Friday, December 27, 2013

Featured artist for the Global Alliance for Arts & Health's October 2013 member spotlight


I was the featured artist for the Global Alliance for Arts & Health's October 2013 member spotlight. 



What makes your artwork unique?
Oscar Wilde once said, “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” My temperament translates into seeds of health that are infused into the imagery I create. Like a summer rain nurturing a seed, the viewer's attention and connection to the art can bloom with personal meaning and promote health.

How does being a member of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health help you to meet your artistic goals?
One of the goals of the studio is to place the artwork where it can make a positive difference to the viewers personal experience particularly in the healthcare environment, as well as hospitality, the office, or the home. Being a member of the Global Alliance of Art & Health has connected me to a whole world of other members working in those very environments and who believe in the healing power of the fusion of art and health. Connections and support are crucial for an artist to thrive and sell work, GAAH has it!

What advice would you give to someone new in the field?
Stay open to all the ways healing can occur, be tenacious, care, trust your intuition, stay connected to the whole, and reach out! 

What is the biggest challenge you face in your work and how are you working to overcome it?
My greatest challenges center around time – time to create the art, time to market and sell, time to manage the business profitability, time to stay rejuvenated. If anyone has an answer, please do tell!

What keeps you motivated to do the work you do?
The desire to understand the essential truths motivates me to plant my feet on the ground every day. The creative process, the learning, and the associated explorations cut across so many linear barriers giving me a small glimpse of what matters. 

To view the interview on the Global Alliance for Arts & Health's website, click here



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Coffee Note Cards Holiday Benefit!

Greetings!   

For my annual HOLIDAY BENEFIT I'm introducing my COFFEE NOTE CARDS!

Support the valuable programs of                        
  • Ground for Health                                                  
  • Food 4 Farmer                                                         
  • The Intl. Women's Coffee Alliance                      
Customize your cards
  • Add to your holiday gift package
  • Great end of the year Thank You
  • Support the coffee industry   


For Pricing and Purchasing please click here

Please contact me to discuss artwork options, customization, and pricing details! 
I look forward to hearing from you!

Click here for my website. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quoted by the Global Alliance for Arts & Health

I was recently quoted by the Global Alliance for Arts & Health! For more information on the organization and to donate, click here.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Featured in Best of Burlington Magazine - Winter 2013

I am featured in an article about Winookski Circle Arts in Best Of Burlington Magazine! I currently have some of my artwork on sale at Winooksi Circle Arts. The article features one of my monoprints titled "In The Bag".


Courtesy of Best of Burlington Magazine

Courtesy of Best of Burlington Magazine
To see the online version of the article and full issues, go to http://www.bestofburlingtonvt.com/2013/11/25/in-this-issue-winter-2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Featured Art on TODL.com

I am a proud artist member of TODL (Trade Only Design Library). Leading the industry in online product research & specification for 15 years, TODL is the industry's only product-level design research library exclusively for trade professionals. My recent featured work on TODL was Indian Summer 5 (see associated image). For more information about TODL, visit http://www.todl.com/

Indian Summer 5, 2010
11-1/2 x 11-1/2 mixed media/monoprint
$695



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cover Art for July 2013 issue of American Medicine

I am pleased to announce that I was the featured artist for the cover art of the July issue of American Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges! To view the July issue online, please visit: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/toc/2013/07000




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cover Art for October 2013 issue of American Medicine

I am pleased to announce that I am the featured artist for the cover art of this month's issue of American Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges! To view the October issue online, please visit http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/currenttoc.aspx

Courtesy of American Medicine

Courtesy of American Medicine


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Upstairs at West Branch

I am pleased to announce that I will be a featured artist in an upcoming exhibit titled "Upstairs at West Branch" at the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe, VT. I will be showing twelve pieces which are selections from my "Key West Bound", "The Promise of Summer" and "Core" series. The show opens on October 5th with and will be up for the remainder of the month. If you find yourself in Stowe, I hope you will stop by the gallery! For more information about the West Branch Gallery and the upcoming exhibit, please visit following link and read the gallery's press release below!

