In a reverse alchemical process, Barbara Wright's art turns money (art sales) into horse manure. Sale of her paintings all go to support the Harmony HorseWorks horse sanctuary herd and facility operations. The horses here, mostly Victoor, sanctuary spokeshorse, have inspired her art. He is featured in 22 paintings in an exhibit entitled, "A Horse In Art" that show him doing "Vic things" in famous art of the ages as reinterpreted by Barbara. He pays homage to the greats in this series as only a former Arabian halter champion can, and his curatorial comments have elicited many belly laughs, along with a few tears. This art show debuted at the Center for the Arts in Evergreen, CO in May 2010 and was a big hit with art and horse lovers. It moved on to Red Rocks Community College and then to Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in 2011 and is available as a complete show to any other interested venues. This was the first "one horse show" in the Center's history, or anywhere else on the planet for that matter! Vic attended and greeted guests and posted his curatorial comments next to each painting. Yes, he has written a book and wants Barbara to create a FB page for him.
Barbara's "next big project" is incarnating the "13 Original Clan Mothers" from the eponymous book by Jamie Sams onto canvas. This show is scheduled to debut at the Center for the Arts in Evergreen, CO in 2013 as a one woman show. Featured are the 13 aspects of the feminine archetype in Native American storytelling and teachings. The central portrait of each Clan Mother is flanked by her two totem shields. Three other medicine shields embody the energy of the Great Spirit, Mother Earth, and the combined 13 aspects of the feminine. While Vic regrets he cannot be part of this new exhibit as a featured muse, he did urge Barbara to courageously turn to painting humans instead of horses for a while, a daunting taks for an equine artist but it's hard to say no to such an insistent horse.
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