Message from Megan Wilkinson, Executive Director: Dear members, after some serious consideration on my part, I have decided to move on and am resigning from my job as E.D. at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. I’ve been here 9 years and feel really proud about what I’ve contributed, and am grateful for a lot of the opportunities afforded me here. I decided I will use this time to redirect my path and to do some of the things that I’ve dreamed of doing but have put off for one reason or another. I will work until Thanksgiving of this year and will see many of you before I go. There are so many very wonderful people I’ve met through the Center, I know we will keep in touch! Thank you all for your kindness, support, and artistic inspiration, and I’ll look forward to talking to you more in person as I see you.
Message from Abby Wasserman, Board President: Megan’s decision to leave O’Hanlon is bittersweet. Bitter because we will miss her; sweet because we rejoice in her plans for her future. Megan has brought O’Hanlon Center to a new level of financial stability and recognition in the community, and we are grateful for all that she has given.
Slowly but surely, volunteerism is the upswing here at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. From volunteers who helped at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (see below) to those who participate in the annual Loft Clean-up, to those who bring their professional expertise in grant writing or organizing files or researching or a thousand other things, to our Board members—volunteers make O’Hanlon Center thrive. Through volunteering, we take ownership. The more involved we are at O’Hanlon, the more we are part of the heartbeat of this special place.
Thank you to member Melinda Di Sessa for spearheading the Loft’s recent improvements. Melinda steam-cleaned the library carpet, washed the U-shaped bench seat covers, re-stained the coffee table, patched and painted the walls, and had upholstered the eight black chairs that surround the upstairs work table! All of her hard work has paid off—the place has never looked better.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped staff the OHCA table at the Fall Arts Festival: Scott Adams, Carol Baum, Elise Cheval, Judy Geiger, Zoe Harris, Rachel Kelly, Jeri Marlowe, Edward Marson, Denise Meehan, Anabelle Wasserman, and Pam Will. It was a lively event, made even more so by your presence!
This is one way to volunteer—help out at an event, such as a fundraiser or program. Another way is to think of some way you can help the Center—and bring us your idea. Become more deeply involved here by volunteering!
Member News: E.A. Betsy Kellas will be showing work in several venues this month: Recent Polyptychs (solo show) at Art Works Downtown Donors’ Gallery Sept. 12 – Oct. 4 (San Rafael); Natural Rhythms (with Margo Reis) at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library; Sept. 9 – Oct. 10; Unruly Nature (with Jan Watten and Susan Felter) at the San Pablo Art Center Sept 13 – Oct. 26; and the Annual Fall Juried Exhibition at Falkirk Cultural Center, Sept. 12 – Oct. 25 (San Rafael).
Elaine Nehm and Melinda DiSessa have works on display at the Annual Fall Juried Exhibit of Marin and Bay Area Artists at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, on display through October 25th, 2014.
Elise Cheval—recycled materials and performing arts artist—debuts her live singing/instrumental improv performance this month here in Marin. Her collaborator is Jeffrey Paul—concert pianist, musical director, and real estate broker. They will perform at Green Citizen, the new E-waste Recycling Center, located at 777 Grand Avenue, San Rafael.
Through her dry wit and rhyming, happenstance, musical offerings, Elise, a self-described “Voice for Mother Earth,” enlightens and shares with her audience the dangers and issues facing our marine environment.
Sporting a fantastic gown, which she knitted and crocheted out of audiocassette tape, and accompanied by friends wearing several of her fantastic “trashion” creations made from recycled plastic bags, Elise, with humor, exposes audiences to the dangers and caustic nature of plastics and E-waste.
Opening Reception is Saturday, October 11th, 4-6 pm. Refreshments and Free Parking.
The artist’s steel and cassette tape sculpture, “In the Beginning,” was created for the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ juried show, “Social Media and Alternate Realities” in 2011. It will be on view at the recycling center October 11-November 22. (Remember to bring your E-waste to the recycling center for FREE!)
