Message from Peller Marion, Acting Board President: Dear Members, As 2012 draws to a close, we would like to thank you for all your support of O’Hanlon Center.  This year, we have continued to offer enticing themes for our juried Gallery shows, increased our membership, broadened programming, and brought Dick O’Hanlon’s Mobian sculpture back home.  We could not have done it without your financial and volunteer support.  We are looking to begin 2013 with renewed energy and enthusiasm and we have some exciting projects in the works such as restoring one of Dick O’Hanlon’s granite sculptures by the Gallery entrance and beginning our initial phases of our Master Plan development.

With that in mind, we ask you that when you consider your end-of-year contributions, please donate to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.  We rely on your contributions to keep this organization vibrant.  You may send a check to the Center using the remit envelope sent to you with our recent Annual Fund card mailing, call the office to pay with a credit card over the phone, or use our new website to make your gift online:

O’Hanlon Center also accepts gifts of stocks.  End-of-year donations of stocks are eligible for fair market value income deductions and avoid capital gains taxes.  With an up market now, and with tax laws subject to change in 2013, these are good options for those wishing to to give O’Hanlon Center.

Remember, memberships and classes also make great holiday gifts!  Share the joy you’ve discovered at O’Hanlon with your friends.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of long-time OHCA member Eileen Cassidy on December 13, 2012. Eileen was an inspiration to all artists, creating well into her 90s.  Her works were whimsical and fun, and revealed her youthful spirit.

Eileen was born in Madison, NY in 1913.  Her father was an army officer and she had three brothers and one sister.  She completed her undergraduate B.A. degree at U.C. Berkeley in 1935 and went on to pursue her Sociology Master’s degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  Professionally, Eileen’s was a life of public service:  she ventured to Paris in 1946 with the Red Cross, worked for Catholic Services, was a State of California social worker, and spent 26 years at the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Hospital, where she was head of the Social Work Department.  She retired in 1973.  Eileen loved to sing, especially ditties.  She will be greatly missed.  Call the OHCA office for details for her memorial arrangements.

Loft Stereo  Thank you to Victoria Bour and her partner David for replacing the Loft stereo system.  The old system was no longer working.  The new system has a CD player, IPod dock and has an AM/FM radio.  If anyone is interested in fixing the old system or taking one of its components, they are free to a good home; first come, first served.  They have been placed behind the partition wall in the Loft Library.  Also, the cassette tapes next to the old system are free for the taking.

Master Plan recommendations: 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.

Accessibility and Parking at OHCA  O’Hanlon’s Board and Master Plan Committee have been seeking to address ADA access on site.  In the near future, they will designate the entire carport as an ADA parking space.  The Loka resident’s space will be moved to the upper driveway, on the gravel.  Please do not park in the upper driveway and block their car.  Anyone needing to load/unload their cars using the upper driveway are welcome to, however, please make sure to move your car as soon as you are through.

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.

Mail Chimp In 2013, 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.

January Gallery and Loft Openings:  Please note that the January Members’ show will open on Tuesday, January 8 (the “First Tuesday” is Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, so the Mill Valley Art Walk has been scheduled for the following Tuesday.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW”  O’Hanlon Gallery & Loft Gallery,

  • Exhibit Dates: Jan. 8 to Jan. 31, 2013
  • Artists Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, January 8, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Entry Fee: $30 for OHCA members, $35 for non-members, for up to three pieces.
  • Become a new OHCA member at the time of delivery and get your entry fee waived!  Call 415-388-4331 for more details.

Media: Please enter small-to-midsized works.  Any media including photography or video.  Must be ready to display, film entries must include projection or playing equipment.  All works should be labeled with artist’s name, telephone, medium, size, and price, if for sale.

Depending on the number of member entries, we will do our best to see that at least one of everyone’s artworks is displayed.  Please include biographical information and your email address if you have one. When you drop off your art, we will give you information about Gallery policies.

Eligibility: All current OHCA members.

Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or photos) up to three pieces of work to OHCA on Fri., Jan. 4, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Sat., January 5, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Gallery Requirements: insurance coverage is provided by the Artist. Accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibit. Artists agree to a 30% tax-deductible donation to OHCA from all sales.

Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thursday, January 31 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, February 1, 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.

2013 O’Hanlon Center Gallery Shows:

January: OHCA Members’ Show

February: “Bold” color juried show

March: “Darkness and Light” juried show

April: “Myths of Your Life” juried show

May: Marin Open Studios at OHCA

June: “Beauty of Imperfection: Tenth Annual Wabi Sabi” juried show

July: TBA

August: “Bay Area Women Artists” juried show

September: “Symbols” juried show

October: “Unfamiliar Landscapes” juried show

November: “Big and Little” juried show

December: “Luminous Worlds: Art of the Spirit” juried show

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Blair Campbell, Melinda Di Sessa, Jinn Fauvre, Elaine and Cary James, Mill Valley Market, Carolyn Planakis, Eric and Laurie Stoelting, and Jane Reed Veen.

Other Great Ways 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!

Make your mark at O’Hanlon! Designate OHCA as a beneficiary in your estate planning.  Contact the OHCA office for details.

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

We Salute New and Renewing Members  Mary Barone, Ana Chavarria-Shore, Susan Cummins, Denise Meehan, Jerry Pruce, Virginia Rigney, Jeremy Thornton, and Susan Trott.

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: Robert Gumpertz has completed two children’s books. The full color illustrations in “FRANKIE at the SEASHORE” and “FRANKIE at the BUS STOP” tell the story, no text. Both are for 3 to 6 year olds and are for sale on and at the Mill Valley Book Depot.

Enrique Goldenberg, Janet Greenwood, Katy Kuhn, Elaine Nehm, Cayen Robertson, and Joan Sadler have pieces in “Falkirk’s 100: 100 Artists, 100 Fine Works” holiday silent art auction. Reception and bidding are scheduled for Friday, December 14 from 5-8 p.m. (final bids are at 7 p.m.).  Falkirk Mansion, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael.

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.