Diorama June 2015

A mostly-monthly newsletter
for members of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

REPORT ON RECENT MEMBERS’ MEETING:
Construction Updates & New Pledge Program

The Members’ Meeting on May 19 was attended by more than 20 members plus staff – nearly 10% of our membership (230). We started the evening by sharing the delicious food everyone contributed, then heard details of the Site Improvement Plan from Michael Heacock, our architect and project manager (and former board president). After the deck, new path between Loft and Gallery, and exterior staircase are built, we plan to add an accessible main entrance to the Loft, ADA restroom, and ADA parking space. The accessibility improvements are a choice as well as a requirement.

Our contractor, James Chenney, then answered questions about the timeline and scope of work. If all goes smoothly, the first phase will be completed by the beginning of September. There will be some inconvenience, noise, and limited access during construction, but all are committed to keeping the Center’s programs open and working throughout.

Board President Abby Wasserman announced that the amount we hope to raise from our members has been lowered from $150,000 to $75,000. The board has earmarked $150,000 from the organization’s endowment funds for up-front construction costs, and has pledged to match the Members’ $75,000 with an equal amount from outside sources in a community fund drive.

Kellan, our Center Director, enumerated some ways we can reach our pledge goal. Based on our current membership of 230, if every member pledged as little as $100 per year, in three years we would reach or exceed our goal. $100, $500, $3,000—every amount brings us closer to our goal! We are happy to report that pledges began coming in right away. By meeting time, $7,000 had been raised. To that, we added in a recent $5,000 grant from the Davis/Dauray Family Fund for site improvements, bringing the total to $12,000. Our top member pledge is from Cayen Robinson, who pledged $3,000 before the meeting!  Thank you, Cayen!

Kellan passed around the SITE IMPROVEMENT PLEDGE FORM which we encourage members to use for their pledges. He also showed a graphic that will be up on our website and in the Loft, showing the progress toward our goal. Then Director of Programs and Outreach Erma announced an anonymous one-time matching pledge of $1000 – and within minutes, Zoe Borkowski had matched it!  Thank you, Zoe! And Anonymous!

We will include a list of all pledges and donations in the next DIORAMA. Overall, more than $4,000 was pledged at the meeting, bringing the total that day to $16,000, lowering the balance of our 3 year goal to $59,000!  Since then, several pledges have come into the office, so word is spreading.  Everyone feeling the excitement about the improvements is stepping up to help make it a reality.  The pledge form can be downloaded here. We look forward to receiving your pledge! Options are to donate over 3 years or all at one time.

OHCA Pledge status-06-05-15

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PLEDGED!
We know your donations come from the heart and every single one is warmly appreciated. In the future, all donors will be recognized and honored in a permanent way. Brainstorming is taking place right now about how we can do this.

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Erma also put a word out about the need for active committees to be formed and asked for members to come forward and volunteer their time.  Two urgent needs are Fundraising and Facilities. We are also looking for knowledgeable volunteers to be involved in a landscaping plan.  Dick Brown signed up to be on that committee at the meeting.

We would like to involve many more of you in volunteer work here at the Center. For a long time, a small number of loyal volunteers have been carrying a heavy load. We realize that to FEEL involved at the Center, we need to BE involved. And frankly, staff is overwhelmed.



SAVE THE DATE of November 14th for our 2015 Fundraiser!  

If you have great ideas about how to make it memorable and worthwhile, please step forward to be part of the committee. Call Erma or Kellan, 415-388-4331.


NEXT FREE STUDIO DAY:
Monday June 8

Members may use the Loft Studios for free that day (normally a $15/day use fee.)

Our class schedule will be a bit lighter for the next few months, which means more days have open time for studio use. Check with the office about availability… and look for a schedule of open times, coming soon. We also have a supply of earplugs available upstairs in the Loft, in case construction noise interrupts your focus!

Free Studio day next month will be Monday, July 1.


COMING UP: The Member Summer Solstice Party
Saturday, June 20 from 2:30-5:00.  

Enjoy a pot luck buffet and the company of other members. Join in a group art project headed up by Cayen Robertson and Elaine James. Hear live music by Mill Valley legend Dave Fromer!  We will provide a birthday cake to remember Ann O’Hanlon.  Please join us and bring a friend or family member!


CALLS FOR ENTRIES

“TEXTURE: Can You Feel It?”  O’Hanlon Gallery – July
The official announcement for the July Gallery show was emailed out last weekend. If you missed it, a PDF copy is attached. Intake dates are June 26 & 27. You can always view the latest Call for Entries on the website: http://ohanloncenter.org/exhibits/call-for-entries/

Special Member Show at Whole Foods Market – July
Attention Members: We have the opportunity to exhibit 2D work in the Miller Ave. Whole Foods starting July 6.   A proper call for entries will be sent separately, so please look for it early next week. This will be an online submission process with a deadline of June 25 (open to OHCA members only).

Since the show will be right in the heat of summer, the theme will be “Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy” and will celebrate the sights and sweet sensations of summer.  Think lush and creamy, hot and sweet, food and fun, abundant and slow. Lets give the public an eyeful.


NEW & RENEWING MEMBERS:

Thank You and Welcome to these New and Renewing members!

New Members: Lee Haxton, Bea Benjamin, Teresa Harrison, Said Nuseibeh, Woodward Payne, Pamela Stefl Toki, Sue Warhaftig, Potter Wickware, Keith Wilson, Heidi Berrin Shonkoff, Renée Owen, Leanne Hansen, Lanny Mihardja, Lila Sparks-Daniels, Ani Jenkins, Julianne Langley family, Elizabeth Perry, Lauri Puchall, Patricia Marina, Joell Jones, Jennifer Potter family

Renewing Members: April Dawn Parker, Craig Coss, Gail Robertson, James Vogel, Patricia McCaron, Patricia Kelly, Jill Shira, Richard & Diana Shore

(Correction: new member Rhonda Dubin’s name was misspelled in our last newsletter… sorry Rhonda!)