http://www.westbranchgallery.com/exhibitions/upstairs.lasso

Kay Healy & Casey Blanchard

October, Upstairs at West Branch


First Saturday preview: October 5, 5-6pm,
with Artists' Talks at 5:30pm

For Philadelphia artist, Kay Healy's solo exhibition titled Sublet, the artist's large scale screen printed and sewn fabric panels line the walls of the Balcony gallery, turning it into the fanciful interiors of Philadelphia row homes. Casey Blanchard's vibrantly layered monoprints from two distinct series hang in the Mezzanine gallery.    West Branch Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of these two new shows in our Upstairs at West Branch galleries for the month of October.

Exhibiting for the first time in Vermont, Philadelphia based artist, Kay Healy has been screen-printing, sewing, and stuffing life-sized furniture since 2010. The Balcony gallery at West Branch will be transformed with Healy's life-size room interiors, which draw on photos, memories and most recently, interviews with Philadelphians about their childhood homes to create plush stuffed versions of furniture, mementos and personal belongings. Healy's work investigates themes of transience and the search for stability in an ever-changing world.  These pieces have been exhibited in Philadelphia's City Hall, Moore College of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, Paradigm Gallery, the Philadelphia International Airport and in a group exhibition in Lorca, Spain.

Shelburne based artist, Casey Blanchard explores memory of place and experience through the engaging and often unpredictable print medium of monoprinting. Her use of color and light makes the images felt, not just seen. She is most interested in the spiritual aspects that emerge in the image, particularly relating to how we live in the world and how the world lives in us. In the beginning the work may be a search for answers, but in the end it's more about being here without them. Intensity of color as well as serene compositions has placed Blanchard's artwork on the walls of health care facilities nationwide as well as corporate offices, the hospitality industry, web designs and various published materials.

Join us the first Saturday of the month for a wine and cheese opening from 5-6pm on October 5th, with informal artists' talks at 5:30pm.

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
17 Towne Farm Lane, Stowe VT 05672
802-253-8943 art@westbranchgallery.com
www.westbranchgallery.com

Courtesy of West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
Courtesy of West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
Casey with Tari Swenson, owner of West Branch Gallery, in an exhibit room
 of quilted art by Kay Healy from the Philly area.

Key West Bound 77, 2010
16 x 21 mixed media
$895

The Promise of Summer 7, 2009
12 x 12 mixed media/monoprint
$695
Core 3, 2011
18 x 12 mixed media/monoprint
$695
Hiking with friends and pups before the West Branch Gallery opening in Stowe!




Monday, September 2, 2013

"Key West Bound" Exhibit at Spotlight Gallery

I am honored to have recently been a featured artist at Spotlight Gallery, the official art gallery of the Vermont Arts Council. An interesting fact: Vermont has the only state-funded arts program in the country! This is just one of the many reasons why Vermont is such a special place. My exhibit, Key West Bound was on display this summer from July 1st to August 31st. You can now view the Key West Bound series of prints, on my website. Please visit:
http://caseyblanchard.com/inner_portf_keywest.html

The Vermont Arts Council described my exhibit as "bursting with color and texture. It's a treat for art lovers, nature lovers, and anyone who simply loves beauty." The Key West Bound Series is about sense of place and Key West's fragile yet insistent ability to thrive. Key West's rich interconnected web of life is bound by her location set out in the sea, the hurricane and weather patterns, and all manner of visitors - human, flora and fauna. The diverse manifestation of life and beauty make me appreciate the vibrancy and joy of being alive. In creating and sharing these images inspired by Key West, I hope to slow people down, so they really notice, connect, and take care of this special and unusual place.

The Spotlight Gallery is open to the public Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and is located in the corridor and conference room of our offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier.

