Somerset County is home to creative people in all the arts: painting and prints, crafts, music, writing, theater. SCAC plans to feature a Somerset County Artist each quarter. This spring the Arts Council is featuring artist Sarah Grangier.
Sarah W. Grangier, 34, is a wildlife artist from Princess Anne, Maryland. She studied fine art, painting, and ornithology, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Salisbury University in 2003. Some past significant art events and awards for Sarah were winning first place in the 2003 Ward World Wildlife painting division at the Ward Wildfowl Carving and Art Show in Ocean City, MD, she also placed second in the National Juried Fine Art Show titled “Light and Shadow,” at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia in 2012, and Sarah illustrated a children’s book titled, “Bob the Big Bad Bluefish,” by Bernadette Gesser in 2013. Sarah exhibited at Arts Fest in Solomons Island, MD, at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival in Bethany Beach, DE, at the Delmarva Discovery Museum for various wildlife events, at StreetFest in Princess Anne, at the Deal Island Skipjack Festival, also the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and she participated in the annual Chincoteague Cultural Alliance’s Chincoteague Plein Air event for the past 5 years.
Sarah loves to paint in oils, acrylics, and in pastels, on canvas, paper, and glass. Sarah paints the beauty that surrounds her and anything captivating in nature. Sarah currently has artwork on display at Uptown Antiques in Berlin, MD, at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke, MD, at Layton’s Chance Vineyards and Winery in Vienna, MD, online at FineArtAmerica and at CafePress, and you can view Sarah’s latest works of art during the Second Saturday Artful Flea events in Chincoteague, VA from now until December 2016.
What kind of art work do you do? I do paintings with nautical, wildlife, and the Eastern Shore as my main focus.
What is your favorite medium? My favorite medium is oil, due to the softness you can achieve with the slow blending of colors and the many subtle details you can achieve through layering.
Did you have special training? I studied under Jinchul Kim, who is an amazing realism artist, at Salisbury University and graduated with my bachelor's degree in art.
Where do you sell your work? I currently sell my artwork at Uptown Antiques in Berlin, MD, at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke, and at the Second Saturday Artful Flea events in Chincoteague, Va (from May through December). I also sell hand painted wine glasses at Layton's Chance Winery and my art and designs are available online through FineArtAmerica.com andCafePress.com.
What would you like to see in Somerset County to further the arts? I would love to see an artist coop. And open studio space for artists to work in and to be more visible to the public by also having art nights and events in town, in both Princess Anne and Crisfield. I think that these events would help in economic growth and to promote the county through the development of an arts and entertainment district here. Also the development of such an Art space in town would be a place that children could come to experience art and participate in it if they wished. A coop space for artists would be a great start to an arts and entertainment district and an excellent way to draw tourists as well.