Jane Hirshfield and Cyra McFadden in the O’Hanlon Gallery on November 20, 2011

Message from Michael Tarnoff, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who joined us for the November 20 fundraising event with Jane Hirshfield and Cyra McFadden.  It was a lovely afternoon and raised $3000 for the Center!  We’d especially like to thank our individual and commercial donors for contributing items to the silent auction:

Chester Arnold, Asian Art Museum, Athleta, Baby and Kids Co., Benefit Cosmetics, Christie Close, Classic Kids Photo, Karen Cox Family, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Henry’s Toy Shop, Jane Hirshfield, Elaine and Cary James, Jolie, Marin Symphony, Marin Theater Company, Cyra McFadden, Melting Pot Restaurant, Mill Valley Music, Monarch, Jessica O’Dwyer, Laurie Oman, Once Around, Perry’s Art Supply, Pine Street Papery, Proof Lab Skate Shop, Riley Street Art Supply, R’Noh Thai, Savoir Faire Art Supply, Spot Pet Care, Sweet Things Bakery, Barry Toranto, Abby Wasserman, Anabelle Wasserman, Potter Wickware, Whole Foods, and Yoga Works.

We’d also like to thank our wonderful volunteers:  Zoe Borkowski, Christie Close, Zoe Harris, Peller Marion, Aya Mizoroki, Laurie Oman, Cayen Robertson, Gail Robertson, Diana Shore, Mike Tarnoff, Cynthia Tom, Abby Wasserman, Anabelle Wasserman, Emily Wong and Eileen Worthley.

If you did not have a chance to attend, there is still time to support O’Hanlon Center!  You’ll soon be receiving our end-of-year Annul Fund postcard.  Please, consider what you can donate.  As you know, every bit helps.

2012 will bring some exciting changes to O’Hanlon Center, part of which will take place on the Board.  We are excited that Michael Heacock, Gail Robertson and Barry Toranto have volunteered their names for consideration, and the Board has approved their nominations.  You will be receiving a ballot soon for their approval.  Please vote!  Your opinion counts.

After ten years of board service, I will be stepping down from the board, leaving it in the incredibly capable hands of the current and new board, and, of course, Megan.  Blair Campbell will be the new board president starting in 2012, and I know you will be very happy with her great decision making skills, kind misdemeanor, and helpful ideas.  I have loved serving on the board, but have many other irons in the fire that need my attention.  I plan on my continued financial support, as well as attending as many Saturday Perception classes as I can.

Lastly, the 2012 Annual Members’ Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please join us to learn more about the Center’s accomplishments in 2011 as well as what’s in store for us in the new year.

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that artist and long-term OHCA member Annie Styron Leonard passed away on November 13 after a difficult battle with cancer. Annie was born in Redbank, New Jersey in 1935. After receiving her BA from Columbia University in New York, she worked as a curator for French & Co. and a Publicity Director for the Guggenheim Museum. She moved to California and worked at The Whole Earth Catalog and continued her education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and the College of Marin. In 1981, Annie married the writer George Leonard. Together, they taught workshops at Esalen Institute. A celebrated artist, she utilized fibers to convey a sense of the ephemeral nature of existence and the interconnectedness of all life. Her work was displayed at many exhibits around the Bay Area and was included in the publications Fiberarts Design Book Seven and Art Week. One of her sculptures, “Within This Tree,” was included in a book Speak for the Trees and was on exhibit at the Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2009. A memorial service honoring her life will be set at a later date. She will be greatly missed.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from April Abbott, David Adams, Geraldine Beers, Fiber/Dimensions, Mark Lifvendahl, Carolyn Planakis, Claire Russell, Diana Shore, Margaret Starrett, Laurie Szujewska, Cecelia Thorner, Nela Wattley, Regula Weill, and Melissa Woodburn.

Also, remember to mention number 7078 at Mill Valley Market’s register and 2% of your sales total will be donated to O’Hanlon Center!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Jennifer Roberts Almodova, Melissa Nelson, Willow Older, Kartikey Patel, Terry Phelan, Jeremy Thornton, Margaret Trimble, and Diane Woods.

OHCA Members in the News:  Congratulations to Mima Cataldo and Jane Paradise, who received juror awards in the “Our People: Narrative/ Portrait” category at the Bedford Gallery National Photography Exhibit juried by Sandra Phillips of SF MOMA and Drew Johnson of Oakland Museum.  The exhibit is on display until Feb. 19th, 2012. The Gallery is located at: 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 94596.  Jane also has a Christmas card photograph in at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum Holiday card juried show.


January 2012 Calendar:      

3   Gallery and Loft Openings


4   Kid’s Art in the Afternoon: every Wednesday


4   Evening Writing


5   AM and PM Writing, every Thursday


6   Zen Meditation, every Friday


6   Printing w/the Press, Every Friday


7   Creativity Workshop, every Saturday 


8   Monoprinting


8   Paper Art Class: Origami


8   Sumi-e Art Presentation (In Gallery)  


9   Painter’s Forum, every Monday


9   Short Story Wkshp, Mondays until 1/30


10   Artist Trading Cards


12   Poetry in Clay Lecture  


13   The World is Our Canvas Photo Group  


14   Painting with Acrylics


15   Sumi-e Ink Workshop


19   Collage Playshop


19   Evening Writing (In Gallery)


21   Inner Prints Class


22   Abstract Sumi-e Ink Workshop


24   Basic Book Structures Class


24   Active Imagination Workshop


25   Annual Members’ Meeting  


28   Poetry Night: Susan Kolodny & Leonore Wilson


30   Sufi Meditation

The mission of the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley is to provide programs, studio space, exhibitions and experiences that honor individual creativity, develop artistic practice, and build community.