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By Miriam Raftery

Photo, right: La Jolla Cove, by W. Jason Situ

June 25, 2014 (La Mesa)— When an out-of-control truck smashed through the picture window of her gallery on La Mesa Boulevard back on June 2, artist Shannon O’Dunn kept it all in perspective.

Now she’s hosting a grand reopening at O’Dunn Fine Art, 8325 La Mesa Boulevard, inviting the community to share in champaign, chocolates, live music, and some fine new works of art that she has acquired since the unexpected closure. The event will be held on Friday, June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.  “Come celebrate a new chapter in fine art for East County,” says O’Dunn. “We would love to see you here!"

The accident occurred when a pickup truck driver with a prosthetic leg  lost control; witnesses said the motorists’s foot slipped and he hit the gas instead of the pedal.Thankfully, despite broken glass and a sudden drive-through entrance, the gallery was spared major damage to the artwork and the signature painting of her last show, “Mountain Gold,” suffered only a scratched frame amd thankfully, no one was injured.

“It is tough for any small retail business to re-boot after a board-up,” reflected O’Dunn, who recently suffered a far greater loss when her husband passed away. “But I have wonderful, loyal customers who have been calling, coming by, texting, and offering help and support. Thank you to all who are helping to get us back on track.”

The opening will feature a new window, new flooring, and new paintings to enhance O’Dunn’s colleciton of 20th century and contemporary paintings. Examples of new works of art that have come in during the closure are Vanessa Rusczyk’s “Flannelbush” and W. Jason Situ’s 12 x 16 inch “La Jolla Cove.” 

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