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Sangster wins Best of Show

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 01/21/2015 OPSU Art Instructor Yvonne Sangster recently won OPSU Art Instructor Yvonne Sangster recently won "Best of Show" with her painting, "Red", a colorful woodpecker. The painting is owned by Jim Oblander of Goodwell, Okla.

Goodwell, Okla. — OPSU Art Instructor Yvonne Sangster recently won “Best of Show” with her pastel painting called “Red” at the Lone Star Pastel Society Exhibit at The Art Center in Dumas, Texas.

“Red” is a beautiful painting of a colorful woodpecker. The painting is owned by Jim Oblander of Goodwell, Okla. and was purchased one year at the Paul Farrell Art Auction hosted annually by the OPSU Art Department.

Sangster said, “I love doing colorful birds, or anything colorful really. That woodpecker was beautiful and colorful and I wanted to paint it as soon as I saw it.”

“Red” is one of over 85 exhibits representing 17 different artists in the Lone Star Pastel Society, a branch of the American Pastel Society. Sangster is a founding member of the Lone Star Pastel Society. The group meets once a month to enjoy a variety of demonstrations by different artists as well as share techniques with one another.

The Lone Star Pastel Society’s show is scheduled to hang through Feb. 6, 2015 at The Art Center in Dumas.

Sangster said, “It is a great exhibit of wonderful pastel artists.”

Sangster has been teaching at OPSU for 11 years. This semester she will teach Pastels I and II, Drawing I and II, and Design I as well as Figure Drawing and Problems in Art.

Recent OPSU graduate Tammy Clark commented on her experience as a student in Sangster’s classroom, “There are no words to describe how awesome and inspiring she is. She is a leader as well as an inspiring, caring, and faithful teacher. In her classroom I was always taught to step out of the box, to try something new, and to try again if something fails. She believes in every student, in their work, and their ability to try harder. The time that she spends staying after hours to help a student is amazing. She cares about all of her students. I was very blessed to have Yvonne as one of my instructors while at OPSU.”

Sangster will have work for sale at this year’s Paul Farrell Art Auction scheduled for March 6 at the Pickle Creek Event Center in Guymon, Okla.