Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Junk mail is over.

This month has been mega for junk mail there has been some major changes. Which will help the rainforest's breath again. You can find out more by going to the stop junk mail website.

Throughout the campaign I have been helping with art. These are just a few of my cartoons that are on the stop junk mail website.

The rainforest that get cut for wood chip for your fitted formica kitchens, toilet paper and junkmail paper, there are loads of different types of trees and millions of insects, animals, birds, plants that have not even been identified before, they get bludgeoned to death and pulped.
Trees are not the only thing that is devastated its the communities, animals, insects and the forests that help the planet breath.

Stop junk mail has still more to do there is a petition to try change the law involving op out boxes.

If you feel like you dont believe it, unless you see statistics, there is plenty of that on the website. On the website there is also links to the stop junk mail blog and diary.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Bands and Flowers at the NNUH solo show

Here I am with my exhibition of bands and flowers. Not only did I put up my exhibition on the 3rd floor, central block at the NNUH. I also put up my Mothers on the 2nd floor and 4 exhibitions on the 1st floor. My mothers work had to be mounted and named this took me a week to do as there was so much to sort threw. I am a volunteer at the hospital working for the hospital arts project, for nearly 10 years. I do what ever I can do at the time. This year I had a big ear operation so I had to have a break from doing as I didn't want to spend to much time in the hospital after the op, so that I could recover properly. We had to cancel a fashion show in the summer which would have been a great fundraiser.

These poppy's I painted when I was recovering from my ear operation and sitting in the garden. The first poppy of the year came out then the next day was the 2nd. they are the giant Poppy's that my mother planted 40 years ago. I remember having my photo taken with one when I was a small child and the flower was as big as my head.

I kept drawing the garden, with no intention of exhibiting them it was more for recording the garden as it grew and for my own therapy to try and get back into the world. The flowers were first exhibited in the summer in St. Margaret's church in Norwich for the Pride without Prejudice show.

This is some rainbows that were also from the Pride summer show. The City hall picture was commission by Shelly Telly for Pride and smaller prints, mugs and fridge magnets are all for sale to raise money for Pride if you would like any please get in touch.

Emma Jarvis hospital arts coordinator helping with the exhibitions on the 1st floor. We halved the time and put them up together.

Marian O'Hare 1st Solo Show at the NNUH hospital 2011

Marian O'Hare first solo show at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital, central block on the 2nd floor.

Marian was born in 1941 and grew up in London during the 2nd World war with her 3 sisters and brother and Mother Verily Anderson and Father Donald Anderson who were both writers.
Marians father died when she hit her teens and her Mother had to survive with 5 kids. Marian got a bursary to go to Hastings Art school, where she had a wild and exciting life that her sister wrote about in a book and Marian illustrated in that 50's pen and ink style we all know today.
Marian went on to study theatre and costume design at central art college.

Marian did various theatre jobs while at Art college, her first job after leaving college was at the Old Vic theatre in Bristol where she worked as a Props mistress. She also worked at the famous Glyndebourne Opera house. She moved to Ireland and then worked for the Lambert Puppet theatre illustrating there programmes for there shows.

She moved to Ireland with her husband Jim O'Hare who she met at art college and he became a set designer for Irish film and television. In Ireland they raised 3 children and one foster child. They now have 6 grandchildren.
Marian went to many evening classes and learnt lots of different crafts while bringing up children. She also was know as the water rat as she cleaned out her local canal. She also done voluntary work one of which was driving wheelchair people to day centres. She worked on designs for a lighter wheel chair and helped get ramps around Dublin.

Her latest book is about Allotments in Norfolk and Marian is a keen gardener and flower arranger. Currently she is illustrating a book for disabled children.

Marian is also about to go on a trip to Australia where she will be drawing and painting the wildlife.

This is a picture of her drawing with her friends in North Norfolk. She has a few groups of people that she likes to do art with and exhibit as a group.

This was a lithograph she has done in 1970. Marians work spans for 60 years.

This is a small part of her collection of art she has done over the years.

There is 35 pictures in the show and they are all for sale. She hopes to sell some work to pay for more materials and opportunities to show her work. Contact me if you would like to buy her work. If you are unable to see her work at the hospital and would like to see more then I can send small images to view via email. The hospital has complete wheelchair access and buses run from the Norwich city centre. Parking at the hospital costs a small fee.

