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.
Her art pieces are created with many of her own photographs taken since the early 1970s of
cemeteries, tombs and graves plus some of the 1913 photographs of prostitutes by
Ernest J. Bellocq and her large collection of the circa 1900 New Orleans Police Department mug shots.
Her works on the women during the Victorian era will show strong and willful females who survived unbelievable hardships by knowing how to make
Juliette’s erotica pieces are thoughtful and provocative and are collected by many of her fans.
She has the capability of bringing back many memories of bygone New Orleans nostalgia with her assemblages, shrines and fetish boxes. Some include fun places such as Pontchartrain Beach, City Park's Storyland, Audubon Park Zoo, the French Quarter, etc.
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 were also 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. She was excited to discover her talk had been videotaped and has been a selection on Southeastern University's
Cable channel 18 Lectures Seriessince that time.
Individuals still recognize Juliette from
this 45 minute video lecture.
Juliette was a featured artist in
the online 2008 issue dated July-September of the DIY-Magazine. She was interviewed online - 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 the Storyville 1915 map which Juliette watercolors and distresses 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 had a request to speak at the Saturday luncheon of the annual gathering of the SECC Physician Group and their significant others. 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 at 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 beautiful Victorian wall pocket with a photograph of the Bellocq prostitute sitting with crossed legs encased in striped stockings. Ms. Bullock is a collector of Bellocq photographs and owns a restaurant in Austin, TX ,BESS, with these legs as a logo. Ms. Bullock has donate a great deal of money since the flooding of New Orleans to Warren Easton.
This school is Juliette's high school alama mata.
Juliette has been a contributor to WYES-TV Art Collection 12 annual Art Auction since 1994 and has been a volunteer for WYES-TV. 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's work can be seen and purchased at
Nouvelle Lune @ 938 Royal St. in the heart
of the French Quarter
Wed. - Sunday 10-6
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.