Diana Grenier lives and paints in Michigan's Les Cheneaux Islands. She works with oil, pastel, acrylic, collage and watercolor in traditional and experimental methods. Her subjects are primarily portraits of people, landscapes, boats and water. Diana’s style is a combination of realism and impressionism with a touch of expressionism.
Diana has exhibited at the Alberta House in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. She's won awards for several years since 2012 in “Northern Exposure”, an all Upper Peninsula Art show at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba, Michigan. Her pastel paintings were juried into the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2010 National Competition in Midland, Michigan at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. In August 2011, her pastel painting titled “Huron Point” earned Diana “Best of Show Gold Medal” from the “Pastels North” juried competition at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Also in the summer of 2011 Diana exhibited a body of work titled “War Through Mom’s Eyes” consisting of over 13 art pieces using oil on canvas, mixed media and bronze sculpture at the Cycling Salamander Gallery in Charlevoix, Michigan. Her pastel portrait titled "Sisters" was in the Great Lakes Pastel Society Regional Juried Art Exhibit at The Carnegie Center for the Arts/ W. R. Monroe Museum, Three Rivers, Michigan spring 2011. In the fall of 2012 Diana had a pastel portrait titled “Jackie” juried into the Pastel Society of America Annual Show at The National Arts Club in New York City, earning her acceptance into The Pastel Society of America as an Associate Member. The pastel painting “West Entrance Sunset” was exhibited at the Dennos Museum Center of Traverse City in the Great Lakes Pastel Society National Show during the spring of 2014. In the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the Great Lakes Pastel Society “Purely Pastel” publication Diana’s painting “Wet Dogs” was used for the cover and three other paintings were featured. She exhibited ten paintings at the Les Cheneaux Community Library in 2017 and exhibited thirteen antique wooden boat paintings at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba, Michigan. The oil painting of the bow of a 1931, 21 ft Dodge Runabout “Sully” was used on the cover for the 2018 fall issue of Meadow Brook Magazine, Oakland University. Meadow Brook Hall is the historic Dodge Mansion and Diana’s painting “Sully” was first used on the 2018 Boat Show Poster. Recently Diana’s boat painting “Hornet” a 1931 Gar-Wood Triple, was accepted into the Northwest Michigan Juried Exhibition, at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. Diana has had several solo art shows at Les Cheneaux Community Library and annually participates the Community Art Exhibit hosted by Les Cheneaux Arts Council.
Beginning in 2001 Diana and her husband John have produced the poster for Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show. Diana’s latest work is on display at Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery at the blinker in Hessel, Michigan.
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