Vol. 14, No. 26 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 2021 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Storytelling Festival (October 28-31, 2021) will present acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis at this year’s 20 Ojai Storytelling Festival. In addition to his performances, he will also be conduction a workshop on the “Art of Storytelling”. Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. While he heard many traditional stories about Jack and other heroic characters, he was most attracted to the stories of his own family and places of origin. During his twenty-five-year career as a United Methodist Minister, Donald began to use stories more and more. He was also asked to begin performing at festivals and in other settings until he retired from the church to tell stories full time. The author of eighteen books and more than forty original recordings, Donald is the recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Stoytelling Network. Davis was at the very first Ojai Festival and is returning again to headline this year’s festival. Tickets for the festival are available at www.ojaistoryfest.org.

Ever wish you could be involved in an art heist? In three weeks, you can feel like you have by joining the Great Art Theft 2021 at the Ojai Art Center. For the price of a ticket, you can feel the rush as you and the other bandits sip cocktails and picnic on the patio while you await the chance to pluck a beautiful piece of fine art off the gallery wall or sculpture from its pedestal.

Prospective burglars may purchase a ticket for $85. Join your community for an afternoon of great fun at this annual fundraiser, Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 3–6 p.m.

The Art Center finessed over 70 pieces from the best artists in town to donate their work for the event. Peter Fox will emcee the afternoon as names of attendees are called for their chance to pilfer the artwork they covet. Tell the driver to keep it running out front. You might pull off one of the biggest heists of the year!

This year will be different. The gathering and drawing of names will be at tables on the patio. Everyone will receive a mini-picnic box of yummy goodies to enjoy along with beer, wine, and our surprise special drink.”- Teri Mettala, OAC executive director.

Some of the artists on display are Mark Tovar, Patrish Kuebler, Karen Lewis, Sandy Treadwell, Duane Danmeyer, Richard Franklin, Celeste Evans, Tom Hardcastle, Leslie Marcus, James Menzel Joseph, and many more.

It’s an enjoyable afternoon out-of-doors that benefits the Ojai Art Center. Because of the previous year’s restrictions due to COVID-19, financial assistance is greatly appreciated as the Center plans for 2022.

Tickets are on sale online or at the Center’s office during regular business hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to the Ojai Art Center, located at 113 S. Montgomery St. For more information, call the Art Center at (805)-646-0117 or go online at www.ojaiartcenter.org.

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