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Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-9351
+1 805-646-3381
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Amazing piece of Ojai history

Really enjoyed this museum. I love that it is Beato''s house and studio. I wish there were more... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pati N
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Carrizo Plain N.M., California
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Great setting and a great spirit of place

This is a studio-like setting that shows much of Beatrice Wood's (BEATO) ceramic glazes for which... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
phred2505
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Ojai, California
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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.
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8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-9351
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this museum. I love that it is Beato''s house and studio. I wish there were more artists that had access to her glazes. I love my purchases!

Thank Pati N
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Reviewed April 2, 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.

Thank phred2505
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Reviewed March 14, 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...More

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Reviewed March 14, 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...More

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Reviewed December 1, 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...More

Thank Carol877
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Reviewed November 5, 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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Reviewed October 18, 2017

A must stop place for anyone who loves ceramics . . . or Ojai history. Beatrice Wood lived a very interesting life, and was an extremely talented ceramic artist. The display of her work there is somewhat limited, but was fun to see her study,...More

1  Thank Barry W
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

Having had the good fortune to visit the Beatrice Wood Center on two visits to California, I highly recommend visiting this amazing place. First of all, the venue is gorgeous with sweeping views of Happy Valley, which is bursting with life. It's both restful and...More

1  Thank Cosmorory
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Reviewed September 29, 2017 via mobile

Had some of the greatest experiences of my life at this truly magical place. This place will leave you with a feeling like no other you will reflect on for the rest of your life.

Thank Jonathan H
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

A rare gem of art education and art history in a beautiful natural setting. An unspoiled look back in time of an amazing woman artist's look and creative life. This center is a wonderful art museum that is actively teaching new generations of artists how...More

1  Thank Ron G
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