The exhibition is free and supported by the hospital arts project, which is a project run by charitable donations.

Emma Jarvis the hospital arts coordinator helping document Marians art work.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Photos of Tullynally castle Platform Gallery middling exhibition tea party

Haray! I made it in the end the success I was looking for, a show in a castle in Ireland. The show has been extended so get yourself to the Tullynally castle this weekend.
Here I am arriving at the castle after a weekend with my friends from youth, of growing up in Dublin. None of us has changed much over the decades. Had a lot of catching up to do.
Everyone was out swimming in the morning of the middling, which I didnt attend due to my newly designed ear, that does not take a drop of water.
Vera came back first and we headed off in cross country using an android phone to find the way.

Here I am at the gatehouse about to embark on the long leafy drive to the castle.

Lilly and Muireann in a piggy back race.

Here we are in the foyer of the Platform gallery with a Senator David Norris illustration watercolour of him cooking Dublin Rock recipe.

Aoife modeling the hand craft felt bags and hats.

Tea, coffee, tea and cake with the artist in the courtyard.

Arrangements on the tables in the tearoom.

Local cheese and foreign wine for the middling.

Standing by the extended season sign and a sea of glasses shortly before the opening.

The middling in the evening the locals come out to play at the castle.

Rebeccas famous irish gate photos.

Matt Gardner on whistle and Hilary Gaffney on fiddle. Starting off with a great duo that turned into an orchestra by the end of the night. Photo by Rebecca Allen.

Eloise creating a new recipe picture in Rebecca's kitchen at her farm house. This ones called feeding a large irish family lunch. Photo by Vera Quinlan.

Trapped in the corner of the courtyard some groovy parking.

Women's peace camp.
Photo by Vera Quinlan

The crazy three neighbours.

Freshly squeezed apple juice caught in the windfall of it all.
Photo by Vera quinlan

Tullynally castle platform gallery, castlepollard, West Meath, Ireland. Hazel playing the head sculpture of a sphinx. Photo by Helen O'Niell

Muireann the stone sphinx sculpture. Photo by Helen O'Niell

Dry stone wall for small children to walk on top of, very thoughtful of farmers to build them everywhere in Ireland. Photo by Rebecca Allen.

The lads from RTE John and Des, tasting the local cheese and crackers at the middling exhibition opening at the castle.

I hadnt seen these lads for a long time.

A herd of stable friends, Helen, Vera, Nicola, Rebecca, Muireann, Lilly and Ruairi

The dancing girls outside my exhibition at the castle. photo by Helen O'Niell

Cat and a carriage on her way to my exhibition.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

Fountain of youth in the gardens of Tullynally castle.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

Well, well, well, a Lama having a drama in the gardens of Tullynally.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

The side of the castle.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

Rebecca and Matt having a chat with a couple of Lamas.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

They are now growing cats in the Tullynally kitchen garden.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

Eloise in a hurry to get back to her middling evening cheese and wine party at the platform gallery.

An amazing catalog made by Nicola Lane of my paintings at the Platform Gallery at the castle.

A hole in the hedge.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

On the way up the long drive.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

The walled garden.

The gardens at Tullynally castle.

The Mount Temple school girls.
Photo by Karl Somers.

Rooftop of the castle.
Photo by Helen O'Niell

Middling speech with everyone gathered round.

Ladys chatting about art at the middling.

The girls that met when they were two years old. Reunion decades later.

A portrait of the Artist.
By Rebecca Allen

The calm before the Ceilidh, a view of the gallery through to the tearooms. On the right wall a portrait of Senator David Norris.

Karl Somers and Nicola Lane organised a marvellous exhibition of my work at there gallery and tearooms at the Tullynally castle. Karl gets his guitar out and jams with the guests while Nicola tops up the wine and makes a great host.

Tea at the Tullynally castle tearooms out in the courtyard.

Muireann, Lilly and Aoife all drinking from the fountain of youth.

View of the Tullynally castle from the gardens.

Liquorice all sorts skirt designed and made for me by me. A lovely brick floor of the gallery.