Kentucky Horse Park and International Museum of the Horse

Lexington, KY



American Academy of Equine Art Exhibit at Kentucky Horse Park


With the close of the highly successful Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History blockbuster exhibition, the Kentucky Horse Park is continuing its artistic impression of the horse with the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA) through a series of art workshops as well as its fifteenth annual Showcase of Equine Art.

"It has become a major element of interpretation of the relationship between horse and man," said Bill Cooke, director of the International Museum of the Horse. (left: Gayla Wiedenheft, Afternoon Commute at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, 20 x 24 inches, oil)

AAEA will host three separate workshops at the Kentucky Horse Park, being held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29. Nationally-know equine artist Gwen Reardon will be teaching sculpture on the first workshop to be held September 11-15. Reardon produced many of the life-size bronzes at the Kentucky Horse Park and Thoroughbred Park in Lexington. Equine painter Barbara Oelke from Monkton, Maryland, will be conducting the second workshop on traditional equine painting, to be held September 18-22. While representational in style, Oelke is known for her unique atmospheric quality. Finally, equine painter and AAEA president Werner Rentsch will also be assisting artists in the way of traditional equine painting as well in the third workshop to be held September 25-29. Rentsch's primary art studio is in New York City. (left: Michelle Cleveland, Take Flight, 13"H x 12" W x 12" D, Bronze)

Workshops provide an opportunity for students to study the horse and equine-related subjects first-hand from live models. Students will have access to the facilities at the Kentucky Horse Park, including more than 43 different breeds of horses. Workshops are geared toward all levels. individuals need not have prior artistic experience. Availability is limited to 15 students per session for individual instruction. (left: Beryl Bayer, Four in the Water, 18 x 24 inches, Acrylic)

The AAEA, which recently moved its headquarters to Lexington, Kentucky, will also be holding its Annual Showcase of Equine Art beginning Friday, September 22, 2000, and running through Saturday, November 5, 2000, in the William G. Kenton Gallery located at the International Museum of the Horse. Sixty-three artists will be represented with more than 75 works being shown. Approximately 30 of the artists are first-time exhibitors with the academy. From traditional to abstract, a plethora of art will be available for viewing pleasure and purchase, such as oil and watercolor painting, bronze sculpture, pastel, pencil, terracotta and wood. Artists from Europe, the United States and Canada will be represented. (left: Lynn Daly, Communion, 9 x 12 inches, Acrylic on board; right: John Berry Longchamp, Study of Jockey, 18 x 24 inches, oil)

The opening reception for the participating artists will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the gallery. The public is encouraged to come and meet many of the artists who will be in attendance. (left: Barbara Frake, A Couple of Characters, 10 1/2 x 11 inches)

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