Susan H. Dunbar

Susan H. Dunbar

Susan DunbarJewelerI merge traditional smithing techniques with precious metal clay. Exploring the possibilities is exciting to me. Coming from a ceramic clay background (see that side of me at http://www.dunbarstudios.com) I find PMC to be user-friendly and smithing lights...

Elaine Unzicker

Elaine Unzicker

Elaine UnzickerJewelerChain mail is an original material to use in wearable art as it is associated with war. Looking closely though, you can see the web of interlocking metal rings which represent our connection and dependence upon each other. Each ring interlocks...

OVA Arts – Experience Ojai’s Vibrant Art Scene

OVA Arts – Experience Ojai’s Vibrant Art Scene

Welcome to Ojai Valley Artists OVA is a unique art gallery in the heart of Ojai's downtown.  Offering collections from many diverse and talented local artisans. We are open Monday - Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Hallie Katz

Hallie Katz

Hallie KatzJeweler  About Hallie Katz     Inspired by a teacher in a high school jewelry class in North Hollywood, CA, I made up my mind then and there: I would make jewelry for the rest of my life! I studied art and metalsmithing at Cal State...

Susan Hugo

Susan Hugo

Susan HugoJewelryI have been designing, creating and making all of my life. As a teenager in the 70's I hammered brass hippie style earrings, tie dyed and batiked fabric. I couldn't find the patterns to make the clothing I wanted so I studied fashion design. I worked...

Claudia Abderhalden

Claudia Abderhalden

Claudia Abderhalden JewelryBorn and raised in Switzerland, I have been living in Santa Barbara, California since 1997 where I completed an interior design program in 2003. After attending jewelry classes at the Santa Barbara Continuing Education Program, I found my...

Ted Gall

Ted Gall

Theodore Gall SculptorTheodore Gall began his career in the arts in the mid-sixties as an animator for teaching films. He has been working in metal since his early days as an artist. Although his work has not been limited to the human form it has been his primary...

Ellen Wohlstadter

Ellen Wohlstadter

Ellen WohlstadterCeramistEllen is a locally recognized studio potter. Her creative journey began over 25 years ago after a fulfilling carrier in the record industry. Initially ceramics was a great hobby, a stress release from her busy entrepreneurial life. As she...

Julie Wellings

Julie Wellings

Julie WellingsCeramistJulie is an owner of OVA as well as being a founder and Director of Ojai Pottery and Clay School. Her passion for working in clay motivates her to explore a range of ceramic expression from functional ware to bowls shaped like flowers to carvings...

Kristy Vantrease

Kristy Vantrease

Kristy VantreasePainterKristy Vantrease was born in Ojai, California and is a third generation Ojai resident. She studied Fine Art at the University of Maryland and for the next ten years painted exclusively in oils both on canvas and masonite. After living and...

Sandy Treadwell

Sandy Treadwell

Sandy TreadwellPortrait ArtistSandy Treadwell has been New York Secretary of State and, years before, a reporter for Sports Illustrated. He and his wife Libby moved to Ojai from Upstate New York to be near their Los Angeles-based family. In 2014 he fulfilled a...

Valerie Sage Townley

Valerie Sage Townley

Valerie Sage TownleyPainterValerie lived most of her life in the tropics on a remote beach in Costa Rica where canvas was impossible to find. Driftwood became her canvas. She uses mixed media of metallic and acrylic paint, torn paper and ink. Now in California her...

Sherri Sanchez

Sherri Sanchez

Sherri SanchezMosaic ArtistI have loved glass my whole adult life! Starting with stained glass, then owning a bead store and now mosaics where I combine both glass and beads. Making mosaics is part of my spiritual practice , where I find serenity and push the...

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Ben SteinWoodworkerSince day one, I have always been very passionate about art and crafts. It is important to pay close attention to detail. Woodworking and making cutting boards started out as a hobby. I started by making cutting boards as gifts for family and...

Robin Riley

Robin Riley

Robin RileyCeramistRobin is a ceramic artist who opened Matilija Studio in 2005. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and the beauty of Ojai Valley she strives to create vessels reminiscent of the arts and crafts movement with a contemporary twist. Whether its...

