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From Sunday, December 13, 2020
To Sunday, January 31, 2021

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Online Exhibit. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.

When planning this annual exhibition no one knew how this year would play out. 2020 has forced introspection upon us and, despite unease and uncertainty, inspired creative expression. 

Ojai Studio Artists were challenged to respond to a year wracked with political division, a deadly pandemic, financial chaos, and racial unrest. 

All of this was happening while isolation became a necessity, causing a paranoid sense of being held captive in our own homes. Children were unable to go to school, personal relationships were stressed and record numbers of jobs were lost as businesses shuttered. A general lack of confidence in the future has become our new normal.

And yet, there have also been some amazing discoveries as we step off our hamster wheels. Our technology allows us to communicate across distance. That is our fast lane.

Otherwise, we have been forced to slow down. We have had time to more appreciate simple, necessary endeavors like home cooking, for one example. And perhaps more consciously than we did in the past, we are valuing friendships and connections.

Our interest in the natural world has been awakened too. Birds, squirrels and bunnies are not taking over Ojai. They’re taking our attention as families walk and explore their neighborhoods together.

Artists have taken creative notice of the changes that have been forced upon all of us. This sampling of work by the Ojai Studio Artists is their response to a scary and surreal 2020.

If you are interested in purchasing an artwork, contact the museum to arrange to see it in person. 

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