February 2019

OAC Newsletter
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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 4, 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 2019. There are several positions open on the Board. If you are interested in Photography, Public Relations or Film and would like to be a part of this important group please call 805-646-0117 for further information. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Art Center and in many ways responsible for the success of the last 80 years. If you love the arts and want to get involved in this vital community organization let us know. Come to the annual meeting to see what we do! 

“NIGHT MUST FALL” was the first play ever done at the Art Center Theater in 1939. This Agatha-Christie style murder mystery relies not only on “whodunit,” but why-dunnit, and will he be stopped before he does it again? The show was a great success in 1939 and set the Art Center off into years of successful offerings. It was written by Emlyn Williams, a Welsh actor who was frustrated by the lack of roles suitable for him, so he wrote this so he could star. Turned out to be a great move, because he subsequently had a long and successful career not only as an actor but as a writer; he also wrote the beloved play, “The Corn is Green.” 

“Night Must Fall” was turned into a movie in 1937, starring Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell and Dame May Whitty. Montgomery and Russell were nominated for Oscars for their measured and heart stopping performances. Directed by Richard Camp. Dates are February 15 to March 10. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets call 805-640-8797 or go to


ART... Long-time Ojai Studio Artist, Valerie Freeman, is hosting a solo exhibit highlighting treasured pieces she's created over the past decades of her career. The exhibit opens February 1, 2019 with an accompanying silent auction through Feb. 23.  Open to the public, a reception and Live Auction on February 23 from 2-4 p.m. will benefit several local non-profits organizations, including Ojai Land Conservancy, the Ojai Valley Community Hospital, Ojai Music Festival, Help of Ojai and Humane Society of Ventura County. All auction winners may select a non-profit for the profits to benefit. The artwork includes nature-inspired paintings, sculptures and photographs. Freeman, who like many in the community experienced displacement during the Thomas Fire, hopes the exhibit will bring added support and unity to the place she calls home. A pre-view gallery of the auction items may be reviewed online at

The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch kicks off its 2019 roster of speakers, Celeste Weingardt and Irene Henry, with two women who successfully survived the problematic situation of living with a brother who is an alcoholic. In their new book, “In The Drink: Surviving The Alcoholic,” they chart not only the course their own journey took, but incorporated the experiences of others as well. The public is invited to join Celeste and Irene on February 11, 7:00 p.m. in the Ojai Art Center gallery for their talk on the genesis for their book, their writing and publishing process, and how you can take steps to protect yourself in a relationship with an alcoholic. Friends and long-time residents of Ventura, Celeste and Irene never planned to write a book about living with an alcoholic relative. However, when they accidentally learned that they each had a brother suffering from alcoholism after both brothers were diagnosed with cancer, “In The Drink: Surviving The Alcoholic” was born.
  • The 42nd Annual Art in the Park will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 25 & 26. We are accepting applications from artists who work in “fine art” categories only. To learn more go to our website – ojaiartcenter.orgDeadline to apply is March 8.
  • If you’ve attended any events in the theater in the last few years, you may have noticed the seats were less than desirable (a little hard on the bum).  That has all changed.  After a very successful fundraising campaign new comfortable seats have been installed. Join us for a party to celebrate. Sunday, February 3, 2-4 p.m. 
  • We sadly announce the passing of Edmund Andreas Arredondo. He was a Lifetime Member, served on the Board of Trustees, a costumer, producer of special events, performer and make-up artist. His contributions to the Art Center are too long to list.  We are gathering to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.  Please join us. 



  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292 
  • DANCING WITH PARKINSON'S, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, JEANINE AMES, 805-207-5225
  • LEARNING TO READ MUSIC, 3:30 PM, ages 4-6 yrs, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292 
  • ARGENTINE TANGO, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, STEPHEN BAUER, 805-646-7355 (1st & 3rd Mon]
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, AARON WESTERBERG, 661-678-3634
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • DEVADANCE, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, JAMI DEVA, 808-365-2221
  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 4:00 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • OIAI DANCE, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, PAUL SULZMAN, 323-273-7285
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, RICHARD FRANKLIN, 805-646-2770
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • IMPROV, 11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM, JOHN MEDEIROS. 818-648-9540 (RR)
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