Message from Michael Heacock, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual Summer Solstice party! What a wonderful way to spend an evening with so many of you at our beautiful, peaceful site.  We hoped you enjoyed the refreshments, art activity, and music by the Matt Lax band.  Special thanks to Abby Wasserman, Elaine James, Cayen Robertson, Joan Sadler, Barry Toranto, Anabelle Wasserman, Megan Wilkinson, and Emily Wong for helping arrange the party and activities.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with ongoing gardening and maintenance projects. If you can donate a few hours or more, we would love to get your help. Please contact us at 415-388-4331.

As some of you may know, we are planning some site upgrades over the next two years, including accessible parking and pathway to the Loft and Gallery. The centerpiece to the current plan is our deck replacement project, which will include new paving between the Loft and Gallery. We’re excited to make accessibility and safety improvements. We hope you will find a way to participate as we move forward with our plans.


July Artist Retreat: SECOND WEEK ADDED  OHCA is offering a second July Artist Retreat (the original retreat scheduled for July 22-26 is sold out). The retreat 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 15, through Friday, July 19, 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 7 Visual Artists and 3 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 18, 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.


July in the O’Hanlon Gallery: “Viewpoints II”  Opening Reception, July 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., O’Hanlon Center for the Arts will present an Open House and Reception for July’s exhibit “Viewpoints II,” a group show of photographs by O’Hanlon Center members and artists Duff Axsom, Mima Cataldo, Ginna Fleming, C.B. Follett, Sharon Huntley, Kenn Rabin, Joan Sadler, and Bernard Weiner.  The show runs through July 30, 2013.

Also on July 2 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.  The opening events are free of charge and open to all ages.  Artwork on display is available for purchase.

To complement their Gallery exhibit, OHCA’s Photo Forum will also present a Slideshow and Discussion on Tuesday, July 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Free. This program has been generously underwritten by members of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.)  See more of the photographic works by the group and enjoy dialogue with the artists and refreshments – for all camera fans.

July in the Loft Gallery:“Simplicity”Photography by Suzanne Berger  The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ Loft Gallery will present new works by Suzanne Berger photography from Tokyo and Kyoto.  Suzanne says, “These images give me pause and peace. In addition I will be debuting some sculptural and assemblage pieces of found items.”  Suzanne is also a psychotherapist who helps clients use mindfulness as well as the arts for expression and insight.  Her local exhibitions include : San Francisco Public Library,  San Francisco Zen center,  SomArts,  Hartford street Zen Center , Marin Society of Artists,  Goat Hill Gallery and the Marin County Fair, and has had work sold at the MOMA gallery in Fort Mason. 


You are cordially invited to attend etcTea

WHAT: A salon style gathering served the last Sunday of every month.   A warm cup of tea is an opportunity to slow down, take a moment to reflect and connect with your community. Participants gather to share creative ideas and inspiration; interacting through art, music, poetry, performance and presentation.  This informal conversational gathering is centered around a simple tradition.

1. Choose a teacup. (symbolizing your unique holding of the event at hand)

2. Sample each tea individually. (savor the distinctive and diverse tea sequence offered over the course of the event)

3. Wash your cup. (removing any distinction between host and guest).

Please join us for etcTea served the last Sunday of every month at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. Feel free to bring any finger foods to share and enjoy. All ages welcome.

For more info please visit:  or O’Hanlon Center for the Arts :  

WHEN:  Sunday, June 30, 2013. 2:30-5:30 p.m.  OHCA members free, non members, $5 donation.

WHO:  Artist Talk: Douglas Alan Struble –  at 4 p.m. in the Loft.  The founder of etcTea, Douglas will be giving a talk about the history behind the formation of etcTea. In addition, he will be displaying several art works and giving a presentation about his artistic process and goals.

Musical Performance: The Greenwood School Summer Orchestra. Conducted and taught by Mrs. Edith Szendrey. These future 7th graders from the Greenwood School in Mill Valley will be giving a performance of their musical talents.

HUH:  The next etcTea will be on Sunday, July 27th 2013.  For more info:

We Thank Our Donors!
O’Hanlon recently received a tax-deductible gift from Artship Ensemble, Zoe Borkowski, Sharon Caplan Cohen, Jinn Fauvre, Miriam Licht, Mill Valley Market, Gail Robertson, Diana and Richard Shore, Phyllis Thelen, and Barry Toranto.


SUNDAY, JULY 14 IS O’HANLON CENTER DAY AT PASTA POMODORO!  REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR FLIER WHEN YOU GO.  Eat Out for Art!  Dine on July 14, 2013 atPasta Pomodoroin Mill Valley and 20% of your bill will be donatedto OHCA. ContactMeganfor a flier.

Other Great Ways to Give  Did you know that by shopping at Mollie Stone’s and Woodlands Market that you can contribute to OHCA?  Yes, just register your loyalty cards for those stores and part of your receipt will get donated back to OHCA. 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 Ilene Avery, Joan Brown, Melinda Di Sessa, Jeff Hvid, Julia Javrotsky, Esther Munger, Joan Sadler, Shannon Schmidt, Diana and Richard Shore, Sandra Tresan, and Gary Weatherford.

Please note that the City of Mill Valley will hold their July Art Walk on Tuesday, July 9.  O’Hanlon Center will still have their July Gallery opening events on Tuesday, July 2, as is our regular schedule, and has already scheduled a slideshow event for July 9 to which all are welcome.  If you would like to attend OHCA member Robert Gumpertz’ opening at 142 Throckmorton Theater that month, it will be held July 9, 6-8 p.m.

OHCA Members in the News:
  Congratulations to OHCA Member and Collage Playshop/ Exploring Collage facilitator Elaine Larson!   She won 3 Awards of Merit, 1 First Place, and 2 Honorable Mentions at the Sonoma-Marin Fair for her collages! Visit the Petaluma Fairgrounds this weekend to have a lot of fun and see Elaine’s pieces as well as all the great art in Herzog Hall.

Congratulations too, to Elaine Nehm and Diana Shore!  They both had artwork chosen for the “Vessels exhibit at Arts Benicia juried by Lawrence Rinder. 

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.