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Not Oceans 11 But Ojai 11! The (Legal) Art Theft Supporting A Ventura County Non-Profit

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Ojai Art Center
The unique event supports a local non-profit.

Have you ever wished you could be part of an art heist? You can – legally – as part of a unique way to support a non-profit in Ventura County.

It’s a chance to take part in an art heist - but instead of a getaway vehicle, it comes with cocktails and a picnic on the patio at the Ojai Art Center.

Prospective burglars buy a ticket for $85 and, says Teri Mettalla from the Art Center, have the chance to leave with the art work of their choice.

"It's not really stealing," Metalla, told KCLU. "It's like getting something very valuable for very little."

The Art Center is showing over 70 pieces from the best artists in town, who donate their work for the event.

Some of the local artists on display are Mark Tovar, Patrish Kuebler, Karen Lewis, Sandy Treadwell, Duane Danmeyer, Richard Franklin, Celeste Evans, Tom Hardcastle, Leslie Marcus, James Menzel Joseph, and many more.

Ticket holders have their names drawn and can choose an art work to take home.

The Great Art Theft takes place Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 3–6 p.m.

All proceeds go to the Ojai Art Center. For more information, call the Art Center at (805)-646-0117 or go online at

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.