Message from Blair Campbell, Board President:  This marks my last Diorama as president of O’Hanlon Center’s Board of Directors, and I want to thank the board, the membership, and of course Megan for your kindness and support. Michael Heacock, who currently serves as board vice president and chair of the Master Plan Committee, will become board president in May, and I can’t imagine leaving the board’s leadership in better hands.

There’s more exciting news to share regarding O’Hanlon’s leadership: Peller Marion has accepted our request to join OHCA’s newly formed Advisory Council. Peller’s prior years of board service, including her stints as president and vice president, as well as her extensive professional experience and artistic accomplishments, will be a great resource for our current board to reference. We are so pleased to have her continue her involvement with OHCA in this way. 

Congratulations to Abby Wasserman!  Her article, “Artists in the Canyon” will be published by May 1 in the Mill Valley Historical Society Review journal. Abby’s article highlights Dick and Ann O’Hanlon’s pivotal roles as part of an artist group that formed in the 1940s and remained active until the 1980s in Cascade Canyon.  Copies of the journal will be available for sale through the History Room at the Mill Valley Library and at the Depot Bookstore for $8-10.  Abby authored a second article in the edition as well, “The Fabrication of a Legend” which looks into the lore surrounding Mt. Tamalpais. 

O’Hanlon Center’s annual Summer Solstice event is scheduled for Thursday, June 20!  Join us from 4 to 6:30 for this fun, casual get together of members and friends hosted by the OHCA Board.  We also invite you to a very special performance that evening of “The Longest Day” a production of the Artship Ensemble from 7 to 9 p.m. ($12, $10 OHCA members).  The performance will include stories and songs that will range from Zodiac recipes, spinning of tales, ringing of bells and other inconceivable things not yet born, all centered on the longest day of the year, June 20th.  Directed by Slobodan Dan Paich in collaboration with the ensemble. RSVP to make sure to save your space by June 18, but drop-ins after the Solstice party are welcome too!

May in the O’Hanlon Gallery: On Tuesday, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 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 30, 2013.   

Artwork on display will be by six OHCA artists/members: Virginia Fauvre, Esther Munger, Willow Older, Cayen Robertson, Gail Robertson, and Barry Toranto.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts will also be participating in this year’s Marin Open Studios the weekends of May 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2013.  Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art tour in Marin County that takes place the first two weekends in May. Artists open their doors to show the public their art. The artwork is for sale, but there is much more in the offering: ideas, inspiration, the conversation of creativity, and a glimpse into lives devoted to art.  The OHCA artists will have additional works available for sale during these special weekends.  Open hours that weekend are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Also on May 7 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 is a monthly event sponsored by the Center.

May in the Loft Gallery:  Sharon Caplan Cohen, “Renewal”  Also in May, the Loft Gallery will present “Renewal,” a photography show by Sharon Caplan Cohen.  Sharon says about her works, “After experiencing many losses in my life, I found myself in an existential crisis. Daily, there was a sense of bewilderment, grief and pain. What emerged was a year-long journey making three dimensional mandalas and photographing them. The photographs came to represent a journey of loss and resurrection. They started mysteriously illustrating a soul that bears fruit when the outward world was dry and confusing. Mandalas have the energy to radiate the mystery of the invisible heart: the heart of a Mother that says ‘this is the way home, you are home. All is good’.” The Loft Gallery is adjacent to the O’Hanlon Center Gallery on the Center grounds.

Calling All Volunteers: We are also looking for one or two volunteers to help out at OHCA a few dates coming up for our “Love Letters” performance events.  You’d be taking money at the door, troubleshooting in case something arises, and locking up the Gallery/Loft when through.  Everything else will be set up for you. You’ll also get free entry into the performance!  You would need to be here half an hour before each performance and stay until everyone leaves in order to lock up. If you’re able to spare the time, please let me know and I can go over the logistics!  The times and dates for the performances are:

·         Saturday, April 27.  7 to 9 p.m. (volunteers would need to arrive by 6:30 and leave approximately around 9:30)

·         Sunday, April 28.  2 to 4 p.m. (volunteers would need to arrive by 1:30 and leave approximately around 4:30)

Please contact the OHCA office (415-388-4331) and let us know if you’d be interested in helping.

Do you play a musical instrument or sing?  The Marin Open Studios artists displaying at OHCA would like to enlist your volunteer help!  If you are interested in playing for all or part of the open studios events May 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2013; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of the days listed, please let the OHCA office know!  The Gallery is great acoustically and we have a piano on hand—it just needs a player! 

Last but not least!  Our Summer Solstice event is soon approaching (June 20) and we need your help to make it a spectacular event!  We are already looking forward to it, and would like this year to be extra special.  Please contact the OHCA office (415-388-4331) or be in touch with Abby Wasserman at 415-381-3561 or .

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Mary Coman and Anne and Shrin Rajagopalan.

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 OHCA!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Patty Anastasi, Meredith Bruce, Elise Cheval, Nuala Creed, Donna Duguay, Patsy Dafoe, Ann Eby, Enrique Goldenberg, Heidi Hillenbrand and Family, Robin Hope, Patricia Kelly, Louise Maloof, Lori Margulies, Donna Neal, Barry Toranto, James Vogel, and Nela Wattley.

Artist Opportunities: Exhibit your art and express your thoughts on bioethics. See below for details (deadline has been extended to May 1):

Art Works Downtown has announced a new Call for Entries for their upcoming “Drawing” show. See their website for complete details:

The West Marin Review is looking for previously unpublished fine art, prose, and poetry for its 5th volume. Deadline is May 1. Submission guidelines are at

OHCA Members in the News:  Richard Brown will be participating in “Real Men Write Poetry” the third annual poetry event at the Larkspur Council Chambers (400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur) on Wednesday, April 24th from 7-8:30 p.m.  It is a free event.

Congratulations to Elise Cheval! Her solo show, “GARB-age”, is on display at Union Bank Headquarters and Union Bank, 400 and 350 California St., San Francisco, respectively, through June! It is a hit with NEW breakthrough gel skin kimonos and a trashion exhibit as well.

Elaine Nehm had one of her monotypes juried into “The Innovations Show” at the Richmond Art Center.  It is on display now until June 1, 2013.  See for more info. 


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.