Guide to the Art, History & Architecture of Ojai
A renaissance in the arts has taken place in Ventura County, California and the City of Ojai is no exception. The lovely and serene Ojai Valley attracts hundreds of artists from around the world. Since the City of Ojai Public Art Program began in 2003, permanent outdoor art displays─so called “museums without walls”─are now a feature of all major public and private developments in Ojai. With these newer works and numerous older pieces, the City has accumulated an impressive array of public art. Many pieces are in full view, other gems are tucked away. From the old-fashioned, but much-enjoyed, fountain in Libbey Park to the broken-tile mosaic chair in the Ojai Library “Secret Garden,” beautiful pieces surround us and bring joy and meaning to our lives. This book celebrates the amazing fountains, sculptures and other art located in the Ojai Valley, and the artists and designers who created them.
I became so inspired by and appreciative of the spectacular art on public display that I felt compelled to produce this full-color photography book so everyone can enjoy and appreciate Ojai more. Photos of each art piece are presented along with information about the art and artist. In researching and developing the book, I became very interested in the history and architecture of Ojai and this information became a major component of the book.
A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture is designed to be used as a tour guide by car and by foot in the town center. The book is divided into sections by location, such as a park or museum, followed by photos and a description of the art, history and architecture found in that location. An indexed tour map marked with all the locations is provided in the back of the book.
Whether you have lived in Ojai your entire life, are new to the Valley or are a weekend visitor, a Photo Guide to the Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai will be a useful companion and greatly enhance your Ojai experience.
Photos: Peacock Tile Mural and Green Man Fountain, Los Arboles Condominiums - © Elise DePuydt