There are no recent bookmarks.

Please Note: This event has expired.

16th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibit

Presented by O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and First Tuesday ArtWalk at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley CA

Aug 29 2019
Sep 19 2019
16th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibit

16th annual exhibit featuring works embracing the Wabi-Sabi concept

First Tuesday ArtWalk Opening Reception:
* September 3, 5:30-7:30 pm

Artist Roundtable Dialogue:
* September 3, 4:00 pm

Exhibit Dates:  August 29–September 19

[Pictured: Art: CB Follett | Design: Jeremy Thornton]


“When we can look upon a seemingly random work of our own with interest in what happens to be there (rather than what we wish to be there), we will encounter the same fulfillment as that experienced on an unknown wilderness trail.”
– Ann O’Hanlon

Each year, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts celebrates the “Wabi Sabi” theme with a juried Gallery exhibit.

“…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 is 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 is on the imaginative use of natural materials that may include found objects.

Juror: Phyllis Thelen

Phyllis Thelen is an experimental artist creating sculptural forms out of organic materials.

She received her B.A. in Art from Connecticut College, and continued her education at the Art Institute of San Francisco, Dominican University of California, and the Miasa Bunka Center in Japan, where she studied with Toshi Yoshida.  Phyllis received an honorary Ph.D. from Dominican University in 2002.

Phyllis’ work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums. She is a Founder of Art Works Downtown, the Marin Ballet Association, and Youth in Arts. She chaired the San Rafael Cultural Affairs Commission, and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women. In 2010 she was selected as “Marin Master” for the Marin Art Festival and also received the Cultural Treasure Award from the Marin Cultural Services Commission.

Phyllis lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has her studio at Mark Drive Studios in San Rafael, CA.


Call for Entries
Entry Dates (in-person):  August 23 & 24, 2019 (by-hand delivery)
Contemporary, expressionistic, abstract, exploratory, and/or experimental entries encouraged.


Please see the Wabi-Sabi page of the OHCA website for more resources.

We’re also holding a Wabi-Sabi related workshop in August:
* The Way of Wabi-Sabi w/ NAOMI KUBOTA LEE – Sunday, August 11, 3:00 – 6:00 pm


Free admission

Contact: 415.388.4331


    Official Website

Additional time info:

First Tuesday ArtWalk Opening Reception:  September 3, 5:30-7:30 pm
Artist Roundtable Dialogue:  September 3, 4:00 pm

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Friday:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm


O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941


Street and parking lot parking


    • Wheelchair Access

Please phone in advance regarding accessibility for people with disabilities, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

CONNECT WITH O’Hanlon Center for the Arts


In-Person Events

Artist Profile Submission Guidelines

Follow us on Facebook