The new Center Director is Mill Valley resident Kellan Christopher, a former Broadway actor and singer who has been been a project manager at a private trust that advised groups on organizational structure and development. Kellan oversees O’Hanlon’s facility, gallery, and center operations, while longtime Mill Valley publicist and event promoter Erma Murphy, now a resident of Stinson Beach, is the new Director of Programs and Outreach. She will be in charge of programming, special events, and community outreach.
“We are very lucky to have found two such gifted and dynamic individuals as Kellan and Erma to lead O’Hanlon Center at this critical time in our history,” says O’Hanlon board president Abby Wasserman. “Building on the accomplishments of our outgoing director, Megan Wilkinson, Kellan and Erma will encourage new creative growth and innovation while continuing to honor the philosophy and tradition of our founders, Ann and Dick O’Hanlon.”
Wasserman says Wilkinson is moving to Paris in January to study French and “have some new adventures” traveling around Europe.
“Megan is also talented artistically–in photography, collage and assemblage,” Wasserman says. “I think she will be stimulated by the art she sees and may want to devote more time to her own art. One thing is sure: she will do well in whatever she decides in the future. She did a great job at O’Hanlon and we will miss her.”
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is a unique community-focused nonprofit art center located at 616 Throckmorton Ave. on two bucolic acres at the base Mt. Tamalpais in Cascade Canyon, Mill Valley. The Center is truly an artists’ sanctuary. Founded in 1969 as “Sight & Insight Center” by Anne and Dick O’Hanlon as an artists community, their legacy continues today now as a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to provide programs, studio space, exhibitions and experiences that honor individual creativity, develop artistic practice, and build community. The Center gallery hosts new shows monthly open to the public. Classes are offered for both children and adults in the Loft in visual, literary, performing and meditative arts. For more information visit the O’Hanlon Center website.