This past Friday night, Great Art and Frame in Tampa, Florida hosted a fabulous reception for their current exhibit, The Divine Equine - Art for the Horse Lover. It was well attended as gallery owner Joose Hadley took the event over the top with catered noshes, libations and careful attention to detail that created a lovely experience. A portion of the sales of artwork will benefit the Bakas Equestrian Center, a therapeutic riding organization providing FREE recreational riding opportunities to young people with physical and mental challenges.
I must say, I was amazed at the huge amount of gifts and services generously donated for raffle.
Joose Hadley and moi. Take note of the plentiful equestrian themed adornments outside and throughout a large area of the sidewalk also providing beautifully decorated tables.
Shoulder to shoulder. The crowd spilled out onto the sidewalk. Neighbor Edward Jones Investments provided their offices for exhibiting artwork and playing host to horse and art lovers.
Joose hung my artwork in the front entrance. I'm honored. The table with the boxes provided people's choice voting.
Spectacular equine sculpture by well-known artist Mindy Z. Colton. The teal-toned patina on her horses is just gorgeous. We engaged in great conversation together and discovered that we travel in like circles. Mindy shared her impressive portfolio with me.
Artist D.K. Ramirezde Arellano applies traditional miniature techniques to her sumptuous canvases. She took to the time to explain the process to me. In addition to the beautifully rendered horses, the background is treated with equal attention creating a jewel-toned wallpaper-like texture.
"I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery". - Jeff Koons