Ojai Valley Artists has a variety of artists in all mediums. Feel free to look through their work.
Borboli Arvai: Felt Artist
Borboli is a visual artist/performer who has worked in several mediums and many theatrical projects over the years. In OVA, she sells her passion for needle felting. She fell in love with this art form in 2007.
Jim Bayless: Jeweler
Jim 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.
Christine Beirne: Painter
My route as a painter is a little circular. My first painting was a landscape when I was 12 years old. I have to admit — it was very good! There is a saying among artists that it takes 100 paintings to get a good one…this was my one good one for a long time…my paintings were a complete mess after that.
David Blackburn: Woodworker
Creativity 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 the infinite combinations in geometric patterns and vivid contrasts afforded especially by the exotic varieties.
Heidi Bradbury: Painter
Heidi 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 equestrian and beginning to paint reined cow and cutting horses, the models for which she also rides.
Cathy & Steve Brandt: Jewelers
Cathy & Steve Brandt, formerly of “Gem Quest Jewelers” have been designing and creating jewelry works of art for many years.
Cathy was a partner at Main Street Jewelers in Ventura prior to taking over Gem Quest.
Steve Brandt has been an Ojai resident and local jeweler at Ojai Jewelry Creations since 1975.
Tanya Burke: Knitter
As 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 University in the 60’s, I was part of a group of young women who would study and knit…
Andre Christou: Jeweler
Andre was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the renowned Neumann Design Institute found by Hans Newmann.
Kristen Clawson: Ceramist
My 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.
Nancy Currey: Ceramist
As 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 soggy with water. Play-Doh proved a big improvement, Fimo even more so.
Sharon Curtis: Jeweler
My love for designing and making jewelry came from years as a production artist at a small university. That experience taught me much about basic design elements and resulted in a strong urge to create more personal and three dimensional art. After a few jewelry making classes, tutorials, etc., I was hooked. I have been learning and practicing new techniques ever since. I am a perfectionist and strive for the highest level of craftsmanship.
David Paul Dobek: Painter
David Paul Dobek, is a modernist painter using acrylic on canvas.
Duane Eells: Painter
Duane Eells is an American portrait and figurative painter. His work is inspired by his love of the great masters of the past. He strives to find beauty, emotion and essence in the human figure, combining traditional methods balanced with contemporary art styles.
Margo Eidson: Ceramist
Linda Fox: Jeweler
Linda 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.
Carlos Grasso: Painter
Carlos Grasso’s personal journey began in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his parents encouraged his interest in the arts, particularly music. As a young adult, while studying figure drawing in workshops, he also studied both piano and flute at the National Conservatory of Music before moving to Paris, where he worked as a professional flautist for 15 years.
Linda Harmon: Jeweler
Nancy Horwick: Painter
Nancy 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. She’s a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, Carpinteria Valley Arts Council, and SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting the Environment.)
Deborah Lyon: Photographer
Life is full of mystery and there’s beauty to be found everywhere and in everything, yet sometimes I have to look deep into things to find it. Often, when I pick up my camera, it brings my attention to how connected we all are to each other and to all things, as well as to the space everything appears in. The camera and lens are tools I use to express it, even in portraiture.
Vera Maguire: Ceramist
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 moved back to Europe. Vera had a ceramic studio in the Netherlands for 20 years and moved back to Ventura in 2013 to start a new studio.
Siyooj Maroly: Portrait Artist
Hey All! Thanks for joining me. I am Siyooj, local artist from beautiful Ventura, Ca. I am blessed with the passion of capturing ‘moments in time’ in the form of portraits, each expressing a story of its own.
Robert McFall: Photographer
It 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 primary medium to capture and record the countless aspects of our lives and world around us…nature, landscapes, people, places and events. I look for beauty in the grand, awesomeness of nature, but also in the detail of the small, sometimes overlooked ordinary scene.
Patty McFall: Jeweler/Sculptor
I 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 wasn’t important that I knew ahead of time if it would be a success – there was just joy in the doing.
Gayle Whitley Minjarez: Jeweler
Looking 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 years of teaching in Temple City, we moved to Santa Barbara, California. There were no teaching positions available at that time so I opened a ceramic studio.
Martha Moran: Sculptor
Inspired 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.
Virginia Pierce: Painter
My work is an expression of my ever changing life experiences. It is all about light and atmosphere. I have a broad range of artistic expression, from bronze casting, oil painting, terra-cotta, to my current body of work which is comprised of landscapes and florals in watercolor and pastel or both.
I have been classically trained in painting and drawing from a young age from my father who was a professional artist.
Carole Cromwell Paddock: Ceramist
William Prosser: Painter
I have been drawing since I was a little kid, so it was natural for me to fall into painting, which is really only drawing with paint. In the beginning, I think all painting artists copy photographs, learning form and color, and then study other artist’s work to gain an understanding of technique, and then seek out artists to learn their ‘secrets.’
Megan Rider: Jeweler
This jewelry business started with an itch to be more creative and a gut feeling that I had a lot more to share with others.
For almost a decade I was working as an interior designer in LA and quickly burning out from trying to keep up with perfection, clients and external goals. I needed an outlet for self expression, personal creativity and taking a risk on my intuition.
Robin Riley: Ceramist
Sherri Sanchez: Mosaic Artist
I 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 boundaries of my imagination. My search for materials takes me to Gem shows in Tucson, antique markets in every city and Mosaic Conferences in Nashville, Tacoma and San Diego.
Ben Stein: Woodworker
Since 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 friends and I would personally challenge myself to produce more difficult designs. My family and friends suggested that I start selling to the public.
Liz Tallakson: Pastel Artist
After retiring from education, I discovered art and all of its possibilities. Having grown up in Montana and having hiked the majestic Sierras for years, I was thrilled to find a way to share my vision of these wonderful places with others. It is this appreciation of nature that has been a compelling component of my artwork. Each location and experience have combined to infuse my work with my unique expression of this reality – in content, color, and atmosphere.
Valerie Sage Townley: Painter
Valerie 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.
Sandy Treadwell: Portrait Artist
Sandy’s portraits of people and animals are done in charcoal on paper mounted on board. He has had solo shows, and his work has been bought by collectors in Arizona, California and New York.
Kristy Vantrease: Painter
Kristy 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 raising a family on the East Coast she returned to Ojai from Connecticut in 1995.
Peggy Watson: Glass Artist
I became interested in glass art many years ago. I started taking classes fifteen years ago and found true satisfaction in the expression of glass shapes and colors.
Glass Fusion is the art of cutting glass shapes, designing a plate or bowl or stand-up art, and firing the glass at very high temperatures until it melts together. Then a form to create shape is selected and the glass is fired again.
Julie Wellings: Ceramist
Julie 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 with motifs drawn from nature.
Gerry Wilson: Photographer
Gerry was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Wilson’s first fascination with photography was aboard the Battleship USS New Jersey. His inspiration was a Life Magazine photographer who was assigned to record a nine month “cruise book” documenting his ship in Vietnam. After completing service, he moved to California and received his art degree in photography.
Karen Wu: Painter
Karen as been painting for many years, beginning as a child, with the help of a very talented mother, also an artist. She continued taking art courses throughout her schooling, studying under Dora Rivet during her Jr. College years in Minnesota. Begining with oils, she has found painting with acrylics to be her preferred method.
Ellen WohlstadterCeramist Ellen 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...