 

Thanks everyone!
Kellan Christopher, Center Director                 kellan@ohanloncenter.org
Erma Murphy, Director of Programs & Outreach    erma@ohanloncenter.org

 

 

Diorama: April 2015

DIORAMA – April 2015

a mostly monthly newsletter

for members of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

 

From the Board President:

We are sad to announce that beloved longtime member Elinor Severinghaus passed away on March 16th after a long illness. She was a watercolorist, teacher, wife, mother, and world traveler. Her book with Suzi Martin, “According to Ann,” collected Ann O’Hanlon’s teachings. Each time she saw a new show in the Loft or O’Hanlon galleries, Elinor’s comments were thoughtful and perceptive. She expressed immense appreciation for others’ creativity and possessed great insight into the wellsprings of creativity. We took over a bouquet of red and yellow tulips to her husband, John, and told him it is our intention is to honor her in a lasting way here at the Center.

Joan Sadler wrote a poem on Elinor’s 90th birthday with final lines that caught Elinor’s interest in Zen Buddhism and the freshness of her vision:

 

“So as you go out and look at your world,

Pretend you’ve not see it before;

Just stop still and spy at what catches your eye,

And the moment will open the door.”

 

Elinor’s memorial service will be at 12 Noon on May 9th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. All are invited. Bring pot-luck to share, if you wish. Please RSVP to jwseps@comcast.net

A collection of Elinor’s art is available at www.elinorsoeuvre.com and the full obituary can be viewed here: www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=elinor-peck-severinghaus&pid=174415151

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I hope a few more of you will join us on the wonderful Oliver Ranch tour, this Sunday, April 26. Just a few seats remain! Our special members’ price is $75, and that price is also valid for one spouse or significant other of the member. We are including in the ticket price a wine tasting at diLorimier Winery, where we will stop to eat our bag lunches.

Here is the link to the brochure with all the information: http://ohanloncenter.org/programs/special-events/

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Save the Dates!

A special Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. We will be discussing important financial matters that directly address a sustainable future for O’Hanlon Center, so we hope many of you will be able to attend. Plan to bring a pot-luck dish to share! We’ll eat first, then meet. More details to come shortly…

The annual Summer Solstice and observance of Ann O’Hanlon’s birthday (June 21) will be held this year on June 20th from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Please come and bring some snacks and a beverage to share! There will be music by David Fromer and an art activity involving photo transfers. Bring family and friends to this free celebratory event!

Abby Wasserman


 

Announcements from the Staff

Let’s be part of the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 25. Do you have a cool car or truck we could use? Want to help decorate the “Float” Ideas welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our center to the community. Email Erma with your ideas and interest: erma@ohanloncenter.org.

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SUMMER ARTISTS’ RETREAT

The next open O’Hanlon Artists’ retreat will be July 27-31.

This is a 5-day opportunity for artists to work independently but in the company of other dedicated artists. This is not a workshop, and there will be no instruction. What there will be is an opportunity for serious, self-directed artists to work in a quiet atmosphere for a sustained period of time, working together but independently in the spirit of creativity.

Price: $150.

Limited space is available; please contact the office for more information.

(415) 388-4331 or office@ohanloncenter.org

 

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GALLERY NEWS

Entry dates for the next show “BOLD” are this week! Pieces will be accepted:

  • Friday, April 24 11 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, April 25 11 am – 1 pm

All are welcome to join us for the Artists’ Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00 pm, with the reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Member Emily Kuenstler will be showing her work, “Bouquets/Scrapbooks,” in the Loft. Be sure to come hear Emily talk about her creative process at 5:30, immediately following the Roundtable.

 

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NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: Free Studio Days

We will begin offering Studio Use free to members on one day/month. (Normally members can use the Loft studios for $15/day use fee, when classes/meetings are not taking place.)

Upcoming Free Studio Days (2nd Monday of the month):

  • Monday May 11
  • Monday June 8

Members may bring one non-member guest with them on these days, if desired. We ask that everyone sign-in upon arrival.

The Loft upper level will be designated a ‘quiet space’ for writers wishing to work, and the Gallery will also be open for use of writers.

Any questions? Email the office: office@ohanloncenter.org

 

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NEW & RENEWING MEMBERS

We would like to welcome and thank the these new and renewing members! Soon we will hold a Member Orientation especially for you.

New Members: Carol & William Pollak, Peter Silen, Kim Ford Kitz, Karen Meadows, Paul Kensinger, Anne-Marie De Rivera, Kay Cousineau, Joan Caviness, Beverly Anderson, Gretchen Schneider, Eva Karlen, Susan Proehl, Helen Werngren, Rhonda Dubin, Rhoda Draws, Bea Benjamin, Karen Dockstader

Renewing Members: Katy Kuhn, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily Kuenstler, Kristen McCormack, Judy Donovan, Bia Black, Ellen Levine Dodd, Scott Adams

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Thanks for your time and attention, and we hope to see you soon at O’Hanlon for a meeting, class or event!

 

Kellan Christopher, Center Director

Erma Murphy, Director of Programs & Outreach

 

 

 

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

Diorama: Feb 2015

President’s Message

In this issue of Diorama we introduce our newest board member, Naomi Tamura. As you may know, the membership is always asked to ratify board members, and we hope you will vote “yes” after you read about Naomi’s special talents and qualifications. She is particularly interested in programming and will be working with Erma, our Director of Programs and Outreach.

I’m delighted to announce that our board member Scott Adams has arranged a wonderful half-day trip April 26th to Oliver Ranch Foundation in Geyserville, where art collector Stephen Oliver will personally lead a tour around the extensive grounds of  his outstanding collection, which includes Andy Goldsworthy, Dennis Leon, Bruce Nauman, and Martin Puryear, among many others. (Opportunities to tour the Ranch are limited and we expect to fill ours).

Oliver Ranch Foundation generously offers tours to non-profit organizations and all monies over transportation and logistical costs go directly to the non-profits. Scott researched what other groups charge, and our rates are lower than most. We offer our members a special price of $75 per ticket; the non-member price is $100.

**Caution: the 2.5 mile walking tour is somewhat hilly, so participants should be in good health. We plan to stop at a winery after our tour to eat our own bag lunches and if desired, taste wines (though we will provide sparkling water). Our chartered Airporter bus will leave from and return to San Rafael. Email Erma Murphy at erma@ohanloncenter.org to reserve your place! To learn more about our destination, go to www.oliverranchfoundation.org.

We held a finance meeting for members on February 3rd, and at that time questions pertaining to our Profit/Loss Treasurer’s Report were satisfactorily discussed. If you want a copy of the report, email Center Director Kellan Christopher, kellan@ohanloncenter.org.

