January Diorama

Message from Blair Campbell, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who donated to our December Annual Fund Drive.  We earned $4670 in contributions, and your support is most appreciated!

Thanks as well to everyone who voted in our three new board members:  Michael Heacock, Gail Robertson, and Barry Toranto.

The 2012 Annual OHCA Members’ Meeting offers a great opportunity to meet new board members, hear from outgoing Board President Michael Tarnoff about the Center’s accomplishments in 2011, and share our vision for what’s in store for 2012. As incoming Board President, I’d also welcome the opportunity to get to know you all better and truly hope that you’ll attend! Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

A Memorial for Annie Styron Leonard will be held Saturday, January 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon. Ed Sattizahn of the Vimala Sangha will be leading the services, and there will be a display of some of Annie’s artwork.  Address:  145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon.  Phone: 415.435.9108. Guests who park at the entrance of the church’s driveway will be met by a shuttle to bring them up the hill.  There will be signs posted to mark the shuttle stop.

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  “Red”, February 2012

  • Exhibit Dates: Feb. 7 to February 28, 2012
  • Artists Roundtable Discussion:  Tuesday, February 7, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Reception: Tuesday, February 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Juror:  Painter Toni Littlejohn
  • Entry Fee: $25 for OHCA members, $30 for non-members, for up to three pieces.
  • Become a new OHCA member at the time of delivery and get your entry fee waived!  Call for more details. 

Celebrate all things red this February with O’Hanlon Center and Toni Littlejohn! What does “Red” mean to you, and how do you optimize its vibrancy in your work?  Does it mean guilt, sin, passion, or anger? Or does it represent sex, lust, love, hope, happiness, and beauty?  How about blood, danger, sacrifice, courage, valor, or loyalty?  Honor, success, fortune, or wealth?  Perhaps summer, heat, and warmth? What about Communism, Socialism, or just plain-old revolution?  Any way you use it, we’d like to see it!  Pieces should be predominately red in color.  Abstract and expressionistic works encouraged.

Media: Any media, including photography. Must be ready to hang or display. All works should be labeled with the artist’s name, telephone, medium, size, and price, if for sale.

By taking part in the show, artists agree to a 30% tax-deductible donation to the Center from all sales. Open to artists aged 18 and over.

Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or photos) up to three pieces of work to OHCA on Friday, February 3, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, February 4, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you (preferably by email) about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.

Those works not accepted must be picked up Tuesday, February 7 between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made. There is a limit of three works per artist. Include biographical information and your email address if you have one. When you drop off your art, we will give you information about hanging/showing and Gallery policies.  Gallery requirements are that insurance coverage is provided by the Artist and that accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.

Retrieval of Unsold Art: Unsold work must be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 28 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Wednesday, February 29, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Artists leaving their work after this time will be charged $5/day for storage unless prior arrangements have been made.

February in the Loft Gallery: Elise Cheval: A Woman for All Seasons Elise continually breaks new ground with her inventive pieces.  She is not afraid to use unconventional media and the results are always provocative.  See her caste tape sculptures, her reclaimed bag dresses, and more—all using materials that would otherwise have been discarded.  Elise will sing at the opening on February 7 in the Loft, and there will be a bell concert.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from Blair Campbell, Miriam Detert, Virginia Fauvre, Margritha Fliegauf, Kris and Peter Gordon, Janet Greenwood, Tip Hailey, Libby Jennings, Margery Kreitman, Miriam Licht, John Osborn, Brooke Passano, Joy Phoenix, Karen Robbins, Joan Sadler, John Severinghaus, Kathy Sloan, Michael Tarnoff, Sandy Tresan, Sheila Tuffanelli, and Gary Weatherford.

Also, remember to mention number 7078 at Mill Valley Market’s register and 2% of your sales total will be donated to O’Hanlon Center!

