Sandi Pillsbury of Two Harbors, Minnesota is honored by the International Association of Who’s Who as Artist of 2020 for her exemplary contributions within the fields of Art and Education.
TWO HARBORS, MN, August 19, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — With over forty years practicing artistry, thirty plus years of which as a teacher, Ms. Sandi Pillsbury is a highly qualified and experienced art professional. In her years of painting, Ms. Pillsbury has produced beautiful masterpieces in the forms of oil, acrylic, alkyd and watercolors. More recently, she has rediscovered a love of painting “en Plein air,” from the French meaning “painting in the outdoors”, which allows her to paint in the midst of nature.
Initially, Ms. Pillsbury was set to embark on a theatre major when a task was set by her art teacher during high school which opened her eyes to a new-found talent of art. This pivotal moment in her youth would act as the catalyst for her future career direction and subsequent successes.
With a new path in mind, Ms. Pillsbury went on to achieve an Associate of Arts Degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Further to this accomplishment, Ms. Pillsbury went on to study at the University of California-Santa Cruz for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree before going on to obtain a Master of Education Degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Ms. Pillsbury considers her mentor Hazel Belvo to be influential in reaching her current success and also took inspiration from artists including George Morrison, Elizabeth Erickson and Mary Pettis.
In a pinnacle moment of her career, Ms. Pillsbury opened her own art studio, North Shore Serenity Studio, located in Two Harbors, Minnesota, where as well as creating her own masterpieces, she teaches private classes as well as group workshops. When considering the perfect name for her studio, Ms. Pillsbury kept both her work and audience in mind as she sought a name which reflected both the feel and style of her work, hoping to create a sense of tranquility.
Ms. Pillsbury’s portfolio includes pieces such as the “Falling Water” series, the “Flower series” and the “Sky/Clouds” series. Each collection allows Ms. Pillsbury to use her love of painting nature to represent feelings or events that she is experiencing in her life. The esteemed artist always aims for her work to reflect the magic of nature and enable her audience “to go deeper than just the surface of the painting”, with a message to look further and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of our natural world.
As a renowned artist, a monumental highlight in her career included being invited to New York City to exhibit her work as part of a private show by the Agora Gallery. Ms. Pillsbury also had the honor to paint in Giverny, France as part of Monet’s garden, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Alongside her achievements in the art world, Ms. Pillsbury is also looking to develop a career in radio with her own talk show, discussing art and delivering interviews with numerous professional artists. The show also allows her to draw upon other aspects of her creativity, most notably her previous performing background in theatre.
Outside of her artistic accolades, Ms. Pillsbury served as President of the Grand Marais Art Colony Board of Directors, is currently the President of the Two Harbors Art Club, Voyageur Artists and served on the Arts Board of the Northern Lake County. Proud to be an “Artist-in-Residence” in Silver Bay, Ms. Pillsbury has enjoyed volunteering in the “Masterpiece Art Program”, where she is able to teach and inspire children in the third grade to gain a true appreciation for the world of art.
This September, Ms. Pillsbury plans on participating in the annual Plein Air Grand Marais Exhibition and Competition, which takes place in the Grand Marais, MN area from September 11 to September 18, 2020. The exhibit will be showcased at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in downtown Grand Marais, 115 W. Wisconsin Street. Please contact the gallery directly for hours and restrictions due to COVID-19: (218) 387-2314, or email: [email protected]. The exhibit will be on display through October 11, 2020.
For more information and to see her current work, please visit her website: www.sandipillsbury.com
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