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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Opening Dec. 8 and running through Feb. 25, 2007 is Eliot O'Hara: Ring of Fire in Watercolor in galleries B & C of the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center. A free public opening reception will be held Fri., Dec. 8 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Eliot O’Hara (1890 – 1969) was an important and influential American watercolor painter. His Modernist watercolors from the 1930s through the 1960s appear strikingly contemporary. Although O’Hara was based in the Northeastern United States, he was a noted world traveler in an age long before jet airplanes made the world a much smaller place. O’Hara has been described as one of those few artists who took to a medium and made it his own. He was a master at balancing the negative and positive space of a setting and in conveying the distinctive color and light that characterizes each environment portrayed in his paintings. O’Hara was also unique in that he preferred painting with his paper flat on the ground or floor versus utilizing an easel. This important exhibition of watercolors dating from 1932 to 1968 centers on locales that comprise the Pacific Rim, an area that is often brought to our attention by catastrophe. The Pacific Rim has been in the news constantly with tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes…yet the beauty of these areas is unrivaled, perhaps with exception given to the Alps and the Himalayas. O’Hara painted on location from Mexico and South American in the 1930’s through 1960’s; Hawaii in 1939 and Alaska in 1940; New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Fiji during the 1950’s. During his lifetime, Eliot O’Hara was one of America’s most widely respected watercolorists and teachers. In addition to an extensive exhibition record, O’Hara wrote eight books, produced more than twenty films on watercolor technique, and taught classes all over the country. From 1930-1947, he ran the successful O’Hara Watercolor School at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine, the first such school in the United States. This exhibition was organized by the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Fl. The Pavilion is only venue in this part of the country exhibiting this collection in 2006-07. ### EDITOR’S NOTE: Images are available online at Choose “general information” and the “media information” link. User name: media Password: photo Title: Eliot O'Hara