Current an Upcoming Events at the Occidental Center for the Arts

‘Call & Response’ Art Exhibit at the OCA Gallery
Wolpert • Wagner • Gordon
Enjoy this invitational exhibit featuring creations by renowned local artists Dave Gordon, Adam Wolpert and Victoria Wagner. Exhibit runs Friday, June 8th through Sunday, July 29th; gallery open Fri-Sat-Sun 11 AM to 4 PM.
At left: Woodrock by Victoria Wagner
Horizon 132 by Dave Gordon
Pond series by Adam Wolpert
“Travel Sketching” Class with Patrick Fanning
Six Sundays from 10 AM – Noon, begins July 1st!
This class will teach you how to make fresh, lively sketches on location, finishing a complete composition in a matter of minutes. Topics include choosing materials, recoding light direction, hatching and shading techniques, accurate perspective rendering and more!
Patrick is the author of “Travel Sketching: Creating Lasting Memories with Pen and Pencil”. He has been chronicling his travels in sketchbooks since the early nineties.
This class meets over six Sundays (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 12); each session begins with an orientation in the OCA Classroom, then participants proceed outdoors to nearby locations for demonstrations and practice. $100 for the series; includes a copy of Patrick’s textbook “Travel Sketching”.
Those Were The Days: William Florian
Sunday, July 8th at 4:00 PM
OCA is pleased to welcome back the former singer for the New Christy Minstrels, William Florian as he presents ‘Those Were The Days: The Spirit & Songs of the 60s’. Enjoy an upbeat musical journey through America’s greatest folk and pop songs of the 60s, including hit songs he performed with the New Christy Minstrels.
$15 advance/$20 door.
Bastille Day at OCA!
Featuring Un Deux Trois and
La Guinguette
Saturday, July 14th at 8:00 PM
Come to the OCA Cabaret and enjoy our classy celebration of this unique holiday with the evocative sounds of two French music trios extraordinaire!
La Guinguette (Al Hass, Christine Lelaure and Robert Lunceford) will take you back in time to the French and Italian street cafés of 1900-1960s. Un Deux Trois (Josh Fossgreen, Lisa Iskin and Robert Lunceford) play a unique mix of traditional French music, Bal Musette from the cafes of Paris, and original compositions.
$20 advance/$23 door.
Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin
Jazz Ensemble!
Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 PM
Mariah Parker is an accomplished composer, bandleader, pianist and santurist. Her world class jazz band features Grammy award-winning woodwind virtuoso Paul McCandless (Oregon; Paul Winter Consort), Matthew Montfort (pioneering guitar master of Ancient Future), bassist and cellist Kash Killion (Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor), and global percussionist Ian Dogole (Hamza el Din).
Don’t miss this exciting ensemble as they take you on a passionate musical journey at OCA’s acoustic sweet spot!
$22 advance/$26 door.
OCA is pleased to kick off our ‘First Fridays’ Music series with the popular
French Oak Gypsy Band!
Friday, August 3rd 7:30 PM
Come on down after the Farmer’s Market! Fine wine and beer for sale; other refreshments by donation. DANCE SPACE !
$15 at the door. No reservations needed! Doors open at 7pm.
French Oak Gypsy Band features the vocals of Stella Heath with Gabe Pirard on guitar, Jimmy Inciardi on saxophone, Zach Morris on drums and Skyler Stover on Bass.
In the Gallery
OCA’s art gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM and during event intermissions. Are you an artist? Join our artist email list for upcoming exhibit entry announcements!
Current exhibit: “Call & Response” June 8 – July 29th; features Adam Wolpert, Victoria Wagner & Dave Gordon.
Upcoming exhibits:
“Silver Linings” featuring the artwork of SRJC students, August 3rd – 26th; reception Aug. 4th
Pointless Sisters’ Annual Art Quilt Show – August 31st – September 30th; reception Sept. 1st
Classes & News
Massage Therapy Space for Rent
The Redwood Needle acupuncture practice in Harmony Village has space for rent to a practitioner – contact Dennis von Elgg for more information, 510-725-2292
Gentle Yoga Occidental
Wednesdays 9 – 10:15 am
Experience the skilled and nurturing teachings of Gail Saunders CYT of Smiling Tree Yoga in OCA’s classroom; ongoing. Drop-ins welcomed. Mats and equipment provided. This is a popular offering! Please contact Gail directly at
Occidental Center for the Arts
Reader’s Theatre Group
Interested? We meet 7 – 9 pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3820 Doris Murphy Court. Come check out the diverse, creative selections this talented group chooses to read–short plays, essays, poems, short stories, original works, even T-shirts! For more information, email Joan Ambrosini   FREE
Drop-in Figure Drawing Class
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:30 pm
3820 Doris Murphy Court (Art Classroom)
$15, payable in class
Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials. All experience and skill levels welcome. Live models, 5-20 minute poses. For more information, contact Pieter Myers at
NEWS: You Can Now Donate your Car, Boat or RV to Raise Money for OCA!
Call 855-500-7433 or visit the CARS website. They will make an appointment to pick up your unwanted car, boat or RV and recycle it. Proceeds benefit the Occidental Center for the Arts, and you get a tax write-off. It’s simple, fast, and easy.
Work Days at OCA:
Be a part of the building of the new lobby for your local Arts Center! For more information, contact Chris Riebli at or 707-321-8826.