young artists postcard frontFor Immediate Release

March 18, 2016

Media contact: Erma Murphy



(Mill Valley, CA)  O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Presents

Young Artists at Work:  K-8 Student Art from Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, Marin City.

Once Around logoThis May gallery show is underwritten by Once Around, the Mill Valley Arts & Crafts Store.



The gallery exhibit of young student art is held in partnership with the non-profit The Center for Excellence: Empowering Students Through the Arts, whose goal is to ensure that Bayside MLK’s 150 students maintain continuing access to high quality visual and performing arts programs.   Due to school budget cuts, the arts and music programs face the serious threat of being eliminated if the money to keep it alive is not raised.  The arts are a vital part of students’ education and lives, and Bayside MLK students need and deserve a quality arts education.  The fundraising goal is $100,000, of which approximately $30,000 has been raised since the launch of the non-profit last September.

Artwork created by 75 – 100 kindergarten through eighth grade students will be exhibited during the month of May in the O’Hanlon Center Gallery, raising awareness in the community and providing Bayside MLK students the invaluable opportunity to participate in all aspects of a formal exhibit; planning, set-up, interacting with reception guests and the public during the Artists’ Roundtable Dialogue and art opening.   A special thank you to Once Around in Mill Valley who has provided the funds to make this show possible.

The closing party and fundraiser Saturday May 21st from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. is open to the public and will include sale of student artwork, a silent auction of artwork by local artists, live music, and light refreshments.   Tickets ($20, sliding scale) may be purchased ahead of time or at the door.


To purchase tickets or make a donation, please send a check to:

Center for Excellence logoThe Center for Excellence
P.O. Box 4142
San Rafael, CA  94913


For further information, contact Ellen Franz, Bayside MLK visual arts teacher, at, or go to the fundraising site, “Save Arts and Music Programs At Our School,” Fundraiser ID: 1526480.  Save Art at Our School



Young Artists At Work: May 2 – 21, 2016

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

616 Throckmorton Ave.  Mill Valley

Gallery Hours: Tuesday ­– Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Supporting events at O’Hanlon Center:


Artists’ Roundtable Dialogue:

Tuesday, May 3, 4 to 6 p.m.


Opening Reception:

Tuesday, May 3, 6 to 8 p.m.


Closing Party and Fundraiser:

Saturday, May 21, 3 to 5 p.m.

$20 Sliding Scale


About Ellen Franz:

Ellen Franz is a teacher at Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Marin City, where she has been a staff member for 14 years.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a past Carnegie K-12 Fellow.  Currently, Ellen is an instructor of visual arts and reading intervention for kindergarten–eighth grade students. Previously, she conducted staff development programs and was a classroom teacher in the Vallejo City Unified School District.