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:

For more information, please visit the following sites:

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
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.