Key West Bound 77, 2010
16 x 21 mixed media
$895



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Art Hop 2013: Casey Blanchard Studios - Open Studio & Juried Show Featured Artist

Burlington, Vermont is a haven for artists all year round. However, the end of summer signals the annual South End Art Hop, a special weekend event (September 6 - 8, 2013) where studio artists open their private studios for the public and local galleries display countless beautiful, inspiring and intriguing creations by Vermont artists. We invite you to visit Casey Blanchard Studios on 266 South Champlain Street. The studio will be open Friday from 3 to 10pm and Saturday from 10 to 4pm. In addition, Casey has artwork which has been special selected to appear in the Juried Show (see art image below). To learn more about the details of the Juried Show, please click here.

To view Casey's profile as a participating artist in the 2013 Art Hop, please click here. (She is listed under 48B).


Casey also participated in the Art Hop in 2012 as well as several years ago.
 
Core 1 - Monoprint. Framed - $795.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Chihuly Exhibit at the Montréal Fine Arts Museum

Photo by Casey Blanchard.
Earlier this summer I made a special trip to the Montréal Fine Arts Museum to see an exhibit by Dale Chihuly, "Mille Fiori". It was fantastic and truly a feast for the eyes. This dazzling exhibit is on display from June 8 to October 20, 2013 and is not-to-be-missed!

Who is Chihuly? Born in Tacoma in 1941, Dale Chihuly is regarded as the "Tiffany" of our day and has been exploring the plastic potential of blown glass for over fifty years. With fire, gravity, breath and centrifugal force, this accomplished master plays with colours, reflections and organic forms, using repetition, accumulation and layering arrangements of modular and singular elements to create unparalleled rhythms and visual effects. (Quoted from the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts exhibit page for the Chihuly exhibit: http://www.breathtaking.ca/)

For more information, please visit the following sites:

http://www.breathtaking.ca/

http://www.chihuly.com/

Quoted from Chihuly. Photo by Casey Blanchard.
Photo by Casey Blanchard.
Photo by Casey Blanchard.
Photo by Casey Blanchard.
Julia Luckett and Nick Pierce. Photo by Casey Blanchard.
Dan Cox and Casey Blanchard. Photo by Julia Luckett.
Julia Luckett and Nick Pierce. Photo by Casey Blanchard.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Akua Water-Based Inks: The Safer Choice for Printmakers

Image - courtesy of http://www.akuainks.com/
I recently took a printmaking class through New England Arts at Bennington College to learn how to use Akua water-based inks. I absolutely loved the class and learned so much. More importantly, I will soon be switching over to these nontoxic, water-based, easy to clean inks. Over the years, printmakers have been faced with the dilemma of being exposed the toxic printmaking ink chemicals in the name of creating art. Thanks to Susan Rostow & William Jung, creators of Akua water-based inks (now a part of the Speedball family of products), artists no longer need to sacrifice their health. This is such an excellent product and I'm excited to start using it!


Visual & Performing Arts Center (VAPA), Bennington College, VT. Photos by Casey Blanchard.





Thursday, July 25, 2013

Featured Cover Art and Article for Coffee Talk Magazine - July 2013

I am thrilled to have the featured cover art for the July 2013 issue of Coffee Talk Magazine, in addition to an accompanying article about my coffee cards!




Coffee Cards by Casey Blanchard
Photo by Julia Luckett

Fareed Zakaria said, in order to understand the world, you have to travel and see the world, with your eyes and mind wide open. Experiencing the world of coffee has done just that by introducing me to one of the most humanly engaged, diverse, and vibrant businesses on the planet. Visiting coffee farms and meeting the workers, managers, and owners in dozens of countries, attending SCAA, NCA, CQI conventions and board meetings, and volunteering for Grounds For Health in the remote regions of Mexico has been transformative. The perspective I have gained from my husband, Dan Cox of Coffee Enterprises, has been invaluable. I have been inspired by the commitment of so many to survive and thrive.



While so many in the coffee industry experience challenges, they also have the determination to solve their problems and ultimately put coffee in the cups of consumers. However, there is a part of this industry, possibly the most important, that has the fewest resources to ensure their survival: the very families we count on to grow the coffee. Within those families are women, the very backbone in their communities, who are desperate for opportunities to ensure their basic needs are met. They are the same women that are last on everyone’s lists. I have seen women receiving precious drops of helpful investments and turn it into buckets of thirst quenching solutions. It is powerful and inspiring!



