O’Hanlon Center for the Arts provides an environment and spaces where creativity and community can develop, expand and flourish

Executive Director’s Update – August 3, 2023

We love to see temporary outdoor artwork pop up around the campus.
On the heels of our amazing Artists in Residence, we have Nancy Brown’s installation MELT just above the parking area.  Come see it through October.

Thank You!

Erma Murphy 
Executive Director

Artist Statement: MELT
What comes to mind when you think of snow and ice? Skiing in the Sierra Nevada? Glaciers calving in Alaskan waters? Polar bears lumbering across the polar ice caps? All of these things are at risk as we confront the risks of global warming.
Conceived during the snowiest winter on record in the Sierra Nevada, MELT was born during the hottest summer recorded on Earth. Record snow fall and a cool spring left California’s drought-dry reservoirs nearly filled to capacity. Next year? Who knows. Meanwhile, glaciers worldwide are disappearing and polar ice is shrinking.
Set on a hillside, MELT is comprised of a cascade of white marker flags that melt into a sea of blue flags, a reminder of what we can expect as our climate, locally and globally, is transformed.
Erma interviews Nancy as she works (1 min)
About the Artist: NANCY D. BROWN
Nancy Brown’s art practice is an investigation of how time and context transform matter and meaning. Using found, recycled, and re-purposed materials, she combines and arranges them to uncover unexpected relationships, often producing slyly humorous or uncanny results.
Nancy’s work has appeared in venues throughout North America, including MarinMOCA, Site:Brooklyn, and ART Santa Fe, where she was a 2019 Award Winner. In 2021, she was awarded a grant by the City of San Leandro for a site-specific outdoor installation of utility marker flags.
Nancy is a member of the Alameda County Arts Commission’s Artist Registry, and a regular contributor to benefit art auctions, including Root Division, San Francisco; Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara; and SomArts, San Francisco. She lives and works in San Leandro, California.


Artist Call for Entries

Submit your artwork for upcoming shows, in the Gallery or Online:


Check out the latest videos from O’Hanlon Center’s
• OHCA Roundtable Discussions,
• Conversations with Artists, and
• Sunday Salon Performances on our Vimeo page


current exhibits

CURRENT O’HANLON SHOWS: October–November 2023

O'Hanlon Gallery

now showing – through Oct 12

Postcard for wabi-sabi exhibit 2023


juried by Suzie Buchholz & Yoshi Tome


Tuesday, September 5
Artist Roundtable: 4:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Art: Wilbur Wong; Design: JFT

Video from Artist Roundtable & Discussion

Loft Gallery

opens soon: Oct 3 – 31

Postcard: Sherry Williamson i:object

i  :  object

OCTOBER 3 – 31

Tuesday, October 3
Opening Reception 5:30 – 7:30pm

Art: Sherry Williamson,
“Overboard” materials: wood, labradorite and plant material

Online Gallery

now showing

Postcard for Women Artists Making Their Mark, 2023 Exhibit. Juried by Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray.

Online Gallery Show

juried by Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray


Tuesday, August 22
Artist Roundtable on Zoom

Art: Sherry Williamson; Design: JFT

upcoming exhibits

UPCOMING O’HANLON SHOWS: October-December 2023

O’Hanlon Gallery

Postcard for Off the Shelf: Altered Book & Book Art Show + Auction

First Altered Book Art Show & Auction
Benefitting OHCA and participating Artists

Juried by Donna Seager and Gary Kell


Tuesday, November 7
Artist Roundtable: 4:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 9
Closing Party with Live Auction of selected works, close of Silent Auction
6:00 – 9:00pm

Art: Gary Kell; Design: JFT

Loft Gallery

Postcard: Linda Wegmann, A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress


Tuesday, November 7
Opening Reception 5:30 – 7:30pm

Art: Linda Wegmann, Design: JFT

Online Gallery

Postcard for Autumn's Palette exhibit. Artwork showing stylized leaves.


juried by Catharine Clark


Tuesday, October 17
Artist Roundtable on Zoom: 4:00 p.m.

Online submissions on CaFE open Sept 1

Art: Cayen Richardson; Design: JFT

Ways to Participate at O’Hanlon Center

Events & Exhibitions at OHCA are open to the public.
Here are 6 ways you can participate!

Attend a Workshop

Programs offered at O’Hanlon emphasize the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration, and experimentation.

Our programs are  designed to allow your own perceptions to inspire your art.

Visit our Galleries

The O’Hanlon Gallery features juried group shows which change monthly, showcasing a wide range of local artists.

The Loft Gallery shows work by individual O’Hanlon members and small groups.

Admission to our galleries is always free!

Submit your Artwork

Submissions to our monthly Gallery shows are open to Members and non-Members alike.

Exhibits are juried by SF Bay Area gallery owners and prominent local artists.

Become a Member

When you become a member, you join a community of artists and art enthusiasts who gather in our beautiful setting to dialogue and share their work, ideas and inspiration.

Memberships are available for individuals and households, and start at just $95/year.


As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we depend on donations large and small from supportive individuals and businesses.

Our beautiful new street sign above was made possible by a donation from one of our members!


This organization thrives with active participation from so many people!

Volunteer opportunities include: assisting with art intake days, setting up for receptions or special events, planting succulents in our sculpture gardens, participating in committees and more.

O’Hanlon Center grounds are open to the public from 9 am-9 pm. We’re in a residential area, so please be conscious of our neighbors!

We’re located 1 mile out of downtown Mill Valley, and 1/2 mile past the Mill Valley Library on Throckmorton Ave.

616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley CA 94941

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Parking is available in our small lot and on street; please consider carpooling, walking or biking when attending larger events.

Photo of entrance to O'Hanlon Center parking lot.

We have one designated accessible parking space at the top of the driveway next to our Loft building; please call the Office if you have questions about accessibility! (415) 388-4331

O’Hanlon Gallery Hours

Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  Last Friday of each month gallery opens at 11 a.m.

Online Gallery open 24/7

The Loft Gallery is generally open similar hours, but workshops are also held in the space. Please call ahead to verify access to the Loft. (415) 388-4331