Message from Michael Heacock, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who donated in response to our mailed and emailed appeals. Your contributions are invaluable and will be used towards the site projects now underway. 

An update about our deck replacement project: Engineering is underway with a permit to follow in March. We hope to begin foundation work in April. Please contact us today about opportunities to contribute to this exciting project!

Please Donate: Send us a monetary gift towards our physical site improvements!  The $50 or more you send will go towards projects like repainting the Gallery floor, washing windows, replacing heaters, improving lighting, shoring up retaining walls , helping bring Koya back to a functional ceramics studio, and OHCA’s deck repair. We’re open to any new improvement suggestions from you, too!  Got a pet project in mind? Email or call the office with your ideas: or 415-388-4331.

Become a Member or Renew: Like OHCA’s Gallery shows and Programs?  Get involved!  Become a new member today, or renew your membership to enjoy another year of quality exhibits and events.

Upgrade your Membership: Did you know that by becoming a “Friend” member ($500/year) you are helping support the long term survival of the Center?  Or, that by becoming an “Artist Patron” member ($125/year), you are making a $30 contribution to the Center?  It’s true!  Upgrade today!

Buy a Membership for a Friend: Share the richness of what you experience here at O’Hanlon Center with a loved one.  Grow in your creativity together!

Volunteer: Loft Clean Up Day is February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Stop by and lend a hand!  There is plenty to be done, and we need your help.  Can’t make it that day?  Call the office (415.388.4331) to see what other opportunities are coming up for you.

This place is so special and has given us all so much.  Please, consider how you too can give. 

Thank you in advance for your support!

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!


New program announcement:  An Afternoon of Irish Poetry in honor of St. Patrick’s Day will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Loft, $10, $8 OHCA members. 

A lively and lovely program of readings by Terry Phelan, a poet of Irish extraction living in San Rafael; Calvin Ahlgren of the Marin Poetry Center; Richard Cruwys Brown, a poet living in Kentfield; and Abby Wasserman, a Mill Valley writer. Besides their own work, the poets will read from the work of William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature; Eavan Boland, a poet born in Dublin who is presently professor of English at Stanford University; and Galway Kinnell, American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.  Work by other Irish poets, possibly including Tess Gallagher, Paul Muldoon, and James Joyce, will round out the program and Celtic harp player Susan T. Mashiyama, a singer/songwriter, will perform among the poems.  RSVP by March 12.



O’Hanlon Center Gallery, March 2014

  • Exhibition Dates: February 25 – March 20.
  • Artists Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, March 4, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tuesday, March 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Juror:  Painter and Alchemist Toni Littlejohn
  • 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.What does “Red” mean to you and how do you optimize its vibrancy in your work?  Does it mean guilt, sin, passion, or anger to you? Or does it represent sex, lust, passion, love, hope, happiness, and beauty?  How about blood, danger, sacrifice, courage, valor, or loyalty?  Honor, success, fortune, or wealth?  Perhaps summer, heat, and warmth? What about Communism, Socialism, or just plain-old revolution?  Any way you use it, we’d like to see it!  Pieces should be predominately red in color.

    O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration, and experimentation. Please do not submit works that have previously been displayed at the O’Hanlon Center Gallery.

    Media: Any media, including photography. Must be ready to hang or display. All works should be labeled with artist’s name, telephone, 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, February 21, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, February 22, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you (preferably by email) about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, February 24 at 5 p.m.

    Those works not accepted must be picked up Tuesday, March 4 between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made.

Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thursday, March 20 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, March 21, 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.

March in the Loft Gallery: “Vision and Form” by Jim Vogel. Jim says of his works, “Upon the realization that the relevance of a vision is subject to expectations of the viewer; I have found inspiration in the process of adapting my vision to a variety of forms. The paintings (1979- 2011) in this show represent ideas that had ‘legs’ in the visual world.”

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Jessica Batha, Laurie Oman, Leslie Leslie, Mill Valley Market, and Nela Wattley.

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!

Do you shop online?  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!  Contact Megan Wilkinson for more details about how you can give to OHCA using this program. We thank you in advance!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Anne Rosenfeld, Bia Black, Carolyn Planakis, Cayen Robertson, Eileen Worthley, Flavia Krasilchik, Gail Robertson, Jane Czech, Janet Greenwood, Joan Brown, Leslie Leslie, Maggie Feldstein, Mike Moser & Kathy Sloan, Nela Wattley, Peller Marion, R. Dean Nyberg, Ruth Gendler & Richard Stangl, Susan Trott, Vickie Block, and Zoe Borkowski.

Member News: Congratulations to Mima Cataldo!  Mima had photos included in an exhibit based on the work of Robert Frank’s “The Americans” at Dickerman Prints in the SoMa district of SF. She also has a new website showcasing some of her works:

Congratulations, too to Katy Kuhn!  Her painting “Woman” was on the cover of the Mill Valley Art Commission’s “First Tuesday Artwalk” Guide for February!  Katy’s paintings were also on display at Peristyle/Ruby Living on E. Blithedale during the course of February.

Congratulations once more to Deborah Sullivan!  Her February show at O’Hanlon Center was a hit!  She sold three pieces and the exhibit was not only picked up in the Pink Section of the Chronicle, but it was also tweeted about by columnist Leah Garchik!  Take a look here:


Artist Opportunities: Marin Artists Invited to Celebrate Creativity in Downtown San Rafael’s Street Banner Art Competition

Marin County artists inspired by the theme “Creative San Rafael” are invited to submit art work for the Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District’s (BID) 2014 Streetscape Banner Art Competition. Selected entries will be featured along Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael this spring, with prizes awarded to juror-selected top three entries. Additionally, the BID will host a “people’s choice” award, inviting the community to vote for favorite designs of all entries displayed in a Facebook photo gallery. The Call for Entries and entry guidelines are online: Deadline is March 30.

For more information, call Carol Thompson, director, San Rafael Downtown Business Improvement District (415) 720-5591 email:, or go to

Call for Applications:  Djerassi Resident Artists Program  The Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California is seeking applications from artists for residencies in 2015. The Program offers residencies, at no cost, to artists in the disciplines of visual arts, media arts, music composition, choreography, and literature. Artists selected by peer panels are offered room, board, and studio space for 6, 30-day sessions during the season, which runs from mid-April through mid-November.

The deadline for accepting applications is March 15th, 2014, for a residency in 2015. Artists may apply through the APPLY link on our website or through the online portal Please note: the Djerassi Program is no longer accepting paper applications.

For additional information please refer to the Djerassi Program’s website, or email the office at:  2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside, CA 94062.

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.