Message from Blair Campbell, Board President: In an effort to address our organization’s serious ongoing budget shortfall and our concern for O’Hanlon Center’s financial future, the Board has voted in favor of a small but meaningful increase in Use, Studio, and Gallery Entry Fees. The Loft phone will also be disconnected at this time. We arrived at the decision to increase fees after months of deliberation, and we have taken care to do so in the way we hope will be most manageable for our membership. We have not raised membership fees at this time. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Starting immediately, new Use Fees (for private events at our facilities) will be:


  • Members and Neighbors living in “Cascade Canyon” [defined as the area within a half mile from OHCA] – $25/hour
  • Nonmembers – $40/hour
  • Non-Profits – $30/hour
  • Commercial (any event charging admission-profit or non-profit) $45/hour


  • Members and Neighbors living in “Cascade Canyon” [defined as the area within a half mile from OHCA] – $30/hour
  • Nonmembers – $45/hour
  • Non-Profits – $35/hour
  • Commercial (any event charging admission-profit or non-profit) $50/hour

Starting in September, new Gallery Entry Fees will be: $30 for OHCA members for up to three pieces, and $35 for non-members.

Starting in October, Studio Drop-in Fees will be: $15/day.  We will schedule specific studio times each quarter in addition to having the space available during non-program hours.

On the topic of minimizing expenses, OHCA is currently looking for a volunteer bookkeeper. If you have had professional bookkeeping experience, know how to use QuickBooks, and would like to offer your expertise to the Center pro bono, please call the office: 415-388-4331.

OHCA is also seeking recommendations from you regarding the use of our buildings and the physical site in general. Ideas on what works well and what could work better will be considered for incorporation into our Master Plan. We want to hear from you! Please call or email the office with your suggestions.

Security On Monday, July 16, all of the cash from O’Hanlon Center’s Gallery donation box was stolen. OHCA’s Board will be considering best next steps to address security on site. As a reminder, if you see suspicious activity at the Center, please call the police immediately.

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Darlene Berg. Darlene was an artist active at OHCA during the 1960s and ’70s. She continued to participate in Gallery shows as recently as 2009’s Sculpture and Assemblage show. She passed away Friday, July 13, after a long illness. She will be missed.

Whole Foods Market on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley has chosen OHCA as the recipient for their “Dimes for Non Profits (DFNP)” program starting now and through September 30, 2012!
DFNP raises money for nonprofit groups at Whole Foods registers. Customers who bring their own bags may opt to take a 10 cent discount for each bag or to donate the 10 cents to a nonprofit. DFNP usually results in a $800-$1200 donation for the designated nonprofit. So remember to bring your bag while shopping and mention OHCA when you check out!

Whole Foods 20th Anniversary Party Art Fair  Also, be sure to stop by the Whole Foods on Miller Ave. in Mill Valley anniversary party on Saturday, July 21, from Noon to 3 p.m. to support OHCA artists selling their works at the art fair component of the event. Find us at tables in the parking lot adjacent to the Buddhist Temple of Marin.

OHCA/GROW Partnership Announcing a special opportunity for OHCA members: If you sign up for a ceramics class or enroll your children ages 2+ in ‘The Little Art Studio,” both of which are part of GROW Art and Garden Center in Tam Junction, you will receive a 15% discount by mentioning you are an OHCA member! This discount will be available starting in September. For toddler art information visit:, or contact Jhaya Warmington: For information on ceramics classes, visit:, or contact Jennie Dito:

Mail Chimp In the near future, Diorama will be delivered only to our MailChimp subscribers. MailChimp is a great tool that protects privacy and enables program registration online. Please click here: to ensure that you’re still opted into our mailing list.

Thank you to volunteers Judy Geiger, Elaine James, Barry Toranto, Sandra Tresan, and Emily Wong! OHCA thrives on support from our volunteers and donors—contact the office to learn about more opportunities to get involved.

Become an OHCA Board Member!  Interested in helping shape O’Hanlon’s future?  We need you!  Contact the office if you’d like to learn more about being on OHCA’s volunteer Board.

July Artist Retreat: The Retreat (to be held Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the OHCA Loft and outside areas) still has 5 Writing Spaces available. The price for the week-long July Artist Retreat is: $185 general; $150 OHCA members. Contact the OHCA office for complete details.

Call for Entries: “Bay Area Women Artists”

O’Hanlon Center Gallery, August 2012

  • Exhibit Dates: August 7 to August 29, 2012
  • Roundtable: Tuesday, August 7, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tuesday, August 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Juror: Donna Seager, Seager Gray Gallery
  • Entry Fee: $25 for OHCA members, $30 for non-members, for up to three pieces.

