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Chester Artist Suzanne Nielsen Wins National Equine Art Award

Suzanne Nielsen, Chester resident and experienced artist has been given the distinguished honor of having one of her works chosen to be included in the American Academy of Equine Art's Fall 2009 open juried exhibition and sale.

Six hundred submissions came from as far as New Zealand and only 80 paintings were chosen. The show will run from September 26 to November 8 at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park and will be viewable online at www.aaea.net

To celebrate this accomplishment she was honored with an artist's reception on September 12 at Landers & LeCours Collective Art LLP, on the Green in Chester.

Nielsen began with a dedicated mother framing her life with art and animals. Starting at the age of five, with both riding and painting lessons, she became immersed over the next decade in fusing these two passions together.

She has become an accomplished rider and trainer, working in both the Hunter/Jumper and Dressage arenas. She earned her degree in fine art from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, where she again studied both the equine and art industries. She has also studied under such masters as Glenn Vilppu and Sheldon Borenstein.

A move to Chester turned her painting focus even more sharply to the world of horses. As a working artist, her loyal friends and muses, a retired thoroughbred and group of young huskies, inspire her daily to carry on in the animal painting medium.

Before travelling to the unveiling in Kentucky, Nielsen will be honored with a solo exhibition of her work through September 25 at Landers & LeCours.

For more information contact the gallery at 875-1227 or email collectiveart@landersandlecours.com.

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