Elizabeth Addison is part of a collaborative installation unveiling this Friday, October 10, 6 to 9 p.m., with Pamela Blotner called, “Between Heaven & Hell”, SOMArts: 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Kristin Jakob will have her botanical prints on display at 142 Throckmorton Theater this coming November (opening will be November 4, 2014).
Rachel Kelly has begun a new business: dog photography. She is currently practicing her craft. If you would like Rachel to take pictures of your pet, she will give you free digital copies of the photos. Please contact her at: Rachel Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
October in the O’Hanlon Gallery: “Under the Spell of Mount Tamalpais” O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and its exhibit partner, Marin Society of Artists, presents a group show juried by Bernard Healy. The show will run until October 23, 2014.
While the eighty-seven year-old Marin Society of Artists is the doyen of Marin art societies, at nearly forty-five years old OHCA is close to being middle-aged. Despite the age difference, the two centers enjoy an intertwined history. Sculptor and professor emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley, Richard “Dick” O’Hanlon served as the second president of the MSA before the founding of OHCA. In a 1975 interview, the first MSA president and landscape artist Paul Romer praised O’Hanlon’s low-key yet purposeful direction. Romer noted that Dick ushered in changes designed to enrich the artistic community. O’Hanlon enlivened once tedious membership meetings with demonstrations of artistic techniques. An expert in ceramics as well as sculpture, he often led these presentations himself. At other times he sought out the society’s most skilled artists and artisans to educate members.
Word of these innovative gatherings spread throughout Marin’s art community. Soon non-members of MSA asked to be included in these informational programs. O’Hanlon graciously welcomed them, and many decided to join the society, increasing MSA’s roster numbers.
The legacy of the artistic cross-pollination between MSA and OHCA can be seen in the exhibit, “Under the Spell of Mount Tamalpais.” The juror, Bernard Healey, is a long time Marin County resident who loves the coast and the natural land and water that make Marin a paradise. Most of his painting career has been focused on landscapes and waterscapes in acrylic paints on canvas. He favors heavy brush strokes and impasto combined with delicate washes, giving vigor and movement to his cloud formations and mist arising from the wetlands. The California coast has always provided an endless source of inspiration for his paintings.
While Marin’s iconic peak attracts countless hikers, bikers, and nature lovers, it also lures artists, enchanted by its ephemeral beauty. “Under the Spell of Mount Tamalpais” features artworks that convey what the mountain means to artists. The show includes works by Allen Miesner, Allen Sinor, Anabelle Wasserman, Bernard Weiner, Bob Justice, Brad Rippe, Cheryl Wilkins, Don-Elda Boutwell, Donna Reine Taylor, Donna Solin, Elaine Larson, Harriet Kasson, Iris Sabre, J.F. Ellman, Jan Buscho, Jean Lurssen, John Henry, Julia Ross, Julian St. George, Kett, Kristin Gordon, Kristina K-M Lim, Nyna Koppich, Oscar Rossini, Pamela Pierron, Patricia Crowley, Patrick Gavin Duffy, Robert Campbell, Ruby Newman, Sandi Adams, Sandra Cherk, Sheila Tuffanelli, Sonja Bakalyar, Stonefox, Susanne Painter, and Thomas Humphrey.
On October 7th, the Center hosted a Roundtable for the Arts dialogue, where the participating artists discussed issues relating to their creative processes. The Roundtable, a monthly event sponsored by the Center, is facilitated by poet, artist, and O’Hanlon Center member Richard Cruwys Brown.
The opening show on October 7 was part of the Mill Valley Art Commission’s monthly Gallery Walk, First Tuesday. It’s always free of charge and open to all ages. Artwork on display is available for purchase. Proceeds from sales support local artists and the non-profit O’Hanlon Center.
Also on Exhibit in October: “New Works by Candis Cousins and Joshua Gallup”
The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ Loft Gallery will present new monoprints by members Candis and paintings by Josh. Originally inspired by crayon drawings he made as a young child, Josh’s paintings contain images of a red wolf jumping into a variety of situations. Most recently the wolf weaves in and out of images taken from playing cards. They are painted in oil on canvas, mostly 24″ by 30″. The paint is applied with brushes and palette knives.
