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Call for Entry: 18th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibition

Presented by O’Hanlon Center for the Arts at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley CA

Sep 09 - 10 2022
Call for Entry: 18th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibition

Postcard Art: Naomi Kubota Lee. Design: JFT

In-person art exhibition, in-person drop-off to enter

Drop off Entry Dates:
* Friday, September 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
* Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Exhibition Dates:
* September 14 – November 2


O’Hanlon Center for the Arts invites you to submit work for our 18th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibition juried by Naomi Kubota Lee.

“…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, the focus will be on the imaginative use of natural materials that may include found objects.

See the Wabi-Sabi portion of the OHCA website for inspiration and more resources.



Born in Northern California and raised in Mill Valley, where I currently have my art studio.

My practice of Wabi-Sabi sculpture evolved from the attraction to the materials from nature, and their inherit beauty and meaning. Fiber Sculpture college classes further that love of working in a tactile three dimensional way. Later, I taught Wabi Sabi workshops and juried at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts for their annual wabi sabi exhibits.

In looking way back, the inspirational fountain of my Wabi Sabi art practice was the influence of my Japanese American upbringing and culture; finding elegance and meaning in nature. Similar to haiku, which reflects the changing seasons and meaning in words, wabi sabi sculpture embodies this in an art form, using materials like worn river rocks, scattered autumn leaves, tree bark and fibers, rice paper, a feather…

My art practice also encompasses painting colorful abstracts and fiber art. I have exhibited in college, civic, public venues; non-profit, university research center as well as private collections. My work has been featured on international CD jackets and also commissioned work. I have a UC Berkeley Fine Arts (Honors Program) and Social Science Field (Highest Honors).


O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration, and experimentation.

Contemporary, expressionistic, abstract, exploratory, and/or experimental entries encouraged.


Enter up to 3 works:
$40 – Non-members
$30 – Artist Level OHCA members

Contact: 415-388-4331


    Official Website

Additional time info:

In-person drop-off to enter:
  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am - 1:00 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.

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