Year of the Horse exhibit opens at Josephy Center for Art and Culture

Courtesy photo Oil painting by exhibit curator Leslie Leviner.

Courtesy photo
Oil painting by exhibit curator Leslie Leviner.

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• What: Year of the Horse exhibit

• When: 7 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, 403 N. Main St., Joseph

• Details: Exhibit will be on display for a month

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Submitted to Go! magazine

The Year of the Horse, an open, multimedia exhibit of artwork celebrating the horse, opens Saturday at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This exhibit is the first of the Josephy Center’s new Four Directions exhibit series, designed to celebrate unique aspects of Wallowa County history and culture, including agriculture, Native American culture, women in Art, and natural resources.

“According to the Chinese Calendar, 2014 is the year of the horse and, as horses have a long history in this community and the American West, we decided they would be a perfect theme for our first Art and Agriculture program,” said Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan.

During the month-long exhibit, the Josephy Center will also offer a series of programs centered around horses. Molly Gloss, author of  The Jump-Off Creek and The Hearts of Horses, will give a reading on the evening of Oct.18. Artist Sam Collette will teach a workshop about drawing horses on Saturday,. Rodd Ambroson and Tim Norman will teach a clay sculpting class on Oct.18 and 19.

The Josephy Center will feature three films, including Black Beauty, Secretariat, and Dreamer:Inspired by a True Story. Brown-bag discussions will focus on the history and use of horses in the West, including “Remembering Tom Dorrance,” on Oct. 7 and a history of packing in the wilderness with Arnold Schaeffer on Oct. 28. An evening of music with Janis Carper, Bob Webb and a host of other local musicians will celebrate songs about horses.

Local artist Mike Koloski is celebrating the exhibit by premiering a new painting that he will offer for raffle to raise funds for the Josephy Center and Camp Divide, a local wilderness retreat for veterans. Five hundred tickets will be available for $10 each. Winner will be drawn on Nov. 3.

Other artists to look for include exhibit curator Leslie Leviner, David Crawford, Michele Baird, Ed Pitts, Dennis Reinke, Mark Kortnik, Carol McLaughlin, Jan Holt, Linda Bauck, Kathy McCrae, Leslie Lamb, Rene Fleming and many others.

For more information about The Year of the Horse exhibit, any of its associated events or the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, contact Cheryl Coughlan at 541-432-0505 or visit http://www.josephy.org.

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