Message from Michael Heacock, Board President: Thank you to everyone who has donated to O’Hanlon Center using the AmazonSmile program. We have earned $770.93 from your efforts! AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible AmazonSmile items and there’s no cap on how much they will donate. So if you shop using Amazon, use this link to have part of your receipts donated back to OHCA:

The Koya Ceramics Studio is almost ready to be used! Thanks to volunteer Richard Head, we are expecting a kiln by the end of the month. O’Hanlon Center is seeking a potter’s wheel in excellent condition and a fully functional slab roller. If you have either or both of these items that you would like to donate, please contact the O’Hanlon Office: 415-388-4331.

Painting Party! We will gather at Koya on June 14th to sand, prime and paint the exterior of the building. Lunch will be provided. We’ll start at 9 a.m. to beat the heat and keep going until it’s finished. Call Abby Wasserman at 381-3561 to be part of the work crew!

We are still also offering scrap stone of various shapes and sizes, free to a good home. First come, first served. To arrange for picking up the stones, please contact the OHCA office: 415-388-4331.

O’Hanlon Center has a bight new ad on the inside front cover of the Mill Valley Historical Society Review journal! You can pick one up at the History Room in the Mill Valley Library.

Don’t miss Writer’s Night Out! This coming Friday, May 23. 7 to 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. OHCA’s Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday writing groups will read from short works and works in progress. Readers will include: Antonia Van Becker, Esti Skloot, Bronni Galin, Laurie Oman, Paula Hansen, Linda Applewhite, Meredith Bruce, and Abby Wasserman.

Also just announced: “Substance into Color” class with Kate Temple! This class is six weeks (May 21-June 25, 10-2), meeting once a week for a four hour studio, and explores the entire spectrum of color, beginning with magenta through carmine to yellow, green, blue and violet, one color at a time. One substance is turned into a color during each class and several individual paintings are made, explored, worked on using the substance/paint. The color is introduced from a color theory point of view and then individual perceptions and experiences are shared after studio work. It is a great phenomenological approach for painters to train their perception and sensitize themselves to the full spectrum, not to mention a study and history of each color and substance. All materials are provided.

RSVP for the series by May 20. Six sessions: $360/ $288 OHCA members, $30 materials fee.

Member News: Joeann Edmonds-Matthew and Diana Shore both have pieces in Art Works Downtown current exhibit, “Shelter” which was juried by Catharine Clark, of Catharine Clark Gallery. The show will be up until June 6.

Mary Barone will have her ceramic pieces in an exhibit, “Out of the Fire” on display at Sutton Suzuki Architects (39 Forest St., Mill Valley). The opening will be June 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Patricia K. Kelly will be at The American Academy in Rome, Italy participating in the Visiting Artist Program from mid-May to early June. Congratulations, Patricia!

One of the fun things about being a member of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is getting to know one another at openings and events. Now we’re adding print! Diorama will soon feature mini-profiles of a couple of members per issue, based on interviews board member Abby Wasserman will begin this summer via email and telephone. Stay tuned for this new feature in the next Diorama, and be ready to talk about yourself when Abby calls! You can even jump the line and call her first: 415-381-3561.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Beauty of Imperfection: OHCA’s 11th Annual

Wabi-Sabi Show!

• Exhibition Dates: May 27 – June 19, 2014

• Artists’ Roundtable Discussion: Tuesday, June 3, 4 to 6 p.m.

• Reception: Tuesday, June 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Juror: Shoko Kageyama Klyce, Mixed Media Artist and Sculptor

• 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, phone, media, size, and price, if for sale. Outdoor installation proposals welcome.

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.

Dates for Exhibition Entries: Hand-deliver (no slides or photos) up to 3 pieces of work to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, on Friday, May 23, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, May 24, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you about whether your work has been accepted by Tuesday, May 27 at 5 p.m.

Those works not accepted must be picked up on Tuesday, June 3 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 Friday, June 20, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or Saturday, June 21 between 11 a.m. and 1 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: “My Journey into Abstraction” by Jenny Hynes

Also opening June 3, O’Hanlon Center’s Loft Gallery will feature new works by artist Jenny Hynes. Jenny says of her works, “Changes and transitions is what my journey into abstraction represents for me. Figures, faces, fertility, babies, ghosts, and ancestors have been the content of my work for as long as I can remember.

