Mary Ann Cherry fine artLocation: Idaho Falls, IDPrimary Medium: soft pastel and oil painting
Cherry had a great 2010 summer of exhibitions showing as an invited guest artist at two museums, and as guest artist of the Montana Professional Artists' Association. The Olaf Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon, California, displayed Cherry's work as part of the Women Artists of the West exhibition, and 18 of her Native American pastel paintings were displayed at the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, Washington.
Mary Ann Cherry is a Master Signature member of the Women Artists of the West and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She is co-founder of the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies and current president. Cherry, a nationally sought workshop instructor, enjoys passing along any tips and tricks that may help a beginner get started in the art world. For those who cannot attend a workshop, she handles an online critique service.
In 2007, Cherry swept the Phippen Musuem National Juried Western show by winning Best of Show, the Founders’ Award, and Best Pastel. She has won awards there since, and one of her paintings resides in the Phippen Museum's permanent collection. Cherry also won the first statewide park's competition, "Idaho Paints Idaho", and has won several regional awards in this competition. An article on her work will be published in a fall issue of the Big Sky Journal.
She paints primarily in soft pastel or oils, working in a studio near the Snake River in Idaho, where wildlife and birds are abundant. Although comfortable with any subject matter, Cherry admits that wildlife and Native American dancers are favorites. She is a prolific painter and accepts commissions.
"Second Trip Across" - Painting
"Thistle Patch" black bear - Painting
"A bit of Open Browse" - Painting
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by Patty Pendergast