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Oscar C. Donahue III

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New Orleans Celebrates 20
 
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Employment History

  • National Youth Spokesman
    March of Dimes
  • Artist and Jewelry Designer
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OSCAR CELEBRATES 20 ...
www.oscarofneworleans.com, 25 April 2011 [cached]
OSCAR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS!
"Oscar of New Orleans Celebrates 20 Years in the French Market by Designing Extraordinary Anniversary Pin"
Artist and jewelry designer Oscar C. Donahue III is celebrating his 20th anniversary in the French Market by releasing a special pin that captures the spirit of New Orleans, especially as it has risen from the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina.
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I'm quick to jump on trends," explains Oscar.
An admirer of working women, Oscar created a woman with a briefcase pin that was a coveted give-away at an Avon Cosmetics convention. Similar pins, available at www.oscarofneworleanscom, can be blonde, brunette or red-headed, white or Afro-American. Most recently, he designed a tribute to Michael Jackson.
It is hard to believe that only four years ago Oscar found himself with an almost empty gas tank as he tried to escape the flood waters. "I waited to the last minute and barely got out," he recalls. "There are always so many false alarms. When my favorite weather man said it was time to go, I finally went. But I hadn't filled up my gas tank, and all the gas stations were flooded. It took a miracle to find enough gas. Oscar landed in Newnan, Ga., and for the next year, his loyal customers had to rely on the web to buy their favorite jewelry.
The lure of New Orleans was strong, and once he was able to find housing, Oscar moved back and reopened his stall in the French Market. "I chose to come back here because this is a very, very special place," he says. "This is not like any place in the United States. The artistic atmosphere is very powerful here. It is one of the few cities that I can make it as an artist."
Oscar has been involved with the arts since he was a child growing up in Kansas City, Mo. A musician, an actor and a singer as well as a fine artist, Oscar feels that New Orleans is the place he can most express himself artistically.
Oscar's Originals .. Wearable Art made in New Orleans!
www.oscarofneworleans.com, 16 Feb 2006 [cached]
OSCAR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS! Click here for press release
Oscar C. Donahue, III was born November 25, 1955 in Kansas City, MO. Strong family bonds and an abundance of love made Oscar feel as if he were a prince, despite growing up in the inner city with minimal resources. One of his most powerful recollections in childhood was demanding a clarinet in the third grade and somehow his mother came up with one so he could play in the band.
Oscar first discovered his artistic aptitude at age 5, when his first drawing of a dolphin drew oohs and ahhs. Throughout his childhood, he drew sketches and enjoyed his gift, always dreaming of sending off pictures to the Art Institute in Chicago that was advertised in the back of comics. Oscar also discovered his gift of communication, which both came naturally and from watching his father teach in Sunday school using powerful words and an eloquence that was mesmerizing. Upon entering high school, Oscar played in the band and decided during his freshman year that he was going to about_pic2.jpg (31933 bytes) become senior class president; he began a 4 year campaign that resulted in his dream coming true. He also began volunteering for the March of Dimes and became the anchorman for a closed circuit television student news program that brought him many honors. Although his artistic passion took a backseat, he continued to draw sketches and fell in love with Dali, Picasso, and Gaugain.
A scholarship to Baker University in Kansas and then a transfer to Washington University in St. Louis introduced Oscar to the theatre where he starred in several college plays while becoming a national youth spokesman for the March of Dimes, traveling through out the country speaking to various youth groups. Oscar was headed towards law school and becoming a corporate lawyer until he spoke with a few corporate lawyers who told him they made lots of money but were unhappy. Upon graduation from college, Oscar began working for the March of Dimes and was promoted to the national staff in White Plains, New York, where he stayed for four years, living in Harlem and riding the train to work each day, secretly drawing sketches of passengers and maintaining that inner fire. Also, a role as the Tin Man in an off off Broadway play in the "Wiz" and singing in nightclubs gave Oscar the complete artistic fulfillment he craved.
about_pic3.jpg (42739 bytes) Needing to change, Oscar moved to New Orleans in 1984 where he worked with the United Negro College Fund; he then began teaching and, for "therapy", worked weekends in the French Market drawing portraits. Five years later, married with two stepsons and his child on the way, Oscar looked to find a way to increase his income and decided to make jewelry. Oscar's Originals was founded in 1989 shortly before his daughter Liana was born, and began slowly, almost collapsing in the first year...but it survived, mostly due to sheer desperation from not wanting to work for anyone else and fearing his most haunting quote he learned in college, "most men lead lives of quiet desperation".
Oscar's Originals survived and has grown into something special ... in addition to being a fixture at the Flea market, Oscar has been a regular exhibitor at the Jazz and Heritage Foundation since 1991 and at the Essence Fest since 1996. People throughout the world now enjoy his whimsical, colorful creations!
PRAvenue Press Release Newswire : Craft
www.pravenue.com [cached]
PRAvenueNW/ -- Artist and jewelry designer Oscar C. Donahue III is celebrating his 20th anniversary in the French Market by releasing a special pin...]]>
7 Reviews The French Market is ...
www.virtualtourist.com, 14 Mar 2011 [cached]
7 Reviews The French Market is full of vendors selling jewelry, but Oscar Donahue III is the only one who is an artist: he actually designs and makes the jewelry he sells. His earrings and pins are bright and...
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