The Ojai Art Center (OAC) has eight branches -- each offering their featured performances and events -- and hosts a series of classes and special events such as Art in the Park and Jammin' at the AC. Our mission, since we opened our doors in 1939, has been to support and advance the interest of the arts within our community. Please feel free to come down and enjoy all we have to offer the valley. We encourage you to consider becoming a member which will bring you the satisfaction of supporting the arts on a local level as well as providing you discounts on theatre productions, discounts on activity fees, art purchases, events and our monthly newsletter.
MUSIC…Before we pack it up for the year we decided to have one mo’ music event. On Saturday, August 15, the first ever Ojai Blues Fest will be held on our back patio from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tommy Marsh has arranged a line-up of great blues artists including his band, Crooked Eye Tommy, Deb Ryder, Shawn Jones and Alastair Greene. Of course there will be food trucks and beverages.
$25 general admission
$20 Art Center members
PHOTO… John Ferritto, is a long time Ventura resident, and has had a lifelong interest in photography. He learned photography in high school using a 4 by 5 Crown Graphic to photograph sports and other events for the school newspaper. Growing up in New York City, John had the opportunity to visit many museums and galleries which helped formulate his style. He was fortunate that his high school had a photography club which gave him the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of photography. He worked summers saving money to buy his first toy, a Mamiyaflex C2. As a youth, he had two uncles who were photographers; both instilled in him the essence of composition. At that time black and white negatives were the only thing he could afford and many hours were spent in the darkroom printing images. In 1959, he purchased a Bessler 45MCX enlarger which he still had until recently. While fully committed to the digital age, it was hard to part with it. It is totally amazing how the last decade has transformed photography. The digital sensors give a 12 stop light range with the capability of making large prints.
Art Branch Presents Suns and Shadows
August 8th - September 3rd
If it’s August it’s time for our annual summer exhibit. This year’s theme is Sun and Shadows. It is an open, juried show. Cash awards will be given to first, second and third place. Take-in for artwork is Friday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details...
Become an Art Center Member
Become an Art Center Member and support the arts in Ojai:
- Individual Membership: $45
- Family Membership: $60 (Family membership includes 2 children under 18 years of age.)
- Student Membership: $30
- Senior Membership: $30
- Business Membership: $175 (Includes 4 individual memberships, events listed on OAC site, monthly newsletter link, social media support, facilities rental discounts, marketing materials distributed at Art in the park and OAC calendar.)