Although the deck project has moved slowly, it is coming to fruition. Bids from contractors will be solicited in March, and we hope to start demolition and foundation work by April. Thanks to everyone for your patience and good will.

Abby Wasserman

Board President

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New Board Member: Naomi Tamura

Naomi was recently selected for OHCA’s Board of Directors. According to O’Hanlon Bylaws, members are asked to ratify all new board members election. A ballot is attached to print and mail, or Click here to send your vote via Email.

Here is Naomi’s bio.

As a Bay Area resident for over 20 years, and a Lovell Avenue resident for 13 years, Naomi Tamura has been involved in a variety of creative and community endeavors, from volunteer efforts to practicing a variety of visual arts mediums around the Bay Area.

After graduating from Scripps College with a Studio Arts Degree, Naomi worked professionally as a graphic designer /art director in both print and online advertising.  After a brief stint as a freelancer, Naomi joined Netcentives, Inc., an online incentives marketing company, as their in-house Senior Art Director. At Netcentives, she built and managed a team of designers that developed the visuals for their product and all out-bound marketing communications for their flagship product, as well as various in-house special projects.

After the death of her eldest son, Walker, in 2011, Naomi chose to concentrate on family life and more philanthropic projects. In conjunction with Youth in Arts, she developed the Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Fund to honor the spirit of her son, who loved to create art together in their small studio space at home. The Creative HeArts Fund provides one year of a visual arts program for a selected school’s kindergarten class. The program centers on the theme of friendship and includes a parent/family night and a teacher workshop, and culminates in an art show held at the Youth in Arts offices in San Rafael. All Title 1 schools in Marin County can apply for this grant and are selected based on level of interest, enthusiasm for art, community involvement and, of course, need.

Locally, Naomi, who has a seven-year-old son at Old Mill School, has been heavily involved in the PTA, volunteering in the classroom and helping with various subcommittees.  Most notably, she was responsible for volunteer coordination for the OMS Lapathon 2014, which is the largest fundraising and volunteer event at Old Mill School. Recently Naomi also joined the Arts Committee of Kiddo! and is currently working with the Mill Valley Library Foundation on the Storybook Ball. In 2014, she served on the board of the Storybook Ball Committee as Community Outreach Chair. Her team responsibilities included contacting schools, organizing the “Storybooks on the Square” event, interfacing with the city regarding procuring city services for the events, and some marketing.

Looking forward to her involvement as the newest member of the O’Hanlon Board of Directors, Naomi hopes to help the Center attract more families while honoring the traditions and creative knowledge of its long-time members. She notes that capturing young folks’ involvement at an earlier stage of family life will help our Center in the long run by generating and keeping interests that align with the changing and vibrant community of Mill Valley.

 

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GALLERY UPDATES

Our current Gallery show, “Black and White and Shades of Gray, juried by Barry Peterson, is receiving rave reviews from early viewers. Jeremy Thornton and Emily Wong have done an amazing job with this challenging installation. You can view a ‘sneak peak’ on Facebook!

Member Elizabeth Flanagan’s artwork is on display in the Loft this month, and will include her jewelry during the opening reception.

Please join us for the Artist Roundtable and Reception this coming Tuesday March 3. Roundtable led by Dick Brown is 4-6pm, and the Reception is 6-8pm.

The special drop-in craft project will be Black and White Flowers, facilitated by Elaine James. Stop by the Loft lower studios during the reception to find this ‘hidden gem’ of an experience.

Erma has again arranged wonderful live music for the Reception, provided by pianist Judy Hall. Judy’s style is very eclectic, influenced by pop, latin, jazz, blues and show music. Judy was the pianist for the Seafood Peddler for 13 years, and solo and special events at Nordstrom’s for 16 years and currently performs regularly at the Panama Hotel, the Sausalito Seahorse, 19 Broadway,  Sam’s in Novato and Pier 23 in San Francisco.

Our next Gallery show is Composing Chaos.  Get your pieces ready!  Drop-off dates are Mar 27 & 28.  This show will be juried by Chester Arnold.

See the Call for Entries for  full details.

 

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VOLUNTEER THANK-YOU

O’Hanlon depends on volunteer participation in so many areas, so we are especially grateful to the following people who have assisted recently:

•   Richard & Nancy Head have been coordinating with several electricians to get the Kiln back in working shape. We hope to reopen Koya for ceramics again soon!

•   Melinda DiSessa continues to assist with updating many of our online listings for shows and events.

•   Jim Vogel is in the process of providing much needed repair to the Potting Shed studio.

•  Gallery Intake (B&W show): Virginia Stella, Thomas Mullin, Zwanda Cook

• Jerry Pruce Gallery show assistance: Peller Marion, Lucky Shulman

 

We’re always looking for more volunteers…please send Kellan and Erma a note if there is some area in which you have special skills where you might assist us!

 

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NEW and RENEWING MEMBERS

We welcome the following New Members!

Harry Leipe, Carol Ponzio, Suzan Aiken & Kirby Hutson family, Naomi Tamura, Sherry Williamson, Kathleen Sloan family, Lyn Coffey, Glenda Gentry, Mardi Horowitz, Mike Mattesi family, Sarah Morrison.

… and Thank You to these members who have recently renewed:

Brooke Passano, Kristin Gordon, Denise Meehan, Barbara Miller, Pamela Will, Eva Reale, Victoria Bour & David Marshall, Candis Cousins, Bernard Weiner, Phyllis Pansegrau, Carolyn Planakis, Jessica Batha, Elizabeth Addison, Elizabeth Flanagan, Kristen McCormack.

 

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We are beginning to request support in various forms from Local Businesses. We will highlight them here from time-to-time, and also list them on our website. We hope you will consider supporting them in return!

Equator Coffees & Teas is now providing a monthly in-kind donation of coffee… which you may see in the Loft kitchen (help yourself!) Equator has two locations in Mill Valley, downtown & Shoreline Hwy.

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MEMBER SHOWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Member Linda Wong has a show coming up in March in Napa:

March 3-30, 2015 (Opening Night is Friday, March 13th from 6:00-7:30 p.m.)

Napa Public Library, 580 Coombs St., Napa, CA. 94559

lindawongmonoprints.com

Member Evan Harrar will be exhibiting recent photographs in two locations for the next two months:

MARCH: Coldwell Banker, 25 E. Blythedale Ave, Mill Valley

APRIL: Noci Gelateria, 17 E. Blythedale Ave, Mill Valley

All are welcome to stop by during the Mill Valley ARTWALK (1st Tuesday) of each month, 6 – 8pm.

