Message from Blair Campbell, Board President:  It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that O’Hanlon Center member and volunteer Suzanne Rogers passed away in her home on Wednesday, March 14.  Suzanne had just completed an incredible amount of work cleaning and culling materials in the Loft studios.  She is survived by her daughter and two sisters.  A memorial in her honor is being planned for Tuesday, March 27, 3 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View Avenue, Belvedere.  For more information, please call OHCA’s office. 

Loft Clean-Up Day Big thanks to Elaine and Carl Nehm, Phyllis Pansegrau, Brooke Passano, Carolyn Planakis, Cayen Robertson, Gail Robertson, and Eileen Worthley for volunteering to tidy and sort the Loft’s kitchen and art supplies.

Loft Maintenance Members, please be aware of the following issues regarding the Loft:  You are welcome to use the toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, and stove.  But please make sure that no food or drink remains are left in the appliances after you use them.  Please also make sure all appliances are turned off when you are through using them.  Additionally, if you use the fireplace, please make sure all embers are extinguished before leaving.  If you use the Studios, please make sure to tidy up the space after you leave (clear off table tops, put materials away, wash brushes, etc., and sweep the floor) and make sure you drop the $10 use fee into the Orange Box each time you use the space.  Lastly, please do not leave food remains out after you leave so we minimize attraction of critters.

Board Updates: Just a reminder for anyone who is interested in what happens at our monthly meetings of OHCA’s board of directors that you can review a detailed summary, in the form of the board meeting minutes, posted each month in the Loft.

CALL FOR ENTRIES, April 2012: “Photo Phantasies”

  • Exhibition Dates: April 3 to April 26
  • Artists’ Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, April 3, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tuesday, April 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Juror:  Stuart Schwartz, Photographer and owner of The Image Flow
  • Entry Fee: $25 for O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ Members, $30 for non-Members, for up to three pieces. 
  • Become a new OHCA member at the time of delivery and get your entry fee waived! 

Using any photographic medium, bring us something we haven’t seen before – something strange, unfamiliar, or unexpected, – to make us think, wonder, and say “hmm…” Capture an image that only your sharp eye has seen or experienced.  Abstract and expressionistic works encouraged.

Media: Photography only. Must be ready to hang or display. All works should be labeled with artist’s name, phone, media, size, and price, if for sale.

By taking part in the show, artists agree to a 30% tax-deductible donation to OHCA from all sales. Open to all artists aged 18 and over.

Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or CDs) up to three pieces of work to OHCA, on Friday, March 30, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Sat., March 31, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you (preferably by email) about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, April 2 at 5 p.m.

Those works not accepted must be picked up Tuesday, April 3 between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made. There is a limit of three works per artist. Please include biographical information and your email address if you have one. When you drop off your art, we will give you information about hanging/showing and Gallery policies.  Gallery requirements are that insurance coverage is provided by the Artist and that accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.

Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thursday, April 26 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, April 27, 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.

April in the Loft Gallery: New Work from O’Hanlon Center’s Painters’ Forum

The Painters’ Forum meets weekly on Mondays at O’Hanlon Center to discuss their artistic process and to get feedback on their works in progress.  Items on display will reflect the outgrowth of these creative conversations.

July Artist Retreat OHCA will be offering a new program in July called an Artist Retreat. This is a weeklong (5-day) opportunity for artists to work independently but in the company of other dedicated artists in the Loft and outside areas.  This is not a workshop and there will be no instruction. This is an opportunity for serious, self-directed artists to work in a quiet atmosphere for a sustained period of time.  Working together but independently in the spirit of creativity is the goal.  The retreat is being planned for Monday, July 23 through Fri., July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This retreat is open to members who agree to some simple rules.  There is to be no talking.   Silence with talking quietly only outside during the hours of 9 – 5 and no music except with earphones.  No visitors except before or after 9 -5.  More details on applying for this limited-space offering are to follow.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Patsy Chador, Candis Cousins, Jordan Hines, Gail Robertson and Peter Xiques.

Mention “7078” at Mill Valley Market’s register and 2% of your sales will be donated to OHCA!

We Salute New and Renewing Members

Patricia Anastasi, Ilene Avery, Carolyn Bear Glaser, Michael Heacock, Letha Moore, Donna Neal,  Ben Parker, Marge Rector, France Viana, and Peter Xiques.

OHCA Member News:  Elise Cheval’s Project Green Runway and its associated Blog, invites participants to share their ideas, creative processes, posts in-progress and final pictures of creative eco-wear made out of reusable, recyclable, and repurposed materials.  She and her community partner Christin Anderson are seeking 3-4 more leaders for their project.  Contact Elise for meeting times and project details: .

Ruth Gendler’s work as a writer and poet in the schools was recently covered online:  Other than a few factual errors (Her Book of Qualities being recently sold to Harper and selling 250 million instead of 250 thousand copies!) it’s a fine portrayal of the work she does.

Elaine James has her handmade paper necklaces for sale at the Hannelore Miller Studio Sale in Sausalito (110 Caledonia St. -next to Yoga of Sausalito).  Call for open hours: (415) 332-6665.

Patricia Kelly has new work at an Intersection for the Arts show: “Broadside Attractions | Vanquished Terrains, a group exhibition featuring collaborations between artists and writers. Patricia collaborated with Vince Montague. The opening reception is Wed., April 11, 7–9pm, and the show runs through May 26. 925 Mission Street (@ 5th), San Francisco.

Margery Kreitman will be doing a reading/ performance of her new solo work, “A Singular Story,” at the 3 GIRLS THEATRE in San Francisco on March 28.  See their website for details:

Elaine Nehm and Cathy Shine have artwork on display at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael.  Elaine has an experimental print and Cathy has a photo.  The exhibit runs now through May 26.  The opening reception is Friday March 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  1408 Mission Avenue (@”E” Street), San Rafael.

Cayen Robertson has a brand-new website: featuring her lovely monoprints, mixed media works, and paintings.

April 2012 Calendar:      

1   Monoprinting

1   Paper Art Class: Pop Up Books

1   Evening Writing (in Gallery)

2   Painter’s Forum, every Monday

2   Fiction/Short Story Workshop

3   Gallery and Loft Openings

4   Kid’s Art in the Afternoon, every Wed.

5   Morning Writing, every Thursday

5   Active Imagination Workshop  

6   Zen Meditation, every Friday

6   Printing w/the Press, every Friday

7   Creativity Workshop, every Saturday 

10   Artist Trading Cards  

11   Evening Writing

13   The World is Our Canvas Photo Group  

14   Painting with Acrylics

15   Mess Ups and Mistakes Workshop  

16   Fiction/Short Story Workshop

17   Photo Forum Talk and Slideshow  

19   Art as a Dream Workshop  

21   Channeling Creativity Workshop  

22   Paste Papers Class  

24   Writing for Artists Workshop

25   Evening Writing

26   Collage Playshop

28   Intro to Oil Pastels  

29   Sit. Breathe. Write.  

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.