OHCA Announces Staff Transition

August 5, 2019 – One of O’Hanlon Center’s two co-directors, Kellan Christopher, has decided to leave his staff position in early Fall 2019 to pursue new professional endeavors.

In a recent announcement to members, Board President Naomi Tamura shared that “Kellan has been an instrumental part of the dynamic duo that has helped us close out our first 50 years on a high note while shepherding us into our next 50. We will greatly miss him.” 

Kellan also shared some thoughts with the members: “The past 4 1/2 years working at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts have been deeply rewarding, stretching me in new and creatively challenging ways. My decision to move on now, while difficult, is important for me personally, and I believe it will ultimately be good for the Center as a whole. While I will have the chance to explore new professional creative avenues, O’Hanlon will also receive an influx of new energy, ideas and talent.

“I have such gratitude for the passionate leaders I’ve been privileged to work with on our Board and Committees. Most importantly, I want to express my deep appreciation to my co-director, Erma Murphy, whose boundless energy, dedication & skill has been so vital to the success we’ve all achieved together. 

“Part of the reason I know this a good time for me to depart is that we have such strong continuing leadership from Erma, your Board, and the dedicated volunteers who keep this place thriving. “

Ms. Tamura added “Even though we will miss Kellan, we know he will continue to bring his talents and passion for the arts and building a strong community to his next endeavor.”

A job posting for Co-Director for Operations has been posted on the O’Hanlon website, ohanloncenter.org/employment


OHCA presents Student Art from Bayside MLK Jr. Academy

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 efranz@smcsd.org, or go to the Generosity.com 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.