O'Dunn Marks Five Years With A New Look, Show

LA MESA -- Starting a new business is never easy, but starting one during one of the toughest recessions in recent history was a downright adventure for many.

So on Friday as Shannon O'Dunn, proprietor of O'Dunn's Fine Arts, stands in front of her establishment on La Mesa Boulevard and cuts a ceremonial ribbon, there is more meaning than usual.

Marking her fifth year in business, O'Dunn has moved her store once and is now signing a lease extension while unveiling a new show and a new look with a Friday evening opening.

"I've lightened the place up and we've added a new line of terraria, living art,'' O'Dunn said recently. " We sold a few of those already. And I've got the wall of nudes, of course, the only one you can't see from the street. La Mesa!"

Did building a business through the economic downturn ever make her question the wisdom of it all?

"Back in '09 I was 64 going on 65 and I thought then like I think now 'What? Am I going to wait until I'm 70 and things look better?''' O'Dunn asked.

So on Friday she kicks off her second half-decade with a public opening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with music, food and a new show, "Desert Places."

The public is invited to see the show and enjoy the presence of a high-end art establishment on the community's main drag.



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Comment by chris shea on March 15, 2013 at 3:00pm

Congratulations, Shannon.  Owning your own business isn't for the timid!  I hope your second half-decade will be glorious!

All the best to you!

~Chris Shea

Comment by David Stanley on March 15, 2013 at 1:22pm

As an artist as well as an art enthusiast, I frequently peer through the windows of O'Dunn's gallery. I am never disappointed. Her exhibit of outstanding artists just goes on and on. And, I must admit like many other painters, I look closely at many of the works to study techniques and, having done so, I happily report that my own efforts improve.  A great thanks to Shannon O'Dunn for the great contribution to the village as well as for other painters like myself.  Thanks, Shannon.  David

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