We Salute New and Renewing Members  Zoe Borkowski, Victoria Bour, Maggie Feldstein, Ginna Fleming, Ruth Gendler and Richard Stangl, Janet Greenwood, Bonnie Himberg, Sheela Joshi, Caryl Keeney, Katy Kuhn, Leslie Leslie, Geraldine Liabraaten, Jane Paradise, Brooke Passano, Karen Robbins, Gail Robertson, Michael Tarnoff, Susan Trott, Bernie Weiner, and Pam Will.

OHCA Members in the News:  Congratulations to Elise Cheval!  Elise was interviewed and her artwork was photographed by the Marin Independent Journal for her upcoming Loft show. Ask Elise for details on when the article will be published.

Tom Killion’s Japanese-style wood block prints will be on display at Book Passage in Corte Madera throughout the month of January. 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard.

Lew Richmond will be reading from his new book, “Aging as a Spiritual Practice” Saturday, January 21, at 1 p.m. at Book Passage in Corte Madera.  51 Tamal Vista Boulevard.

Skip Sandberg was also interviewed recently by Paul Liberatore of the Marin IJ for his new book, “Steps, Lanes, and Paths.”  See: http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_19648723  for the complete story.

Congratulations also to Jeremy Thornton, whose painting “Pixie” was featured on a full page in the December edition of Marin Magazine!  See page 71 for the image.

February 2012 Calendar:     

1   Kid’s Art in the Afternoon, every Wed.


2   AM and PM Writing, every Thursday


2   Art Salon  


2   Evening Writing (in Gallery)


3   Zen Meditation, every Friday


3   Drop-off for February show, “Red”


3   Printing w/the Press, every Friday


4   Creativity Workshop, every Saturday 


4   Drop-off for February show, “Red”


5   Monoprinting


5   Paper Art Class: Beads


6   Painter’s Forum, every Monday


6   Short Story Workshop, Mondays through 1/30


8   Gallery and Loft Openings


9   Sumi Ink Class


10   The World is Our Canvas Photo Group  


11   Painting with Acrylics


14   Artist Trading Cards   


16   Collage Playshop


16   Evening Writing (in Gallery)


18   Inner Prints Class


19   Collage Fest  


21   Active Imagination Workshop


23   Haiku Class


25   Intro to Oil Pastels


26   Advanced Practice: Oil Pastels


27   Sufi Meditation


28   Art Box-Making Class


28   Pickup from “Red” Gallery show


28   Art Film Night: MC Richards


29   Pickup from “Red” Gallery show


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


December Diorama

Jane Hirshfield and Cyra McFadden in the O’Hanlon Gallery on November 20, 2011

Message from Michael Tarnoff, Board President:  Thank you to everyone who joined us for the November 20 fundraising event with Jane Hirshfield and Cyra McFadden.  It was a lovely afternoon and raised $3000 for the Center!  We’d especially like to thank our individual and commercial donors for contributing items to the silent auction:

Chester Arnold, Asian Art Museum, Athleta, Baby and Kids Co., Benefit Cosmetics, Christie Close, Classic Kids Photo, Karen Cox Family, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Henry’s Toy Shop, Jane Hirshfield, Elaine and Cary James, Jolie, Marin Symphony, Marin Theater Company, Cyra McFadden, Melting Pot Restaurant, Mill Valley Music, Monarch, Jessica O’Dwyer, Laurie Oman, Once Around, Perry’s Art Supply, Pine Street Papery, Proof Lab Skate Shop, Riley Street Art Supply, R’Noh Thai, Savoir Faire Art Supply, Spot Pet Care, Sweet Things Bakery, Barry Toranto, Abby Wasserman, Anabelle Wasserman, Potter Wickware, Whole Foods, and Yoga Works.

We’d also like to thank our wonderful volunteers:  Zoe Borkowski, Christie Close, Zoe Harris, Peller Marion, Aya Mizoroki, Laurie Oman, Cayen Robertson, Gail Robertson, Diana Shore, Mike Tarnoff, Cynthia Tom, Abby Wasserman, Anabelle Wasserman, Emily Wong and Eileen Worthley.

