Featured Art Gallery

Each year Equine Affaire selects an artist and image(s) to incorporate into Equine Affaire’s event marketing pieces. Below is a collection of artists featured during recent years.

Sheila Rieman

"Faithful"

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.

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Susan Snyder

"Chestnut"

The official image selected for 2017 was a watercolor titled “Chestnut” by Susan J. Snyder of Saint Marys, IA. Susan Snyder is a multi-talented individual who wears many hats...as an equestrian, a wife and mother of three, a physician, and an artist. She began riding at the age of 10, showed hunters through her junior years, and continues to indulge her passion for horses today through the discipline of dressage. Dr. Snyder received a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and then attended medical school at Ohio University.
After meeting her husband and getting married, she moved to Wyoming where she completed her residency in family practice and then practiced medicine and raised three children over the next 20 years.

In 2008 the Snyders moved to central Iowa where Dr. Snyder continued with her medical practice and also pursued a new avocation “just for the fun of it:” painting. She and her oldest daughter decided to explore the world of art through acrylics, pastels, and watercolors. After months of frustration trying to overcome the challenges of watercolors, Susan fell in love with the medium. Unlike most professional artists, she is completely self-taught having developed her skills only through books, a few videos, and many hours of practice at the kitchen table. She appreciates the watercolor medium because of its fluidity and transparency that result in luminescence.

Susan Snyder has been painting professionally since 2013. During the past five years her work has been presented at the annual exhibitions of Watercolor Societies in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois, and western Colorado and at the Iowa State Fair. She has participated in the Western Spirit Art Show & Sales in Cheyenne, WY, and her work was just recently presented at the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, NE. More information on Susan J. Snyder and her lovely watercolors can be found at www.sjsnyderart.com.

Michelle Grant

"Stampede"

The image that appears on the cover of the 2016 event programs is an acrylic painting titled "Stampede" by Michelle Grant of Calgary, Alberta. This image, along with several other paintings by Ms. Grant, were selected as the "official images" of the 2016 Equine Affaires and were showcased in the marketing materials for the events and at equineaffaire.com. Ms. Grant has been working as an artist in the realist style since the mid 1990s. She received her formal education in art at the Alberta College of Art where she majored in drawing, and she currently works in many mediums including oils, acrylic, and graphite. Her exquisitely rendered equine images have been commissioned and collected by both private and corporate clients worldwide and been published in many books and magazines.

Michelle Grant's work has been showcased at open and juried exhibitions throughout Canada and at prestigious venues in the United States as well. During the past 20 years she has amassed numerous awards and accolades for her drawings and paintings including the 2012 Artistic Achievement Award for the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show. She has also been commissioned to design various commemorative coins such as the Calgary Stampede's 100th year gold and silver coins for the Royal Canadian Mint.

In addition to her own artistic pursuits, Ms. Grant also teaches art lessons and workshops, and many of the students she enthusiastically mentors and encourages are successful artists in their own right. Her work is on display at the Gainsborough Galleries in Calgary, Alberta, and The Avens Gallery in Canmore, Alberta.

Carole Andreen-Harris

"Vigilance"

"Vigilance," along with several other outstanding paintings by Carole Andreen-Harris of Tucson, AZ, were selected as the "official images" of the 2015 Equine Affaires.

Ms. Andreen-Harris was raised with horses near her home in Minnesota, and it was her fascination with horses as a child that initially drove her to put pencil to paper. When her family moved to Arizona in 1983, she was finally able to have a horse of her own and she quickly became involved in the local horse community. She experimented with pencil, pastels, and acrylics in creating images of horses and found herself setting up at various equine events receiving commissions to portray show horses.

Ms. Andreen Harris began studying graphic design and illustration at The Art Center of Tucson in 1987 and received an Associate degree in art advertising in 1989. She and her artist husband, Lemorris Harris, created their own design business through which Carole became an experienced digital designer and desktop publisher in addition to being a painter. By 2002 the Harrises decided to end their graphic design business and devote their time to their personal artistic pursuits.

During the past dozen years Carole Andreen-Harris has had the freedom to paint the subjects that she has been moved to paint - and horses have been at center stage. She has built up an impressive body of work that has been showcased in exhibitions and juried shows and at equine-related events across the nation. Ms. Andreen-Harris's paintings have found their way into the art collections of both private collectors and equine organizations and have been showcased in a wide range of prominent horse industry magazines, books, and directories. She has also amassed numerous honors and awards for her exceptional paintings which so effectively capture the beauty of horses of so many breeds and disciplines as well as their personalities and "presence."

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