Equine Affaire is proud to once again feature on the cover of the event program and on the official 2018 limited edition print a soft pastel drawing by the phenomenally talented artist and friend of Equine Affaire, Sheila Rieman. Ms. Rieman demonstrated her initial talent for art at an early age - a talent that took her far in her chosen career. She studied art at North Dakota State University, and it was there that she discovered her affinity for the pastel medium. Sheila Rieman's pastels are distinguished by her unique use of vibrant color. The subjects of her art come from her rural lifestyle in North Dakota and from her experiences in owning and riding horses for nearly 30 years. Though her chosen medium was pastel, she worked equally well in acrylics, oils, and pen and ink. She also sculpted. Sheila Rieman's art has been shown in and received awards in many national and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. She has also been an invited artist in numerous national exhibitions, and her work hangs in many private and corporate collections across the country.
Prior to her passing in a tragic accident in 2011, Sheila Rieman not only painted prolifically but also taught workshops for other artists and loved helping others - whether it was by donating art for auctions for worthy causes or painting houses or dog sitting. She had an enormous heart and a zest for life that was contagious. Those of us at Equine Affaire who were lucky enough to have known her miss her remarkable spirit, her friendship, and, of course, her extraordinary talent.
A limited edition print of "Faithful" will be available for purchase at the Information Booth at each of our 2018 events.