Crime Watch begins second season with a bang!

Dirty Harry with red background

Dirty Harry with red background

I'm excited to launch the second season of Crime Watch this month with one of my father's favourite Clint Eastwood films Dirty Harry! 

Join Crime Watch for the role that elevated Clint Eastwood to superstar status and ask yourself the question: Do I feel lucky? “Well, do ya, punk?”

 

Dirty Harry with blue background

Dirty Harry with blue background

I'm equally excited to launch a new poster design for the second season. Featuring a felt version of a central character and a background image to give further context. In this case Harry Callahan with the San Fransisco skyline behind him. Now if I can only decide which colour I like better.

Longtime fan of Filmspotting and Squarespace!

Great thanks to the team at Filmspotting for mentioning my website, cross stitches and monthly film series Crime Watch as part of my Squarespace testimonial on episode #490.

For the last year I have combined my love of film with fibre arts by creating cross stitches for my film series posters. Crime Watch, screening at Metro Cinema in Edmonton, provides a monthly glimpse into the cinematic criminal world. With titles like Badlands, A Fish Called Wanda and The Night of the Hunter, I hope I'm doing Filmspotting proud. Next up is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang on Monday, June 9 at 7:00pm.

Badlands cross stitch

Badlands cross stitch

Crime Watch teams up with Graphic Content

Poster by Roger Garcia

Poster by Roger Garcia

This month Crime Watch is teaming up with Graphic Content, curated by Erin Fraser and Matt Bowes, to present the depression-era gangster film Road to Perdition. Inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner. As part of the collaboration I wrote a short essay on the film.

The objective of my film series Crime Watch is to showcase the quality and diversity within the genre of crime films. So I was pleased when Erin and Matt, curators of the Graphic Content series, approached me to co-present Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, which I found to be a fascinating study of how organized crime impacts families, particularly fathers and sons.

Click here to read the full essay.

The Gateway interviews me for Crime Watch

Laura O'Connor standing in front of Metro Cinema, EdmontonCrime Watch
Presented by Metro Cinema
Garneau Theatre (8712 109 St.)
Plays the second Monday of each month
Admission $8 for students, available at the door

For Laura O’Connor, it came as no surprise that her first solo effort in film curation was a series about crime films. Her love of the genre began to develop while watching crime shows such as Quincy and Columbo when she was just a kid, and she inherited a love of detective television shows from her mother early on.

“I was sitting in the theatre at the edge of my seat, wanting to scream at the screen and I realized that’s what crime does to me. Crime films are exciting and interesting and I just put two and two together,” O’Connor explains.

“I loved it when the good guys won and I loved it even more when the bad guys won. I just found the whole procedure fascinating and the chase compelling. I love everything about it. “

Click here to read the full article.

Shannon Kovalsky Gateway Writer
July 15, 2013

I'm selling my felt creatures at Art Market!

 Harcourt House will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with their very own Art Market! This event features over twenty-five artists that have their works on display, ready to be swooped up! What makes this market so unique is it takes place in our gallery where each booth will act as a different exhibition. All vendors are practicing artists from Edmonton and surrounding areas. The gallery will be filled with original pieces done by these talented, established and emerging artists whom employ both traditional and experimental art forms. 

May 25th from 1 – 7pm. Prizes, popcorn, finger food, juice and some refreshing wine and beer to enjoy.

Location:
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre
10215-112 Street
3rd floor gallery

Follow this link for more information.

 

Little Fears at Harcourt House!

I'm excited to announce that my series Little Fears will be on display in the Front Room Gallery at Harcourt House in Edmonton from March 7 - April 12, with my artist talk at 7 pm and opening reception 8-10 pm on Thursday, March 7.

With the addition of two new pieces, this marks the first occasion that the full series has been shown in Edmonton.

Click here for the galleries location and operating hours.

 

 

TREX Catalogue

Very excited to see my piece Snap Shot (top right hand corner) featured on the TREX Catalogue cover.

TREX Catalogue

TREX Catalogue

King Edward

One of my favorite photography projects is finding old signs to shoot. During a business trip to Calgary this weekend, I discovered this amazing gem. 

