Widely known for food, wine, and relaxation, this laidback Southern California town takes art into the spiritual and healing realms. And 2018 looks to be trending toward the need for both, so the time is right to hightail it to Ojai. See what is driving the local muses at OVA Arts, part teaching studio, part gallery owned by several residents. Housed in a former Mission Revival church, the Ojai Valley Museum will acquaint you with the history of area arts, as they live on at events such as the Ojai Storytelling Festival and the Ojai Music Festival. The Ojai Art Center has hosted the annual Art in the Park for 41 years, which is a juried fine-arts show that supports community artists. Don’t leave town without stopping in galleries like Tartaglia Fine Art, Human Arts Gallery, and Porch Gallery. And doubly do not miss Bart’s Books, the biggest independent outdoor bookstore in the country, where poetry nights, spoken word events, and author signings happen on the regular.
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