Celebrate the Spirit of Horses at Horse HeART

March 1, 2016
    ArtArt Scene

Wild horses and artists.  What traits do they share?  Tenacity.  Adaptability.  Intelligence. Perseverance.

Featuring art that evokes the kindred spirit of horses and artists, Horse HeART is an equine art exhibit, art competition, and fundraiser to benefit the Let ‘Em Run Foundation, hosted by Art Attack Gallery in Incline Village.

Inspired by the grace and toughness of these iconic animals, a national call to artists has drawn 50 original equine-themed art works.  Paintings, sculptures, and photographs have been submitted from regional artists as well as notable artists from throughout the United States.

With art that evokes tenacity, freedom, wildness, and resilience, Horse HeART seeks to inspire us to endure this recession with flare. Mark DeSautel and Eve Werner, an acrylic and multi-media painter from Truckee, organized the fundraising event and exhibit to help preserve the arts and wild horses.

“We chose the Mustangs as our muse because they epitomize the kind of resilience that we all need,” explains Mark DeSautel, owner of Art Attack Gallery.

During the opening reception on March 13th, representatives from the horse groups will be present to explain their work and answer questions.

A raffle will also take place at the opening reception featuring art by participating artists and a grand prize Mustang Adventure Trip to see area wild horse bands with their new foals.  The raffle will benefit the Let ‘Em Run Foundation and their allies’ work to preserve the wild mustangs. In addition, Art Attack Gallery will donate a portion of the proceeds from art sales to the Foundation.

The Let ‘Em Run Foundation is a non-profit organization co-founded by country western singer, Lacy J. Dalton, working to preserve wild horses. Since their ancestors first escaped from Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, the story of the Mustangs – eventually recognized as Wild Horses – has been one of adaptation and survival in harsh, unfamiliar terrain.

Noting that the arts community and non-profit organizations have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn, gallery owner DeSautel says, “We hope to inspire horse enthusiasts and art lovers to support the exhibiting artists and the Let ‘Em Run Foundation with this festive event.”

Art Attack Gallery is an award winning, premier art gallery located at 868 Tahoe Boulevard, #13 (Christmas Tree Village) in the heart of Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. They have been representing fine contemporary Western art in the relaxed atmosphere of their 3500 square foot showroom since 1989.

For more information about the work to preserve Wild Horses, please visit the Let ‘Em Run foundation’s website at www.letemrun.com or the Wild Horse Preservation League’s website at www.wildhorsepl.org.