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Lander artist wins top WAA award

May 12, 2017 - From staff reports

Susan Grinels of Lander took the "Best of Show" award at the recent Wyoming Artists Association annual convention held May 5-7 in Dubois with her technique of "painting" with colored torn-paper.

"Watching the Action" depicts a border collie and was inspired by her experiences at the annual Meeker Sheepdog Classic dog trials and art show, where Grinels won first place in 2014 with another colorful torn-paper painting, "Steady, Steady."

Grinels, who gravitates toward dogs and wildlife as her subjects, won several other honors at the Wyoming Artists Association event at the Headwater Art & Convention Center.

Her "Watching the Action" piece also was awarded first place in the "Other" category by visiting judge and artist Susan M. Rose. In the "Graphic" category, Grinels' linocut print "Young Badger" took third place and her "Pastels" painting "Jackson Hole Buffalo" and "Oils" painting "In Blue" both won honorable mentions in the art show.

"It was a great surprise and honor to receive the 'Best in Show' award because of the high caliber of artwork in the show," Grinels said. "Susan Rose, the judge, I am sure had a very difficult task."

With the Mardi Gras theme, WAA president Sharon Schell and her event committee went wild with decorations and costumes. Schell, a Big Piney, Wyo., artist, even made the ribbons awarded to winning artists as a special touch.

The convention included workshops by watercolor artist Kay Stratman, oil painter Charles Dayton and oil landscape artist Erin O'Connor. Next year's WAA convention is being planned for The Virginian in Jackson.

Grinels has won many art awards for her pastels, prints and paintings at local, regional and international shows ranging from the Audubon Wildlife Show, Art Show at the Dog Show, International Association of Pastel Artists and the Art Association of Jackson Hole.

See more of her artwork at http://www.capturedinpastels.com

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