January 2019

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The annual Free Preview of the Art Center Theater’s new season takes place Sunday, January 6th at 7 p.m. at the Theater. You’ll be treated to a delicious array of scenes and music, followed by an equally delectable sampling of light refreshments. Come see songs, drama and comedy excerpts from our 80th Anniversary season:  

  • “Night Must Fall” is a revival of the first show ever done at the Art Center and will launch our anniversary celebration.  It’s a British murder mystery in the Agatha Christie vein.
  • “The Miser,” by Moliere, brings us an updated look at this 17th century classic that still has much to say about money, greed and family dynamics. But, hilarious, in Moliere’s inimitable way. 
  • You’ll tap your feet and maybe sing along to a number from the summer musical, “Mamma Mia!” a musical that only exists for people to have fun. 
  • A very funny scene from “Bless Your Heart” follows -a play about evolution, religion and Elvis. 
  • Finishing off with a delightful song from the Christmas musical, “Seussical, the Musical!” 
  • Interspersed throughout will be short interviews with the show’s directors and you’ll find out how you can win a portrait in oil of yourself (or a loved one), by noted Ojai artist Duane Eells, or dinner for two at the exquisite Ojai Valley Inn.

Free show, free food, and a look at the wonderful 80th anniversary season. Season tickets are now available for purchase – go to or pick up a form at the Art Center.

AUDITIONS…. For “THE MISER” by Moliere (translation by David Chambers), directed by Paul Sulzman  are:
  • Sunday, January 13th 1:00 – 5:00pm @ Theater
  • Monday, January 14th 7:00 – 9:00pm @ Raymund Room
  • Tuesday, January 15th 7:00 – 9:00pm @ Raymund Room 
Please call for an appointment 323-273-7285 or just drop by!

"The Miser" is a classic farce written by Molière, first performed in 1668. It details the story of a wealthy and unpleasant miser--Harpagon--and his children. His daughter Elise wants to marry Valere, (a recent employee of her father), while his son Cleante wishes to marry Marianne, a young woman new to the district. Unbeknownst, Harpagon also wishes to wed Marianne while promising both of his children to others. The play unfolds with a mysterious theft of a moneybox filled with wealth. There is also much plotting and scheming, musical interludes, rascally servants, wealthy gentlemen, mistaken identities and a cop. For roles and character breakdown and further audition information, please go to


There is no gallery exhibit in January to allow for refurbishing of gallery floor. The Gallery Committee has scheduled exciting exhibits for 2019.
  • February – Valerie Freeman 
  • March – Dyan Berk 
  • April – the annual Great Art Theft
  • May – Tammy Bennett
  • June – Fiber Arts
  • July – Duane Eells
  • August – annual summer themed show (tba)
  • September –Ojai Raptors
  • October – Ojai Studio Artists
  • November – Day of the Dead
  • December – tba
If you are interested in displaying your work, especially three dimensional, call 805-646-0117.

MUSIC... Launching the Art Center's 2019 season of chamber music is returning violinist Yue Deng. 

Although classically trained, Yue can also be heard on recordings of Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Josh Groban, Johnny Mandel, Willy Nelson and Dionne Warwick. She performed live with Michael Buble, Bill Charlap, Dave Grusin, and Randy Newman. Her filmography includes soundtracks for No God No Master (as featured soloist), Invictus and In Her Sleep. In 2007 Decca released her album with renowned French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet titled Ogermann: Violin and Piano Works. Grammy Award winner Roger Kellaway arranged and composed music for their jazz CD Both Sides Now. As concertmaster, Yue led the Pacific Shores Philharmonic's inaugural season at Libbey Bowl in 2012. The following year Yue premiered Miguel del Aguila's composition Silence on the west coast. Yue has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Birdland, and Disney Concert Hall. Yue is joined by long time associate, cellist Virginia Kron, for Gliere's Eight Pieces for Violin and Cello. Ms. Deng will also perform solo pieces by Bach, Telemann and Reger.

Tickets sold only at the door: $15 general admission, $12 Art Center members and students. For further information, call 805-640-1158 or visit our website.
MORE... 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 –  Deadline to apply is March 8.
Save the date… the Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers will be Monday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. We would love all of you to join us for this once a year get together of the Board of Trustees and the members of the Art Center.
Drawing Classes, “From Still Life to Imagination” will be taught by Bonnie Caruk Riege starting January 23, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Register by calling 805-640-1491 or
As 2018 ends we are filled with gratitude for all blessings of the past year: the tireless work of the many volunteers, the guidance of the Board of Trustees, the support of our members and donors and the continued endorsement of the community.  2019 is the 80th birthday of the Art Center. We are proud and thrilled. Stay tuned as we plan celebrating all year long. 



  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:30 - 11:30 AM and 4:30 - 6:30 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292 
  • DANCING WITH PARKINSON'S, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, JEANINE AMES, 805-207-5225
  • ARGENTINE TANGO, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, STEPHEN BAUER, 805-646-7355 (1st & 3rd Mon]
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, MARY KENNEDY, 805-757-3712
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • DEVADANCE, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, JAMI DEVA, 386-527-3020
  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, 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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