Always fascinated with the darker sides of humanity,
Juliette Hare O’Connor’s work is a reflection of
her interests – from the decay of New Orleans cemeteries to the decadence of old New Orleans Storyville.
Juliette's art pieces are created with many of her own photographs taken since the early 1970s in and around the New Orleans region. They include tombs & graves, signage and historic buildings with nostalgic significant.
Juliette's Storyville pieces are created with many of the 1912 Ernest J. Bellocq photographs of prostitutes and her personal collection of circa early 1900 New Orleans Police Department mug shots.
She has the capability of bringing back many memories of bygone New Orleans nostalgia with her assemblages, shrines and fetish boxes. Some include her own personal "baby-boomer" childhood places of fun and companionship. Many of these are now considered "Ain't 'Dere No More" as they have been neglected and abandoned for decades or, worse yet, devastated in the flooding of our City due to the levee breeches after Hurricane Katrina August 29, 2005. Juliette's favorite - Pontchartrain Beach - closed in 1983.
Juliette was invited to be a guest artist and speaker at the Kirkland Gallery of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois on February 8, 2007. Twenty-eight pieces of her artwork was exhibited in the Kirkland gallery from February 8 to March 27th and visited by hundreds of viewers during several open houses for the University. She spoke to the art students of Professor Jim Schietinger about her work and how she creates different pieces. The audiences also requested that Juliette give a presentation on her personal story during the flooding of the City and surrounding areas when the levees broke. interested in hearing about the City of New Orleans during the aftermath of the flooding of the City from the August, 2005 levee failures.
In March, 2008 a Professor of history from
The University of Southeastern Louisiana invited Juliette to speak at the Women in History Month event at the Hammond, LA campus library. Her talk was entitled Those Naughty Women of Storyville. Juliette was surprised to discover the videotaped presentation had been a selection on Southeastern University's
Cable channel 18 Lectures Series since that time.
Juliette was a featured artist in
the online July-September, 2008 of DIY-Magazine. The article
was published with photos of Juliette's work and of her working at the 2007 Bayou Boogaloo.
In October, 2008 two of Juliette's assemblages of the St. Roch Cemetery Shrine along with her distressed and watercolored 1915 Storyville map were selected by the Save Our Cemeteries organization to be included in the annual Soiree Fundraiser Auction. The three donated pieces created quite a lot of interest and helped raise funds for a cause close to Juliette's heart - which is restoring and preserving our tombs and cemeteries of old New Orleans.
In March, 2009 Juliette was honored to be the guest speaker at the Saturday luncheon of the annual gathering of the SECC Physician Group and their companion. Once again, The Naughty Women of Storyville was the subject of her presentation. The event, with 150 in attendance, was held at the Hotel Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter.
Juliette was proud to have been selected as an artist for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for First Weekend April, 2009. She exhibited and sold her work in the Louisiana Marketplace section of the Jazz Fest and had a blast!!
In May, 2009 at a Warren Easton High School Hall of Fame Awards Event - Mr. Arthur Hardy presented the Oscar winning actress Ms. Sandra Bullock one of Juliette's Storyville pieces featuring a Bellocq
photograph. It was a Victorian wall pocket with a Bellocq photo of a prostitute sitting with crossed legs encased in striped stockings. Ms. Bullock is a collector of Bellocq photographs and owns a restaurant in Austin, TX named BESS, which uses these legs as a logo. Ms. Bullock has donate a great deal of money since the flooding of New Orleans to Warren Easton High School. Juliette was a proud 1964 graduate of Easton - GO EAGLES!
Juliette had been a contributor to WYES-TV Art Collection 12 annual Art Auction since 1994 and was a past volunteer for WYES-TV. Unfortunately the new management at WYES-TV discontinued the art auctions in 2013, which has resulted in her separation from them.
She is a member of Save Our Cemeteries in New Orleans, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the tombs and cemeteries of the city.
Juliette has sold her work in two French Quarter Galleries - Novelle Lune Gallery and The Green Eyed Gator Gallery. Both are now closed.
Juliette and her husband, Patrick, live with their rescued dogs, Gizmo Man, Stormy Blue, Sadie Girl, &
pug, Charlie Boy in New Orleans.
Proud to Call New Orleans Home.
Rebuilding -a better - and stronger
Need a speaker for your organization or group?
Contact Juliette - she gives talks and presentations about...
The New Orleans Cemeteries & Tombs
The Storyville Madams and Prostitutes
NOPD Mug Shots from the early 1900s.
Currently I am working from my home studio by appointment - I will be moving to a new gallery soon. Give me a call: 504-456-6060/home or 225-241-5205/cell
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