019
Artists’ reception Saturday, March 2nd 3 – 6 PM.

Drawing by Bill Wheeler


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 will feature a variety of his paintings,
printmaking, poetry, stained glass, hand made books,
calligraphy and brass inlaid jewelry.

Painting by Wilder Bentley


 

CURRENT EXHIBIT

Black History Month Exhibition

An exhibition of juried artwork as well as the private historical collection of Raynetta James. Exhibit runs Feb. 1-24, gallery is open Fri-Sat-Sun 11 – 4.

A hosted reception with the artists will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 from 3-6 PM.

Our National Shame painting by Beth Anderson

 


PAST EXHIBITIONS

Salmon Creek School Students
Annual Art Exhibit 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

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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

 


ANYTHING GOES – ARTWORK OF THE MEMBERS OF OCA

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

“Odalisque”
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


“SEA CREATURES”

Exhibition August 4th through October 1st, 2017

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“ROOTS”

June 2 through July 30, 2017

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

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March 18 through May 14, 2017


SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR GALLERY

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 gallery@occidentalcenterforthearts.org if you would like to volunteer.

WHAT IS A JURIED ART EXHIBIT?

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