May 2019

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We start the month off with one of our favorite events The Great Art TheftWhere Great Art is a Steal - a benefit to raise funds for renovations and improvements. The Art Center is 80 years old this year. She looks pretty good for her age but could use a little help. Last year we upgraded the lights in the gallery and showcases, painted and redid the gallery walls and installed a new heating and air conditioning system. We recently refurbished our beautiful maple floor. There is more to be done. We’re looking into solar and refurbishing the Raymund Room.

At the Great Art Theft, local artists have donated pieces to be on display starting April 6. Throughout the month come view the art, pick your favorite(s) and by a ticket. For the mere price of $80, you can own an original piece of art donated by these artists (art valued at much more than the price of a ticket.) When you buy a ticket, your name is put in a basket and drawn one by one at the gala on Sunday, May 5. As your name is called you choose your favorite piece. The party starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Art Center. 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served. This year because the gala falls on Cinco De Mayo our featured drink will be margaritas. Woo hoo.  

The 42nd Annual Art in the Park will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 25 & 26, in beautiful Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. The Art Center has hosted this popular event for over 4 decades. It started many years ago as an opportunity for local artists exhibit work and has gradually evolved into one of the best outdoor shows in the tri-county area. The oak lined paths of the park provide a perfect backdrop for about 80 artists showing a variety of wares – everything from one of a kind jewelry to pastel paintings to ceramics, oil paintings, sculpture, and much more. Come by, meet the artists and spend a delightful day in a beautiful place. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission. Music, food trucks add to the festivities this year.


The Main Gallery will display a collection of work celebrating the human form in an exhibit called “The Figure As Art.”  Included will be 2 dimensional paintings and sketches done by artists from our figure drawing classes and the popular “push pin art” - unframed work selling for $35.00 per piece. 
D’Anira Wiseman will exhibit in the Signature Gallery. She states “my paintings are depictions of my life lessons in symbolic form. The Goddess series depict the deep connections of our energetic souls to the energies of nature and the universe. The story of my life, the good, the bad and the ugly are illustrated in acrylic paints with stories and descriptions of the life hurdles that they depict. Some of the paintings with their accompanying stories are included in my book the "The Freak of Ojai". Most of the paintings speak for themselves but I do provide an explanation about what these universal symbols represent to me.”
The Beato Showcase will display Leslie Marcus’ exciting new collection of hand painted designs printed on 55” square chiffon scarves. Leslie, who has resided in Ojai for over 20 years, is an apparel and home furnishing textile print designer. The Marcus Collection is a stunning, artistic and unique fashion statement. 

Eilam Byle as a wood worker for over 25 years in Ojai has seen his woodturnings and hollow forms shift from very focused to very raw. He loves this fine line and balancing these two different energies. He will mostly be showing woodturnings and hollow forms that reflect this journey from narrow to wide. Front Showcase.

A reception for all artists will be Saturday, May 18, 4-6 p.m. Great music, dancing, food, wine, punch, champagne.
MUSIC  Join us for Los Angeles String Kollektiv's return engagement on Sunday, May 19 at 2pm! These internationally recognized musicians can trace their roots performing together back to the mid 90's. This piano quartet concert gathers together violinist Gulia Gurevich, violist Alexander Gurevich, cellist Virginia Kron and pianist Xiao Chen.
Violinist Gulia Gurevich has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member in Carnegie Hall and throughout the United States and abroad. She appeared in more than 100 concerts with Prima Trio, including winning Grand Prix and the Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2007. 
Violist Alexander Gurevich is general manager of the New West Symphony since 2014. A former member of the Florida Philharmonic, Alexander performed in the viola sections of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, San Diego Symphony among many others.
Cellist Virginia Kron, called “accomplished” by the Los Angeles Times, was also praised by other critics for her “warm and supple cello tone, great expression, intensity, subtlety and selfless musicianship”. Since 1978 she has spent summers at music festivals including Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, and Tanglewood. 
Pianist Xaio Chen is principal musician at University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Chen performs recitals and concerts in the U.S., China, and Europe and at summer festivals including Aspen, Manchester, and Italy's Perugia Music Fest. She received her master‘s degree from Julliard and doctoral degree from UCLA.

Shifting musical gears


AN INTIMATE EVENING OF JAZZ WITH NICK MANCINI TRIO. A concert for jazz lovers featuring Nick Mancini Trio with Brad Dutz on percussion, Bruce Lett on bass and the legendary Nick Mancini on vibraphone. One night only. Friday, May 10, at 7:00 pm. Advance tickets are $20 or at the door for $25 (cash only). Doors open at 6pm, no late seating. NICK MANCINI TRIO  Nick Mancini - vibraphonist, composer, arranger, and educator - Drum magazine named him "Best Jazz Percussionist on Vibes."  Played with Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, and many others. Brad Dutz - percussionist - part of the LA avant-garde jazz scene - played with the great Frank Sinatra, Tom Petty and many others. Produced over 20 CDs, and countless TV and Film credits. Bruce Lett - bassist - versatile studio musician - toured with Alphonse Mouzon, Ernie Watts, and others-also on faculty of Thelonius Monk Institute/CSULB. "Ojai is such a gorgeous place" Nick Mancini states with anticipation and "The music we make together is spontaneous, electric, and engaging."  ​For more information, call Toni (805) 646-2247 (No Texts).

From jazz to blues...

If you are into blues music, this is the event for you! Spend the day and evening of June 1st at the OAC listening to some world-class blues, the fun begins at 1:00 p.m. and goes into the evening. Cocktails and food will be available. Performing will be: Crooked Eye Tommy, Rae Gordon, Laurie Morvan Band, Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, Kelly's Lot. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. All ages welcome. Come, relax and enjoy lots of great music!
Date/Time: June 1st / 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door
To purchase tickets in advance online, click this link.
Questions about the event, email Tommy Marsh.

THEATER Next up is our summer musical, Mama Mia. The songs of Abba will fill the halls starting June 14 through July 14. Our summer kids show this year is Annie, Kids playing in August. 



  • 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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