Call for Artists: In the Red: creation from deficit, Edmonton

I'm excited to share the "Call for Artist for In the Red". This will be the first show I've curated and I really want it to be a good one. Please share this call with any current or former Alberta artist working in any fine craft medium.

Call for Artists:: In the Red: creation from deficit

 Submission Deadline: February 11, 2011
Exhibition location: Alberta Craft Council's Feature Gallery
Exhibition dates: TBA


"In the Red" is a budgetary term originating from the traditional practice of showing negative numbers in red ink.

In 2010 five million dollars was cut from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts budget and we must now ask ourselves how these cuts will affect the cultural voice of Alberta. In the Red will explore the impact of these cuts on an artist's ability to create; in essence how do you craft something out of nothing?

Questions for reflection on the theme:
-How does the concept of creation from deficit manifest in contemporary craft?
-How do these cuts affect your studio practice? Your exhibitions? Your community?
-How would you interpret Alberta's new brand "Freedom to create, spirit to achieve"?

This call is open to all current & former Alberta artists working in all fine craft mediums.

Your submission should include:
- a brief statement on how your piece(s) relates to the theme of the exhibition
- up-to-date cv, artist statement & bio
- good quality digital images of your work (4x6 -300 dpi jpg)
- image list that includes; title, medium and techniques used, date created, dimensions and image credit.

This submission can be sent via email or mail.
Email: laura[at]albertacraft.ab.ca
Mail: Alberta Craft Council 10186-106 St. Edmonton, AB T5J 1H4

For more information on this call please email laura[at]albertacraft.ab.ca or call (780) 488-6611 ext 231

 

Edmonton's 2nd Timeraiser and the trials of moving an artist

 

The Timeraiser supports emerging and mid-career artists like few other community events do: artists are paid fair market value for their work instead of being asked to donate their creativity. The art is then auctioned off at the Timeraiser to raise volunteer hours for the community. To date, the Timeraiser has invested over $310,000 in the careers of more than 450 artists across the country.


At last year's Timeraiser I was able to see my artwork directly contributing to make my community a better place. It was one of the most positive experiences of my artistic career to date. So I'm very honoured to say that my work has been chosen again this year.

 

Click here to view the Timeraiser's website, where you can see a gallery of the artwork and read up on the charities involved.

 

Moving
While moving is rarely easy for anyone, I can't help but feel that moving is especially hard for artists. Not only do you have to move everyday life things such as your bed and couch. You need to carefully pack your finished pieces, the tools of your particular medium and all of the things an artist collects because you might be able to use it for something one day. Even after making an effort to let go of things, my boxes overflowed with scraps of paper and interesting objects. The good news is that I've moved from a studio apartment to a new artist live/work space with a bedroom and office... so now I have more room to spread out my various collections.

 

15 seconds of local fame thanks to the Kaleido festival

I'm happy to report that I will be featured on Global Morning with Lorraine Mansbridge this Thursday. Lorraine will be chatting with a few of the artists involved with the Kaleido festival. So if you happen to be awake in the early hours tomorrow keep an eye out for me!

new obsession - sewing patterns

One of the recurring themes in my work is directional lines and arrows. I have an ongoing series, using both photo-illustrations & photography, on signs. Always looking for new inspiration, I found these old clothing patterns in my parents basement. I'm currently working on a photo-illustration called Seam Allowances which may turn into a series of pieces featuring these deliciously graphic patterns.

upcoming show & sale: Kaleido Festival 2010

I have a few pieces in the upcoming "NO-TIE GALA" at this years Kaleido festival. Kaleido celebrates artist and audience with music, dance, film, theatre, visual & literary arts on historic Alberta Avenue. I'm particularly excited to have work in this festival, because I will be moving to the area this October. I plan on attending the party on Friday and hope to see you there!
Click here for a full listing of all the events.

"NO-TIE GALA" Art show & sale
Friday, September 11th @ 6pm

View works of art for sale from over 50 visual artists in a multitude of mediums and styles. The art gallery located within the Old Cycle Building opens at 6 pm with a beer, wine and cheese reception, catered by Creative Quality Catering and Bistro and live performance by Edmonton’s very own Lionel Rault. Find the perfect handmade gift or painting at the Artisan Village located on 118th Avenue, as the party spills into the street with the Friday night Blues Party featuring Dr. Blu and the Kevin Cook Band.