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Schedule of Events
Event Archives: 2010

Four-Day Workshop with Allison Newsome
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
October 14 - 17, 2010
Cost: $375. includes materials and lunch

Allison Newsome and
Allison Newsome and "Still Life of Three"

Working from the landscape and the figure: clay sketching outside in the landscape and studying the figure model in the studio, students will create small sculptures and reliefs using hollow-form and slab construction techniques. Learn about creating larger works in several components, combining the figure and your own symbolic imagery, students will learn the art of "Once Fired" with the application of stains, slips, and glazes at all stages of the art making process. Prior experience with clay is helpful but not required.



"Weird Words"
A poetry reading featuring Polly Bee,
Tree Bernstein, and Robert Peake

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
7 pm


'Gods & Goddesses'
Presented by the Rangoli Dance Company
Saturday, July 31, 2010

7:00 pm at the Zalk Theatre
on the campus of the Besant Hill School in Upper Ojai

Rangoli Dance Company
Rangoli Dance Company

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Foundation will present the Rangoli Dance Company and artists from India, performing ‘Gods & Goddesses’ at the Zalk Theatre in Ojai on Saturday July 31st, at 7 pm.

Founded by award-winning dancer and choreographer Malathi Iyengar, the Rangoli Dance Company is a celebrated group of artists committed to preserving and promoting India’s rich heritage of classical dance & music. On July 31st they will perform in the Bharatanatyam and Folk dance styles, depicting enthralling stories of the gods and goddesses of India. The numerous deities in the Hindu Pantheon are considered manifestations of the Supreme Spirit which can take any form any time. India is a storehouse of myths and legends and these dances reveal stories that depict HIM as the infant and then the lover Krishna, the handsome king Rama, the learned Goddess Saraswati, the loyal but independent Parvati, the majestic Shiva or the benevolent Lakshmi. The presentation of is part of the Happy Valley Cultural Center’s mission to support and encourage international and intercultural understanding. The Cultural Center provides a venue for all the arts as well as for dialogues on social and scientific issues of interest to the community at large, while introducing students to diversity in both traditional and non-traditional spheres of human endeavor.


Lustre Glaze Workshop
June 17 - 20, 2010

Instructor: Myra Toth

Lustre Glaze WorkshopThe Lustre Glaze Workshop is limited to ten participants. As the studio is set up for one person, we arrange the glazing area outside under tents. It is so nice to work outside and be surrounded by the incredible view.




"Dreambox" Workshop
June 25 - 27, 2010

Instructor: Richard Flores

Dream Box Workshop
Richard Flores with Students

We recently presented the Dream Box Workshop with Richard Flores at the Center. It was a wonderful event and the Center was alive with creative energy.  

To view a video of the event, click below.

Dream Box Workshop
Students with their Unfired Works

If you are interested in participating in a future event at the Center, let us know. I promise that you'll enjoy the experience of creating art and learning new creative processes in Happy Valley.


Friday, April 2, 2010
Tabla Ecstasy & Won Joung Jin
at the Zalk Theater
7:30 pm

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
To purchase advance tickets, call the Center at 805-646-3381
or e-mail

Tabla Ecstasy
Tabla Ecstasy

On April 2, we are pleased to present Tabla Ecstasy & Won Joung Jin at the Zalk Theater. A soulful and mature ensemble, Tabla Ecstasy is an enthralling display of Indian drumming, created by Tabla Guru Pandit Divyang Vakil. This unique tabla anekbandhi (group) showcases the power of classical tabla in a form that can be appreciated by all listeners. Pleasing to the ear and technically rich, Tabla Ecstasy is highly intricate composition performed by four artists of Pandit Divyang Vakil - Rushi Vakil, Nishant Mehta, Kaumil Shah and Sahil Pael, with accompaniment on harmonium by Loren Oppenheimer. The artists have performed as soloists and members of Pandit Divyang Vakil's tabla ensembles all over India, as well as in Belgium, France, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong.  

Won Joung Jin
Won Joung Jin

A native of South Korea, Won Joung Jin has spent over 10 years in India undertaking training in not one, but two of India's classical art forms - Kathak as a student of Shreemati Shubha Desai, and tabla as a disciple of Tabla Guru Pandit Divyang Vakil. Working with leading Kathak choreographers, including Shreemati Kumudini Lakhia, Shreemati Saswati Sen and Maulik Shah, Jin has performed all over India in festivals such as the Delhi Shrinagar Dance Festival, the Jaipur Udayshankar Festival and the Kolkata Dance Festival amongst others. As a soloist, she has performed in major cities of Canada, Europe and Korea.