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Thanks and Best Wishes to All,

Kellan Christopher, Center Director
Erma Murphy, Director of Programs & Outreach

 

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.

Diorama Jan 2015

From the Board

We had a wonderful Members Meeting on January 6, attended by 50 members, followed by a Roundtable discussion in the O’Hanlon and Loft galleries and an opening reception, during which Jonathan Schiele and new member Larry Stefl played beautiful music and new member Shepherd Bliss performed two poems, one of his own and one by Mary Oliver. The 2015 Members Show is in three venues this year, including City Hall. It illustrates the diverse talents of 60 of our artist-members.

Since the 2014 Treasurer’s Report wasn’t finished in time for the Members Meeting, we are calling a special meeting at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 3rd in the Loft to distribute the report and discuss income and expenses in 2014. We will also share information about the status of our endowment fund, which is under new management. All Members are invited to attend.

Abby Wasserman, Board President

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New Board Member: Judy Geiger

Judy was recently selected for OHCA’s Board of Directors. According to O’Hanlon Bylaws, members are asked to ratify all new board members election. Here is Judy’s bio.

Judy Geiger has been a member of O’Hanlon for four years, since she started attending Cayen Robertson’s Creativity Class soon after retiring from Oracle Corporation as a Technical Writer and Training Developer.  Having taken numerous ceramic and watercolor classes at the College of Marin, Judy saw that Cayen’s class offered an opportunity to make new friends and further explore her creative side.  She soon enrolled in Cayen’s Monoprint Class and Abby Wasserman’s writing class.  Her work has been displayed in several shows in the O’Hanlon Gallery, the Loft, and Mill Valley Community Center.  She enjoys trying out new materials and techniques, as well as learning from her fellow artists.  Judy has taken other classes at O’Hanlon along the way and often volunteers to help out at O’Hanlon events.  She continues to be inspired by this magical place.

Judy was born in Paris, TX and grew up in New Mexico, Texas, and New Brunswick, Canada.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master of Business Administration degree that she attained while raising her three daughters and working in the computer industry. She has lived in Fairfax for 17 years.


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Gallery Updates:

Support your fellow member Jerry Pruce in his solo Gallery show “Abstractions” and member Jennifer Tatum in the Loft, opening January 27, by coming to the Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, February 3 at 4pm and staying for the opening.

Our next Gallery show is “Black  & White and Shades of Gray.”  Get your pieces ready!  Drop-off is Feb 20 and 21.  This show is juried by Sausalito ICB artist and architect Barry Peterson.

The Call to Artists can be viewed here

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Please introduce a friend to the Center.

Many people are not aware that O’Hanlon is open to the public.  Bring someone to the First Tuesday Roundtable or to one of our wonderful classes.  We need your help spreading the word. We believe that once they come they will be captivated by the Center’s magic!

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Thinking ahead to Valentines Week:

We have several really wonderful events and workshops.  Give your sweetheart a creative gift.  On Wednesday, February 11 there is DATE NIGHT at the O’Hanlon!  Make art together, bring a bottle of wine and play!   We will provide the chocolate.

On Friday February 13 there is a special Sufi Poetry and Wisdom event hosted by Ellen Hammerle free and open to the public from 7 to 8:30 in the Loft.

On Sunday the 15th there will be the first Sunday Salon co-hosted by Murphy Productions in the Gallery from 5-8.  This creative cauldron conceived by Daniel Patrick will celebrate the “Art of Love” with presenters in spoken word, dance, music and art.  Many of the presenters are members and well known Marinites  A Pot luck will end the evening so please bring a dish to share.

Information and registration for all events are on our website calendar.

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Very Special THANK YOU to our Winter 2014 Fundraiser Donors:

Dick Brown
Abby Wasserman
Jane Reed Veen
Joseph Hayes
Miriam Licht
Patricia Kelly
Robert Wright
Linda Arroyan
Kristin Gordon
Zoe Borkowski
Meredith Bruce
Donald & Gerry Beers
Elizabeth Jennings
Gail Gilbert
Brooke Passano
Joan Sadler
Jeane Gilliam
Vicki Block
Denise Meehan
Eileen Worthley
Margery Kreitman
Kathy Sloan & Mike Moser
Jessica Oduyer
Maureen Labro/Saviore Faire
Bruce Kerns
Victoria S Bour

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Coming Soon…

In early-to-mid February, look for a special edition member’s update from the Board, regarding the status of the Deck repair project!

 

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Finally, many thanks to all the people who have offered their kind words of welcome and support to us as we settle into our new staff roles here at O’Hanlon. We are honored to be a part of this amazing organization!

Kellan Christopher, Center Director
Erma Murphy, Director of Programs & Outreach

 

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.

OHCA’s NEW STAFF

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Names Co-Directors

OHCA-staff

Two dynamic individuals have joined our O’Hanlon family!

Our new Center Director is Kellan Christopher of Mill Valley. Kellan is in charge of facility, gallery, and center operations.  Erma Murphy of Stinson Beach is new Director of Programs and Outreach, in charge of programming, special events, and community outreach.

Read their bios below and introduce yourselves when you come to the Center! As each of them works part-time, we will post their schedules on the office door. You may reach them via the Contact page. The office phone number is 415-388-4331.

STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Kellan Christopher’s diverse background encompasses the performing arts, education, spiritual development, administration, hospitality, technology and property management.  As a professional actor/singer, he performed in regional theatres, national tours, and on Broadway. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of MN, with further studies at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC and SUNY Purchase.

Post-Broadway, he developed an industry-first Outreach & Education program for Actors’ Equity Association which was later emulated by SAG/AFTRA.

More recently in California, Kellan has been Project Manager for a private Trust, and has advised groups on organizational structure, efficiency and staff development. He created a powerful coaching practice supporting intuitive and creative development, and has recently provided website design and technology support for small businesses & non-profits.

Kellan enjoys photography, hiking, fiber arts and ceramics, and occasionally performs locally as a vocalist. As an avid believer in nurturing every individual’s unique creative process, he is thrilled to step into his new role at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.

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Erma Murphy has lived in Marin since she was three years old.  She graduated from San Marin High and received a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.  She is an events producer and community activist whose company, Murphy Productions, was honored with a Milley Award for Creative Contributions to the Community this last October.   She has been a publicist for many arts and music organizations in the Bay Area for over ten years and serves as the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Artist Liaison.

