Hello friends. I have not posted in a long time because I have been working on a series of projects that has taken me away from my art practice. It’s a good thing though. I am enjoying each step and each activity that I have encountered over the past few months and that will take me through the end of this year. My usual array of website designing continues, working with artists, shop owners and librarians. It is always a mixed bag of interesting subjects and gives me the opportunity to do design, photography, and research on these topics.

cover for sponsorship brochure depicting the General Post Office, Dublin, after the bombing Easter 1916. 

Currently I am designing and curating an exhibition at the McClelland Library  commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916. I am learning a lot about the history of Ireland during that time period, and am especially interested since both my father’s parents lived in Ireland at that time. So it’s close to my roots. This is a sample cover for the latest brochure I created for sponsorship.

This project is a collaboration with some of the best experts in the field of Irish history.

Chinese Immigrants in Cuba: Documents from the James and Ana Melikian Collection

I am also working on a documentary about the Chinese in Cuba, based on the collection of James and Ana Melikian.

Chinese Immigrants in Cuba: Documents from the James and Ana Melikian Collection

If you know me, you know how I love old papers and photographs, well, this is a treasure trove. I am so lucky to be working on this project which is allowing me to meet some wonderful people in the fields of Asian and Latin American studies. It will take me traveling to Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, to Manhattan, NYC and even close by, to Tucson, AZ. I can’t wait to share some film clips with you.

John O’Connor pedigree board in the genealogy department

I just took down an exhibition that I coordinated at the McClelland Library, here in downtown Phoenix. I worked on the curation of the show, designing supplementary boards, as well as the physical aspects of hanging, take down, crating etc. It was brought in from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, of Fort Worth, Texas and the focus was Sandra Day O’Connor. Because the library has a genealogy department, we worked on both the Day and O’Connor family genealogy and made illustrative boards of them.

An added bonus, I got to meet, photograph, and speak with Sandra Day O’Connor while she visited the exhibition. 

Sandra Day O’Connor 2015, by Patricia Sahertian