Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center
Trudy Vader: Equus
Growing up on her family's ranch in Gunnison, CO,Trudy Vader notes, "If I didn't have a pencil or paint brush in my hand, there was definitely a lead rope or a rein." Today, art and horses remain two of her great passions, and both are celebrated in her exhibition, "Equus," on display in the White Gallery at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center through May 13, 2000.
Through beautifully sculpted wood horses this Mancos, Colorado artist simultaneously explores equine imagery and human symbolism. In her words, "The domestication of the horse transformed civilization. Human activity can be categorized into four basic areas: war, travel, work or leisure. Throughout much of history, the horse has been indispensable in each of these."
A wonderful tribute to this great animal, Trudy's sculptures are made of stack wood lamination giving them a unique and powerful look. Reflecting her artistic skill, Trudy was the Juror's Choice award winner for sculpture at the 1999 Colorado State Fair Fine Art Exhibition.
Residing in Mancos, Trudy has been around horses all her life having grown-up on a ranch in Gunnison. She showed quarter horses throughout her teenage years and attended horse training and management programs in college at Lamar Community College. She then received an B.A. degree in art from Western State College in Gunnison and a masters degree from Adam State College in Alamosa. Trudy spends her time not only sculpting but also teaching arts at schools in Mancos -- and still spends much of her time with horses.
"Equus" will be surrounded by exotic, colorful and highly textured quilts from the exhibition Quilt National also on display in the White Gallery.
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