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Hanrahan, 53, is a Ventura artist whose murals cover the walls at schools, Omega Seamaster Deep Black businesses, public spaces and private homes throughout the Southland. Often seen balanced atop a ladder with paintbrushes in hand, she keeps her hair in blond dreadlocks, has multiple piercings and more often than not is dressed in something with skulls on it.

"So this is a legacy wheelchair," Hanrahan said with a laugh.

Like many artists and others living on the financial edge, Hanrahan does not have health insurance. She faces months of doctor visits and physical therapy sessions, some of which will be covered by the Ventura County Health Care Agency's ACE program.

One $36,000 helicopter ride out of Los Padres National Forest and surgery to insert a rod into her leg later, Hanrahan sat in her studio at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, talking about how it could have been worse.

Enter Hanrahan's extensive network of friends, who are cheering her on via her Facebook page, driving her to appointments, creating isometric exercise routines and organizing fundraisers to help pay her medical bills.

Within days of the accident, many of Hanrahan's friends turned to the Internet and social media to share news not only about her condition but to coordinate fundraising efforts. It has raised more than $3,000 toward its $5,000 goal. March 11 at Zoey's Cafe, the restaurant and live music venue where Hanrahan painted scenes of Ventura on the outdoor patio. Her image of a lounging Buddha decorates a wall near the bar.

"This isn't anything that time and money can't fix," she said, running her black gloved hands over the arms of the wheelchair she has been told to use through the end of March.

She has since designed tour T shirts for Jimmy Buffett and the band Chicago, served on the board of directors for the San Buenaventura Artists' Union, worked with students in Ventura and Santa Maria to paint anti tobacco murals, exhibited at the original Studio Channel Islands on the CSU Channel Islands campus in Camarillo and teamed with Mora to create the Tortilla Flats mural, a public art piece now installed on Figueroa Street near the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

"MB is living testimony that you can forge your own way and be your own person and that's an important message for kids regardless of whether they're in an art class," Granata said. "She is the epitome of individuality."

The group of supporters includes fellow artists, principals at the schools where Hanrahan teaches, owners of businesses for whom she has created murals and at least one politician. Announcing details of the accident at a recent meeting, Ventura City Council member Brian Brennan described Hanrahan as one of the city's "gems."

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"So I started thinking about all the things I was grateful for, anything to keep the thoughts coming. Like, 'I'm glad I'm not an Omega Seamaster 601

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She has been riding motorcycles off and on since the 1970s, always while wearing the proper gear, she said. Previous dirt bike spills have resulted in nothing more than bruises and a few cracked Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Orange

She borrowed the chair from artist Moses Mora, who in turn got it from Alice McGrath, the political activist who died in 2009 at age 92.

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ant.' Then I heard the sound of what turned out to be a Toyota truck coming to take me back to the campground."

The benefit event will continue with live music, art sales, a raffle of items donated by local businesses and a buffet featuring some of Hanrahan's favorite dishes from the cafe's menu.

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The eagerness to help one of its own "shows the true spirit of the local arts community," said Donna Granata, founder of Focus on the Masters, a nonprofit program that documents the lives and works of Ventura County based artists.

Circle of friends rally to help Ventura artist MB Hanrahan after bike accident

A photographer in her own right, Granata shot the program's official portrait of Hanrahan in 1991. A former prop designer for films and TV shows, Hanrahan had moved to Ventura two years earlier and at the time the portrait was taken was part of the scene at Art Omega Seamaster Rose Gold

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The outpouring of help is the result of the combination of "MB's art and what she does for the community," Polly Hoganson said. "She reaches and interacts with so many different socioeconomic levels, from street people to people who pay her thousands for a commissioned piece of art. She's in the schools, she's worked with kids in correctional facilities. She has a lot of circles and cliques, if you like."

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Tickets, $20 per person, are available via a link on the event's Facebook page and in person at selected locations in downtown Ventura. They include the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., and Zoey's Cafe, 185 E. Santa Clara St. It has a deadline of March 31 to raise $5,000.

MB Fest will include poetry readings, live music, art sales and giveaways of items donated by local businesses, said Polly Hoganson, who co owns the cafe with husband Steve Hoganson.

March 11 at Zoey's Cafe in Ventura. Also appearing will be banjo player Donna Lynn Caskey and host poet Phil Taggart.

Hanrahan said she reflexively rolled onto her left side to keep the affected right leg as flat as possible. To pass the time as she lay waiting on the rutted dirt path, she tried finding a radio station on her cellphone. No bars.

What MB Hanrahan didn't know as she lay on the ground at the dirt biking mecca of Ballinger Canyon in Santa Barbara County was how long it would take her boyfriend to return with help.

City, a sculpture yard and exhibit space in the Ventura Avenue neighborhood.

"I broke my leg so fast I don't even know how it happened. But it's possible the bike fell on me when I went down," said Hanrahan, whose femur snapped during the Feb. 10 accident.

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"I started having visions of '127 Hours,' " said Hanrahan, referring to the movie based on the real life story of a hiker who amputates his arm to escape being pinned by a boulder.

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