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CHER PRUYS

DEVLIN, ONTARIO, CANADA

Tel. : 807-486-3613 / 807-275-6619

Email : cher@artbycher.ca

Site : www.artbycher.ca

 

   

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Cher Pruys, ASAA, SCA, IGOR, CSAA, AMS, LMS.

 

“To take my inner visions and with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer....that is the ultimate in self expression.” 

 

Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

 

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, watercolor and gouache.

 

Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 65 international exhibits, as well as exhibits numerous unjuried shows. She has won 47 awards for her work at the international juried exhibits. Included in these awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA open Juried Exhibition as well as the Aviation Week & Space Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 13 solo exhibits. Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar. Her painting “The Bubble” had the honor of being part of the Masterworks from The International Guild of Realism Tour. She was elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and eventually was elected as a Foreign Affiliate Artist Fellow, one of only two Canadians receive this honor. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 14 magazines, and has been featured in over 28 International publications. Cher’s works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.

 

Cher’s artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her latest works. 

 

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

ASAA-2nd place in The General Aviation Category, 2016, 2017.

 

ASAA – Esteemed Nixon Galloway Award, 2017, for “Gilmore Glare”.

 

SCA-1st place Award of Distinction for “Crushed” at The Be Square Elected Members Exhibit, 2016, and also for “Ski Chalet”, at Canada’s 150, 2017.

 

WORLD ART ACADEMIA - 5th International Gallery Award 2016

 

SCA Honorable Mention at the 2015, 2016 Juried Exhibitions

 

ASAA Award of Merit, 2015

 

The Mary Pratt Crystal Award 2014 A major Canadian National Award in Art through the Society of Canadian Artists

 

ASAA Military Aviation Award 1 st , 2014, 2 nd 2013

 

ASAA Award of Distinction, 2012, 2013

 

Aviation Week & Space Technology Best of the Best for the best painting in the show, 2012, 2013

 

Aviation Week & Space Technology General Aviation Award, 3 rd , 2006, 2 nd , 2007, 1 st , 2008, 1 st , 2009, 3 rd , 2010, 2 nd 2011

 

ASAA International Aerospace Exhibition Simuflite Art Award 1997, 2008, Woman in Aviation Award 1999

 

CAE Horizons of Flight International Art Exhibition & Competition, Award of Merit, 1997, 2006, 2011, 2012. Honorable mention, 2001, 2006. Woman in Aviation Award 2000.

 

EAA Sport Aviation International Exhibit & Competition, Honorable Mention, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005.

 

Artflight Canadian International Aviation Exhibition & Competition, Honorable Mention, 2000 3 rd Place 2002  

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

 

Reflections of Realism, Fort Frances Museum, March/April 2018.

 

Beechcraft Heritage Museum, October 2016.

 

The Art of Cher Pruys, Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2013 

 

Celebrate, Fort Frances Museum, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2013 

 

Realism, Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2011 

 

A Northern Perspective, Beechcraft Museum, Tullahoma, TN. USA 2007 

 

Through Cher’s Eyes, Fort Custom Studio, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2007 

 

The Aviation Art of Cher Pruys, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MN. Canada 2006 

 

A Stroke of History, Atikokan Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, ON. Canada 2005 

 

Art By Cher, Fine Line Art Gallery, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2001 

 

Celebration of Flight, Thunder Bay Art gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 2000 

 

Cher’s Passion, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 1998 

 

The Works of Cher Pruys, Fort Frances Public Library, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 1994 

 

Cher’s Art, La Place Rendezvous, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 1993 

 

 

 

Group Exhibitions 

 

 

The International Guild of Realism Masterworks Tour 2015 – 2016.

 

Society of Canadian Artists Open Juried Exhibit, Salmon Arm Art Gallery Salmon Arm, BC. Canada 2014 Juried Exhibit, Markham, ON., Canada, in 2015, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary,AB, 2015,”Tea Time”, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham,ON., 2015, “Bottled Light”,Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, St.John,NL 2016, “Crushed” and “Slurp”, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke,ON, 2016, “Just Dance”, and “Weathered”, Online Juried Exhibit,2016, “Peer Pressure” and “Spy Hole”, Art Squarev Gallery, Toronto,ON., 2017, “Missing” and “Duck’s in a Row”, Gallery 78, Frederickton, NB., 2017, “Ski Chalet”.  

 

The Art of The CSAA, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MN. Canada 2014 

 

ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition & Competition, held at various major Art Galleries in cities across the USA, such as Pensacola, Baltimore, Seattle, Kansas City, Savannah, Kalamazoo, Norfolk etc.

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. 

 

CAE Simuflite Horizons of Flight International Art Exhibition & Competition, Simuflite Centre, DFW, TX. USA.

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. 

 

Trenton Airforce Base Juried Exhibit, Astra, ON. Canada 2010. 

 

EAA International Sport Aviation Exhibit & Competition, Gorman Museum & Gallery, Osh Kosh, WI. USA.

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. 

 

Artflight, Canadian Aviation International Exhibit & Competition, held at various museums in Ottawa, Halifax, etc.

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

 

Duck’s Unlimited Exhibit & Competition, Toronto, ON. Canada, 2004 

 

Woman in Aviation International Exhibition, Denver, CO. USA 1998 

 

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Northwestern ON. Exhibit & Competition, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 1997

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