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“Great setting and a great spirit of place”

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The history of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is largely the story of Happy Valley. When Annie Besant, a supporter of progressive movements, from female suffrage to Indian independence, first saw the land which is now called Happy Valley, she envisioned that it would be a center for people who would usher in a new world. Besant’s vision contributed to Ojai’s development during the 20th century as a spiritual center and art community, and Beatrice Wood moving to Ojai in 1947 was central to this growth. Her history as part of the NY DADA movement, alongside Marcel Duchamp, and her later involvement in ceramics, led to her being an important figure in art history. In 1926, Dr. Besant wrote that future plans included an art center and a school. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts exists as part of this original vision - a place where arts and education are paramount. It is closely affiliated to the Besant Hill School (formerly the Happy Valley School) and students often exhibit at the Center or participate in workshops. Aside from the permanent collection and a regular exhibition schedule, there are art workshops and performances. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts presents a continuum joining the artists, writers and others who shaped Happy Valley and those who are working today, as well as a bridge between the International art world and the local community. Beatrice Wood is both the heart and inspiration for the Center.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is a studio-like setting that shows much of Beatrice Wood's (BEATO) ceramic glazes for which she was famous. Also her very whimsical clay figures and objects. She had an unfettered spirit and it showed.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is a magical place! One can sense the presence of the unconventional, revolutionary, potter, called "Beato" by those who loved her. The studio is as she left it when she passed at age 105, 19 years ago. The mountain setting is truly inspirational. The director, Kevin Wallace, and his wife, Sheryl, are very enthusiastic about Beatrice, and the wide range of programs offered at the Center. They were very generous with their time, encouraging questions and offering great information and insight. I look forward to another visit and possibly, .to take a workshop

Thank jane13403
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

The workshop at the Center was so inspiring. Jon Keenan is a marvelous potter and a generous teacher. Having the opportunity to make work at Beatrice's home, in her studio, using her tools was amazing. Whether you go just to visit and view a show in the gallery or to participate inna workshop The Beatrice Wood Center is a memorable destination.

Thank jcarolw
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

This center is on the outskirts of Ojai. The setting has a panoramic view of Happy Valley and the Topa Topa Mountains, which is reason enough to visit. A charming veranda offers breathtaking views. The center is the home and studio of Beatrice Woods. You can walk from room to room with total freedom of being within inches of her work, which blends well with her collection folk art. Her studio is self-contained and offers pottery artists opportunities to use, original tools and glazes that are stored in mason jars. There is a resident artist that personifies Beatrice; and through her thorough study of Beatrice is creating Beatrice's "next step", since Beatrice believed she was to live to be 305 years old. The center is a unique blend of a working museum/home, and spiritual conduit of Beatrice. Don't miss this experience. It's a beautiful setting and a fine thing to do. The staff is the grandest bunch of folks you'd ever meet.

Thank Carol877
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Great carving workshop by Jeff Margolis. Studio and beautiful view and fantastic Lunch. Its a must to go see when in Ojai, great Art in the Gallery and treasure's of Beatrice Wood .

Thank Vera M
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