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Wander + Wonder World Maps by Charlotte Bassin


January 2019 @ Higher Grounds Café
The walls of this busling café in downtown Golden have been taken over by my maps for the entire month of January! Located near the Colorado School of Mines campus at 803 14th St, Golden, Colorado.

Coffee with the Artist
January 13, 20 and 27 • 8–10 a.m.

Join me every Sunday morning during the month of January to chat about travel and art over a cup of coffee. Tell me where you are from, where you’ve been and where you dream of going. I love meeting fellow travelers and sharing stories. Or we can talk about art… or whatever you want!

2019 Members' Show • January 24 – April 21, 2019
One of my maps was selected to be in this exhibition featuring the diverse artistic talents and techniques of artist members.
Opening Reception on Thursday January 24, 2019, 6–8 p.m.

Mixed Media World Map Workshop at Foothills Art Center
The fall workshop was a hit so stay tuned for another date in Spring 2019!


Have you ever stopped to think about the difference between wondering and asking a question? The difference between wandering and going somewhere?

Wondering doesn’t require an answer, where as a question does. Wandering has no destination, where going somewhere does. We live our lives always needing to know and wanting to go. We lose touch with our sense of spontaneity leaving little room for the magic that comes from serendipity. Why not take some time to stop, relax, ponder, wander, wonder.

It is this concept that inspired this series of artistic maps. Before beginning this project over a decade ago, I spent 10 years wandering around the world. I visited and/or lived in all but one of the seven continents (Antarctica is still on my list, though!). Travel provided me with a sense of adventure and freedom. It allowed me to open my eyes to other cultures and to experience some of the most beautiful places on this planet. There came a point, though, when I found myself wanting to settle down… to fall in love and stay in love forever… and to stay in one place for a while. Now, I call Colorado home — and although my husband, daughters and I continue taking trips to foreign countries — I am no longer the vagabond that I once was. Still though, deep down inside, there will always be this wanderlust that keeps me curious about the world… and that is the driving force behind these maps. Every hour that I spend drawing or painting, I also spend lost in that area of the map – reminiscing about past travels or dreaming of places I have yet to see; thinking of friends who live oceans away; and experiencing a whole new world of creativity.

My world maps can bring you similar pleasure, but more importantly… they can inspire you to wander + wonder.

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2000 BA in Fine Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1998 Semester Abroad with a focus on Art History, Università per Stranieri, Siena, Italy

2019 Featured Artist, Higher Grounds Café, Golden, CO
2018 Featured Artist, Golden Center Gallery, Golden, CO
2017 Featured Artist, Block 7 Arts, Belmar, CO

2019 Members' Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2018 Voice: A Celebration of Refugee Stories, Edge Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2018 Inside Out: Art & Reflection, Athena Project at 40 West Gallery, Lakewood, CO
2018 Paint Out in the Park, Artsweek Golden, Golden, CO
2018 Sauti Film Screening & Art Display, The Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO
2018 Open Studio Group Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2018 Athena Project's Cross Pollinations, Swallow Hill, Denver, CO
2018 Members' Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2017 Holiday Gallery Takeover, Julie Havel Gallery, Belmar, CO

2017 Tenant Art Exhibit, Arts Brookfield, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

2017 Tenant Art Exhibit, Arts Brookfield, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO – Best of Show

2017 - Present Athena Project, Board Member/ Art Director, Denver, CO

2017 - Present Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2017 - Present Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Private Collections in the UK and throughout the United States
Mitchell Elementary School, Golden, CO

2018 Golden Holiday Bazaar, Golden, CO
2018 Holiday Pop-up at Goosetown Event Space, Golden, CO
2018 Mixed Media World Map Workshop, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2018 Street Art Chalk Artist in Arts Brookfield, Out of the Office Series, Denver, CO
2018 Participant in World Art Drop Day/Art Drop Denver, Denver, CO
2018 Volunteer at Mitchell Elementary School to work with students to create Upcycled World Map, Golden, CO
2018 Featured Artist at Multicultural Night at Mitchell Elementary and Fairmount Elementary, Golden, CO
2017–Present Regular participant of Foothills Art Center Open Studio, Golden, CO

2018 Art Coaching for You with Kathy Beekman, Bailey, CO

Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Web & Graphic Design, Photography

2018 Centennial Citizen, article, Quirky combinations are unique attractions by Christy Steadman, pg. 16
2018 Golden Transcript, image, A Week of Wonder Strikes Golden by Christy Steadman, pg. 17
2018 One World Utica website: www.oneworldutica.com
2017 Golden Transcript, article and image, My Name Is: Charlotte Bassin by Christy Steadman, pg. 2
2016 Bridger Intelligenge website: www.bridgerintelligence.com

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Original Art, Canvases, Pin Boards and More!

Have you taken a trip around the world and want to commemorate your journey with a piece of art? Would a world map look great in your office or be the perfect touch for your child's room?

I work with a variety of media, from traditional mediums (paint, ink, charcoal) to elements of nature (flowers, rocks, sticks, wood) as well as recycled materials. Many of my maps reproduce well as prints, others are one of a kind 3-dimensional pieces. I have done commissioned work that was created for a special purpose or person in mind. I love working with people to create that perfect work of art and welcome all creative ideas. Contact me or visit my shop on Etsy.

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NEW!! Wander + Wonder World Maps now available on pillows, clocks, tables and more at Society6.com/wanderandwonderworldmaps


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Email me at charlottebassin@gmail.com

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