Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley News
Ojai Valley News Publisher Laura Rearwin Ward poses with her “loot”— a monotype by artist Linda Taylor of Spotted Dog Studio — at last year’s Great Art Theft at Ojai Art Center.

Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley News
Ojai Valley News Publisher Laura Rearwin Ward poses with her “loot”— a monotype by artist Linda Taylor of Spotted Dog Studio — at last year’s Great Art Theft at Ojai Art Center.
Hey Ojai, it’s that time of year again where you get to slip into the featherlight shoes of the greatest art thieves of all time by participating in the Great Art Theft 2022 at the Ojai Art Center. Join your community for an afternoon of great fun at this annual fundraiser, Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at 4 p.m.
Prospective burglars may purchase a ticket for $100. Tickets are on sale online or at the Center’s office during regular business hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to the Ojai Art Center at 113 S. Montgomery St. For more information, call the Art Center at 805-646-0117 or go online at
www.ojaiartcenter.org.
For the price of a ticket, you can feel the rush as you and the other bandits sip cool drinks and devour tasty treats on the patio while you await the chance to pluck a beautiful piece of fine art off the gallery wall or sculpture from its pedestal.
The Art Center finessed pieces from the best artists in town to donate their work for the event. Peter Fox will emcee the afternoon as names of attendees are called for their chance to pilfer the artwork they covet. Even without a getaway driver, grappling hook and glass cutter, you might pull off one of the biggest heists of the year.
“Like last year, the gathering and drawing of names will be at tables on the patio. Everyone will receive a mini-picnic box of yummy goodies to enjoy along with beer, wine, and our surprise special drink. Fortunately, we have no restrictions on how many people can attend,” said Teri Mettala, OAC executive director.
It’s an enjoyable afternoon out-of-doors that benefits the Ojai Art Center. Because of the previous year’s restrictions due to COVID-19, financial assistance is greatly appreciated as the Center plans for 2023. All of the art is in place, ready for you to case the joint, and see what all you can select.
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