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Popular Art Show Returns For 44th Year After Being Cancelled By COVID-19

Ojai Art In The Park returns after being cancelled last year
(Photo courtesy Robert Fields Photography)
Ojai Art In The Park returns after being cancelled last year

Ojai Art In The Park was cancelled last year because of the pandemic, but returns Saturday and Sunday.

Photographer Robert Fields is in his studio in Ventura, preparing for Ojai Art In The Park.

It’s been a long past year for Fields, without art shows, and without being able to make the trips to Europe he usually makes to capture photos of Parisian Streets or Croatian rooftops.

He says it's important to do art shows for the exposure and for people to see his work in the right setting and not just online.

"There's no way you can compare what you see to seeing it on a computer," he told KCLU.

He says Ojai's Art In The Park is one of his favorite art shows.

Art In The Park is an annual tradition in Ojai, started in 1977 by local artists, to give artists a place to sell their work and it usually attracts up to 5000 visitors.

The show was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Helen Solomon, who does the marketing for Art In The Park says she’s excited it’s returning.

"I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it," she told KCLU.

She said artists are telling her they also can't wait.

"To come back together...we appreciate each other a lot more, I think, after all this," she said.

The show’s organizer Teri Mettala says the area attracts creative people.

"The light and the spiritual vortex - whatever that means - attracts a creative soulful person," Mettala said of Ojai's location.

The show takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in Libbey Park – more details are here.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

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 eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.