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Hanahan sophomore shows whimsical work at Honeycomb Cafe
By Jennifer Johnston
Nov 14, 2012 - 9:55:10 AM

The young artist enjoys playing with color to evoke feelings of happiness.


Karsen Blalock's "Sunday Morning" painting is hanging prominently inside the Honeycomb Cafe.


Most kids are happy if their artwork ends up on the fridge. Because it's not every day that it ends up all over the walls of a popular neighborhood restaurant. Unless you are 15 year-old Karsen Blalock, in which case it does end up there every day for 30 days.
Karsen is the latest artist invited to display at the Honeycomb Cafe on Daniel Island, and is the eatery's youngest talent to date. Her pieces will be shown through the month of November. Karsen is a sophomore at Hanahan High School, and while dedicated to her art, she still manages to play in the top seven on her tennis team and hold her own on the soccer field. She did slow down long enough to share a bit about herself in conjunction with her show at the Honeycomb.

Jennifer Johnston: What is your primary medium, and from what do you create your images?
Karsen Blalock: I paint on canvas, and my pictures are interpreted from my own visual recollections.

JJ: When did you first feel drawn to art?
KB: I have been drawn to art since I was a little girl. When I was in third grade, my artwork was showcased by the school system at an art gallery in North Carolina. I have been interested in painting on canvas for the past few years. My Grannie Annie, mom, and Aunt Shirley helped purchase the paint and the easel, and I purchased the canvas for all displayed work (at Honeycomb).

JJ: You also work at the Honeycomb Cafe, right?
KB: Yes, I work at Honeycomb and the new Hokey Pokey ice cream shop after school and on weekends. I live on Daniel Island and enjoy working in my community. And I’ve been so impressed with the other artists who have displayed at the restaurant.

JJ: Do you think you'll go on to study art in college, and can you envision yourself making a career of it?
KB: Studying art in college is my goal. I viewed the art department at the College of Charleston and it was amazing. I also want to study computer engineering to prevent cyber attacks on the U.S.

JJ: What feelings or messages are you looking to convey in your work?
KB: My main goal is to make people happy. I want people to view my work and smile. Sometimes expressing myself as a teenager is difficult. However, through my art my true compassion, happiness, and hope during daily struggles shines for all to view.

JJ: Your work is super cool. Is it for sale?
KB: My artwork is for sale, and I am donating a portion of the proceeds to Crisis Ministries to help purchase soap, toothpaste, deodorant and other items needed at the women's shelter. My church introduced me to community outreach to help at Crisis Ministries in downtown Charleston. I really enjoy serving the women and children; they give so much to me with their smiles.

Don't miss Karsen's work on display at the Honeycomb Cafe through November 30. To purchase a piece, contact Kim Goides at karsens@homesc.com.

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