DIORAMA – April 2015

a mostly monthly newsletter

for members of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts


From the Board President:

We are sad to announce that beloved longtime member Elinor Severinghaus passed away on March 16th after a long illness. She was a watercolorist, teacher, wife, mother, and world traveler. Her book with Suzi Martin, “According to Ann,” collected Ann O’Hanlon’s teachings. Each time she saw a new show in the Loft or O’Hanlon galleries, Elinor’s comments were thoughtful and perceptive. She expressed immense appreciation for others’ creativity and possessed great insight into the wellsprings of creativity. We took over a bouquet of red and yellow tulips to her husband, John, and told him it is our intention is to honor her in a lasting way here at the Center.

Joan Sadler wrote a poem on Elinor’s 90th birthday with final lines that caught Elinor’s interest in Zen Buddhism and the freshness of her vision:


“So as you go out and look at your world,

Pretend you’ve not see it before;

Just stop still and spy at what catches your eye,

And the moment will open the door.”


Elinor’s memorial service will be at 12 Noon on May 9th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. All are invited. Bring pot-luck to share, if you wish. Please RSVP to jwseps@comcast.net

A collection of Elinor’s art is available at www.elinorsoeuvre.com and the full obituary can be viewed here: www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=elinor-peck-severinghaus&pid=174415151

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I hope a few more of you will join us on the wonderful Oliver Ranch tour, this Sunday, April 26. Just a few seats remain! Our special members’ price is $75, and that price is also valid for one spouse or significant other of the member. We are including in the ticket price a wine tasting at diLorimier Winery, where we will stop to eat our bag lunches.

Here is the link to the brochure with all the information: https://www.ohanloncenter.org/programs/special-events/

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Save the Dates!

A special Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. We will be discussing important financial matters that directly address a sustainable future for O’Hanlon Center, so we hope many of you will be able to attend. Plan to bring a pot-luck dish to share! We’ll eat first, then meet. More details to come shortly…

The annual Summer Solstice and observance of Ann O’Hanlon’s birthday (June 21) will be held this year on June 20th from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Please come and bring some snacks and a beverage to share! There will be music by David Fromer and an art activity involving photo transfers. Bring family and friends to this free celebratory event!

Abby Wasserman


Announcements from the Staff

Let’s be part of the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 25. Do you have a cool car or truck we could use? Want to help decorate the “Float” Ideas welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our center to the community. Email Erma with your ideas and interest: erma@ohanloncenter.org.

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The next open O’Hanlon Artists’ retreat will be July 27-31.

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.

Price: $150.

Limited space is available; please contact the office for more information.

(415) 388-4331 or office@ohanloncenter.org


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Entry dates for the next show “BOLD” are this week! Pieces will be accepted:

  • Friday, April 24 11 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, April 25 11 am – 1 pm

All are welcome to join us for the Artists’ Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00 pm, with the reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Member Emily Kuenstler will be showing her work, “Bouquets/Scrapbooks,” in the Loft. Be sure to come hear Emily talk about her creative process at 5:30, immediately following the Roundtable.


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We will begin offering Studio Use free to members on one day/month. (Normally members can use the Loft studios for $15/day use fee, when classes/meetings are not taking place.)

Upcoming Free Studio Days (2nd Monday of the month):

  • Monday May 11
  • Monday June 8

Members may bring one non-member guest with them on these days, if desired. We ask that everyone sign-in upon arrival.

The Loft upper level will be designated a ‘quiet space’ for writers wishing to work, and the Gallery will also be open for use of writers.

Any questions? Email the office: office@ohanloncenter.org


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We would like to welcome and thank the these new and renewing members! Soon we will hold a Member Orientation especially for you.

New Members: Carol & William Pollak, Peter Silen, Kim Ford Kitz, Karen Meadows, Paul Kensinger, Anne-Marie De Rivera, Kay Cousineau, Joan Caviness, Beverly Anderson, Gretchen Schneider, Eva Karlen, Susan Proehl, Helen Werngren, Rhonda Dubin, Rhoda Draws, Bea Benjamin, Karen Dockstader

Renewing Members: Katy Kuhn, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily Kuenstler, Kristen McCormack, Judy Donovan, Bia Black, Ellen Levine Dodd, Scott Adams

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Thanks for your time and attention, and we hope to see you soon at O’Hanlon for a meeting, class or event!


Kellan Christopher, Center Director

Erma Murphy, Director of Programs & Outreach




The mission of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is to provide programs, studio space, exhibitions, and experiences that honor individual creativity, develop artistic practice, and build community.