It has been a blessing, she said, in her photography of horses at Santa Anita Park, some of which will be on display during an art show this weekend at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse in La Cañada Flintridge. It’s the first art show for the bookstore, Marketing Director Sandy Willardson said.
A reception Saturday evening will kick off the two-day exhibition, including works by professionals along with students from KidsArt, an art school in La Crescenta.
This will be the first time KidsArt is showing work somewhere other than its own studio, studio manager Susana Rivas said. Students in the show range in age from 4 to 17.
“It’s a great way for them to show the public what they’ve done,” Rivas said. “The type of art we do is not abstract. We teach classical and realistic drawing and painting, and the subject matter varies from animals and landscapes to figure drawing.”
The media used are pastels, oil and acrylic paint, charcoal and watercolor.
Each artist will be allowed 15 minutes during the reception to talk about their work, Willardson said.
The professional artists in the show are Gloria Beyer, Kenneth Goldman, Chris Leavens, George Lutes, Karen Rosenbaum and Karen Winters — who all live in the surrounding areas, Willardson said.
“We thought it would be nice to support the local artists in this first show,” she said. “We have a lot of talent in our own town.”
Several artists will donate something for the drawings that will be held at the end of the night.
Davis’ talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and she will be signing her book “Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody” and her CD, a romantic collection of her original songs.
One piece in the show is titled “Loose Racehorse.” It depicts what happens when a horse decides he’s had enough, dumps his rider and runs like there is no tomorrow, usually ending up back at the barn.
“She’s captured the excitement of the early-morning training that goes on at the racetrack,” Willardson said. “It really just puts you into the environment so you really feel like you are there.”
Davis likes it because it’s a one-in-a-million shot, she said.
“The horse is running at me, which can be dangerous, and if you don’t get the shot, you don’t get another chance,” Davis said. “The other part about it I like is this is how horses are meant to be — free.”
A lot of the photos she’s exhibiting are of horses training at dawn.
“There are many books about horse racing, but no one has ever done a story on training at dawn at any racetrack,” Davis said. “It’s the most beautiful time at the racetrack. It’s when you see just what goes into the race later on in the day.”
Horses are exercised 365 days a year against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains.
“In autumn, there are the red trees turning, and on some days there is fog,” she said. “When a horse comes running out of the fog bank, you hear the hoof beats and then he emerges, and it’s so thrilling.”
Davis began coming to the track five years ago after quitting a stressful office job, she said. One morning she drove to Santa Anita Park.
“It’s quiet and dark because the sun hasn’t come up yet,” she said. “And when I heard the hoof beats of the horses, I felt at peace.” Publicar un comentario en la entrada