KAREN BLAIR

Karen Blair, Flooded Creek, 16x16, mixed media on panel

Karen Blair, Two Doves on the Arbor, 36x36, mixed media on canvas

Karen Blair, August, 16x16, oil on panel

Karen Blair, Jimmy Plants the Garden, 48x36, mixed media on canvas

Karen Blair, born in 1953, lives and works in Crozet, VA. Her work is an exploration of the natural world moving from the vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains to flowers on the windowsill.  Blair occupies a place between realism and abstraction, moving fluidly between the two as she captures the world around her.

Blair is represented in numerous galleries and her work is in collections including Philip Morris USA, Capital One, UVA Hospitals, MCV, Markel Corporation, Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Dominion Resources.

Work includes large (up to 77 inches square) paintings, smaller paintings and paintings and collages on oil paper. Using various media and surfaces along with collaged paper keep the exploration of familiar places fresh and interesting and one practice informs another.

There is a contemporary take on all of the work with careful editing to distill each image down to a capturing of a place rather than a literal depiction. Blair believes in trusting the viewer to fill in the blanks and bring their own experiences to the work.

 “Blair is constantly observing the world, employing not just her eyes, but all her senses. When out in nature, she notes wind, temperature, moisture, birdsong, smells, etc., incorporating all these aspects into her impression of a place. Her aim is to produce a fully fleshed-out representation of her subject, and capture its essence in a more powerful way than an exact replication ever could.”
~ Virginia Living, Practice Makes Perfect

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CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

  • Phillip Morris, USA
  • Dominion Resources
  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Project Art, Iowa City, IA
  • Couric Clinical Cancer Center, UVA Hospital Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
  • Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC
  • Capital One, Richmond VA
  • Markel Corporation
  • Owens&Minor
  • Hourigan Construction, Inc.
  • Troutman Sanders LLP
  • LeClair Ryan, A Professional Corporation
  • Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, VA
  • The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

EDUCATIONS AND GRANTS

  • 2008 Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Reynolds Foundation Grant Recipient
  • 2003 Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
  • 1976 BFA University of North Carolina Greensboro

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2017 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2017 Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2017 The Art Box, Crozet, VA
  • 2017 Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
  • 2016 Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA
  • 2016 Bee Street Studio, Dallas, TX
  • 2016 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2016 Shenandoah Valley Arts Center, VA
  • 2016 CoArts Gallery, Staunton, VA
  • 2015 Southern Living Idea House, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2014 Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • 2014 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2013 Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • 2013 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2013 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2013 Hodges-Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 2012 Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2012 Gallery Piquel, New Hope, PA
  • 2011 The United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC
  • 2011 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2011 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2010 Hampton House Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2008 Studio 11 Gallery, Lexington, VA
  • 2008 Symphony Designer House, Richmond, VA
  • 2008 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2005 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2005 Radius 250, Plant Zero, Richmond, VA. Juried exhibition curated by Dr. John Ravenal, Curator of Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
  • 2004 Gallery 5800, Richmond, VA
  • 2003 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Warm Springs Gallery

12 Katydid Trail
Warm Springs, VA 24484

Gallery & Cafe Hours

April 1 – December 31, 2021
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am – 3 pm

 

Eigth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival

September 27 – October 3, 2021

For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.