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‘800 Years’

November 24, 2011

PORT JERVIS, NY — There will be an exhibit of works by Stephen Patrick O’Donnell Sr. on Sunday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Port Java at 19 Front St.

O’Donnell was born in Port Jervis. His forefathers were Irish immigrants hailing from County Donegal, Ireland. Settling in Lackawaxen, PA, his ancestors worked on both the D&H Canal and the Erie Lackawanna railroad. Back in Ireland, The O’Donnell’s, or O’Domhnaill’s as they are known in Gaelic, are famous for being deeply involved in the 800-year struggle for Irish independence, giving the upcoming exhibit its name, “800 Years.”

While living in Japan for over a year in the 1980s, O’Donnell developed an interest in Japanese culture, religion and philosophy, with a specific interest in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He sees his painting as an extension of his work in the martial arts, a transition from the human body as a medium to paint and canvas as the medium. His primary medium is acrylic on canvas, but will work with other mediums as inspired to do so.