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Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens Named Top Artist in 2017


Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens Named Top Artist in 2017

Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens was most recently invited to participate in The Art of Expressionistic Realism at the Jaques Art Center

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CASTLE DANGER, Minn., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandi M. Pillsbury-Gredzens, who signs her work as "Sandi Pillsbury," is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A native Minnesotan, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens was first exposed to the beauty of Lake Superior and its environment as a young child. During this time, she developed a fondness for the various moods of nature, as well as a desire to capture these timeless moments in her artwork. In pursuit of these endeavors, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens has been honing her skills as a professional artist for more than 40 years, always seeking to improve. She holds an Associate of Arts from Stephens College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Education from Hamline University.

Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens is the founder of North Shore Serenity, which was named to describe the realistic impressionism paintings that she creates. Working in oil, acrylic, alkyd and sometimes watercolor, she hopes to evoke a sense of peace and serenity for people who view her work. In recent years, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens has rediscovered the joys and challenges of painting "en plein air," a French term for "painting in the outdoors." Whenever possible, she enjoys painting directly from nature, often taking her paints and easel out on the shores of Lake Superior to complete her work.

Since the inception of her career, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens has appeared as an exhibitor in both solo and group shows throughout the United States. Her most recent appearances have included the Duluth Art Institute, Grand Marais Art Colony and Vanilla Bean Bakery and Café. She was also invited to participate in The Art of Expressionistic Realism at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Minn., which will run from April 13 through May 26, 2018. During this time, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens will be showing 15 pieces of art alongside other talented artists from northern Minnesota, including Gary Guderian, Diane Runberg and Mary White Kochenderfer.

Not long after establishing herself as a professional artist, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens was inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with others. To this end, she has worked as an art educator for more than 30 years. Certified in elementary and secondary education, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens has dedicated significant portions of her time to teaching art classes and serving as an arts advocate. Through assisting younger artists, she hopes to follow in the footsteps of her own mentors, the late George Morrison, Hazel Belvo, Elizabeth Erickson and Mary Pettis. In recognition of her contributions to the creative realm, both as an artist and as an educator, Ms. Pillsbury-Gredzens has been featured in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of American Women. She was most recently selected for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who Top Artists in 2017.

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