The seventeen small abstracts by Candis Cousins combine a variety of monoprinting techniques and collage, as well as the application of paint directly to the paper with brayers and brushes, using both water-based block printing inks and acrylic paints.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: “The Art of Food” O’Hanlon Center Gallery, November 2014
• Exhibition Dates: October 28 – November 20, 2014
• Artists Roundtable Discussion: Tuesday, November 4, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Reception: Tuesday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
• Juror: Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Edible Marin & Wine Country
• Entry Fee: $30 for OHCA members, $35 for non-members, for up to three pieces.
• Become a new OHCA member at the time of delivery and get your first exhibit entry fee waived! Call or visit www.ohanloncenter.org for more details.
What does the idea of Food conjure for you? Farm to Table? Organics? Politics? Famine? Prosperity? Scarcity? Whatever it is, we’d like to see it! Bring us your artworks relating to food in any sense so we can explore this integral part of our lives in an inventive, meaningful way. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration, and experimentation.
Media: Any media. Outdoor installation proposals welcome. All works must be ready to hang or display and must be labeled with artist’s name, phone, medium, size, and price, if for sale. Please do not submit works that have previously been displayed in O’Hanlon’s Gallery.
When you drop off your art please bring a resume or an artist statement if you have one. We will give you information about Gallery policies at the time of drop off. Gallery requirements are that insurance coverage is provided by the artist, that accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition, and that artist is responsible for any sales tax. By taking part in the show, artists agree to a 30% tax-deductible donation to the Center from all sales.
Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or .jpgs) up to three pieces of work to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, on Friday, Oct. 24, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, Oct. 25, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you by email about the juror’s decisions by Monday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Works not accepted must be picked up no later than Tuesday, November 4 between 12:30 and 8 p.m.
Retrieval of Unsold Artwork at show’s end: Unsold work must be picked up on Thurs., Nov. 20 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, November 21, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Artists leaving their work after this time will be charged $5/day storage unless prior arrangements have been made.
For more info: Call Megan Wilkinson at 415/388-4331, or email email@example.com
We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received generous tax-deductible gifts from Ann Fricker and Skip Sandberg, Carol Jenkins, Cathy Coe, Dorothy Salant, Eric Stoelting, Elaine Larson, Elaine and Cary James, Forrest Merrill, Jane Reed Veen, Jean Port, Jim Vogel, Kathy Sloan and Mike Moser, Margery Kreitman, and Renee Owen.
Other Great Ways to Give Do you shop online? Designate O’Hanlon Center for the Arts as the nonprofit you’d like to support and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to OHCA! Contact Megan Wilkinson for more details about how you can give to OHCA using this program. We thank you in advance!
Did you also know that by shopping at Mollie Stone’s, Fairfax Market, and Woodland Market you can contribute to OHCA? Yes! Just register your loyalty cards (cards issued by the stores themselves that provide you with discounts) for those stores and part of your receipt will get donated back to OHCA. Take a look at the Escrip website (Escrip.com) and enroll today. And let’s not forget the Mill Valley Market’s 2% program. Mention “7078” when you check out, and 2% of your purchase will be donated to O’Hanlon Center. We are grateful to these businesses for their generosity.
Ensure the Future of O’Hanlon There are a number of ways to designate OHCA as a beneficiary in your estate planning. Contact the OHCA office for details.
We Welcome New and Renewing Members Ana Chavarria Shore, Ann Fricker and Skip Sandberg, Cathy Shine, Chris Motley, Chris Shorten, Edward Marson, France Viana, Jan Buscho, Jeri Marlowe, Joshua Gallup, Judy Geiger, Julian St. George, Kristin Jakob, Meredith Bruce, Nancy and Richard Head, Nicholas Casagrande and Family, Sheila Tuffanelli, Stonefox (Dr. Chuck Galvin), Susan Homes Schwartzbach, and Thomas Mullin. We’re so glad you are part of our O’Hanlon family!