February 20, 2010 (La Mesa) – Leaders in the arts and business communities gathered Thursday for the grand re-opening of O’Dunn Fine Art, which moved into an expansive new space across the street from its original location in La Mesa’s downtown village.
“I have about 60 artists represented and 120 paintings,” said gallery owner Shannon O’Dunn. The collection includes works by 25 living artists. The rest are deceased, so their works are considered investment-grade artworks, said O’Dunn.
Her new gallery is spacious and well-lit, illuminating contemporary as well as traditional paintings. These include a large collection of early California works, notably 30 “plein air” oil paintings, as well as European paintings including landscapes, still lifes, and animal studies.
A notable new addition is a 1940 Paul Grimm painting, "Stately Eucalyptus" measuring 36 x 28 inches (photo, left). Originally a painter of Hollywood studio sets in the silent movie era, Grimm studied in Dusseldorf and later moved to Palm Springs, where his art gallery attracted many celebrities who purchased his works.
Currently featured living artists, producing works from their studios, include oil painters Jack Jordan and Lionel Talaro, pastel artists Molly Lipsher and Richard McDaniel.
“All of the art in the gallery is representational; styles include impressionist, tonalist, expressionist, and contemporary,” noted O’Dunn, a former dean of Fine Arts at Grossmont College.
The gallery also features a small collection of American Art pottery and Mata Ortiz pieces, ideal for travelers looking for antique and collectible pottery works compact enough to take home.
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new gallery opening (cover photo).
O’Dunn was also presented with a proclamation from the California Legisalture honoring her business (photo left).
For more information, visit http://www.odunnfineart.com/.