Message from Michael Heacock, Board President:  I am extremely honored to take on my new role as board president! I want to thank all of you for your support and contributions as we continue to improve and evolve OHCA. We would like to thank our out-going board president, Blair Campbell, for her outstanding leadership over the past year. We are very happy that Blair will remain as a board member, and continue to contribute her valuable time and energy.


Marin Open Studios, 2014 Congratulations to all the OHCA members who participated in MOS this year.  We hope you saw many sales!  OHCA is looking for a volunteer to manage next year’s MOS at OHCA.  Contact OHCA’s office if you are interested:  or 388-4331. 


Writer’s Night Out is Friday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation. The Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday writing groups will read from short works and works in progress.  Readers may include:  Linda Applewhite, Zoe Borkowski, Anna Coppola, Brenda Foster, Bronni Galin, Richard Gelernter, Paula Hansen, Liz Marshall, Robery Mowry, Laurie Oman, Esti Skloot, Antonia Van Becker, and Abby Wasserman.


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!


July Artist Retreat: OHCA is once again offering a July 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 22, through Friday, July 26, 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 25, 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.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Beauty of Imperfection:

OHCA’s 10th Annual Wabi-Sabi Show!

 “…celebrating the simple, the rustic, the unassuming; the dignity of things imperfect,

uncontrolled and incomplete; the transient beauty of the natural world…”


·   Exhibition Dates: June 4 to June 27, 2013

·   Artists’ Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, June 4, 4 to 6 p.m.

·   Reception: Tuesday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

·   Juror:Miwako Nishizawa, Japanese woodblock print artist

·   Entry Fee: $30 for O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ 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 or visit for more details. 


Media: any media or material, from major installations to minuscule “gems.”  The emphasis of this exhibit will be not on the final perfected form of the work, but on how well pieces reflect the sense and feeling of this elusive concept. In particular, focus will be on the imaginative use of materials and uniqueness.  See the Wabi-Sabi portion of the OHCA website for inspiration and more definitions( ).  All works must be ready to hang or display and labeled with artist’s name, telephone, medium, size, and price, if for sale.  Outdoor installation proposals welcome.  Please do not submit works previously displayed in the O’Hanlon Gallery.


Dates for Exhibition Entries: Hand-deliver (no slides or photos) up to 3 pieces of work to OHCA, on Friday, May 31, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, June 1, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m.


Those works not accepted must be picked up on Tuesday, June 4 between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made. Please include biographical information and your email address if you have one. Information about hanging/showing and Gallery policies will be provided at the Center. 


Gallery Requirements:  Insurance coverage is provided by the Artist.  Accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.  By taking part in the show, artists agree to a 30% tax-deductible donation to the Center from all sales.


Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thursday, June 27 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, June 28, 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.


June in the Loft Gallery: “J. Ruth Gendler: Seekers and DreamersArtist, writer, and teacher J. Ruth Gendler is committed to the transformational potential of the arts. Her experience with the rhythms of creativity is evidenced by a diverse background in art, writing, publishing, teaching, and lecturing. Her first published piece (when she was 8) described how she wanted to go to the Louvre and see the paintings. This was followed the next year by three poems about color. She has been interested in the intersection of art and writing, language and vision ever since then. See Ruth’s newest drawings, paintings, and prints in her exhibit, Seekers and Dreamers.


Ruth will also be leading a workshop in June to complement with her Loft exhibit:  The Creative Impulse (Sunday June 9.10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $50, $40 OHCA members.) and will be giving a talk: Cultivating and Befriending the Imagination (Tuesday, June 11.7 to 9 p.m.; $12, $10 OHCA members.)  See the OHCA website for details:


Calling All Volunteers:  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 a tax-deductible gift from Willow Older.


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  Derek Bacchus, Rayanne Bernede, Jinn Fauvre, John Garber, Jeff Hvid, Chantal Starr, and France Viana.


Artist Opportunities: Art Works Downtown has announced a new Call for Entries for their upcoming photography based show:

The Marin Art Festival is still accepting applicants for their artist booths.  You can rent a tent for $500 instead of $700 if you enroll by May 31.  See their website for details: 


OHCA Members in the News:  OHCA Member Elise Cheval has some exciting news: Her show, GARB-age, featuring her Trashion collection, made with recyclable and non-recyclable materials, will be on view at 500 Howard Street, SF, June 9 – August 29.

Also, Elise’s hand-painted and hand-dyed wearable art will be for sale at the Marin Arts Festival, June 15-16, at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon. New artwork, featuring hand-dyed cloth and hand-painted horses, will be available for purchase at the Grand Opening Sales Event, “Meet Me at 1030” in Novato, near Trader Joes and Wholefoods Market, 1030 Railroad Avenue in Novato on June 22 and June 23, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. There will be refreshments and live music. Free parking available.


Robert Gumpertz will be having a show of his new works in an exhibit “Devil Moon” at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. The opening is Tuesday, July 2. Gallery hours: 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.


Congratulations to Jeff Hvid and R. Dean Nyberg—they both have artwork on display and for sale at the Mine Gallery and Creative Space in Fairfax!  See their website for details:


Virginia Stella’s interview by Lana Dalberg, originally published in the book “Birthing God,” was reprinted by The Whistlestop Express in May.  See page 5 for the excerpt or find it online here:   


Emily Wong was interviewed by Marin Scope newspapers at her booth during last weekend’s Maker’s Faire in San Mateo!  Emily showcased her innovative crocheted hats and bags using recycled t-shirts and plastics at the event.  See the article online here: 


Lastly, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts has been in the news twice within the last month!  See the April 24 article announcing the return of Dick O’Hanlon’s Mobian sculpture as well as the Marin Open Studios events in the Mill Valley Patch here:  Thank you to Willow Older for pitching the story!  


Also, check out the Marin IJ announcement of OHCA’s upcoming Wabi Sabi show and Ruth Gendler’s June Loft exhibits: 


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.