Just an amzing article in this week’s Martha’s Vineyard Times on the new Crosrroads Gallery. Gwyn McAllister and the MV Times staff did an outstanding job telling the story behind the start of the gallery and its intended mission. Please take a look by clicking this link!! Wonderful story!!
It’s Official! We had the Grand opening event of the Crossroads Gallery, located at 57 Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Right across the street from Vineyard Vines! Hope to see you there!!!
Check out the Memorial Day Gallery Review in the Martha’s Vineyard Times! The Crossroads Gallery opening is described, and three of my images are used to highlight the section! Opening day for Crossroads on May 28th from 3-6 PM
Come see me at Edgartown Books and The Behind the Bookstore Café on Saturday May 27, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 4:15 PM! I will be giving a short talk with Linda Wanamaker from Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center on our fundraising collaboration. I will be signing both the New 2017-2018 Vineyard Serenity Calendars that just arrived; and my book “Fighting for My Life”. Hope to see you there!
The Vineyard Serenity: Celebrating New Beginnings Calendar has arrived. 2000 copies! 635 were sold off my web site on preorder to help fund the project. I want to thank all those individuals who let me hold your money to get the calendars produced. You are amazing!!!!
This year I am raising money for the Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center in West Tisbury. An incredible bunch of people who use healing horses to help people with disabilities. Looking to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 to support their wonderful programs.
Please click here to go to the Rising Tide Web Site: http://www.risingtidetec.org/
Please click here to order the calendar on my site:
It was an amazing night at the Old Whaling Church. Speaking alongside former Congressman Patrick Kennedy was wonderful. We have a mutual desire to reduce the stigma and shame associated with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Our efforts raised money for the Joseph Jerome FMemorial Fund of Martha’s Vineyard and the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services New Paths Program.
If you click this link you will be able to listen to my 20 minute speech as posted on Facebook:
And if you click this link you can see the entire 2 hour presentation with Patrick Kennedy as shown on Martha’s Vineyard TV:
The Possible Dreams Auction, that benefits Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, is always one of the highlights of my year!! I have deep gratitude for all of you who purchased my calendar, “Vineyard Serenity: Celebrating New Beginnings”. You purchased over 1800 calendars this year, which allowed me to present a check for $10,000 to the MVCS New Paths Addiction Treatment Program. Here is an article in the Gazette that describes the event. Thanks again!!
The Vineyard Style Magazine Fall Feature on my story is on news stands through January. Here are the pages from the article. I hope you enjoy it!
If you happen to be flying on Cape Air this winter, either locally or internationally, you will find my photos in a story about the new Kelly House Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, where some of my fine art images can be found. Many thanks to the folks at Birds Eye View Magazine for including my work!!! Here is the article!
10/24/15 – Please stay tuned – My story is featured in the Fall Issue of Vineyard Style Magazine. I will “reveal” the article once I know the publication is out on the shelves! Very thankful to Charlie Utz, Lisa Belcastro and Gwyn MacAlister for believing in me and publishing the story!!!!
10/5/15 – Please come see me for a book signing event at the Island Art Galley – Kennedy Studios this coming Sunday October 11, 2015 from 12-3. My book has been selling well across the Island and on my web site and seems to be helping people who are struggling find hope!! Over 1000 books sold so far and $5.00 of each sales goes to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services New Paths Addiction Treatment program. I will have cookies too!
10/5/15 – Helping to promote the arts on the Vineyard. My photos serve as background for media releases!!! Check out: ARTS MARTHA’S VINEYARD – The Arts and Culture Collaborative – Click the photo to go to the Facebook Page
10/1/15 – Yeah – finally made it into a national publication!!! Popular Photography Magazine!! Take a look!!!
9/1/15 – So proud and grateful to be able to display my work at the Inn of the West Chop Club on Martha’s Vineyard. I was one of 4 artists selected to display works at the club this summer – and the only photographer. Also grateful I was asked to lead a Sunday Community service at the club and told my story of alcoholism and my work to raise money for Island treatment programs. An amazing group of people and I enjoyed it very much!!!
9/1/15 – Proud to announce my work can be found at the new Kelley House Gallery in Edgartown. The owners are piloting an innovative “virtual” gallery concept with large TV screens continuously scrolling the works of the various artists. Each photographer has four framed original works of art on the walls of the gallery so folks can see what the final product looks like if they choose to order off an iPad that links to the scrolling photos. Check it out – really cool!!!
8/1/15 – One of my photos was chosen as the cover of a new book by Martha’s Vineyard writer Lisa Belcastro. Please check out her trilogy of Vineyard-based fiction. She is an amazing author!
