Famous sculpture loaned for artist’s exhibition

Florida Forest

AFTER more than forty years living and working in a tiny harbour-side village overlooking Crosshaven, international wildlife sculptor Patrick O’Hara has decided to retire and downsize.

From 17th to 27th June, at their home and studio, Manor House, Currabinny, Patrick is having a final exhibition and sale that will include the remaining paintings by his late wife, well known landscape painter Anna O’Hara, embracing several previously unseen works and one un-signed painting of Scottish birch trees completed shortly before she died in 2013.

One of Patrick’s largest and most intricate porcelain sculptures of nearly six hundred that he produced and are now in collections around the world, “Florida Forest” illustrates an ecological niche in Jefferson Smurfit Group owned pine forests of northern Florida, the rare Bartram’s Ixia growing amongst orchids, sarracenias and many other plants, as well as their insect pollinators. Commissioned by company chairman Dr Michael Smurfit in 1993, he has kindly loaned it for this exhibition, the first time in nearly twenty-five years that it has left its usual home, displayed in the foyer of the “K” Club.

A few of Patrick’s own sculptures and prints will actually be on sale, as well as contemporary prints by their daughter Rachel, and artworks by earlier generations.

Most of their own collection of paintings and objets d’art, gathered during their working travels around Europe, across America, Japan, the Middle East and Africa will feature in their parallel ‘Garage Sale’ on the same dates, as will their extensive library of fine art books, important illustrated botanical books from around the world, craft and gardening books and specialist volumes on porcelain and ceramics. A wide range of art materials, ornaments, vases, household items and furniture will also be on sale.

Manor House overlooks Cork harbour and the Owenabue River estuary from Crosshaven’s yachting marinas to the harbour entrance forts and Aghada beyond. Parking is available by Currabinny pier (disabled parking only at Manor House itself), and the exhibition and garage sale will be open 11am to 6pm daily, from Sat 17th to Tues 27th June, entrance free. Proceeds will aid Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.