Message from Michael Heacock, Board President:  We are sorry to share with you the news that OHCA member and volunteer extraordinaire Emily Wong fell off her bike on Saturday, Aug. 3, hit her head, broke four ribs, and punctured her lung.  She is currently in Marin General in the ICU.  Please keep her in your thoughts.

We also wanted to give you a heads up: in the next few months, we will begin making some upgrades to the physical site that may alter pathways to the Loft and Gallery. Alternative routes will be clearly marked.

Also, you will soon receive in the mail a request for donations.  All money earned through your kind responses will be dedicated to our facility improvements.  Please keep an eye out for our letter in the mail and contribute as generously as you are able.  We thank you in advance!

August in the O’Hanlon Center Gallery: “Bay Area Women Artists” Don’t miss O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ August exhibit, “Bay Area Women Artists,” a group show juried by gallery owners Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray.  The show runs through August 29, 2013.

“Bay Area Women Artists” features mixed media artwork with emphasis on exploration, abstraction, and imaginative use of materials and content and includes artwork by Beth Waldman, Aileyn Ecob, Audra Cobelis, Barbara Crow, Cayen Robertson, Chris Motley, Cynthia Jensen, Cynthia Tom, Deanna Fainelli, Diane Goldstein, EA Betsy Kellas, Guerlain Greyii, Helen S. Cohen, Irene Nelson, Jan Burlingham, Jan Buscho, Jean Renli Jurgenson, Joeann Edmonds Matthew, Karen Chew, Karen Sommer, Kathryn St. Clair, Katie Haas, Kimia Kasraie, Linda Masotti, Linda Wong, Mardi Wood, Marie Bergstedt, Marsha Balian, Melinda di Sessa, Raquel Baldocchi, Renee Owen, Sandra Rubin, Stephanie Jucker, Tanya Baccarat, and Virginia Rigney.

Jurors Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray are co-owners of Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, which has as its focus the rich continuous history of art in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Whether the spotlight is on figurative painting, ceramics, handmade artist books, abstraction or monumental sculpture, their commitment is to presenting the finest work possible in an atmosphere that gives focus and context to the presentation.

August in the Loft Gallery: Portrait of an Artist Getting Old: The Art of Edward Marson”

Edward Marson is a transplanted New Yorker who lived and studied art at Cooper Union in Greenwich Village. His only break from city life was going to Yale University to earn his Masters Degree in graphics.

Edwards’ oeuvre is painting human beings, both in figurative form and in portraits. His painting are influenced by “The New York School” painters like de Kooning, Larry Rivers, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollack and others, when Soho was the center of most new art in New York and perhaps the world.

Most of these artists were his teachers, mentors and idols. These strong influences, and his graduate work at Yale School at School of Art and Architecture for graphics, were the influences he brought with him to his new home in Sausalito, California.

Edwards’ work has been published in both national and international magazines. He has had the honor of having his work chosen to be part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  He continues to work in Mill Valley California at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.

August Programs in Conjunction with the “Bay Area Women Artists” show: 

Local Women Writers Series featuring readings by acclaimed female writers based in Marin County. The series features new readers every night, each sharing a passage from a recent book, essay, or short story.  A Q&A session with the audience and group discussion with the panelists follows. Times: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $10, $8 OHCA members. Guests are asked to RSVP the Monday prior to each reading by contacting the O’Hanlon Center Office: 415-388-4331 or

Thursday, August 15 theme: “The 10 Stages of the Creative Process” with Tiffany Shlain

In this talk, award-winning filmmaker and Mill Valley resident Tiffany Shlain will discuss her own creative process from hunches to creative blocks and breakthroughs from her films and her TED Book “Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks.” Her last four films have premiered at Sundance and her recent work was selected by the US State Department to represent America at embassies around the world.

Thursday, August 22 theme: “Sin” with readers: Jasmin Darznik, Peller Marion, and Peg Alford Pursell.

