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Ojai Art Center

Member Newsletter
April 2022
Happenings at the OAC...
Theater...
 
STEEL MAGNOLIAS continues through April 10. Tough as steel, delicate as magnolias, and funny, loving, and supportive… the six women in Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias playing on the Art Center theater stage for a four weekend run. At Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life’s challenges together, and find comfort in one another. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00. Click here for tickets or call 805 640-8797.

Coming up next in the theater is All in the Timing, April 29 to May 15. Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award, this critically acclaimed, award winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. The ultimate wordsmith, David Ives spins hilarity out of words. Directed by Steve Grumette. Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., 805 640-8797 or ojaiact.org.
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THE MUSIC MAN AUDITIONS:
Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24 from 2 – 4 p.m. Monday, April 25 from 7 – 9 pm. Callbacks: Wednesday, April 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. 
Directed by Tracey Williams Sutton, Produced by Herb Hemming ,Music Direction by Andy Street, Choreography by Holly Irwin, Vocal Direction by Emily Redman Hall. Rehearsals begin April 30, (generally) Monday – Thursday evenings, and Saturday afternoons. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. All auditioning should prepare 16 bars from any Broadway show, including The Music Man. Everyone auditioning must sing first. We won’t provide an accompanist, so please bring a recording of the song you plan to sing. We can amplify most songs on your phone or other device. Please go to Ojaiact.org for list of roles and more info.   

See Youth Branch section for more auditions.
Art...
Tom Hardcastle will exhibit “Car Culture”  March 5th through May 4. Hardcastle celebrates over 30 years of exhibiting at the Ojai Art Center with his most recent collection of oils and pastels. His new collection, “Car Culture” explores the automobiles of yesteryear with an exciting palette of color and context, "There are so many elements beyond form and function that are engendered in the automobile: sensibility, style, attitude, and wealth to name a few. In order to capture the personality and story of each car, I approach these portraits in an organic way instead of solely mechanical,” says Hardcastle.
 
Ojai artist Gretchen Greenberg will be exhibiting recent paintings and sculpture.A pastel series "Night Gardens, Dusk until Dawn" will be in the Signature Gallery. Hand carved wood sculpture will be on display in the Lobby front showcase.


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COMING SOON:

Join us for the 45th Annual Art in the Park, May 28th & 29th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Approximately 90 artists will be featured in beautiful Libbey Park.
In addition to art exhibits, we will have live music, food trucks and children's activities. Fine art in a fine place! 

If you'd like to be an Art in the Park Sponsor, click here
 
Music...
 
Ojai Sessions will meet again on Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is 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. Any questions contact Robin at 805-252-5361or Linda Harmon at 805-223-0850. Future session – May 1.
Youth...
 
OUR YOUTH BRANCH ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS for 5th SUMMER MUSICAL, WILLY WONKA,, JR., Directed by Gai Jones, Produced by Lin Coleman. Vocal direction by Kaylie Turner, Choreography by Brianna Turner.  

DATES ARE:
APRIL 21, APRIL 22 5:00 - 7:00PM & APRIL 23, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
All Students aged 7-15 are invited to audition!  
RESERVE YOUR AUDITION DAY AND TIME BY APRIL 20.  EMAIL gaijones2013@gmail.com
Special Events...
 
COMING SOON
 
BLUES FEST 2022. Saturday, June 4th, 2:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tommy Marsh brings a ton of talent to perform on our back patio 2-9 p.m. ​ 
Scheduled to appear: GUY MARTIN, RAY JAURIQUE AND THE UPTOWN BROTHERS, SANDY HALEY, CHUCK STRONG & SRBQ, MILO SLEDGE, CROOKED EYE TOMMY
Advance ticket prices: $30. Click here for tickets.​ 
For more information, contact Crooked Eye Tommy: Booking@crookedeyetommy.com, (805) 625-1332. 
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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