Infusing her own creativity into her performance, Jin is a strong, yet graceful dancer. With her deep understanding of dance and rhythm, she presents the various shades of Kathak and effectively communicates the beauty of the dance form even to those who are new to the art.  


Laura Meyer in Concert
with Special Guests Gwyneth Moreland & Michael Monko   
Saturday, March 27, 2010
7:00 pm at the Center

in the Logan Gallery

We will be presenting a solo performance by Laura Meyer, a NYC-based folk-rock artist who has performed at hundreds of venues ranging from a tiny spirit store nestled amid medieval ruins north of Dublin to the main stage at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Her new CD, Miles From Nowhere, is a collection of twenty songs inspired by 40,000 miles of touring that explores a driving, electric sound in addition to the standout finger-style playing for which she has become known. 
Laura Meyer
Laura Meyer

Watch video of Laura Meyer performing "This Land"

“Delicious, gritty guitars.”
– David Byrne, Pop Making Sense

“Elegant singing and playing... a brilliant guitarist... a poetic lyricism that not many new people have.”
- Steve Traina, WSCB Cleveland, OH

“…Tough-minded vocals, insightful lyrics and gritty guitar.”
- Michael Swanger, Des Moines Cityview

“These songs are country roads, rich with story and movement.”
- Dan D'Ippolito, Jezebel Music

The amalgam of Gwyneth Moreland's "tangible gentleness" and Michael Monko's old-timey grunge creates a captivating performance that is sure to rouse the weary. Gwyneth Moreland's passionate vocals and lyrics are soulful and steadfast. Michael Monko, having mastered the nuances of "edgy" in his previous career as heavy rock bassist, has seamlessly woven the fervency of grunge-rock into the more folk-based tunes of Gwyneth Moreland. Michael accompanies Gwyneth's voice and rhythm guitar with a variety of instruments including mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and fiddle.  


We create videos of the performances and events at the Center, to share with those who are unable to attend, as well as those who want to experience it all again. Please enjoy these excerpts of last weekend's concert, featuring Laura Meyer and Gwyneth Moreland & Michael Monko.

View Laura Meyer performing "The Ocean"

View Gwyneth Moreland & Michael Monko performing "Chess"


Event Archives: 2009


Friday, October 30, 2009
7:00 pm
Zalk Theater

Art:21 presents a diverse group of artists working in America today to enlarge the definitions and comprehension of contemporary art. By making contemporary art more accessible, the series affords viewers and students the opportunity to discover their own innate abilities to understand contemporary art and to explore possibilities for creative thinking and self-expression. 


Art:21 Educators is a year-long professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K-12 art educators interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into their classrooms. This year the Besant Hill School has been selected as one of three schools in the country to be part of this program. Over the summer, Lucia Vinograd traveled to New York City for a 5-day workshop where she worked with Art:21 staff, visiting artists, and guest presenters to develop a familiarity with contemporary art and artists as well as learn strategies for integrating related themes and working processes into the classroom. She has returned with units of study for the subsequent academic year and will be using Art:21 films and educational materials along with museum and studio visits as part of the program. Art:21 documents teacher participation and related classroom teaching in an effort to record and share best practices with other educators.

We hope that you might attend this event and learn more about this exciting program and discover how the Besant Hill School and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts are utilizing the arts to further the mission of the Happy Valley Foundation.  

"The Odyssey"

Saturday, September 19, 2009
7:00 pm
at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

The Odyssey

On Saturday, September 19th, we presented The Odyssey, a delightful, family-friendly play, bringing the story of Odysseus and the Trojan War to life. The play is an adaptation of Homer's classic by Dr. Gary Stickel, an archeologist who conducted an excavation at Achilleion, legendary birthplace of Achilles, hero of the Trojan War.  

3 on a Match

An Intimate Evening of Poetry Under the Stars
with Tree Bernstein, Paul Fericano, and Friday Lubina
Saturday, August 15th, 8:00 pm

Suggested donation for this event (which includes wine & chocolate)
is $7.00.  For reservations, please e-mail us at or call 805-646-3381.

Tree Bernstein

Tree Bernstein was head Poet Wrangler at the recent Ojai Poetry Fest where nearly 80 poets of all stripes performed their original work. She designs books for her own TreeHouse Press, and has co-written a book of ghazals with Randy Roark, titled Away

Tree Bernstein - Watch Video!
Watch Video!

