Joni Young holds a painting that was similar to the one that won her an award from Art Trends. Her original painting was stolen earlier this year.

Local artist Joni Young wins Art Trends award

Art Trends, a Canadian print and online magazine, has named Young their 2013 artist of the year in her category of acrylic on canvas.

After she had her painting stolen, Joni Young thought that submitting a photo of the painting to a contest would give her a chance to gain some publicity and get it back.

Young still hasn’t found the thief, but her painting has now earned her a very prestigious award. Art Trends, a Canadian print and online magazine, has named Young their 2013 artist of the year in her category of acrylic on canvas.

Young was selected as a finalist for the award a couple weeks ago and the winners were chosen through an online vote. Young was excited the moment she heard of the format for determining first place.

“Oh good, this is a good opportunity, because Golden is just really supportive,” she said.

Young asked Goldenites for help over Facebook and the votes began pouring in. She quickly found herself in second place, trailing only a woman from Edmonton. When she asked locals for help with votes again, it put her over the top and into the lead. Voting closed last week and Young found out the next day that she won.

“I’ve been on cloud nine ever since,” she said.

The local artist knows that her award would not have been possible without the help of the support she received from Golden.

“I appreciate everybody in Golden who voted for me. Some people went above and beyond, I felt like they were campaigning for me. I could not have done it without Golden and I just want to thank [everyone] so much.”

Young has been painting for 16 years and has been teaching painting classes for nearly 10 years.

She currently teaches four nights a week from her home, with adult, teen and kids classes. Selections of Young’s work are available at the Golden Art Gallery and at her home by appointment. She can be reached at 250-344-2179 or by email at tjyoung@persona.

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