Enthusiasm Gallops For Upcoming Horse Exhibit

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- I got my comeuppance this week in Chautauqua, N.Y

There by chance at an educational institute, I attended a lecture by the artist Stanley Lewis.  I expected he would talk about landscape painting because, after all, that’s his métier.

Instead, he talked about horses as in the friezes at the Greek Parthenon. Those horses were exotic, expressive and sensual in their physicality and stature. The horses were so elegant in their demeanor, muscular in their stance, and carved to perfection with every veiny detail.

It made me re-examine why I balked a bit (not a pun) when Alan Reingold first suggested we do an exhibition on horses in art. For an artist, masterful as Alan is in drawing, it seemed to him an exciting project in tandem with the opening on Sept. 11 of the American Gold Cup Equestrian Competition in North Salem, one of the most prestigious horse sporting events in the world of International Show Jumping and one that qualifies winners for the World Cup.

When I saw the images Alan had in mind as the curator of this show, my enthusiasm galloped (yes, a pun).  The horse has been the artists’ muse for centuries dating back to classical times.

Shame on me for having a landscape artist set me straight about horses.  You will love our exhibition A Horse, Of Course, opening on Sept. 13, and running through Oct. 12.

Click here to learn more about the history of horses in art.

Janet Langsman is chief executive officer of ArtsWestchester. Her weekly blog is published with permission of ArtsWestchester and is also posted online.

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If you like horse sculpture White Plains has some at The Westchester (outside on Westchester Ave) and inside making up one of their fountains. The former Gedney Farm Hotel had a horse barn and Willett had winning horse jumpers. His barn was once used by the State Troopers Troop K (but both the Hotel and horse barn burned down). Two streets in White Plains are named after Howard Willetts' horses (Hathaway Lane and Heatherbloom). I wrote about them in my book "White Plains, NY: A City of Contrasts" available on Lulu.com, iTunes and in White Plains Library. Renoda Hoffman's book Yesterday in White Plains." also has information about this. There is an old cement Horse Trough next to the Public Safety building with new plantings. Horses were the main mode of transportation in White Plains for most of its early history. I hope to check out the horse exhibit when it comes to the Arts Westchester building!

It will be at ArtsWestchester's building at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains.

Where is this going to be?