May 25, 2016



Andy Blanchette

Presented by Artists on Elgin

June 1 – 29

REDflection is open to the public at Artists on Elgin for the month of June. The reception will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm. An artist talk and Q&A will take place at the reception at 2 pm.

Red is the colour of life and it is the colour of death. It is the colour of creation, from the formation of our planet to the life giving blood of our mothers. It is the colour of the warmth from the sun or the warmth from the heart. When the colour red flows through us we are in the moment and when it ceases to flow we begin our spiritual journey that has no end.

Andy Blanchette became intrigued with the concept of functional floor art and custom rug design during his thirty years working in the flooring industry.  Early in his career, Blanchette completed a rug design course in Minnesota and began creating specialty rugs.  Practicing for over 20 years, Blanchette has become a master of his craft, winning the North American Rug Design competition in 2004 and 2006.  His custom rugs can be found all across North America, and worldwide, as far as Ireland and Japan.

While his designs are influenced by his love of Canada and his experiences living in the North, Blanchette is open to creating designs that resonate with his customers and fit in their homes. Blanchette's decorative rugs combine bold colours, strong visuals, and iconic imagery, with functionality.

Artists on Elgin is located at 168 Elgin Street, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Artists on Elgin is a project of its parent organization, The Northern Artist Gallery, where artists can exhibit, promote and sell their work in an attractive and professional gallery space. Artists on Elgin aims to build mutually beneficial partnerships between the artists and the community by addressing the business and marketing needs of the local art industry. Artists on Elgin is the ideal place to find that perfect gift for any occasion. Visit us online at, or visit our Facebook Page.

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