I walk with a friend most weekday mornings. Over the past several years it’s been impossible to ignore the encampments we pass in parks and natural areas. There are many reasons why someone might be living rough – sometimes shelters don’t feel like safe places, especially if you are LGBTQ2+. There are no shelters if you are a male/female couple. And there are no shelters that accept pets. Although many community groups and government agencies are trying to confront the complex issues that lead to this situation in Canada, people continue to suffer.

Shelter 11, Mixed Media on Paper

The exhibition of my new mixed media drawings, SHELTER, will hang at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, Ontario from Saturday, May 20 – Saturday, May 27, 2023. Earls Court is not taking commission, so I can donate everything to Wesley, a long standing non-profit that is working to address the root causes of homelessness through outreach and innovative supportive housing programs. For more information about Wesley, visit

Each unframed, 18 x 24” drawing is available for $300, no tax.

I’ll be at the gallery on Saturday May 20 and Saturday May 27, and from Tuesday to Friday during the week. Jennifer Baillie-Rouse, Senior Development Officer at Wesley will join me from 1-3 pm both Saturdays to discuss Wesley’s work in the community. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Please contact me directly if you’re interested in supporting this venture by purchasing one of the drawings. 

I hope that you’ll help make this project a success. Many thanks!

Taking the grey away

There’s nothing more affirming than getting some notice in the newspaper. Many thanks to Regina Haggo for taking the time to see Industry and write so generously about my work, in her review, Taking the Grey Away, in the Hamilton Spectator.

Solo Exhibition, May 12- June 18 2022

I’m so pleased to be able to show this body of new work, inspired by the weather and industrial landscape in Hamilton Ontario Canada, at last. I’ll be at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton Ontario every Saturday, between May 12 and June 18, from 1 to 3 pm., and would be very happy to see you, if you’re able to come to see the work in person.

Drawn, an online exhibition

My new online exhibition of travel drawings is available through Earls Court Gallery until June 30. You can see more here:

Sunnyside Pavilion, Toronto 10″ X 13″ Pen and ink with white charcoal on toned paper.


The installation is complete. I dropped in to Earls Court Gallery today for a sneak preview of Measure of a Year with two friends from Toronto. We had a great visit, and their welcome company helped settle my pre-opening nerves. The show, Measure of a Year, runs until June 13 but the opening party is tomorrow, May 9 from 7–9 pm, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton Ontario. Everyone is welcome!

Solo Exhibition 2019

It’s been busy around here for the last couple of years and now, I’ve got a whole new body of work ready to show. Please join me for my opening on May 9, between 7 and 9 pm, at Earls Court Gallery on Ottawa Street North in Hamilton Ontario. I’ll also be at the gallery for most of the day on Saturday May 11 for those who prefer daytime visits! And while you’re here, stay for a bit. There are all kinds of places where you can eat and explore in the Ottawa Street North neighbourhood.

Effects of Weather

My 2017 Solo Exhibition, Effects of Weather, opens on Thursday, May 4 at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street N. Hamilton, Ontario. There will be wine and cheese from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please come! There is parking on the street, or in the municipal parking lot just behind Ottawa Street.

If you can’t make it for Thursday’s wine and cheese, come to Ottawa street for lunch and a gallery visit on May 5 instead. That’s the day that there will be 27 food trucks parked EVERYWHERE on Ottawa Street, cooking up a storm for the Sew Hungry rally. Yum. I’ll be there too.  The work remains in the gallery until June 8.

Earls Court  Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 905-527-6685 | | @earlscourt215

Atlantic Breakers 36″ x 48″

DVSA fundraiser

Coat of Many Colours by Aleda O’Connor, 18″ x 24″ Oil Pastel

Coat of Many Colours will be on the block April 8 in the live auction of paintings at the annual art auction at the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA). The school, a non-profit registered charity, raises a significant part its program funding through the sale and auction of donated work. You can preview the hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramic works between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. April 6 and 7, then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8. The sale begins Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door, $35 in advance at the school or DVSA is at 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas Ontario. And here’s just a little more about the flock this particular sheep belongs to from CBC’s news program,  The National.

Modest proposals

Whale Cove Seawall Enhancement Proposal Mixed Media 12" x 12"

Whale Cove Seawall Enhancement Proposal
Mixed Media 12″ x 12″

Dark HarbourSeawall Enhancement Proposal Mixed Media 12" x 12"

Dark Harbour Seawall Enhancement Proposal
Mixed Media 12″ x 12″

My two mixed media drawings, Dark Harbour Seawall Enhancement Proposal, and Whale Cove Seawall Enhancement Proposal are part of this year’s Annual Square Foot Show in New Brunwsick’s Grand Manan Art Gallery. I’ve been playing with ideas about what else could be built with the materials used to build piers and fishing weirs on the island, inspired by the driftwood sculpture constructions by Lars Vilks that are found on the shores of the proud, free micronation of Ladonia. I’m a citizen of Ladonia of course, and would certainly apply for citizenship of Grand Manan, were it possible to do so. In the meantime, I can only offer my collection of modest proposals. The Square Foot Show continues until July 14, 2016.

Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction

Supposing the wreckage of the Fishfluke Light, that used to mark the entrance to Grand Harbour in Grand Manan NB, were to be gathered up and reconstructed? And, what if the abandoned and disintegrating wooden lobster pounds was recycled to build a swing bridge crossing to Ross Island at the end of Thoroughfare Road? To move, the bridge would need some sort of mechanism besides the tide of course.

Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction, 18" x 24" Mixed Media on Panel, by Aleda O'Connor

Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction, Mixed Media 18″ x 24″

There may be others, but the only wooden winch that I’ve ever seen  is kept  in a smoke shed at Seal Cove, where the late Michael Zimmer preserved many historic artifacts of the Atlantic smoked-herring fishery in his Sardine Museum and Herring Hall of Fame. My drawing of it, Winch Herring Shed, is in the permanent collection at the Grand Manan Art Gallery and Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction is in the Island Art Show there from August 8 to 27 2015.

Winch, Herring Shed,  Pen and Ink on Toned Paper, 10" x 12" by Aleda O'Connor

Winch, Herring Shed, Pen and Ink on Toned Paper, 10″ x 12″


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