Message from Michael Heacock, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who came to our “Winter Celebration” fundraising event.  We had so much fun! Thank you for your warm spirit and generosity! We are extremely grateful to have so many wonderful people, businesses, artists, and organizations that gave items to our live and silent auctions (Please see below for a complete listing).


Also, we would like to ask you, our members, to send us via email your most inspirational and compelling O’Hanlon Center story.  We want to hear from you!


Additionally, we would like to announce that the 2014 Annual OHCA Members’ meeting will be held Wednesday, January 15 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Please join us for a recap of our accomplishments from 2013 and hear about what our goals are for 2014. 


We thank our many generous event Donors:  142 Throckmorton Theatre, Abby Wasserman, Anabelle Wasserman, Apple Computer, Asian Art Museum, Barry Toranto, Beads of Marin, Karen Benke, Beth’s Community Kitchen, California Film Institute, Carolyn Planakis, Cary James, Cayen Robertson, Chester Arnold, City Arts and Lectures, Commonwealth Club of CA, Del Monte Meat Co., Elaine James, Elite Island Resorts, Fine Arts Museums of SF, Gail Robertson, Haejin Chun, Harry Cohen, Heath Ceramics, InBev, Jerry Moore, Jessica O’Dwyer, Joyce Maynard, Judi Rees, Judy Geiger, Karen Cox, Kitty Charm School, Kris Gordon, Lando Store, Lotus Chaat and Spice House San Rafael, Marin Civic Center Cultural Events, Marin Symphony, Marin Theatre Company, Melinda Di Sessa, Mill Valley Inn, Millicent Tompkins, MilVali Salon, Nicholas Casagrande, OHCA Artists, Once Around Art Supplies, Peller Marion, Peninsula Open Trust, Perry’s Art Supplies, PugWine, Renee Richardson, Richard Gelernter, Riley Sreet Art supplies, Ronin Axelson, Sarah Oliver Handbags, Savoir Faire Art Supplies, Scott Adams, Sienna Rose, SenSpa, Spot Pet Care, Steve Bajor and PRO Events, Sweetwater Music Hall, Tea Fountain, Tom Robertson, Vimala Sangha, Golden State Warriors, Whole Foods on Miller Ave., WIGT Printing, and Zoe Harris.


A special thank you to board member, Gail Robertson, who gave so much time and energy to the event! Home run, Gail!


Thanks too, to Nicholas Casagrande for bringing us Renee Richardson as our charismatic auctioneer! If that radio thing doesn’t work out, I think Renee definitely has a future as an auctioneer.


Our gratitude goes out to our Winter Celebration Volunteers as well: Scott Adams, Carol Baum, Pat Dafoe, Judy Geiger, Zoe Harris, Elaine Nehm, Cayen Robertson, Gail Robertson, Barry Toranto, Anabelle Wasserman, Denise Webster, and Eileen Worthley.


We are so sorry if you missed the event…but there is still time to support O’Hanlon!  Soon you will be receiving a letter and return envelope for end-of-year donations.  Remember, because we are a non-profit, 100% of any gift you make is a tax write-off for you. 


We are moving forward with our deck replacement project! Engineering has begun, soon to be followed by permits, demolition, and reconstruction. Please speak with a Board member or Megan Wilkinson or today about donation and recognition opportunities. Your name, or that of a loved one, could be permanently installed at O’Hanlon!


Another opportunity to donate is with AmazonSmile.   Are you going online to do your Holiday shopping?  Designate O’Hanlon Center for the Arts as the non profit you’d like to support and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to OHCA!


What is AmazonSmile?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support O’Hanlon Center every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to OHCA.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?  Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?  Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping onAmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select “O’Hanlon Center for the Arts” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.
We thank you in advance!