Media: Any media with emphasis on exploration, abstraction, and imaginative use of materials and content. Traditional landscapes, figurative work and realism discouraged. Pieces must be ready to hang or display. Works must be labeled with artist’s name, phone, email, medium, size, and price, if for sale. Please do not submit artwork that has previously been displayed in OHCA’s Gallery shows.

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

Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver your work to OHCA on Thursday, Aug. 2 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 3, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; or on Saturday, Aug. 4, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entries will not be accepted for consideration if they are not ready for display when received. We will notify you about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, August 6 at 5 p.m.

Those works not accepted must be picked up by Tuesday, August 7 between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made. Please include biographical information and/or artist statements if you have them. We will give you Gallery policies during drop off.

Gallery requirements are that the artist provides insurance coverage and that accepted work remains on view for the duration of the exhibit.

Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thurs., August 30 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or on Fri., Aug. 31, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Artists leaving their work after this time will be charged $5/day storage unless prior arrangements have been made.


August in the Loft: Pen and Ink Works by Jhaya Warmington Jhaya is a Mill Valley-based fine artist and art educator who has worked extensively with a variety of media including recycled and found materials, clay, stone, wood, bronze, drawing, and painting. Her work has been shown at many nationally ranked art galleries in the U.S. as well as in the UK over the past 10 years. She holds a B.F.A. and also studied early childhood education, developmental psychology, and art therapy. Jhaya currently owns The Little Art Studio, located at GROW in Tam Junction, Mill Valley and teaches a unique art program for toddlers, preschoolers, and children ages 2-7.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Genevieve Barnhart, Kate Dumont, Dorit Elisha, Gene Erickson, Jean Port, and Cayen Robertson.

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

Another Great Way to Give OHCA has also enrolled in, an online resource for fundraising where participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases back to OHCA. Just register your existing cards for use in the program. Participating merchants will make contributions to OHCA based on your purchases, using the cards you have registered. Take a look at the Escrip website ( and enroll today!

We Salute New and Renewing Members   Marsha Connell, Julia Javrotsky, Betsy Kellas and George Tomberlin, Roxanne May, Esther Munger, Elaine Nehm, Phyllis Pansegrau, Pamela Pierron, Tachina Rudman-Young, Dana Scofield, Tom Silver, Virginia Stella, Sandy Tresan, Gary Yost, Emily Wong, Linda and Wilbur Wong, and Ellen Zucker.

New Membership Incentive:   If you are a current OHCA member and bring in one new member who says they were referred to us by you, you will receive a free coupon good for one Personal Creativity Workshop, Thursday Writing Class, or Gallery Entry Fee! Contact the office for details: 415-388-4331.

OHCA Member News: Salma Arastu raised $5,000 from supporters and was matched by The East Bay Community Foundation’s “Fund for Artists”, for her series of poem-paintings, “Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love, Unity and Freedom.” Works from the series will be at Dominican University’s Alemany Library Gallery July 20 – Sept. 20. The opening is Sat., Sept. 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Elise Cheval has a piece in “Horizons”, at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, on display from July 21 to August 19. The opening is July 21, 5-7 p.m.

Elizabeth Flanagan, Willow Older, and Kartikey Patel will be selling their works on Saturday, July 21 at the “Art on the Lawn” show, 67 Ross Ave., San Anselmo, (415-944-4406). The show is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and there will be live music by Jose Neto and Daryl Bond.

Robert Gumpertz has been commissioned to create a four-color cover page for Chaperon magazine, a periodical printed in six languages for tourists visiting San Francisco. Robert’s design will highlight the America’s Cup race and will be published in January 2013.

Patricia Kelly will exhibit her egg tempera works at the San Francisco Zen Center August 3 – 29. The reception is Friday, August 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 300 Page Street, San Francisco.  See:,283

Susan Trott’s novel, Flamingo Thief, will be a movie in 2013, starring Will Ferrell, and produced by Ben Stiller. Way to go, Susan!

Congratulations to all the OHCA members who entered and won prizes at the Marin County Fair, including Enrique Goldenberg, Leslie Lakes, Karin Mortensen, and Elaine Nehm!


August 2012 Calendar:  

1 Wire Forms in Light Class

3 Zen Meditation, every Friday

3 Printing w/the Press, every Friday

4 Creativity Workshop, every Saturday

4 Upcycle Art Class

5 Monoprinting

6 Your Life in Story: Memoirs, every Monday

7 Gallery and Loft Openings

9 Suminagashi Paper Marbling

10 The World is Our Canvas Photo Group

11 Acrylic Expressionism

12 Channeling Creativity Class

13 Painter’s Forum

14 Artist Trading Cards

15 Felted Vessels and Flowers

16 Local Women Writers Series

18 Margery Kreitman and Friends

19 Paper Earrings

22 Welcome to Watercolors

22 Watercolors 911

29 Local Women Writers Series

27 Painter’s Forum

27 Sufi Meditation

30 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.