Erma loves to dance, study Tai Chi and hike on beautiful Mt. Tam.  She sings with West Marin Common Voice and is a member of the Outdoor Art Club and Vimala Sangha.  She is excited to share the offerings of the O’Hanlon Center with the community and to explore and expand her own artistic side with a special interest in photography and poetry.

 

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A Special First Tuesday in January!

Our yearly O’Hanlon Center Members meeting, in which board, new staff, and members come together to meet one another and share news and ideas, will coincide with the First Tuesday January 6th opening of the Annual Members Show. The 4 p.m. Members Meeting in the Loft will last an hour. At 5 we will go into the O’Hanlon Gallery for our usual Artists Roundtable discussion. Refreshments will be served.

From 6 to 8 we’ll host our First Tuesday opening, during which Elaine James will lead an art activity in the Loft studio. The Members Show will be installed in three locations:  the Loft Gallery, O’Hanlon Gallery, and Mill Valley City Hall.

Please tell your friends who are coming to the Roundtable about the change of starting hour to 5 p.m.

Center Director Kellan Christopher and Director of Programs and Outreach Erma Murphy, along with members of the OHCA Board of Directors, very much look forward to seeing you.

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Find the Perfect Gift—Artwork from the “Illuminations” Exhibit

The high quality of artworks shown at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, and their affordability, make our galleries great resources for gift-giving. The current show “Illuminations: Art of the Spirit” contains many beautiful pieces whose themes are especially meaningful in this season of midwinter.  The show’s last day is Saturday, December 20th, just in time for Christmas shopping.

As an added incentive, O’Hanlon Center gives more (70%) to the artist than a conventional gallery, while the 30% share we do take helps support our gallery exhibits and programs.

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Drop-in for Annual Members Show—Some New Wrinkles!

Members should plan to submit FOUR artworks in any media this year, rather than the usual three—because our Members Show will be split among three venues: the O’Hanlon Gallery, the Loft, and Mill Valley City Hall. Everyone is guaranteed at least one piece in this tri-gallery extravaganza! Small to medium pieces encouraged.

Drop-off takes place Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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CONFIRM OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER

A ballot is attached to elect the newest nominee to the OHCA Board of Directors: Jeri Marlowe. Please return ballot to the office by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Directions to submit are on the ballot.

Jeri Marlowe is a psychotherapist in private practice in both San Francisco and Mill Valley.  While psychotherapy is her vocation and love of 35 plus years she has been active in the arts for at least that time.  Jeri has exhibited both her paintings and photographs over the years. In the early 2000’s Jeri became interested in graphic design and for 10 years did the posters for the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in addition to album design and tour posters for varying artists. Jeri is a longtime member of Vimala Sangha, which meets on Fridays in the O’Hanlon Gallery.

 

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IN MEMORIAM

We mourn the passing of former O’Hanlon Center Board member Les Lizama on Oct. 19, 2014. Les served a year on the board, chiefly heading the Facilities Committee. He was responsible for hiring our groundskeeper, Gabriel Magana, and upgrading the appearance of the property. Les’s duties as Director of the Homestead Valley Community Association became too pressing for him to remain involved at O’Hanlon, but he left his mark. Les was a performing musician and the longtime lighting designer at Ross Valley Players. A memorial service was held at RVP on November 22nd. Les was 65.

 

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SUPPORT O’HANLON WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE
A simple way to support O’Hanlon is to register with 
AmazonSmile.   If you shop online for your holiday gifts, designate O’Hanlon Center for the Arts as the non-profit you’d like to support and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to OHCA! Click the preceding link to register, or contact the OHCA office for more details about how you can give to OHCA using this program.  The proceeds from these programs really add up! Let us know when you participate in one of them (Mill Valley Market—our number is 7078—is another one) so that we may personally thank you!

MORE TO COME!
We will follow up soon with more information about upcoming classes, new and  renewing members… and special thanks to our recent volunteers who have continued to give generously of their time during this busy holiday season.

With warm holiday wishes to all of our members,

Abby Wasserman, Board President
Kellan Christopher, Center Director
Erma Murphy, Director of Programs and Outreach

 

August Diorama

Message from Abby Wasserman, Board President: Thank you to everyone who has responded so generously to OHCA’s mailed summer annual fund appeal letter. We truly appreciate your support. If you haven’t had a chance yet to mail in your donation, there is still time! Or, if it’s easier, you can also contribute online: http://ohanloncenter.org/donate/ We thank you in advance!

Coming Programs: Here is OHCA’s program line-up for Bay Area Women’s Month this August. Please mark the following on your calendars:

• “Bay Area Women Artists” exhibit open through August 21

• Local Women Writers Series, Thursdays, August 14, 21; 7 to 9 p.m. $10, $8 OHCA members. Readers for Thursday, 8/14 will be Eve Pell, Holly Payne, Susan Trott and Molly Giles. Readers for Thursday, 8/21 will be Laurel Hilton, Janine Kovac, Marianne Lonsdale and Samantha Parent Walravens.

Also, be sure not to miss this other special event in August:

• Let Me Tell You Performance with ARTSHIP ENSEMBLE. Friday, August 15. 7 to 9 p.m. $12, $10 OHCA members. RSVP to save your space by August 12.

 

Member News: Sonja Bakalyar is in several exhibitions this summer: STUDIO 35’s Art Gallery Show, on display through September 30, 2014 (35 Patten Street, Sonoma, CA); Riverfront Art Gallery’s 5th Annual Juried Fine Arts Show, “Showin” on the River,” up through September 7, 2014 (132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, CA) and Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ Exhibition of Collage, Assemblage and Recycled Art Juried by Sharon Spain, “Play It Again, Sam” through August 30, 2014 (282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA).

Elizabeth Flanagan will be hosting the fourth Art on the Lawn show celebrating the latest works of fifteen artists. OHCA members participating are Elizabeth, Elise Cheval, Louise Maloof, Pamela Pierron, and Virginia Stella. New paintings, clothing, jewelry, and cards will be for sale. All art lovers are welcome. It will be an evening full of art, beautiful conversation and live music. Saturday, August 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 67 Ross Ave #1, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Elaine Larson has collages in two shows at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA) in Novato and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. She also will have a tent in the Petaluma Arts Association’s Art in the Park, in Walnut Park, September 6-7. Elaine will also be testing out having a permanent booth there during September at the new Sonoma Mountain Marketplace in Rohnert Park. She will be there September 13, 14, 21 and for their Official Grand Opening September 27-28.

