Christina Blais

Morning Walk

Local Color Exhibition Artist - Christina Blais
© Christina Blais, Morning Walk, Full

 

Local Color Exhibition Artist - Christina Blais
© Christina Blais, Morning Walk, detail

Morning Walk illustrates examples of nature in its perfection. The sea came into my life eight years ago when my husband and I bought a home in the Lordship section of Stratford, CT.  Just 1,000 feet from the Long Island Sound, it is hard to imagine living anywhere else. The dog was supposed to be in our life for “just a few days” but we have adopted him. Now I experience perfect nature every day through the dog and the visits to the sea that we have on our daily walks.

Beckley Furnace

Local Color Exhibition Artist - Christina Blais
© Christina Blais, Berkley Furnace, Full

 

Christina-Blaise-Beckley-Furnace-Detail
© Christina Blais, Berkley Furnace, detail

The Beckley Furnace in East Canaan, Connecticut, is the only state industrial monument. I was drawn to make this representational piece not only because my sister married into a Beckley family but because this little monument holds a lot of CT history.

Built in 1847 with locally quarried marble with a base 30 square feet, and a height of 32 feet (later raised to 40 feet), the Beckley furnace is one of the few remaining blast furnaces in the area. The furnace produced pig iron, a crude iron that is refined to produce steel. In the case of the Beckley, the iron eventually was used to make railroad car wheels.

Today it is difficult to find evidence of the iron industry of the Housatonic Valley. While at one time there were up to 40 blast furnaces in the area, the Beckley furnace has been saved from deterioration and is now on the National Register of Historic Places and a CT State Park.

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