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Ojai Art Center

Member Newsletter
February 2022
Happenings at the OAC...
We start the month off with the Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers. Members and the public are invited to come and rub elbows with actors, dancers, musicians, poets, artists, and all assorted artistic types on Monday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. 

The evening begins with brief reports from the branch chairs highlighting last year’s events and projecting things to come. This is followed by the election of the Board of Trustees with the membership voting in the officers for 2022. If there are covid restrictions that require cancelling or changing the meeting we will contact the membership by email. We ask you to be vaccinated to attend meeting. 
Theater...
 
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike continues through February 13th. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this playful Chekhov parody from the offbeat mind of Christopher Durang offers siblings who bicker and dicker, drink liquor and snicker in an old farmhouse on the Bucks County, Pennsylvania cherry orchard. Movie-star sister, Masha, dresses up as Spike dresses down to the delight of (almost) everyone. Directed by Taylor Kasch. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. For reservations and further information call 805-640-8797 or visit ojaiact.org.
 
A staged reading of THIS IS A PLAY will take place February 25th at 7:00 p.m.  Enter into the world of the actors during a play. THIS IS A PLAY allows the audience to hear what the actors are thinking during the performance of a play. Gai Jones, Director, presents the talented actors: Suzy Thatcher (as Older Female), Denise Heller (Female Actor), David Taylor (Male Actor) and Buddy Wilds (The Composer). Jerry Montanez is Lighting Operator.

Audience will enter through the backstage/downstage doors to be able to enter into the actors' world of the play. There will be audience seating onstage.Tickets will be on sale only at the backstage door from 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for $10.00, cash or checks accepted.
Music...

The Ojai Art Center Music Branch announces "Ojai Sessions,” a once a month opportunity for musical fellowship and performance, all levels welcome. Whether you come to listen, learn skills, or gain skill and pleasure by performing with others, this new group welcomes you. Led by Robin Riley, a Celtic fiddler, the focus is on having fun so grab your instrument and come along. All you need is a love of music and an open heart. Donations taken at the door with all proceeds going to support the Art Center. 

Sessions will begin Sunday, February 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Raymund Room and repeat on Sundays March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5. Any questions contact Robin at 805-252-5361or Linda Harmon at 805-223-0850.
 
CHAMBER CONCERT…Please join cellist Virginia Kron and pianist Miriam Arichea for an afternoon of delightful music that includes Rachmaninoff's evocative Sonata for Cello and Piano and the world premier of Ojai's own Jimmy Calire's jazzy Jazzical Cello SonataSunday, February 20 (time to be announced.) $20 exact change donation recommended ~ just drop your donation in the box at the entrance. This is an indoor event with no seating restrictions. Proof of vaccination and masking is required at the Ojai Art Center. For more information contact (805) 640-1158. 
Art...

Trisha Van Cleef exhibits during the month of February. In 2004, Paul Whitehead began making art as Trisha van Cleef. Trisha emerged from Paul’s interest in cross dressing, all things feminine and gender bending, and it was only a matter of time before Paul wondered what kind of art Trisha would make.

Her artistic style and approach to making art is completely different to Paul’s. Almost as reaction to Paul’s labor and time intensive draftsmanship and realistic painting, the use of perspective and visual illusions in his well constructed paintings, Trisha’s approach is spontaneous and emotional, more “in the moment”. She works very fast, without any intellectual purpose except to express the joy of creating, often taking only 20 minutes to complete a piece. 

They have had several “One man – One woman” art shows together in both the U.S. and Europe. They both make their own type of Sand Paintings and have live painting performances as bands play on stage. Reception is Saturday, Feb. 26, 7 - 9 p.m. Please check the Art Branch page on our website to find a complete listing of activities Paul/Trisha will have during the month. 

Art in the Park Applications are now being accepted through March 20th. If you are a fine artist and would like to join us Memorial Weekend as an exhibitor, apply online or download the application
Classes & More...
Classes:

Monday
Dance, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Isha Ferrez, 805-707-4443

Thursday
Life Drawing -  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Richard Franklin, 805-701-5246

Dance - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Isha Ferrez, 805-707-4443

Saturday
Dance - 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Isha Ferrez, 805-707-4443


Meetings:

  • THEATRE BRANCH, 1ST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 P.M.
  • BOARD OF TRUSTEES, 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 P.M.
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