A resident of Ojai, California since 1980, Hallie Katz owns HumanArts Gallery with her husband, Stan Katz. The gallery, in Ojai’s historic Arcade shopping district, exhibits the work of over 130 local and nationally known artists.
In addition to managing Human Arts, Hallie is a jewelry designer and makes custom work in precious metals and gems. She finds it tremendously satisfying to design a special piece of jewelry for a client that has meaning, suits their lifestyle, and makes a unique statement.
Inspired by a wonderful teacher in a high school jewelry making class, Hallie decided it was precisely what she would do for the rest of her life. She continued in the extensive metal smithing program at Cal State Northridge, and then rented a studio where she began to teach class. From 1970 to 1980 she and her husband operated a school in Studio City where they taught all facets of jewelry making to hobbyists and professionals and sold jewelry supplies as well.
They moved to Ojai in 1980 to become partners in a gallery called Running Ridge that had opened five years earlier. At that time Hallie began designing a production line of silver and gold jewelry, which she sold successfully at juried craft shows, galleries and gift shops around the country.
Hallie and Stan stopped selling their work nationally soon after becoming sole owners of the gallery in 1991. The gallery was re-named HumanArts and in June 2018 they celebrated the gallery’s 43rd year!
Hallie is a past trustee of the American Craft Council. Over the years she and Stan have juried a number of the ACC national craft shows and curated many exhibits. She was also on the board of the Ojai Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory committee of the Ojai Visitors Bureau, and the chair of the Ojai Village Merchants Committee.
“Running a gallery that has become a Southern California arts destination, in such a remarkable place as the Ojai Valley, is still a thrill for me. My involvement in the craft world has been the main focus in my life for as long as I can remember. I feel fortunate to have met so many wonderful artists, collectors, clients, students and teachers… I can’t imagine doing anything else."