Martha Moran

Martha Moran

Martha MoranSculptorInspired by the ancient art of rockstacking, Martha brings a fresh take to a tradition as old as human history. She works with stones she finds inherently sculptural — mixing semi-precious stones with found rocks, boulders as well as copper. A...

Gayle Whitley Minjarez

Gayle Whitley Minjarez

Gayle Whitley MinjarezJewelerLooking back at your own history is a real TRIP. After college in the 60's as a design and art history major, I became an art teacher. My first piece of jewelry was a pair of handmade wedding rings for my husband and I in 1970. After 7...

Robert McFall

Robert McFall

Robert McFallPhotographerIt is my belief that art, in it’s many creative and expressive forms, is an essential element to a whole, healthy and enriched life. While studying and practicing numerous art forms throughout my life, I ultimately pursued photography as my...

Patty McFall

Patty McFall

Patty McFallJeweler/SculptorI liked making things before I knew I was an artist. Early on it didn’t matter if it was painting murals on my kids’ walls or building a dog house. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know “how” to do any of it or even have the right tools. It...

Vera Maguire

Vera Maguire

Vera MaguireCeramist  Vera loves to go sailing, yoga, work on her ceramics, cooking, writing and laughing with friends over a glass of wine at the beach. Vera started in 1994 with ceramics at Ventura College in Ventura California and the following year, 1995 she...

Nancy Horwick

Nancy Horwick

Nancy HorwickPainterNancy is a long-time Ojai resident and painter. A former student of established British trompe l’oeil painter Robert Walker, she has studied with other American artists she admires, such as David Leffel, Jennifer McChristian, and Robert Burridge....

Carlos Grasso

Carlos Grasso

Carlos Grasso Paintings - Mixed Media  About Carlos Grasso Visionary Artist and Compulsive Visual Explorer. Abstracts and Still Life Carlos Grasso’s personal journey began in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his parents encouraged his...

Linda Fox

Linda Fox

Linda FoxJewelerLinda inherited her fascination of rocks and jewelry from her father, a certified gemologist & G.I.A. graduate. They went on many rock trips as a kid. At the University of California at Santa Barbara she received her bachelor of fine arts degree....

Sharon Curtis

Sharon Curtis

Sharon CurtisJewelerI’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, trying many forms of arts & crafts over the years. I finally settled on jewelry fabrication as the one that really stokes my passion to create.As a silversmith, I create unique jewelry using mainly...

Nancy Currey

Nancy Currey

Nancy Currey CeramistAs a kid obsessed with Jeanie's posh bottle home (prison?) in the 1970's fantasy sitcom reruns I Dream of Jeanie, I first tried making a multi-sided bottle from construction paper, tape and scissors. It was a bad hose: flimsy, uninhabitable and...

Kristen Clawson

Kristen Clawson

Kristen ClawsonCeramistMy start in ceramics was a gift from my mother, also a potter. Little did she realize that when she gave me her kiln, wheel and glaze materials that she was starting me on something that would be much more than a hobby. It is a lifelong passion....

Tanya Burke

Tanya Burke

Tanya BurkeKnitterAs a young girl of approximately 10 years of age, I was taught to knit and crochet by my grandmother Florence. I believe it was her way of giving some relief to a poor mother of a very hyperactive child. While I was in college at Michigan State...

Heidi Bradbury

Heidi Bradbury

Heidi BradburyPainterHeidi Bradbury is principally a watercolorist but has a substantial background in other media such as oils, acrylics, and color pencils. Her Yosemite art was exhibited and sold at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. She is an...

David Blackburn

David Blackburn

David BlackburnWoodworkerCreativity is a gift and reflection of the Master Designer.  It’s that incredible beauty of design in nature which inspires me as an artist.  I’m particularly fascinated by the possibilities of complexity and fluidity in burl wood as well as...

Christine Beirne

Christine Beirne

Painter ​My extensive travels through national forests, parks, preserves as well as the California coastline inspire my work. I explore light, shadow and sound with color and texture on a hard surface that allows me to respond to my environment with a physicality that...

Jim Bayless

Jim Bayless

Jim BaylessJewelerJim Bayless specializes in lapidary and sets his stones in hand fabricated sterling silver and 14K gold. Sometimes he sneaks in unique fossils and bones to surprise and delight his customers. Come and enjoy his wonderful sense of design.