Ojai People: Sergio Aragonés

Ojai’s Cartoonist in Residence By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr. To look at him, you might think he’s just another guy loafing around an Ojai coffee shop, staring into space. But if you could peer inside his head, you’d see that he’s hard at work. Sergio Aragonés is a cartoonist. That chortling you hear as he […]


The Mason Chronicles (2)

The San Antonio School By David Mason “Amid much rejoicing, San Antonio’s new school building was formally presented to the district last Friday night. The whole community has been watching with interest the erection of this attractive structure, which makes of the San Antonio corner another beauty spot for our valley.” – The Ojai, April […]


Art Town: How OSA Put Ojai On The Map

By Mark Lewis (A somewhat shorter version of this essay originally appeared in “OSA: 3 Decades,” a book published in 2013 by the Ojai Studio Artists. Republished with permission.) Ojai has always prided itself on being a mecca for artists. But up until 1984, the truth was far less impressive. People who came to town expecting […]


The Mason Chronicles (1)

Ojai Was The ‘Journey’s End’ For The Gorham Family By David Mason “Plans are completed and the contract let to A. Pefley for the construction of a unique and attractive foothills residence. H.M. Gorham, a banker of Santa Monica, will occupy the new villa, to be constructed entirely of cobble stones and moss-be-whiskered rocks, with […]


Focus on Photography: Going Behind the Portraits

In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “Fine Portraits, Fine People,” we present Anca Colbert’s recent Ojai Quarterly essay on the art of photographic portraits, which focuses on Ojai’s own Guy Webster. A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound. – Charles Baudelaire, 1859   By Anca Colbert […]


Gene Lees in Ojai: Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

By Mark Lewis Ojai prides itself on its small-town charm, but it is not so small that everyone actually knows everyone. A person can live here for three decades – as Gene Lees did – without being widely recognized. So when Lees died in April 2010 at the age of 82, his friends mourned, and […]


Jailhouse Rocked

The Ojai murder case that put Johnny Cash behind bars at Folsom Prison   By Mark Lewis Ojai is not renowned for famous murders. But there was one local case, involving an accused murderer named Earl Green, that deserves at least a footnote in the history books, because it set off an unlikely chain of […]


Memoirs by Monica Ros, founder of Monica Ros School

In Her Own Words by Monica Ros Transcription of Mrs. Monica Ros’ handwritten notes from approximately 1984-1986, including her autobiography, the school history, her teaching philosophy and the founding principles of the Monica Ros School. EARLY DAYS In what I consider, and I think my sisters would have agreed, our best remembered and formative years […]


The Boyd Center: Remembering Two Young Ojai Men

The Boyd Center: Remembering Two Young Ojai Men By David Mason Ojai Valley News, April 11, 2003 “The Boyd Club is an excellent example of what may be done to make country life interesting and profitable.”- The Ojai, Dec. 8, 1916 This week [April 11, 2003] marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of The […]