Local artist places in art competition

Local artist places in art competition

LANDER – Laurie LaMere of Pinedale placed second for her painting “Living on the Edge” at the Plein Air in the Parks competition, Sept. 20-23, in Lander.

First place was won by Rosie Ratigan of Lander.

Ribbons and cash awards were presented to first through third places in the adult and youth categories.

The Wyoming Arts Council, along with the Wyoming State Parks, organized the first Plein Air in the Parks Competition, in what is hoped to become an annual event.

In its inaugural event, 15 adult artists and eight youth artists participated showing their work at the Sinks Canyon State Park.

Artists had two and one-half days to paint scenes on location within the park’s boundaries. They were then allowed to submit two of their creations, anonymously, by 9 a.m. Sunday, for judging at the Sinks Canyon Visitor Center. Winners were announced at a public reception later in the day.

“This was a very rewarding and fun event,” LaMere said. She said she looks forward to next year’s event.

Plein air events are a new direction she hopes to pursue, she said.

LaMere’s work can be viewed at the Painted Dreams Co-op at 26 N. Tyler St., Pinedale.

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