Louise Maloof just launched her new website (with thanks to fellow OHCA member Elise Cheval): http://www.louisemaloof.com/

John Severinghaus will be giving a very popular science history lecture as a summer sermon at the Unitarian church in San Rafael (top of hill just north of Marin civic center, at 10:30 a.m. on August 17. He will be taking Elinor there for the talk and would like to invite any old friends of theirs to come. The talk is a new version of one he gave on June 29th in London at an international science meeting on oxygen. His title is “The most important discovery of science wasn’t oxygen”.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Capturing Light: A Photography Show”

O’Hanlon Center Gallery, September 2014

• Exhibition Dates: August 26-September 25, 2014

• Artists Roundtable Discussion: Tuesday, September 2, 4 to 6 p.m.

• Reception: Tuesday, September 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Juror: Stefan Kirkeby, Photographer, Owner, Smith Anderson North Gallery and Lab

• Entry Fee: $30 for OHCA members, $35 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 or visit www.ohanloncenter.org for more details.

The word “photography” comes from the Greek words meaning “to write with light”. Using any photographic medium, bring us your most dramatic images that showcase the power of illumination and its ability to transform the visual look and style of your composition.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration, and experimentation. Please do not submit works that have previously been displayed in O’Hanlon’s Gallery.

Media: Photography. All works must be ready to hang or display and must be labeled with artist’s name, phone, medium, size, and price, if for sale.

When you drop off your art please bring a resume or an artist statement if you have one. We will give you information about Gallery policies at the time of drop off. 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. By taking part in the show, artists agree to a 30% tax-deductible donation to the Center from all sales.

Dates for exhibition entries: Please hand-deliver (no slides or .jpgs) up to three pieces of work to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, on Friday, August 22, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, August 23, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We will notify you (preferably by email) about whether your work has been accepted by Monday, August 25 at 5 p.m. Works not accepted must be picked up by Tuesday, September 2 between 12:30 and 8 p.m., unless alternative arrangements are made.

Retrieval of Unsold Artwork: Unsold work must be picked up on Thursday, September 25 between 2 and 4 p.m., or on Friday, Sept. 26, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Artists leaving their work after this time will be charged $5/day storage unless prior arrangements have been made.

For more info: Call Megan Wilkinson at 415/388-4331, or email megan@ohanloncenter.org

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

 

Also on Exhibit in September: “Mythic Collages of Elaine Larson”

The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ Loft Gallery will present new collages by Elaine Larson. Elaine says of her process, “Creation and manipulation of images is how I express what I came in knowing, which has no words. The Greek meaning of ‘image’ is a moment’s intuition into reality. I seek to make more accessible a reality that eludes us in our day to day life through the creative use of familiar images and objects. I delight in diversity and the infinite complexity of our quantum, holographic, love-based universe.

In 1991 I had a deep revelation that I must create art. Since then I have spent any available time weaving, knitting, papermaking, book making, painting, drawing, monoprinting and most of all creating collages. Art had been my avocation until I retired from a 40+ year career in information technology as an Enterprise Information Architect in 2008. I am now a full-time artist and I love it!

My studio is in a lovely cottage amidst the beauty of rural Petaluma. I offer classes and art parties there, at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, and in private homes. I love seeing people discover their creativity.”

 

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received generous tax-deductible gifts from Irene Belknap, Melinda and Andy Di Sessa, Maggie Feldstein, Brenda Foster, Jessica O’Dwyer, Mill Valley Market, and Nela Wattley.

Other Great Ways to Give

Whole Foods Market on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley has chosen OHCA as the recipient for their “Dimes for Non Profits (DFNP)” program starting July 1 and through September 30, 2014! DFNP raises money for nonprofit groups at Whole Foods registers. Customers who bring their own bags may opt to take a 10 cent discount for each bag or to donate the 10 cents to a nonprofit. DFNP usually results in an $800-$1200 donation for the designated nonprofit. So remember to bring your bag while shopping and mention OHCA when you check out!

Do you shop online? Designate O’Hanlon Center for the Arts as the nonprofit you’d like to support and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to OHCA! Contact Megan Wilkinson for more details about how you can give to OHCA using this program. We thank you in advance!

Did you know that by shopping at Mollie Stone’s, Fairfax Market, and Woodland Market that you can contribute to OHCA? Yes, just register your loyalty cards (cards issued by the stores themselves that provide you with discounts) for those stores and part of your receipt will get donated back to OHCA. Take a look at the Escrip website (Escrip.com) and enroll today!

Make your mark at O’Hanlon Designate OHCA as a beneficiary in your estate planning. Contact the OHCA office for details.

Mention “7078” at Mill Valley Market’s register and 2% of your sales will be donated to OHCA!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Bonnie Himberg, Deborah Fleischer, EA Betsy Kellas, Elaine and Cary James, Elaine Larson, Ginna Fleming, Jane Reed Veen, Jannette Oriendain, Jude Cote, Linda and Wilbur Wong, `Lyn Follett, Mima Cataldo, Richard Brown, Susan Cummins, Suz Lipman, and Virginia Stella.

 

Late July 2014

Message from Abby Wasserman, Board President: I am delighted to share the news with you that O’Hanlon Center for the Arts will be honored this year with the Vera Schultz Award by the Milleys, Mill Valley’s Creative Achievement Awards! Six individual awards will also be given at the presentation. In 2002, the Vera Schultz Award was created to acknowledge achievements of organizations which embody her activism, leadership, courage and vision, and like Vera, have made lasting contributions to the cultural life of our community. Vera served as the Outdoor Art Club program chair and incidentally introduced members to the art of Dick and Ann O’Hanlon. Ann O’Hanlon was the first recipient of the (now-named) Milley Award for Creative Achievement. The dinner and gala program, which includes the six other awards, will take place Sunday, October 19, 2014. Please join us in celebrating O’Hanlon! Tickets are $75 and go on sale in mid-September. Call 415-721-1906 after Sept. 15th.

Dear Members—expect our summer fundraising appeal in the mail soon. We hope you will be able to donate. Members’ contributions are a major source of income towards Center programs and improvements, and we warmly appreciate every donation, no matter the size.

