Message from Michael Heacock, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who generously gave their time for the Loft Clean Up Day on February 26: Brooke Passano, Carolyn Planakis, Cayen Robertson, Eileen Worthley, Elaine James, Elaine Nehm, Gail Robertson, Judy Geiger, and Phyllis Pansegrau!  The space looks great.

A couple of items related to the Loft Clean Up Day:  Elaine and Carl Nehm have donated new glass table tops for the lower level studio, near the printing press.  Thank you, Nehms!  The glass pieces are fragile, so please treat with care. 

Also, the table top on the Loft’s uppermost floor is getting some wear-and-tear.  If you use this work space (on the same level as the Library and Kitchenette) please make sure to protect the table top from x-acto knives, scissors, pens, ink, paint, etc.  Please put down protective plastic or cardboard before setting up a project on that table.

In addition to that, OHCA would like to offer, free to a good home: two working stereo speakers: 41” high, 14 ¼” wide, and 10.5” deep; as well as a blue metal light exposure tray, good for making cyanotypes.  It measures 39” high, 39 ½” wide, and 33 ¾” deep.  First come, first served.  To arrange for picking up these items, please contact the OHCA office: 415-388-4331.

We are pleased to announce a special online donation opportunity on the O’Hanlon Center website currently:  Artist and O’Hanlon Center supporter Tom Robertson has generously agreed to donate 100% of the sales of six of his paintings to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.  Each acrylic on canvas painting measures, in order of appearance in the online slideshow:

56″ x 64″
72″ X 63″
64″ x 56″
64″ x 56″
72″ X 63″
72″ x 63″ 

The minimum bid for each of Tom’s paintings is $400, but as O’Hanlon Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, we will gladly accept more for these incredible, one of a kind paintings.   Final bid price does not include shipping and handling, if required.  To see the slideshow of Tom’s paintings and to bid, go to: 

To make an appointment to see the paintings in person, or to get more details about these special pieces, please contact O’Hanlon Center: 415-388-4331 or .

We are also sorry to share with you news of the passing of two beloved members of Marin’s art community:  Laurie Stoelting, haiku poet, Mt. Tam lover, and former O’Hanlon Center member, passed away Sunday, March 9.  A Memorial for Laurie is being planned for Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at the Homestead Valley Community Center. RSVP to Eric, Laurie’s husband, if you plan on attending the service:

Max Thelen, art supporter and co-founder of Art Works Downtown in San Rafael passed away February 13, 2014.  Max was an attorney whose public service was also instrumental in building the foundation of the Marin Ballet Association nonprofit.  Max is survived by his wife, fiber artist Phyllis Thelen, who juried O’Hanlon Center’s Wabi Sabi show in 2010.

Both Laurie and Max gave so much to the arts in Marin.  They will be missed.


CALL FOR ENTRIES:  “Watercolor: Outside the Lines,” April 2014

  • Exhibition Dates: March 25-April 24, 2014
  • Artists Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, April 1, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tuesday, April 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Juror: Lynn Sondag, BFA, MFA, Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Dominican University
  • Entry Fee: $30 current OHCA members, $35 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.O’Hanlon Center invites artists to explore the edges of watercolors as a medium: its fluidity and immediacy; its luminosity, transparency, opaqueness; and/or its application in new and inventive ways.

    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 in O’Hanlon’s Gallery.

    Media: Watercolor. 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, March 21, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, March 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, March 24 at 5 p.m.

    Those works not accepted must be picked up Tuesday, April 1 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, April 24 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, April 25, 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.

April in the Loft Gallery:  Richard Cruwys Brown: “Re-Vision”  The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ Loft Gallery will present “Re-Vision: Reworked Art from the OHCA Donation Bin” works by Richard Cruwys Brown.  He says, “Artists can donate pieces to a bin in O’Hanlon Center’s Loft studio building which can be used by anyone who is interested exploring its contents and making changes as a creative exercise.  Sometimes the changes are subtle and at other times quite sweeping.  This show is a culmination of years of work out of the bin during the monthly monoprint class held at the Center and led by Cayen Robertson.”

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Allyn Finegold, Toni Littlejohn, Cathy Shine, Deborah Sullivan, and Barry Toranto and Eva Shoshany.

Other Great Ways to Give  Did you know that by shopping at Mollie Stone’s, Fairfax Market,  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 nonprofit 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  Brett Hopper, Chris Francisco, Diane Goldstein, Gray Timberlake, Jennifer Mygatt Tatum, Jess Batha, Kristen McCormack, Letha Moore, Margery Kreitman, Mary Lou D’Auray, Miriam Ellingson, Rachel Kelly, Sandra Goudy Andrew, Vimala Zen Center, and the Write On, Mamas!.

Member News: Melinda Di Sessa, Joseph Hayes, Elaine Nehm, Cathy Shine, and Wilbur Wong all have artwork selected for the Falkirk Annual Spring Juried Show, opening Friday, March 28 (5:30-7:30 p.m.).  The show will be up until May 24.  For details, see: 

Flavia Krasilchik has her sculptural pieces in the Pop Up Gallery’s “Naturally” show, with a reception on April 11 from 6-9 p.m. Details and photos of Flavia’s works are here:

Congratulations to Ed Sattizahn of Vimala Sangha!  He was elected new abiding abbot for the San Francisco Zen Center City Center.  For more details, see: 

Virginia Stella has her sketches on display at the Dominican University’s Fink Science Center as part of the Mondays in Marin group.  Virginia also helped curate the show of 19 artists.  The exhibit will be up until August 22.  Contact Sandi Chin for information: 

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.