Message from Blair Campbell, Board President: We’re happy to announce that our redesigned website has now been launched: see The new site allows for online program registration, donations, and requests for membership, and we hope it helps to keep both members and the greater Marin arts community well informed about our offerings. Please spread the word about the new site!

Loft Studio Use Reminder: The drop-in studio space available to OHCA members is only free during non-workshop hours.  Please consult the online calendar or the calendar posted in the Loft by the phone for times you can use the space.  Also, if you bring a pet to the Center, you are responsible for cleaning up after it.

May in the O’Hanlon Gallery:  On Tuesday, May 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., OHCA will present an open house and reception for its May exhibit “Marin Open Studios at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.” The show runs through May 31.

Artwork on display will be by four expressionist painters: Virginia Fauvre, Kris Gordon, Gail Robertson, and Jeremy Thornton; photographer Barry Toranto; and sculptor Jhaya Warmington.  All six exhibiting artists are OHCA members.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts will also be participating in this year’s Marin Open Studios the weekend of May 12 and 13, 2012.  These six artists will have additional works available for sale during this special weekend.  Open hours that weekend are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Also on May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Center will host a Roundtable for the Arts dialogue, where the participating artists will discuss issues relating to their creative processes.  The Roundtable, a monthly event sponsored by the Center, is facilitated by painter, writer, and O’Hanlon Center member Dr. Peller Marion.

Also on Exhibit during May:  Julie Javrotsky: Relationships  Julie Javrotsky’s sculptures, paintings, and images correspond to one another in unique and intriguing ways.  This installation will reflect those tensions, affinities, and complexities while urging the viewer to create his or her own connections.

July Artist Retreat: OHCA is 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.  This is not a workshop, and there will be no instruction. What there will be 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.

The Retreat will be held Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the OHCA Loft and outside areas.

The Retreat is open to anyone who agrees to some simple rules.  There is to be no talking.   Silence with talking quietly only is allowed outside during the hours of 9 – 5 and no music is allowed except with earphones.   No visitors except after 5. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch and art supplies unless otherwise designated. Artists may leave their supplies and work set up during the week and will be required to clean up afterwards.

There is a limited amount of space available for this retreat.  There is space for 8 Visual Artists and 6 Writers. Spaces are given to those who reserve first and with fees paid.  If we find we have many more applicants than we have space, we may schedule another retreat.

Thursday, July 26, after 5 p.m. there will be a pot luck dinner where everyone can socialize and share their work/process, etc.  The price for the July Artist Retreat is: $185 for the week-long retreat; $150 OHCA members.

LOGBOMA Arts Survey: With the collapse of the Marin Arts Council, the arts community in Marin was left without a coordinated voice. Quietly, a small group has been meeting to find that voice.  The Loosely Organized Grassroots Band of Marin Artists (LOGBOMA) wishes to see a new organization formed that represents all artists and art disciplines. To collects ideas as to what a new arts organization might be and do, LOGBOMA is reaching out to the Marin arts community with a short questionnaire.  Please visit this link to share your thoughts:

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Patsy Chador and Gail Robertson.

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

We Salute New and Renewing Members

Sandra Goudy Andrew, Meredith Bruce, Patsy Dafoe, Ann Eby, Susan Forrest, Heidi Hillenbrand and Family, Patricia Kelly, Peller Marion and Ron Tilden, Barbara Miller, and Caroline Morrell.

OHCA Member News:  Jennifer Roberts Almodova has her vibrant watercolors on display at Communi-Qi Acupuncture, 1729 Seabright Ave. in Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

Alison Brown has a new website displaying her beautiful multimedia works.  Check out:

Marin County Poet Laureate `Lyn Follett will read some of her poems about growing up, moving through life, and coming into the later years.  All who attend are invited to bring a favorite poem, or one you have written, to read to the group.  Tea and cookies will be provided. To RSVP:  381-8298. Fri., April 13, 3-5 p.m.  Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley.

`Lyn will also be reading with two other poets from her latest book at Rebound Books on Saturday, April 28th at 4 p.m., 1611 4th St., San Rafael, Ph: 415-482-0550.

Kristin Jakob has her amazing botanical illustrations on display at her 40-year Retrospective Exhibition now through April 24, 2012 at the Mill Valley Community Center; M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

You can preview Eloise Larson’s book that resulted from her recent show in Yreka called “The Great Ocean” at:

Willow Older also has a new website showcasing her fun and whimsical paintings:

Linda Wong’s monoprints will be part of a three- women show at the San Pablo Art Gallery. The Opening Reception is on Sat., April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. The show runs April 21 – May 20. For more info see:

May 2012 Calendar:         

1   Gallery and Loft Openings

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

2   Getting Your Art Out of the Studio Talk

3   Morning Writing, every Thursday

3   Active Imagination Workshop  

4   Zen Meditation, every Friday

4   Printing w/the Press, every Friday

5   Creativity Workshop, every Saturday 

5    Upcycle Art Class

6    Monoprinting

6    Paper Art Class: Pop Up Books

7    Painter’s Forum, every Monday

8    Artist Trading Cards  

9    Evening Writing

11   The World is Our Canvas Photo Group  

12   Painting with Acrylics

12   Marin Open Studios at OHCA  

13   Marin Open Studios at OHCA  

13   Advanced Practice: Oil Pastels  

14   Fiction/Short Story Workshop

15   Visual Perception  

17   Lino-Cut Block Printing

19   Framing Essentials Class  

20   Sumi-e Ink Class  

23   Evening Writing

24   Writers’ Night Out  

28   Sufi Meditation

28   Fiction/Short Story Workshop  

31   Collage Playshop


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.