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Sebastopol loses John O’Hare, sculptor

Friday, October 28th, 2011 | Posted by

Sebastopol was stunned to learn that sculptor John O’Hare, 58, had suddenly died from lung cancer on Oct. 19. Born in Muncich, Germany, O’Hare has been an important part of the West County art scene for many years. He was a trained blacksmith and used his skills to create fluid and delicate sculptures, often incorporating them into architecture and furniture.

Linda Galletta of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts said, “John had been with SCA since the beginning. He has always been part of Art at the Source. He was a roll up your sleeves, get it done kind of guy. Like putting up the road signs for Art at the Source for us when we said we needed someone to do it. He recently donated a beautiful piece of sculpture for out September art auction. He was pleased at the lively bidding and happy it went for a very fair price.”

Artist Linda Watanabe studied blacksmithing with O’Hare. “He was my mentor. His father was a very harsh man. But John had an inner sensitivity that couldn’t be denied. On the exterior he was a hard living blacksmith, on the interior a sensitive creative artist and the two merged in his work.”

Watanabe said O’Hare’s wife Juls, a painter, had just retired on the day they learned he had lung cancer. He lived just two weeks after his diagnosis.

Harvey Charnofsky, a patron of O’Hare’s, said, “I commissioned some work from him – metal crows in metal trees that are at the entranc e to my home. He was terrrific artist and he is leaving a big hole in this community.”

He is suvived by his wife Juls, his son Eamonn who lives in Point Reyes, and a sister Patricia Kaussen of San Francisco. His memorial is still being planned.


  • Claudia Bruckert

    I so admired John O’Hare’s delicate and beautiful sculptures. Are there any of them left for sale?
    Please let me know.
    Claudia Bruckert

  • Maria Owen-Jones

    My name is maria and I met John in Alaska 30 years ago. As I have been living in France for the last 25 years I unfortunately have lost contact . After reading the sad newsI would like to get in touch with his son Eamonn. Is there a possibility that you could help me.

    • Lori Trew

      Hi Mia,
      It’s Lori, Eamonn’s mom. Eamonn lives in Northern California. I’ll be seeing him next week. Send me an email to: loritrew@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you. Eamonn is on Facebook. I will also let him know you’re trying to get in touch. Hope your family is well.

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