If you did not have a chance to attend, there is still time to support O’Hanlon Center!  You’ll soon be receiving our end-of-year Annul Fund postcard.  Please, consider what you can donate.  As you know, every bit helps.

2012 will bring some exciting changes to O’Hanlon Center, part of which will take place on the Board.  We are excited that Michael Heacock, Gail Robertson and Barry Toranto have volunteered their names for consideration, and the Board has approved their nominations.  You will be receiving a ballot soon for their approval.  Please vote!  Your opinion counts.

After ten years of board service, I will be stepping down from the board, leaving it in the incredibly capable hands of the current and new board, and, of course, Megan.  Blair Campbell will be the new board president starting in 2012, and I know you will be very happy with her great decision making skills, kind misdemeanor, and helpful ideas.  I have loved serving on the board, but have many other irons in the fire that need my attention.  I plan on my continued financial support, as well as attending as many Saturday Perception classes as I can.

Lastly, the 2012 Annual Members’ Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please join us to learn more about the Center’s accomplishments in 2011 as well as what’s in store for us in the new year.

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that artist and long-term OHCA member Annie Styron Leonard passed away on November 13 after a difficult battle with cancer. Annie was born in Redbank, New Jersey in 1935. After receiving her BA from Columbia University in New York, she worked as a curator for French & Co. and a Publicity Director for the Guggenheim Museum. She moved to California and worked at The Whole Earth Catalog and continued her education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and the College of Marin. In 1981, Annie married the writer George Leonard. Together, they taught workshops at Esalen Institute. A celebrated artist, she utilized fibers to convey a sense of the ephemeral nature of existence and the interconnectedness of all life. Her work was displayed at many exhibits around the Bay Area and was included in the publications Fiberarts Design Book Seven and Art Week. One of her sculptures, “Within This Tree,” was included in a book Speak for the Trees and was on exhibit at the Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2009. A memorial service honoring her life will be set at a later date. She will be greatly missed.

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received tax-deductible gifts from April Abbott, David Adams, Geraldine Beers, Fiber/Dimensions, Mark Lifvendahl, Carolyn Planakis, Claire Russell, Diana Shore, Margaret Starrett, Laurie Szujewska, Cecelia Thorner, Nela Wattley, Regula Weill, and Melissa Woodburn.

Also, remember to mention number 7078 at Mill Valley Market’s register and 2% of your sales total will be donated to O’Hanlon Center!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Jennifer Roberts Almodova, Melissa Nelson, Willow Older, Kartikey Patel, Terry Phelan, Jeremy Thornton, Margaret Trimble, and Diane Woods.

OHCA Members in the News:  Congratulations to Mima Cataldo and Jane Paradise, who received juror awards in the “Our People: Narrative/ Portrait” category at the Bedford Gallery National Photography Exhibit juried by Sandra Phillips of SF MOMA and Drew Johnson of Oakland Museum.  The exhibit is on display until Feb. 19th, 2012. The Gallery is located at: 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 94596.  Jane also has a Christmas card photograph in at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum Holiday card juried show.


January 2012 Calendar:      

3   Gallery and Loft Openings


4   Kid’s Art in the Afternoon: every Wednesday


4   Evening Writing


5   AM and PM Writing, every Thursday


6   Zen Meditation, every Friday


6   Printing w/the Press, Every Friday


7   Creativity Workshop, every Saturday 


8   Monoprinting


8   Paper Art Class: Origami


8   Sumi-e Art Presentation (In Gallery)  


9   Painter’s Forum, every Monday


9   Short Story Wkshp, Mondays until 1/30


10   Artist Trading Cards


12   Poetry in Clay Lecture  


13   The World is Our Canvas Photo Group  


14   Painting with Acrylics


15   Sumi-e Ink Workshop


19   Collage Playshop


19   Evening Writing (In Gallery)


21   Inner Prints Class


22   Abstract Sumi-e Ink Workshop


24   Basic Book Structures Class


24   Active Imagination Workshop


25   Annual Members’ Meeting  


28   Poetry Night: Susan Kolodny & Leonore Wilson


30   Sufi Meditation

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