Gallery News and Schedule for 2014:

In response to comments from our artists about the turnaround time between being notified that they were in a show and the opening events, starting in 2014 we will shift the schedule ahead by one week.  We have also outlined the Gallery shows for next year.  Please mark your calendars with the following dates.  All of this is posted on the OHCA website as well, on our Call for Entries tab:


Show: OHCA Members’ Show

Duration of Show: Dec. 31- January 23

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Dec.27

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Dec. 28

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: January 7        


Show: Deborah Sullivan: Real and Imagined

Duration of Show: January 28 – February 20

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): No intake: Solo Artist Show

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): No intake: Solo Artist Show

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: February 4


Show: Red show juried by Toni Littlejohn

Duration of Show: Feb. 25 – March 20

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Feb. 21

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Feb. 22

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: March 4


Show: Watercolor: Outside the Lines juried show

Duration of Show: March 25-April 24

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): March 21

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): March 22

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: April 1


Show: Marin Open Studios Show

Duration of Show: April 29 – May 22

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): No intake

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): No intake

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: May 6


Show: 11th Annual Wabi-Sabi juried show

 Duration of Show: May 27 – June 19

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): May 23

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): May 24

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: June 3


Show:  (Title TBD). Theme: Water as Materials or Subject juried show

Duration of Show: June 24-July 24

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): June 20

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): June 21

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: July 1


Show: Bay Area Women Artists juried show

Duration of Show: July 29 – August 21

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): July 25

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): July 26

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: August 5


Show: Photography Show: Light juried show

Duration of Show: August 26-Sept 25

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Aug. 22

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Aug. 23

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: September 2


Show: TBA

Duration of Show: Sept 30–October 23

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Sept. 26

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Sept. 27

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: October 7


Show: Food juried show

Duration of Show: October 28-Nov.20

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Oct. 24

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Oct. 25

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: November 4


Show: Art of the Spirit juried show

Duration of Show: November 25-Dec 18

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Nov. 21

Intake Date (Hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Nov. 22

First Tuesday Roundtable and Reception: December 2




O’Hanlon Gallery & Loft Gallery, January 2014


  • ·       Exhibit Dates: Dec. 31, 2013-January 23, 2014
  • ·       Artists Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, January 7, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • ·       Reception: Tuesday, January 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • ·       Entry Fee: $30 for current OHCA members
  • ·       Become a new OHCA member at the time of delivery and get your entry fee waived!  Call or visit for more details. 

Media: Please enter your best small-to-midsized pieces.  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, phone, 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: Open to all current OHCA members.


Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or photos) up to three pieces of work to OHCA on Friday, December 27, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, December 28, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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. 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, January 23 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, January 24, 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.


For more info: contact Megan Wilkinson at 415/388-4331 


January and February Artist Retreats: OHCA is once again offering a weeklong ARTIST RETREAT. This is a 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 first Retreat will be held Monday, January 20, through Friday, January 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the OHCA Loft and outside areas.


The second Retreat will be held Monday, February 17, through Friday, February 21, 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 2 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. 


Thursdays of each Retreat, after 5 p.m., there will be a pot luck dinner where everyone can socialize and share their work/process, etc.  The price for one weeklong Artist Retreat is: $185; $150 OHCA members.


More thanks to Volunteers, and Requests for Volunteer Help:  Thank you to Kris Gordon for carving two wooden “Residence” signs, with arrows indicating the way to Loka.  The Mill Valley Fire Marshall recommended we install these in case of emergency.  Thank you also to Jim Vogel, who hung those two signs, as well as the two signs by the front door of the Gallery. 


Thanks go to Dick Brown and Elaine Nehm as well, for facilitating OHCA’s Roundtable Discussions recently, and to Peter Xiques for overseeing intake for our Gallery shows the past few months. We’re so fortunate to have handy and active volunteers involved with the Center! 


Koya:  The old ceramics studio has a new roof, thanks to Barry Toranto!  OHCA members and supporters Dick and Nancy have also volunteered to remediate the safety issues in the building in the effort to jump-start our ceramics program again.  They need your help though!  Are you good at demolition or construction?  Give the office a call– we could really use your expertise!  415-388-4331.


Marin Open Studios, 2014: 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. 


We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Genevieve Barnhart, Nicholas Casagrande and Janet Wong, Miriam Ellingson, E. Jeane Gilliam, Forrest Merrill, Mill Valley Market, Brooke Passano, Carolyn Planakis, Cathy Shine, Eva Shoshany and Barry Toranto, and Ruth Merz Tobler.


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

Elizabeth Addison, Sheri Armor, Carol Baum, Judy Donovan, `Lyn Follett, Christina Gage, Rachel Gaunt, Nancy Head, Kristin Jakob, Lorraine Lawson, Edward Marson, Melissa Parhm, Brooke Passano, Cathy Shine, Jackie Swoiskin, BJ Van Gelder, and Carolyn Wheeler. 

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.