Cascade Canyon Artist in Residence Program:

at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts



Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

2024 Residency:  Aug 1-31
We are only accepting 1 artist this year.



O’Hanlon Center for the Arts
616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941

The residency will conclude with a day or evening open studio event.


Located in a spectacular, peaceful setting at the base of Mount Tamalpais and surrounded by redwood and oak trees, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts (OHCA) is a well-established creative haven for artists and writers, having a 50+ year history in Marin County. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, OHCA occupies 3 acres in a quiet neighborhood in Mill Valley one mile to downtown with easy access to many of the world-renowned hiking and mountain biking trails on Mount Tam.

Our location provides artists of all disciplines to explore, create and reflect on your creative process away from the hectic demands and constraints of daily life while still being able to take advantage of the conveniences a vibrant town that hosts three other exceptional art galleries and three live performance and theater venues. Being able to work in a private, natural setting provides artists an unparalleled opportunity to step away from distractions and focus on their work. If more stimulation is desired, we are just a 20-minute drive to San Francisco and Oakland.

As the residency is intended to be a working retreat, partners/spouses, family and pets are not permitted.

Our residency supports and encourages a collaborative atmosphere among fellow Artists in residence as well as with the membership of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. We welcome a broad range of creative visual arts disciplines including, sculpture and installations.

OHCA has evening gatherings, discussions, and exchanges with various Bay Area artists at the Center and online. The residency will conclude with a day or evening open studio event. This event will be open to all OHCA members and the wider Bay Area community.


Number of artists in program for 2024: ONE ARTIST


• Living Quarters close by (less than 3/4 mile) at a guest house or other neighborhood location (room with bathroom and kitchenette)
• Work/Studio Space for 1 or 2 people (Lower Loft 400 sq feet 12-foot-tall ceilings. Worktables provided.
• Opportunity for an informal critique by Bay Area Gallery owner
• Art exhibition/roundtable discussion with OHCA community about the work in process
• Access to upper Loft with extensive art library and kitchen

Artist’s Responsibilities:

• Personal expenses
• Meals/food
• Supplies & Materials (No oil paints or other toxic materials, not open to welding, or glasswork.)
• Transportation
• Offer a drop-in Studio Day to the public plus attendance at Donor Circle dinner.

Application Requirements:

• Artist Statement 1 page or 500 words or less. Describe your work process and conceptual development.
• Resume: Max 3 pages.
• Three References with email, phone, relationship to you & years known.
• Images of 10 works created within the last 3 years.



CONTACT the OHCA Office with questions.



“My time at OHCA was filled with heart and meaning. I turned a corner with my work regarding sense of place which has been an underlying theme for many years. At O’Hanlon the concept became actualized resulting in new work. The Cascade Canyon forest and creeks, my past relationship to the location and the natural environment opened a doorway focusing on ‘roots as metaphor’. It was wonderfully freeing to feel the transformation from concept to reality – intangible to tangible. Now discovering how to carry this with me wherever I am.”

Jacqueline Mallegni

2022 Artist in Residence


Artists in Residence at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts


Luba Zygarewicz & Ben Allanoff

Luba Zygarewicz

“Thanks for the support and for hosting me last summer! With gratitude for the time to experiment and explore!”

– Luba Zygarewicz

Ben Allanoff

“I want to thank you and the rest of OHCA for..

– great dinner/evening/studio visit:
– inviting me here and taking great care of me;
– good humor, artistic connection, friendship.

Of course Marin is amazing – being able to connect with the place and make art here, from my temporary home at O’Hanlon, is the greatest gift. I feel like we are all doing the same thing, each in our own unique way. Very special – your (our) particular approach to creativity.“

– Ben Allanoff


Allison Spreadborough & Jacqueline Mallengi

Jacqueline Mallengi 

I began making Asian style paper with kozo fiber in 1987. My journey with paper and sculpture has been varied from light fixtures to stone carving to ethereal mixed media sculpture. The thread of my creative process always begins with papermaking. I’m excited about the new Chrysalis series that feels like a merging of many techniques developed over the years bringing various voices together. I refer to as contemplative sculpture.

Jacqueline is a member of IAPMA, International Association of Papermakers and Paper Artists, NM State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Surface Design. She is an exhibiting artist and teaches papermaking and fiber art workshops in various locations, and from her Santa Fe studio via Zoom.

Allison Spreadborough

My name is Allison Spreadborough. I’m a watercolor artist and Sacramento native. Plein air painting is my passion as is painting intuitively from a nature-inspired prompt. I mainly create landscapes to express my fascination with the ability of nature to quiet the mind and invoke a sense of wonder. I love painting scenes depicting deep space and I appreciate places unspoiled by modern influences.

I typically paint in a style which I call Dreamy Expressionism meets California Regionalism. The Dreamy Expressionism description showcases a soft wistfulness and wonder depicting my inner awareness. California Regionalism celebrates a loose and abstracted blend of East and West influences such as brush calligraphy, simplicity, bold color and symbolism. Later, in the studio, I problem-solve the painting in an overhead mirror to critique any issues. Although this watercolor technique is unpredictable, the creative process feels freeing.