Coming Programs: Here is OHCA’s program line-up for Bay Area Women’s Month this August. Please mark the following on your calendars:

• “Bay Area Women Artists” exhibit opening Tuesday, Aug. 5; 6 to 8 p.m.

• Soulstone Performance with Margery Kreitman, Saturday, August 9; 7 to 9 p.m. $15, $12 OHCA members

• Local Women Writers Series, Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21; 7 to 9 p.m. $10, $8 OHCA members. Readers for Thursday, 8/7 will be Abby Wasserman, Catherine Flaxman and Ruth Gendler. Readers for Thursday, 8/14 will be Eve Pell, Holly Payne, Susan Trott and Molly Giles. Readers for Thursday, 8/21 will be Laurel Hilton, Janine Kovac, Marianne Lonsdale and Samantha Parent Walravens.

Also, be sure not to miss this other special events in August:

• Let Me Tell You Performance with ARTSHIP ENSEMBLE. Friday, August 15. 7 to 9 p.m. $12, $10 OHCA members. RSVP to save your space by August 12.

 

In Memorium: We were very saddened to hear of the passing of two former OHCA members: Nancy Emmons, age 101, and Caroline Muller, age 97, died on June 28, 2014.

Nancy and Donn Emmons and their family settled in Mill Valley in the 1940s. Nancy and Donn separated in 1955 and were later divorced. Nancy became very active in the local artistic community, and was a member of Ann O’Hanlon’s “Sight and Insight” gallery. She made large sculptural collages using found objects and natural materials, which were abundant in her large home garden just down the street from O’Hanlon Center. Plans for a future memorial will be announced at a later date. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=171658370#sthash.jvKQ8jJ8.dpuf

Caroline and Frederick (Bill) Muller moved to California in the late 1970’s, where Caroline worked with the Oceanic Society. Over the years she also started several small import businesses. A curious and intrepid traveler all her life, Caroline took an epic trip with her brother to South America for 8 months in 1940, going up the Amazon to Machu Picchu and recording her experiences in an illustrated journal entitled The Voyage of the Heavenly Twins. Many journeys were to come, often to places unfrequented by tourists, including Nepal and Bali in the 1970s and China in the early 80s. She sought out destinations where she could explore Eastern religions and mysticism, and even made it to Bhutan at the age of 85! Art was another of Caroline’s great loves. She was a long time member of the Mill Valley studio Sight and Insight, where she introduced her grandchildren to the world of art and created paintings and sculptures well into her 90s. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?pid=171700004#sthash.fqedOtgB.dpuf

Member News: OHCA’s Artists Trading Card group will have an exhibit this August at the Mill Valley Library! The ATC Show opens on the Mill Valley First Tuesday, August 5, from 6-8 p.m. Location: Mill Valley Library lower level, across from the Mill Valley History Room. Participating artists include: Carol Baum, Meredith Bruce, Julie Delmonico, Kate Dumont, Chris Francisco, Zoe Harris, Cary James, Elaine James, Donna Neal, Gabrielle Rilleau, Margaret Stawowy, Sandy Tresan, Monique Vasquez, Abby Wasserman, Megan Wilkinson, Emily Wong, and Nunu Wright. Stop by the Library after you see OHCA’s Bay Area Women Artists show that same evening.

Congratulations to Bernie Weiner, whose photo, “Riding Up the Eiffel” won Third Prize in Photography at the Marin County Fair.

Betsy Kellas is having a solo show in Gallery III at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts during the month of August (7/31-8/30). The show, called “Shifting Weights,” is a 42-foot installation of paintings on canvas, panel and paper. See: http://sebarts.org/index.php

Two members of O’Hanlon’s Photo Forum have collaborated on their new publication DUET: A Conversation of Words and Images. CB Follett, Marin County Poet Laureate (2010-2013), winner of the 2001 National Poetry Book Award, and nominee for numerous Pushcart Prizes, and Ginna Fleming, prize-winning social documentary photographer exhibited internationally, have together created a beautiful pairing of poems and images in this stunning full color book. Copies of the book can be ordered from runes@aol.com or ginnafleming@gmail.com. They will present a reading and slide show based on the book at O’Hanlon on October 30.

OHCA Member Profiles

One of the fun things about being a member of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is getting to know one another at openings and events. Now we’re adding print! Diorama is featuring mini-profiles of a couple of members per issue, based on interviews via email and telephone. Here’s the second in our series.

PROFILE #2: CHRISTINE FRANCISCO

A relatively new member of O’Hanlon Center, Christine Francisco did us proud at the recent Marin County Fair’s Art Exhibit, winning three first place ribbons, a second place, a fifth place, and an honorable mention. One of her artworks was also awarded Best In Show—the quilted wall hanging she exhibited in our show “Red” last January.

Chris’s colorful and imaginative solo show in the Loft Gallery this July, “Progress Not Perfection,” demonstrates her multiple talents—as painter, printmaker, collagist, quilter, and polymer jewelry maker.

Chris was introduced to OHCA by Elaine James. “She invited me to her Artist Trading Cards class and introduced me to the place and made me feel welcome there. I’ve enjoyed seeing her and the other people who come to the class every month. A large part of my becoming a member is due to her and valuing her friendship,” Chris says.

O’Hanlon Center is the most recent artists’ community in Chris’s life. She has sought and found fellowship wherever her art has taken her. She attended Pratt Institute and was part of that community of young artists. Following that, she began making jewelry and selling it at craft fairs, then as a street vendor, on Telegraph Avenue and at Fisherman’s Wharf. “Those were communities too,” she points out. “When I had kids, that kind of took over everything….but when they were still pretty young I got involved in creative memory scrapbooking and that extended the friendships I had with other mothers, working together on our family scrapbook. That community supported my creativity.”

She grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in the Bay Area for three decades—the Haight for 10 years, Berkeley for another decade, and now, Fairfax. The family moved to Marin when she was accepted for graduate school at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. She earned a degree in Divinity and became an ordained Presbyterian minister, specializing in caregiving for elders with dementia. She taught classes in arts and crafts, projects doable for residents that would respect the fact that they were adults—things that they could successfully do. “I got to work with others in Alma Villa, an assisted living place, as well—that was another kind of community in my job. I worked there over five years, teaching paper crafting and jewelry making classes every week.”

