About Beato Chocolates
Beato Chocolates delight in reflecting the playful spirit of maverick artist Beatrice “Beato” Wood who moved to Ojai, CA, in the 1940s and helped establish the scenic valley as an oasis for art and culture.
Created by gallerists Lisa Casoni and Heather Stobo, Beato Chocolates was created as an extension of their Porch Gallery, a showcase for renowned artists and a welcoming hub for Ojai’s creative community. Heather and Lisa have long admired Beatrice, the “Mama of Dada,” and her outspoken lust for life and her lustrously glazed ceramics. A fine artist who showed alongside her friend and colleague Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice helped define Dada, an avant-garde movement known for rule-breaking and irreverence. Ever idiosyncratic and passionate, she created works of wonder throughout her long life that continue to inspire.
Beatrice Wood lived to 105 and credited chocolate (and young men) for her longevity. Beato Chocolates are an homage to her insatiable appetites and artistic vision. In collaboration with the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Beato Chocolates feature the artist’s expressive drawings and pithy witticisms, making each confection an ephemeral, portable work of art.
Handcrafted in Ojai, Beato Chocolates are made with joy for those who are young, or young at heart.