Paul Fericano

Paul Fericano is the co-founder of the satiric news syndicate, Yossarian Universal News Service, and the editor of The Broadsider. He is the author of several books of poetry including Commercial Break, Cancer Quiz, and Loading the Revolver with Real Bullets, and has recently been rejected by The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review

Paul Fericano - Watch Video!
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Friday Lubina

Described as "saucy & provocative", Friday Lubina’s poetry is intended to connect with her audience through humor inspired by food, sex, lousy relationships, and even good ones that she sabotages, purely for the inspiration their demise brings. She currently hosts a poetry reading, “Friday on Saturday” at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, the last Saturday of every month.

Friday Lubina - Watch Video!
Watch Video!


The Second Annual Swallow Song Music Festival - Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 7:00 pm

This intimate evening of music under the stars was born of a visit by the composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius, who collaborated with the sound of the swallows chirping in the mud homes they create every year under the Center's eaves.

This year the event will feature three acts who truly embody the art of music:  

Abby Travis

Los Angeles singer/songwriter, and underground fashion icon Abby Travis, will offer her intoxicating blend of glam-rock, trip-hop, soul and cabaret.  

Click to watch video of Abby Travis performing
Watch video of Abby Travis
performing "Toast to the Unappreciated"
at the Swallow Song Music Festival



Audiometer, featuring Tommy Grenas and Michael Esther (both just back from a European tour with their band Farflung) will present a marriage of video and analog electronics.  

Molly Zenobia

Molly Zenobia, one of our favorite singer/songwriters, will perform "music in the shape of your heart." Molly recently relocated to Boston and we are pleased to welcome her back to the Center for this performance.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

For more information e-mail or call 805-646-3381.


Event Archives: 2008

The Second Annual BeatoFest!
Saturday, November 15, 2008 / 7:00 pm

Julie Christensen
Julie Christensen
Julie Christensen
and Stone Cupid

Bill Barnhill
Bill Barnhill

Emy Reynolds
Emy Reynolds

With Special Guests Bill Barnhill and Emy Reynolds
Along with DJ sets by Daniel Ash

7:00 pm / Zalk Theatre
at the Besant Hill School in Upper Ojai

Click here for more information and to watch videos of the performance!


Rangoli Dance Company The Rangoli Dance Company
Saturday, July 26th, 2008
7:30 pm in the Zalk Theatre

The Happy Valley Cultural Center and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts present The Rangoli Dance Company in 'Love Lyrics' featuring Classical and Folk Dances of India. The performance celebrates the supreme human emotion 'Love'. Dancers using their technical and interpretive skills depict love for a Man / Woman, Child, God, and Nature.

Rangoli Dance Company

Tickets: $15.00 advance purchase,
$20.00 at the door.

Click Here for more information!


The First Annual Swallow Song Music Fetival
An intimate evening of music under the stars!

Featuring Molly Zenobia

With Special Guests:
Suburbanoid Fatties
And Marcel Juin

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Molly Zenobia
Molly Zenobia

Suburbanoid Fatties
Suburbanoid Fatties (with dog)

Marcel Juin
Marcel Juin

Watch Videos of our Musical Guests:


More than an Opening Reception - An Event -
held on Saturday, March 8, 2008

The New Work exhibition was installed in the Beato and Logan Galleries, with recent outdoor sculpture by Perry Castellano exhibited on the terrace.

Beato Gallery
New Work Installation - Beato Gallery

Logan Gallery
New Work Installation - Logan Gallery

Perry Castellano Sculptures
Sculptures by Perry Castellano on the Terrace

It was a beautiful Spring day in Happy Valley and flowers were in bloom.

Click on flower thumbnails for larger view

The Opening Reception lasted four hours and was attended by a steady stream of visitors who had the opportunity to meet the artists in the New Work exhibition.

New Work Reception Attendees

New Work Reception Attendees

New Work Reception Attendee

Clare Dune
Claire Dune
Jewelry designer Clare Dune presented a trunk show, with a number of major works and a group of models on hand. The artist refers to her fused glass and rubber as "contemporary  embellishments and charms for old souls and brave hearts". The contrast between hard, yet fragile colored glass and soft, yet flexible rubber creates a dramatic look that is both modern and timeless, with Asian and African references. 
Clare Dune Jewelry
Clare Dune Jewelry
Necklaces, by Clare Dune

Artist and Chef Beatrix Rohlsen created and served a wide-array of vegan appetizers, as those in attendance sipped wine and viewed works in the exhibition.

Beatrix Rohlsen
Beatrix Rohlsen Platter
Beatrix Rohlsen Platter

Joe Juin, who performs under the name "Felino" sat beneath a tree and entertained those in attendance with classic French and South American folk songs. His girlfriend and daughter often sat by his side and harmonized.  

Joe Juin

Joe Juin harmonizes with girlfriend and daughter
Joe Juin Fans

View the New Work Exhibition


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