When asked what it was like to study theology, Chris reflects, “I went to seminary because I was curious to know more about theology, but divinity studies actually just raised more questions. Instead of feeling ‘now I understand this,’ it makes you realize there is so much we don’t know and can’t really know. But it was a positive experience for me, and for my whole family.”

Chris’s children are now 23 and 21, and neither has picked up the art bug—yet. Her daughter goes to UC Santa Cruz and hopes to go to nursing school. Her son is living at home and working two jobs. During their formative years their mother was part of the faith community. It is only since they were grown that Christine has come back to her roots as an artist.

She has taken O’Hanlon’s Saturday Creativity Workshop with Cayen Robertson, has submitted artwork to a different shows, taught at the Center, and attended opening nights. She enjoys the First Tuesday Roundtable discussions and also likes to do the paper projects that Elaine James offers downstairs in the Loft on opening nights. She’d like to take more classes—“I like the idea that there is a local outlet for people to learn and get together and be creative”—but the commute from Fairfax can be complicated, and she is trying to concentrate on her own career. She wants to sell her artwork over the internet, and is in the early stages of designing a web site. “What would be useful to me would be help with marketing art, basically having it be a business,” she says. “That would be a really helpful thing to be learning about from somebody who is doing that successfully—to share what works, how they find outlets for selling their work. I’d like to be selling my work regularly. I would also like help with creating the web site. Maybe O’Hanlon could offer something like this. I think it’s not that hard to do, but I still could use hand-holding through the process.” She definitely would like to see O’Hanlon artists have more success selling their work.

Chris will teach again at the Center in August. It will be about using paper elements to make wearable art. Check the OHCA web site for details (www.ohanloncenter.org).

Chris feels at home at O’Hanlon Center. “It’s a great thing to have a place where people can make art, have chances to exhibit their work, and share about their process—the community piece,” she says. “Most of us doing artwork are older…we have the time. People raising a family are under the gun. That’s a huge systemic problem. We baby boomers are still on the planet and we can relate to each other and what we face—what is important to us—from retirement to wanting to be affirmed for any creative talent we have. Now that I’m in my 60’s I’m wondering if what I do is of value. We want to make a difference, change the world for the better. This is it—we’re not going to live forever—this is our chance to make a positive contribution.”

–Abby Wasserman

 

August in the O’Hanlon Gallery: On Tuesday, August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., O’Hanlon Center for the Arts will present an Open House and Reception for its August exhibit, “Bay Area Women Artists,” a group show juried by Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray, owners of Seager-Gray Gallery in downtown Mill Valley. The show runs through August 21, 2014.

“Bay Area Women Artists” will feature mixed media artwork with emphasis on exploration, abstraction, and imaginative use of materials and content.

Jurors Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray are co-owners of Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, which has as its focus the rich continuous history of art in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Whether the spotlight is on figurative painting, ceramics, handmade artist books, abstraction or monumental sculpture, their commitment is to presenting the finest work possible in an atmosphere that gives focus and context to the presentation.

Also on August 5 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Center will host a Roundtable for the Arts dialogue, where the participating artists will discuss issues relating to their creative processes. The Roundtable is a monthly event sponsored by the Center.

The opening show on August 5 is part of the Mill Valley Art Commission’s monthly Gallery Walk, First Tuesday. The event is free of charge and open to all ages. Artwork on display is available for purchase. Proceeds from sales support local artists and the O’Hanlon Center as a non-profit organization.

Also on Exhibit in August: New Artworks by Pamela Will The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts’ Loft Gallery will present new artworks by OHCA member Pamela Will. Pamela started painting and taking photographs at the age of nine. She studied fine art at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey and went on to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received a degree in Visual Communications, with an emphasis on illustration and photography. She was a member of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside, Pennsylvania where she studied pottery (slab and wheel). Additionally, she studied at Pottery of the Americas in Fort Mason, San Francisco and illustration at the Academy of Art University San Francisco.

The series on view at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts combines elements of craft and Pamela’s graphic vocabulary, together with her lighthearted and whimsical approach. For the “Weekend Tile” series Pamela completed one tile every Saturday and Sunday. The pairs were created with a similar subject though each tile has a unique glaze and composition.

The “Clipboard” series focuses on art making materials. Grouped into sets, these assemblages play with function and form as well as subject and medium as they relate to color pencils, crayons, and paintbrushes. The painting Pam is exhibiting again points to Pamela’s reductionist approach, allowing the material to sparkle and shine atop a bright background. For more information please contact: Pamela Will at pawcreative.tumblr.com

We Thank Our Donors! O’Hanlon recently received generous tax-deductible gifts from J.F. Ellman, Christine Francisco, Katy Kuhn, Alice Stern, Lisa Yount, and Eric Zener.

 

Other Great Ways to Give

Whole Foods Market on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley has chosen OHCA as the recipient for their “Dimes for Non Profits (DFNP)” program starting July 1 and through September 30, 2014! DFNP raises money for nonprofit groups at Whole Foods registers. Customers who bring their own bags may opt to take a 10 cent discount for each bag or to donate the 10 cents to a nonprofit. DFNP usually results in an $800-$1200 donation for the designated nonprofit. So remember to bring your bag while shopping and mention OHCA when you check out!

Do you shop online? Designate O’Hanlon Center for the Arts as the nonprofit you’d like to support and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to OHCA! Contact Megan Wilkinson for more details about how you can give to OHCA using this program. We thank you in advance!

Did you know that by shopping at Mollie Stone’s, Fairfax Market, and Woodland Market that you can contribute to OHCA? Yes, just register your loyalty cards (cards issued by the stores themselves that provide you with discounts) for those stores and part of your receipt will get donated back to OHCA. Take a look at the Escrip website (Escrip.com) and enroll today!

Make your mark at O’Hanlon Designate OHCA as a beneficiary in your estate planning. Contact the OHCA office for details.

Mention “7078” at Mill Valley Market’s register and 2% of your sales will be donated to OHCA!

We Salute New and Renewing Members Alexandra Friedman, Ann Hollingsworth, Carolyn Bear Glaser, Carolyn Warmsun, Deborah Sullivan, Diane Green, Esther Munger, Gary Weatherford, Irene Belknap, Jannette Oriendain, Jinn Faurve, Joeann Edmonds-Matthew, Joyce and Feeney, Kellyann Gilson, Kit Skeoch, Robert Gumpertz and Marilyn Thomas, and Sandi Miot.