Alum's Artwork to be Displayed at Art of Caring Fundraiser, Oct. 14

August 12, 2011

Nancy Blackman Thompson, who attended Arcadia as a commuter student from 1956-57, was mentioned in the Daily Local News (West Chester, Pa.) on July 25.  Along with other artists, Thompson will display decorated end tables at the Art of Caring fundraising event benefiting The Hickman, an independent and assisted living facility in West Chester, Pa., on Oct. 14.

Thompson has participated in the annual fundraiser from the beginning and was quoted as saying, “I have really enjoyed the event. It’s exciting to see what piece of furniture comes to you every year and the different approach each artist has.”

Thompson was an Art major working toward a BA degree. “I was attracted to Arcadia for its fine arts and superlative instructors,” said Thompson in an e-mail conversation. “I remember Benton Spruance, famed artist/lithographer, as an inspirational teacher. What I learned from him was priceless to a new artist.” Her next three years were spent at Penn State where she and another friend transferred to get a taste of independent living.

“Painting on surfaces other than canvas or paper has always been of interest to me,” she says.  “I paint on clothing, walls and pretty much any other flat, smooth surface. I have exhibited my work at our Chester County Art Association, have painted a cow (in the international Cow Parade Exhibit in Harrisburg, Pa.), and designed the yellow ribbon sweatshirt which sold on QVC to benefit the Red Cross during the Persian Gulf War. I have been a contributing artist to the Hickman painted furniture event for eight years. I find it exciting to be creative with the furniture selected for the year and so amazing to see each artist’s interpretations; each one is so unique.”

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