Enter the 17th Annual Wabi-Sabi 
IN GALLERY O’Hanlon Center Show

DROP OFF SUBMISSIONS IN PERSON: September 24 & 25, 2021


Show postcard art: Phyllis Thelen. Design: Jeremy Thornton 

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts invites you to submit work for our 

17th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibition

“…celebrating the simple, the rustic, the unassuming; the dignity of things imperfect, uncontrolled and incomplete; the transient beauty of the natural world…”

When seeking to understand Wabi-Sabi, it is helpful to contemplate the idea that beauty is inherent in a simple object, which in turn evokes a quiet, thoughtful mood and atmosphere. The emphasis of this exhibit will be not on the final perfected form of the work, but on how well pieces reflect a sense and feeling of this elusive concept. In particular, focus will be on the imaginative use of natural materials that may include found objects.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration and experimentation. See the Wabi-Sabi portion of the OHCA website for inspiration and more resources: ohanloncenter.org/wabi-sabi/


MEDIA: All Media

  • Open to all artists aged 16 and over.
  • Submission limit: 3 works per artist.
  • Please do not submit works previously displayed in the O’Hanlon Gallery.



  • All work must be ready for display. Paint, glue, etc. must be dry!
  • Wall hung pieces must be securely wired. All work must be able to be carried in by one person!
  • Label all work with Artist’s name, email, website (if applicable) Telephone, Medium, Size& Price, if for sale.
  • Bring resume and/or artist statement, if desired. (2 pages max.)


ENTRY PROCESS: On Entry Dates shown below… please hand-deliver (no slides or digital submissions) up to three pieces of work to: O’Hanlon Center for the Arts • 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley CA 9494. There is an artwork submission form to fill in- which can be done by hand on the day, or you can do in advance via this PDF and print 3 copies of the first page to bring in with you. 


ABOUT THE JUROR: Marcia Lieberman

Marcia is a photographer, author and academic. She taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Art in Oakland on such subjects as time and space, dwellings, and the interview as visual entity. She resides in San Francisco and passes much of her time at the San Francisco Zen Center where she studies temple arts,the way of tea and altar flower arranging. Marcia recently finished her graduate course in Buddhist Scholarship at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Seminary, University of California Berkeley. She is the author of Clean Slate, Images from Dogen’s Garden among other works.


  • Entry Dates: Fri Sept 24, 11am – 4pm,
    Sat Sept 25, 10 am–1 pm
  • Exhibition Dates: Sept 30 – November 11, 2021
  • Pick up for non-selected works:
    Thurs. Sept 30 & Friday Oct 1, 10 am – 3 pm
    and Tues. Oct 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Roundtable: Tuesday Oct 5, 4:00 pm in the Gallery
  • Reception: Tuesday Oct 5, 5:30 – 7:30
  • Close of Show art pick up: Friday Nov 11 and Saturday Nov 12

Entry Fee: $30 OHCA members, $40 non-members, for up to three pieces. Payable on drop off.

Special Offer:  Become a new OHCA member at the time of art delivery and receive one free entry!  Call (415) 388-4331 or visit ohanloncenter.org for more details



  • $40 or $30 for OHCA members
  • People may become NEW first-time artist member of the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and have the submission fee waived.  You can join when dropping off submissions
  • Any entry fees paid by check should be written out to “O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.”
  • Please contact the office:  office@ohanloncenter.org to become a member or with any questions.



  • Artist’s Name
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Website (if Applicable)
  • Title of Artwork
  • Medium
  • Dimensions H” x W” x D” (if sculpture)


You may upload 3 pieces of artwork for this show.
The image must be 1–5 MB

IMAGES NAMED as: FirstName_LastName_Title
*Please check the title and size of your images before uploading**

ENTRY FEE: $30 OHCA members / $40 Non-members

People may become NEW first time members of the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, for $95/year for a free submission. Any entry fees paid by check should be written out to “O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.” Please Contact Erma Murphy, Director at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, at erma@ohanloncenter.org to become a member or with any questions.


O’Hanlon Center for the Arts (OHCA) Gallery Policies and Guidelines

By submitting artwork to be considered for any Exhibition,
Artist understands and agrees to the following:

Participants / Submissions:

Open to all aged 16 and over

Works previously shown at the O’Hanlon Gallery in house or online are not eligible.

Artwork Sales: Buyers will pay Artist directly for any art sales. Artist agrees to contact OHCA of this sale, and make a donation to OHCA of 30% of the sale price, on all sales of artwork within the first 60 days of the exhibition. This includes all artwork exhibited in an OHCA Gallery, in an online OHCA website gallery, and facilitated by OHCA. Donations to OHCA are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law.

Publicity: By submitting work, artists agree that photographic images and/or video of the artist and/or their artwork, in whole or in part, may be used by OHCA in various forms including but not limited to print, online and social media, for the sole purpose of publicizing this show. Artists agree to be added to O’Hanlon Center newsletter mailing list and can unsubscribe at any time.


How to Photograph Your Artwork

O’Hanlon member Dan Cassidy breaks it down here.