New gallery: Texas artist sets up in downtown Blaine

Published on Thu, Jun 26, 2003 by Shanna Green

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New gallery: Texas artist sets up in downtown Blaine

By Shanna Green

Without any signs in the windows and no advertising placed outside, it would be easy to pass by Blaine�s new art gallery without even realizing it was open for business. But Casay�s Originals, which had its grand opening at the end of May, is open and ready for your perusal.

Located on the corner of H and 3rd streets in downtown Blaine, between Vanderpol Realty and the Blackberry House Caf�, Casay�s Originals has only a small open sign in the window, but showcases many beautiful seascape paintings by Anthony Casay.

Karen Casay, the gallery manager said she does not have set hours yet because there has not been enough public business, but the gallery is usually open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

�Nobody knows we�re here,� she laughed.

Casay said a few local artists had dropped by to show their own work and some of the more curious had wandered in to look around.

Owned by painter Anthony Casay, Casay�s Originals mostly features his works, but also has paintings by artist Denise Fafard and pencils by Jake Josey.

Although Blaine may seem like an unlikely setting for an artist who lives in Texas to open a gallery, Karen Casay said that Anthony liked the northwest coastline and was planning to move to the White Rock area in Canada, but that those plans had been put on hold.

Although the business is primarily wholesale to other galleries, Casay said the public is welcome to come in and that the gallery has not only paintings, but also posters, cards, puzzles, and other reproductions of his work.

Casay also said that local artists who are interested in having their work displayed and sold were welcome to drop by as long as the theme of their artwork fit in with Casay�s art theme of landscape, seascape, and animals.

Casay was born in Madrid in 1942 and when he was eight-years-old, his family moved to Mexico City. By age nine, Casay was winning award shows for his art and acting on the side. Self-taught, Casay quickly became a budding artist, and at 17, he hosted, directed and produced television shows for children, using his own drawings as learning tools.

At 18, Casay became a drummer, playing backup for rock and roll bands including Bill Hailey and the Comets, The Platters, and Frankie Avalon.

Still, it was not rock and roll or even art which brought him to the United States, but his degree in Diplomatic and Political Science. When Casay graduated from college, a job opened in Los Angeles for the Consular General of Mexico. Casay moved there to take the job and continued his painting in the evenings.

He became well-known for his seascape paintings, which include both tropical sunsets and rocky shores illuminated by moonlight. Casay�s paintings have sold out galleries around the U.S. including Hawaii and southern California.

He now resides in Texas and plans to open another gallery in southern California.