Artist Christy Works-Bouttee created an original painting commemorating West Jefferson Medical Center’s 50th anniversary of service to the community. The painting raised $2,600 for the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation at the medical center’s 50th Anniversary Gala and is now available in limited edition, signed and numbered prints on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
As a charitable support organization for West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana, the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation is dedicated to raising private funds to enhance patient care. Proceeds from the sale of the print help to support the mission of the foundation.
Here’s information about the artist from her website, www.artbychristy.com:
It is often said that greatness is forged through adversity, and the rise of the talented young artist, Christy Works-Boutte exemplifies this philosophy. A childhood illness led to Christy’s loss of hearing at the age of one. Subsequently, many observers and critics of her work attribute her rapid artistic maturity to this loss of hearing and the many obstacles she has had to overcome. Christy’s determination as a young girl and unwavering belief in herself has continued throughout her career, and led to many successes as an artist.
Christy’s first exposure to school and art classes began at the age of three when she attended Chinchuba Institute for the Deaf in New Orleans. However, her desire to attend a normal hearing school led Christy to St. Cletus in Gretna, and later to graduate from Archbishop Blenk High School where she continued to develop as an artist. Her love of and passion for art grew while attending the world-renowned Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. There she developed a strong artistic style, and in 2000, became the school’s first deaf student to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Christy’s love of vibrant colors and the ability to create harmony using thick oil paints has become a trademark of her paintings. Being chosen by her hometown, Gretna, Louisiana, as the artist for the Gretna Heritage Festival is one of the highlights of her career. She has enjoyed creating the posters for the festival every year since 2003. Since then, she has gone on to create posters for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, The Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival, and other including the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival which was named the “Best Festival Poster” of 2008 by the Louisiana Association of Fair and Festivals. Her distinctive style can be seen throughout her work including her “Love That…”series, many festival posters, variations on the Fleur de Lis and other New Orleans and Louisiana inspired pieces. All of Christy’s paintings continue to be works from the heart where she states they are “from my heart to yours.”
Visit Christy’s website at www.artbychristy.com.
The West Jefferson Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity which provides financial support to West Jefferson Medical Center. It is a legally separate entity from West Jefferson Medical Center and serves as a charitable support organization operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States tax code.
In addition to celebrating Louisiana’s unique artists, culture and micro-enterprises, the Gulf Coast Marketplace is available to assist not-for-profit organizations to achieve their missions, like that of the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation. Scroll through BayouResilience.com for background on my of the artists now featured on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
“While the BP spill might have been the catalyst to get the Gulf Coast Marketplace started, I think it’s an idea we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming years. As the world continues to become more globally focused, I believe that consumers are becoming increasingly ‘village conscious’, trying to make decisions that will benefit the areas closest to where they live. The Gulf Coast Marketplace allows consumers to make specific, locally-beneficial decisions that will in-turn help them to preserve much of what they love about the region in which they live. Additionally, the Gulf Coast Marketplace gives local artisans the opportunity to do something that big, mega corporations can’t do. They can give their products a face. And the face is their own. When you buy a product from the Gulf Coast Marketplace, you know you are making a one-to-one deal that directly benefits the person from whom you are buying it,” — Fred Peer, CEO, N.O. Brew
by Jim Pittman, @gulfcoastmarket
I’m a proud Louisiana native with the honor and privilege of contributing to economic development and community recovery in my home state. I created BayouResilience to help promote and celebrate our unique artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises — especially those experiencing barriers to success. Most of the talented individuals to be featured in BayouResilience have survived a barrage of hurricanes and a crippling Gulf oil spill. Tens-of-thousands remain emotionally and financially challenged by disasters that have impacted their homes, jobs, families and communities. As a result, many proud and resilient Louisiana natives have developed or enhanced methods of generating supplemental income for their households. Those are the folks I want to celebrate.
Each week, BayouResilience will feature these talented individuals, their creations and small businesses. I’m hoping you will appreciate their stories and talents — and, if you like what they have to offer, help to support them. I will provide web-links, contact information and directions on how you can view, experience and purchase their products and services.
Many of the artists and craftsmen to be featured in BayouResilience haul, display and sell their items on weekends at the fairs and festivals unique to our culture and heritage. A very small percentage have developed websites where you can view and purchase their products. However, most don’t have the money, time or expertise to market their talents beyond a booth or simple word-of-mouth. For that reason, Options for Independence, based in Houma, Louisiana, with help from an advisory panel of Louisiana economic development, government and business leaders, is developing the Gulf Coast Marketplace (scheduled for initial launch within the next 30 days).
An online marketplace for hand-crafted products and services, the mission of the Gulf Coast Marketplace is to contribute to community recovery by providing opportunities for economic growth and financial independence, especially for those impacted by disaster. @gulfcoastmarket
If you are a Louisiana artist, craftsman or entrepreneur and have been impacted by disaster, I would love to tell your story in BayouResilience. Please comment below or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you. — Jim Pittman