arts-westchester.jpgA Horse of Course will be on view September 13-October 12 White Plains, N.Y. - ArtsWestchester is saddling up for an exciting ride through its newest exhibition as artists present contemporary interpretations of equestrian beauty and iconic imagery regarding the horse.  A Horse of Course will feature varying perspectives of equestrian art, from regal thoroughbreds to whimsical carousel horses, across a variety of media - sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing.  On view from September 13 through October 12, this exhibition presents a fresh approach to the staid interpretations of the past as more than one dozen artists explore the horse as an American icon.  An opening reception with the artists and curator will take place on September 12, from 6-8pm.  For more information, visit: www.artsw.org/horses.   With a varied and appealing blend of styles and media, this exhibition features the work of 37 contemporary artists, all known regionally and nationally for their equestrian art. The exhibiting photographers, painters, sculptors, and draftsmen look to the horse as a symbol of everything from power and wealth, to grace and beauty, to industry and perseverance.   This show is a celebration of the horse as both an enduring inspiration to artists and a beloved piece of Americana. "We have shied away from typical equestrian art and we assembled a group of very eclectic interpretations," says Alan Reingold, the exhibition's curator, a Parsons professor and the artist behind the famous TriStar Pictures Pegasus logo.  "Each work selected for the show is an artist's unique vision and expression of the horse, inspired by his or her own experience with this majestic animal."   Rather than shy away from going kitsch, the show features artists who embrace the horse as a piece of Americana.  After all, there is no image more synonymous with the American identity than the cowboy and his trusty steed. Beth Saffer creates colorful and playful works that hearken to vintage advertisements for carnival games while Sophy Brown renders the bond between a wrangler and his mount in dynamic paintings.   Using found scrap automobile and machine parts, sculptor Doc Docthermann creates powerful sculptures that not only pay homage to the strength and dynamism of the horse, but also reference the animal's historic role in both war and art.  The oil paintings of Carol Peek Griffin, with their warm light and impressionistic brush work, render the gentleness of a young foal while photographer Jeff Zukowski captures the grace and athleticism of show jumpers and polo ponies, a fitting compliment to the spectacle of the American Gold Cup.    The show's opening reception coincides with the American Gold Cup, a world-class stadium-jumping event which will be underway at the Old Salem Farm in North Salem.  A limited number of tickets for the American Gold Cup will be available at the opening reception.  RSVPs are encouraged by contacting LBanks@artswestchester.org or visit http://artswestchester.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=79ab7eaf45352de3c6db670f0&id=889240b5ba&e=909379e821.     Exhibiting Artists:
Richard Alexander (Mt. Kisco, New York) Suzanne Babineau Alyssa Bauer Alaiyo Bradshaw Sophy Brown Meredith Chong Jeff Dente Doc Dochtermann (Bedford, NY) Rana Faure Michael Freed Diddy Gomerman Erica Hauser Peter Hirsch Marc Jaffe (South Salem, New York) Katherine Kornel Carolin Lancaster Adrian Landon (New York, New York) Doris Madison Teresa McCabe (White Plains, NY) Susan McCarty Marie Milbrandt Katherine More Pat Olmetti (Leesburg, Virginia) Carol Peek Patricia Powers John Rice Olivia Robertson Beth Saffer (Southport, Connecticut) Victoria Salvador Frances Saracco (Pleasantville, New York) Marcia Spivak Barbara Stanton Debby Thomas (Manakin Sabot, Virginia) Jocelyn Urban (Georgetown, Connecticut) Alice Van Buren Don Weller Glenda Zuckerman (Ossining, New York) Jeffrey Zukowski (Los Angeles, California)   This exhibition is made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and Con Edison.  

A Horse, Of Course On View: September 13 - October 12, 2013 Opening Reception: September 12, 6-8pm Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-5pm   For more information, contact: Mary Alice Franklin, Media Relations Manager mafranklin@artswestchester.org, 914-428-4220 x318   http://artswestchester.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=79ab7eaf45352de3c6db670f0&id=0acd85a7d2&e=909379e821   For downloadable images, visit:  http://artswestchester.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=79ab7eaf45352de3c6db670f0&id=eab802998b&e=909379e821   # # # ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester. Our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community.