Saying farewell to Ellen O’Brien

Published: December 10, 2013, 2:16 pm, by lnavarro


Artist Ellen O'Brien 

Artist Ellen Lillian McCarthy O’Brien made her mark on the local art and education scene for more than six decades and she’ll be remembered at a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at All  Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Then guests will have the opportunity to see the Fine Arts Center show “Ellen O’Brien: The Prevalence of Line.”

Gazette arts writer Mark Arnest said she was “one of the last direct connections with the Fine Arts Center’s glorious first years in the 1930s and ’40s.” She died Oct. 30 at age 91.

Read more in her obit about the woman who studied art in Paris, met an unapproachable Pablo Picasso, co-authored the local Head Start program and threw wonderful holiday parties.

 By Linda Navarro,