The coffee world has supported my family and friends in so many ways, now I want to give back at the source, to the women and families that bring us coffee. How does this artist give back? I have created coffee note cards for coffee companies to use for retail or as Thank Yous for their clients. The idea is to sell the cards, donate a portion of the sales and help ensure the continuation of valuable programs: Grounds for Health, Food 4 Farmers, and The International Women’s Coffee Alliance.



Please go to my website to learn more about these important nonprofits and to purchase the note cards: http://caseyblanchard.com/giving_gallery.html



Sincerely,

Casey Blanchard

PO Box 777
Shelburne, VT  05445
(802) 985-3037




Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Coffee Art & Cards, a Gift that Keeps on Giving!




 

My coffee art was inspired by a desire to give back to the coffee community, especially the families at the origin countries that are growing the coffee. After traveling to dozens of countries that produce the coffee beans and volunteering for Grounds for Health, my world view of agriculture and its social and economic community has been drastically altered. My husband, Dan Cox, his company, Coffee Enterprises and our many coffee friends, all along the coffee chain have been catalysts for positive change. Under every sip of coffee are important human stories.

Any sale of coffee art or cards will generate a donation to Grounds for Health, Food4Farmers and International Women's Coffee Alliance to help fund their valuable programs. Make life better for coffee families and feel good about drinking that wonderful cup of Coffee!

To learn about these not for profit organizations please go to their websites below:

Grounds For Health
International Women's Coffee Alliance
Food 4 Farmers

To purchase coffee art please go to:

Casey Blanchard Coffee Art Link


National Coffee Association, 102nd Conference held in San Francisco, California



                                                             National Coffee Association
       
So many wonderful memories, walking in the glorious Redwoods in the Mill Valley and visiting our friends, the Baldwin’s in Glen Ellen wine country (founder of Starbucks).  Yet, the highlight of the NCA convention for me was the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and guest speaker, Grace Hightower De Niro, ( yes, the wife of  Robert De Niro).
Grace told her compelling story about growing up on a farm in Missouri in the 50’s and 60’s and years later being in NYC at a fundraiser that lead her to the coffee lands of Rwanda. The connection and Grace’s desire to improve the quality of their lives, was powerful enough to evolve into her own brand of fair trade coffee that is currently sold at Whole Foods supermarkets. From actress, singer and Mother, to a successful coffee philanthropist!  Grace’s love and dedication to empowering women worldwide led her to launch Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, with the mission of enhancing the lives of the Rwanda people by providing opportunities to market their unique products to the world.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Art & Healing go hand in hand!





              Gifts of Art
The University of Michigan Health Systems really walks the talk when it comes to the power of art to enlighten the healing process. I am pleased to be a part of the “Gifts of Art” exhibit being held now until June 10th, at The University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to patients, visitors and staff at the University of Michigan Health System. One of the first of its kind nationwide, this comprehensive program has been developed to enhance the Health System’s commitment to providing an enriching and comforting environment to assist the healing process. If you happen to be in Ann Harbor, Michigan please take a moment to view my artwork, “Behind the Veil”, UH main corridor Floor 2. 


BEHIND THE VEIL: MONOPRINT & MIXED MEDIA
 Casey Blanchard is a monoprint and mixed media artist living in Vermont. During her travels, Blanchard considers no found object too grand or insignificant for expression in the printing medium. She finds the process of monoprinting to be engaging, fluid, unpredictable and fun. It is the mysteries behind the frayed veil, the torn edge and the unspoken word that intrigue her. Blanchard hopes to wake up the viewer’s perception, encouraging in them reflection, exploration and a connection to meaning. She uses organic materials in her artwork to help draw people to their natural, healthy and whole state. Blanchard has been involved in arts in healthcare both nationally and internationally. Online gallery here.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 15-June 10, 2013
Open Daily 8am-8pm