We are excited to announce that Add a Dash of Local Art is growing! October marked the first month of Add a Dash of Local Art at the Whole Foods Sugar House store, welcoming Courtney Blair and her beautifully designed gig posters to their walls. Expanding Add a Dash of Local Art strengthens our outreach to the community, giving us the opportunity to highlight more of the talent within our great state.
Courtney answered a few questions for us so that we could share more about who she is. Read through them below, and be sure to stop by the Sugar House Whole Foods location to check out Courtney's work, hanging through October 31st. Visit Pattern Daily, to view more of Courtney's work.
Who are you?
I was born and raised along the Wasatch Front. I come from a long line of women who identify themselves as artist. Currently, I'm a full-time graphic designer and illustrator. I have a deep love for music, I volunteer for 90.9FM KRCL and I host the weekly program Afternoon Delight, which airs Saturdays 1-4PM. To keep my personal style and creativity flowing, I design gig posters for various events.
When did you decide to become an artist?
I don't remember a time that I didn't identify myself as an artist.
How would you classify your work?
Since design school, I developed a love for the letterform and began exploring the bridge between typography and fine art. I like to incorporate a combination of hand drawn, paint, and digital into my pieces.
What do you think of the art scene here in SLC?
It's been amazing to watch it grow over time. It's nice to see more graphic designers and printmakers mixing into the scene as of late. I feel there are many talented people out there who remain unseen. I love and respect the work of Jill De Haan, Clairice Gifford, Nic Annette Miller, Mary Toscano, Thy Doan, David Wolske and countless others.
Any words of wisdom?
What I've learned over the last ten years: if everyday life stuff gets in the way, you've got to make room for what you truly love doing, even if that time is 2:00 am.
If you are interested in becoming a featured artist for Add a Dash of Local Art, please email a few examples of your work to email@example.com