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14th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibit dedicated to Joan Sadler

O’Hanlon Center Gallery, June 2017

Exhibition Dates:               June 1 – 22, 2017

Entry Dates (in-person):    May 26 & 27 (see below)

Juror:                                   Abby Wasserman & Elaine James

Entry Fee: $30 OHCA members, $40 non-members, for up to three pieces.  Become a new OHCA member at the time of delivery and get your entry fee waived! 

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O’Hanlon Center for the Arts invites you to submit work for our 14th 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 not in the object, but rather in the experience of it – the mood, the atmosphere, the feeling it evokes. The emphasis of this exhibit will be not on the final perfected form of the work, but on how well pieces reflect the sense and feeling of this elusive concept. In particular, focus will be on the imaginative use of materials and uniqueness.  Submissions may include interesting found objects that show weathering and age and are not artist-made. See the Wabi-Sabi portion of the OHCA website for inspiration and more resources:

Contemporary, expressionistic, abstract, exploratory, and/or experimental entries encouraged. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration, and experimentation.

MEDIA: All Media

  • Open to all artists age 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.
  • Wall hung pieces must be securely wired.
  • Label all work with Artist’s Name, Phone, Size & Price, if for sale.
  • Bring resume and/or artist statement, if desired. (2 pages max.)


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 94941

 TIMELINE Day Date Time
 Entry Dates (in-person): Friday May 26 11 am – 4 pm
         ”   “ Saturday May 27 11 am – 1 pm
   Artist Notification (by email) Tuesday May 30  (by 5 pm)
   Art pickup: Non-selected works Thursday June 1 1 – 3 pm
        ”    “ Friday June 2 11 am – 4 pm
        ”    “ Tuesday June 6 6 – 8 pm
 Exhibition OPENS Thursday June 1  
    Artist Roundtable Discussion     Opening (First Tues) Reception Tuesday June 6 4 – 6 pm
6 – 8 pm
 Exhibition CLOSES Thursday June 22  
   Art Pickup: Unsold works Friday June 23 11 am – 4 pm
       ”    “ Saturday June 24 11 am – 1 pm
 Please note Entry Dates/Times carefully. Late delivery of artwork is not allowed.
Gallery Policies/Requirements include:
  • Accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Artists agree to make a 30% tax-deductible donation to OHCA from all sales.
  • While all reasonable care is taken with submitted artwork, OHCA strongly recommends that exhibiting artists carry their own insurance. OHCA and representatives will not assume any liability for any damage or loss.
  • 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 for publicity in various forms including print, online and social media.

About the Jurors – Abby Wasserman & Elaine James

Abby Wasserman is an assemblage artist whose pieces incorporate fragile materials such as  twigs and branches, kelp, bones, feathers, old calligraphy, and various fibers. Also a writer, she leads a freewriting group Thursday mornings  at O’Hanlon Center.

Elaine James has a deep interest in the aesthetic concept of Wabi/Sabi.  She has visited Japan twice, first in 1967 when she spent several weeks in Tokyo and a few months in Kamakura.  Her studies have been with Yoshiko Wada at Fiberworks in Berkeley and at San Francisco State in the 70’s when she studied historical tea ceremony and literature in translation.  She leads a monthly class at O’Hanlon Center, Art in the Afternoon, on the 2nd Tuesday afternoon of the month.

For more info: Contact Center Director: Kellan Christopher at 415.388.4331 or

Postcard Art: Joan Sadler; Design: Jeremy Thornton



  July 2017

Show:  Abstract Figurative

Juror: Susan Snyder

Exhibition Dates:  June 29 – July 20, 2017

Entry Dates: June 23 & 24

Roundtable and Reception:  TBD

  August 2017

Show:  Bay Area Women Artists

Juror: Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray

Exhibition Dates:  July 27 – August 24, 2017

Entry Dates:

  • Round One, Online Entries: June 21 – July 11
  • Final Round (by-hand delivery of works selected in Round 1): July 21 & 22

Roundtable and Reception:  August 1, 2017


Titles, Descriptions & Jurors of future exhibitions subject to change. Please subscribe to our Newsletter to receive our Calls for Entries via email.

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.


  • Abstract Figurative • July 2017
  • Bay Area Women Artists • Aug 2017
  • Tom & Cayen Robertson • Sept 2017 (No Call for Entries)
  • Essence of Water • Oct 2017
  • Inspired by Textures • Nov 2017
  • Art of the Spirit • Dec 2017

Exhibition Titles, Subjects, Jurors and Dates subject to change.