7/26/15 – This is my 5-year sobriety date!! Never thought I would make it this far but with the love of friends and family I made it! I also spoke today at “The Possible Dreams Auction” Received a 2 minute standing ovation when I announced it was my 5-year anniversary. One of the most special days of my life! Through the sale of my book I was also able to donate $5,000 to community services new paths program. Thank you to the 1000 people who purchased my book making the donation possible. Thanks again!!!
Click this photo of Jimmy Tingle for access to the MV Times article that references my speech!
7/21/15 – Round 2 of my program on “The Photographic Art of Healing” at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. I know you will enjoy it!!! Photography as art therapy in helping people heal from addictions or other mental health disorders.
7/11/15 – Getting down to business on Martha’s Vineyard License Plates
Last night at the Tisbury Street Fair I got a hug from one of my favorite people in the whole world – Mary Korba from Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. If you look closely she had a MV License plate T-shirt on. MVCS needs 1500 license plate orders before the State of Massachusetts will go into production. THEY ONLT HAVE 700!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!
So Here’s what I want to do – If you live in Massachusetts click the link below and go to the license plate site. Sign up for a cool license plate with Martha’s Vineyard on it, and at the same time help some people who need help on the island that you love. Help Community Services. I am offering to give away an 18x24 matted and signed print along with a signed copy of my book “Fighting For My Life” to individuals who end up as the 800th, 900th. 1000th, 1100th, 1200th, 1300th, 1400th and 1500th registrants. MVCS will keep track.
The 1500th registrant gets all of that plus a hug by me LOL! I mean it. I will come to wherever you are in Massachusetts and bring the print and the book and will hug you!! You can pick any photo here on my Facebook site to have signed and matted. I sell 18x24 prints in the Island Art Gallery Kennedy Studios in Vineyard Haven for $295. The book is $25. I think its a cool gift!!!
Please pass the word as best you can. Share this post like you have never shared before!!!!!!! May the force be with you!
HERE IS THE LINK TO ORDER YOUR PLATE. I AM BOOSTING THIS POST TO AS MANY THAT LIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS AS I CAN.
5/15/15 – So happy to help MVCS with their Spring Fundraising Campaign. My photos and personal story serve as the backdrop for the appeal brochure. Please help these folks – this is an island oasis of help for people who need it!!!!!
5/1/15 – Eric Hoffer Award for my book “Fighting for my life”
So happy to announce I was an Eric Hoffer top 10% finalist in a recent review of 100o’s of independent books released in 2014. So nice to get national recognition on the book that tells my personal stories and struggles with alcohol. A photography book with a message!!!
2/11/15 – My art work has officially moved into the Chilmark Public library in advance of my second presentation on the “photographic art of healing” – slated for this Feb 11, 2015 at 5 :00 PM. Hope to see you there!
1/6/15 – Art show and presentation at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. I want to thank Betty Burton for her time and effort in arranging for a display of my art work at the library for the month of January!! I also gave the first in a number of planned presentations, on the use of photography and imagery in helping with programs of recovery from addiction. Please see the attached article by the MV Times who covered the event.
12/20/14 – Please make plans to see me at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Saturday 12/20/14 from 4-6 for a book signing. “Fighting for my life” is a book of hope and perfect for the holidays!
12/7/14 – Look for these photos on the HGTV show as part of their Martha’s Vineyard Home giveaway this coming season. Very happy to help the Trustees of Reservation in proving pictures of Mytoi Gardens taken this Fall.
11/23/14 – Big plans! Planning on a lecture series to the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce; Vineyard Haven Public Library and Chilmark Public Library. More to follow when I get specific dates and time.
11/22-14 – Of all the places my photos can be found I am most proud of the fact that Martha’s Vineyard Community Services has chosen to use my photography and story as a centerpiece of their 2014 Annual report. Here are photos of the the report cover and my story related to their New Path’s Program
11/21/14 – Check out the Featherstone Center for the Arts holiday show that runs from now until December 22. I have prints and books for sale to help them with their fundraising efforts. Many local artists have work on display and the prices area reasonable!!!
Click this link for info:
11/15/14 – Where can you find my fine art images and books??????
Preferred Properties of Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate web page!!
Homes on Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate Sales and Gallery Web Page!!
Lightkeepers Inn Xmas card!!!
Arts and Ideas Magazine of Martha’s Vineyard Fall issue
My book – Fighting for my life: Finding hope and serenity on Martha’s Vineyard
Book is available at:
-Barnes & Noble.com
-Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
-Sanctuary in Oak Bluffs
-Featherstone Xmas gift event
-Island Art Gallery and Kennedy Studios in Vineyard Haven
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Annual Report 2014
Wampanoag Tribe Heritage Exhibit at the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah
The Art of Seeing international publication by Alcove Books
11-11-14 – Martha’s Vineyard Times Article by Gwyn McAllister on my story of recovery and my book release.