“Last fall I found out I was expecting twins (via gestational carrier) after ten years of trying to have a baby. When Mallissa was three months pregnant with Jack and Fiona I decided to work totally abstract. I needed to cut through all the ‘thinking’ and go for pure creativity. I was first inspired by the idea of working from a stream of consciousness last spring when I learned about Wabi-Sabi. I stopped over-analyzing everything I made and started embracing the “accidents”. Some of the prints I’ve included in the show still have figurative elements; they were created during the transition period.

“When I began to work on the paintings I went through a very rough period. It was so hard to not overthink the composition as well as not to overwork it. I found the only way to keep the paintings fresh was to work on several pieces at a time. I tossed the canvases and went to paper. I cut up the paper, some are from old prints that didn’t work, and laid them all out to paint on at one time. Working this way frees me and excites me.

“At the end of four months, September to December I edited my pile of work and made my funky art book. It’s somewhat chronological and I think of it as a diary of exploration into form, color, and spontaneity. Included in the show are several paintings that I’ve made post birth, as a mother.

“When I work now I call it “power painting” because I have to get into my studio and get straight to work! There’s no time to waste because the babies eat every two hours! It’s getting harder as the days go by to find the time because they are awake more throughout the day now. But as I write this I am looking forward to the challenge they create and how that will influence my next series of work.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Carolyn Planakis, Diana and Richard Shore, Linda Wong and Mill Valley Market.

Other Great Ways to Give Did you know that by shopping at Mollie Stone’s, Fairfax Market, and Woodland Market that you can contribute to OHCA? Yes, just register your loyalty cards (cards issued by the stores themselves that provide you with discounts) 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 Diana and Richard Shore, Heidi Hillenbrand and Family, Jane Hein, Jim Vogel, Judy Ellman, Judy Soifer, Monica Lee, Patricia Kelly, Victoria Ayres, and Virginia Felch.

Artist Opportunities: Public Sculpture and Art Installation Call for Entries: Art Works Downtown and the City of San Rafael seek entries for innovative outdoor art installations and outdoor sculptures. Artwork will exhibit at one of three high-traffic locations in the downtown area and rotate every four months.

• Entry Fee: None

• Entries Due by June 13. This is an ongoing program, artists may continually submit entries.

• Artwork Requirements are: Artwork should be innovative in design and materials; Artwork should appeal to a wide audience; Artwork must be large enough to be seen from the street; Artwork must tolerate outdoor conditions; Artwork must be on display for four months.

• Exhibition Rotations: July-October, November-February, March-July

• How to apply: Submit entries by emailing Application Requirements to

• Stipend: Accepted artists receive a $200 per exhibition. $100 for installation, $100 for pick-up.

For more details and to see past exhibits: or



Call for Installation/Demonstration Artists

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival; September 20 & 21, 2014

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival is currently seeking 4 to 6 artists to create art installations and/or demonstrations in a beautiful creek-side setting in the heart of Mill Valley’s Old Mill Park.

• Accepted artists will receive a 12’ X 16’ space with a value equivalent to a $600 booth fee.

• Special preference will be given for use of organic material or use of the natural environment in a unique way.

• Work that is interactive or demonstrates the artistic process is encouraged.

• On-site construction can begin Wed., Sept. 17 and must be completed by Friday evening Sept. 19 unless it is an ongoing demonstration project. Artist must be present during entire show, Sat.-Sun. Sept. 20-21, 10-5 daily.

• Installation must be completely deconstructed and removed from site by dark on Monday Sept. 22.

• Artist may present information about their work and take commissions for future projects, but may not sell anything at the show.

• The Installation must be free-standing and the site cannot be altered in any way (no digging, cutting of vegetation, moving rocks, etc.)

• A $200.00 prize will be awarded to the best installation or demonstration.

By June 30 (deadline) interested Artists should send a one-page description of the proposed installation or demonstration together with a sketch of the basic design and up to 4 images of related art projects they have previously completed to:

MVFAF Installation Project

attention: Tom Killion & Joy Turrini

PO Bx 1028, Pt. Reyes CA 94956

or by e-mail to both: AND


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.