Thursday, August 29 themes: “Love and Epiphany” with readers: `Lyn Follett, Jessica O’Dwyer, Eve Pell, and Abby Wasserman

Also, on August 17: “Summer Shorts” An evening of monologues and scenes by four women playwrights and performers with Margery Kreitman and friends. Saturday, August 17. 7 to 9 p.m. $15, $12 OHCA members. Vignettes will include:

Retreat by Margery Kreitman: A week-long not so silent, silent Buddhist retreat.

Inexpressibly Blue by Nancy Cooper Frank: Be careful when you try to cheer a friend up: you just might succeed.

About a Book by Lee Brady: Two sisters come to blows over a book about three sisters.

Suzanne & Paula’s Affairs by Lee Brady: Confession time as two sisters talk about accidental affairs of the heart.

The Blizzard by Linda Ayres- Frederick: Going blind is challenge enough for the aging curmudgeon Arden but being stuck in his mountain retreat in the midst of a blizzard forces him to seek solace from his beloved wife Shira.

Lunch with Jolene by Lee Brady:  The past is painfully present as three old friends go out to lunch.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Symbols”  O’Hanlon Center Gallery, September 2013

  • Exhibition Dates: September 3 through 26.
  • Artists Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, September 3, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tues., September 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Juror:  Gregory Wiley Edwards, Painter, Lithograph, and Pen and Ink Artist, Commissioner Emeritus for the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of Oakland.
  • 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 or visit for more details.

Submitted work should include any type of meaningful symbols, emblems, designs, or crests that are internationally known or personally significant, ancient or modern, and that are integral to the design of the art piece.  Sources of symbols may include but are not limited to animism, astrology, cartography, mathematics, mysticism, nautical codes, psychology, paganism, spirituality, tarot, veves, etc. Abstract and expressionistic works encouraged.  Please do not submit works that have previously been displayed in the O’Hanlon Gallery.

Media: Any media. Outdoor installation proposals welcome.  All works must be ready to hang or display and must be labeled with artist’s name, phone, medium, size, and price, if for sale.

When you drop off your art please bring a resume or an artist statement if you have one.  We will give you information about Gallery policies at the time of drop off.  Gallery requirements are that insurance coverage is provided by the artist and that 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.

Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or photos) up to three pieces of work to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, on Friday, August 30, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, August 31, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you (preferably by email) about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, September 2 at 4 p.m.

Those works not accepted must be picked up Tuesday, September 3 between 12:30 and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made.

Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thursday, September 26 between 2 and 4 p.m. or Friday, September 27 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.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Katrina Goldsmith, Mill Valley Market, Janet Morgan in honor of Sandra Goudy Andrew, Dorothy Salant, Chantal Schiffeler and family, and Quin Wilson.

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 to OHCA!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Richard Brown, Ginna Fleming, Judy Geiger, Jenny Hynes, Elaine and Cary James, EA Betsy Kellas, Geraldine Liabraaten, Rayne Madison, Chris Motley, Debra Shapiro, Hillary Sheehan Ana C. Shore, Virginia Stella, Jane Reed Veen, Linda and Wilbur Wong.

OHCA Members in the News: Congratulations to Jenny Hynes—She will be having a show, “Migrational Echoes/ Mercurial Futures” at Art Works Downtown in the Founders Lounge from Sept. 13-Oct. 8, 2013.  Opening reception is Friday, Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m.  See her website for a peek at Jenny’s collage, monoprints and mixed media works:

Kristin Jakob has some exciting news: she will be honored with a Milley Award, the Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award that applauds achievements in the arts professions and their contributions to the creative life of the Mill Valley community, for her exquisite botanical illustrations.  The ceremony will be Sunday, October 20. Way to go, Kristin!

Willow Older will be having a solo show at Noci Gelato in Mill Valley for August and September. She will be participating in the Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk both months. Stop by to say hi, see her contemporary pop/folk pieces and get an icy treat while there!

Diana Shore and Elise Cheval and the Plexus Art Group will have a new show, “Quotations Marks” downstairs in the Mill Valley Library from October 1-30. 2013.  The opening is Oct 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Check out their works inspired by quotes they find deeply meaningful.

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.