11/10/14 – I now have 3 official documented media appearances – two radio interviews and one short film. Shooting for either Ellen or Letterman next! LOL!. If you are new to this page these describe the effort!
11/1/14 – Mike’s radio interview with Jordan Rich at WBZ in Boston
10/1/14 – Mike ‘s radio interview with Pat Carroll at EASY 99.1 in Boston
6/1/14 – Mike Blanchard New Path’s Story – Video by Ella Ianotti
11/1/14 – Just in time for the holidays I am offering a combination of a signed copy of the Fighting For My Life Book together with an 8 x 10 matted and signed print of the Edgartwn Light in Xmas Lights. I want to offer a really cool Xmas present focussed on the beauty and spirituality of th Vineyard. I hope you like the idea – to order just click the copy of this book cover and print and you will arrive at the ordering screen. Thanks
10/8/14 -Very excited for the support I am receiving for the book launch this weekend. Here is the press release from Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. October 8, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary Korba Tel.: 508-693-7900 x 229 Email: [email protected] Author and photographer Michael Blanchard will launch his new book Fighting for My Life: Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha’s Vineyard at an art show and signing on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4-6pm. The event will be held at the office of Homes on Martha’s Vineyard, located at Post Office Square (238 Vineyard Haven Rd) in Edgartown. The event is co-sponsored by Edgartown Books and MV Community Services. It is open to the public and food and beverages will be provided. Tjark Aldeborgh, Principal and Sales Associate at Homes On Martha’s Vineyard and friend of Mr. Blanchard will be hosting the event. “I am sincerely grateful to Tjark and his wife for supporting me with this event,” said Mr. Blanchard. “It is wonderful that they will be displaying some of my artwork at the event. The photos are found throughout the book and my photography has been such a significant piece of my recovery.” In the 130 page book published by Vineyard Stories, Michael tells his touching story of addiction and recovery, using his photographs of Martha’s Vineyard to illustrate 16 lessons he learned in his journey through sobriety. His book is intended to raise visibility of the need for substance abuse programs on the Vineyard and other locations. “I met Michael over a year ago when my Real Estate Agency was looking to update its website and was immediately impressed with not only his photography, but also his inspirational journey,” explained Mr. Tjark. “Now that I know Michael better and more of his story, I hope that his new book will help inspire those who are battling addiction. When coming up with the concept for HMV Art Gallery, Michael and his story are exactly what I was looking for – a talented artist and the story behind their art.” A donation of $5 for every book sold will go to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services New Paths Recovery Program, a structured outpatient addiction program on the island for adults who seek alcohol, drug and behavioral addictions recovery and who may also experience co-occurring mental health disorders. Pre ordered copies of the book have already received rave reviews from admirers across the country. If you are unable to make the event but would like to order Fighting for My Life, visit https://www.blanchardphotomv.com/products/. For further information, contact Mary Korba at [email protected].
2/28/14 – I am proud to announce my photos serve as background images on Leslie Ford’s new real estate site http://www.portfoliorealestatemv.com/. Leslie is a really good person and I am excited for her in this new endeavor.
2/18/14 – My video debut is now available!!! Ella Iannotti is an amazing videographer who wanted to capture my story of recovery from alcohol addiction and my love of photography. I really enjoyed shooting film for 2 days and I am amazed she was able to distill it down to 9 minutes. I hope the content helps those fighting addictions and assists with my continued mission to help fund Martha’s Vineyard programs. Hope you enjoy it! Martha’s Vineyard Film festival this summer??? We shall see!! Ella – you are talented and terrific!!!!
12/20/13 – Very happy that Kim Curtin has asked me to be a part of a new exhibit at the Boxcar Gallery in Greenfield, MA starting January 10, 2014. Looks like a really cool place located in a renovated Box Car!! Please check her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BoxcarGreenfield. I hope to bring canvas and matted prints including the attached. More details as the date draws closer. I know many of you are in Western Mass and this might give me a chance to say hello!
12/10/13 – Nearly 600 Vineyard Serenity 2014 Calendars have been sold allowing me to donate $2650.00 to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services New Paths Program to help folks recovering from addictions. I greatly appreciate your generosity and look forward to raising more funds next year. Thanks again
9/1/13 – Two of my images of Menemsha were recently accepted in a juried competition for the international publication titled “The Art of Seeing” published by Alcove Books. The book’s collection of photographs and artists are distributed to over 3000 agencies around the globe. Very excited and hope you enjoy the photos in the attached PDF File.