Jane O’Hara

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Jane comes from Little Compton, Rhode Island. CAF gave her a grant to produce an exhibition catalogue for a show of her paintings, entitled Beasts of Burden. This exhibition also accompanies the Festival, co-sponsored by the Culture & Animals Foundation and Compassion Arts Festival, held in October 2017. Jane writes:

In 2017, I was incredibly fortunate to receive a grant from the Culture & Animals Foundation. It made possible something I never could have achieved without it, and that was to write, assemble, and publish Beasts of Burden the Book, which catalogs the fourteen artists of the exhibit I curate, Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals and the story of how the concept for the show was formed.

The support I received for this book made me able to give people a way to take home what I feel is this exhibition’s important message: to show how completely entwined animals are with our lives. The artists, with their varying focuses, mediums, and styles, reach the hearts and minds of viewers at differing levels of consciousness or places on the path to awareness of animals’ place in contemporary society.

Thank you again, CAF, for this major vote of confidence and financial support. It was a rewarding process and I am so happy with the results. It is an amazing and unique thing CAF does with this grant. The viewers and consumers of the art projects that are the result of the grants benefit profoundly. I agree with the concept of supporting the arts as a vehicle for social change and animal advocacy and CAF’s belief in this is a huge service to our world, needing to open to compassion.

2020 Updates:
Jane has worked on a variety of new projects since working with CAF in 2017. One series she has started is called State of the Union where she shows what each state likes to portray as their image, including their state animal, and flag) but also highlights the hidden abuse that goes on in each state with the animals. An example is that of Florida, with dolphins in captivity, the red tide killing fish and manatees, Larson Dairy and abuse of dairy cows and more. She has an exhibition scheduled for all 50 completed states in 2023 at New Bedford Art Museum, MA. 

She also has created work in reaction to the pandemic world, where animals are seen in places never seen before, like animals taking to the streets while people are behind the windows. This painting is currently exhibited at William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA, as well as virtually at New Bedford Art Museum.

She also has worked with PETA on a painting featuring activist Regan Russell who was killed by transport truck at a pig vigil at Fearman’s Slaughterhouse in Canada. Limited edition prints are available here, and all funds raised will carry out Regan’s legacy and to repeal ag gag Bill 156.