Show Preview | Cloud Foundation Art Exhibit

Colorado Springs, CO
Cottonwood Center, August 1-31

William Ersland, Cloud, acrylic, 16 x 20.

William Ersland, Cloud, acrylic, 16 x 20.

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The Cloud Foundation’s first annual art exhibit and fundraiser, titled A Celebration of Wild Horses Through Art & Music, takes place at the Cottonwood Center in Colorado Springs from August 1 to 31, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. Founded by award-winning cinematographer, producer, and writer Ginger Kathrens, the Cloud Foundation takes its name from Cloud, a pale palomino wild stallion living in the Pryor Mountains on the Montana/Wyoming border, and focuses on the preservation and protection of America’s wild horses.

The inaugural exhibit looks to honor these living symbols of the West across all artistic media and styles. “We have photographers, painters, artists that work in graphite, scratchboard art, and an aquatint-etching artist,” says steering committee member Tracy Miller. “It’s a great collection of equine art that we’ve put together for people. We really want to blow their socks off.”

Seventy-five works by 27 artists are included in the invitational exhibit and sale. Participating artists include Lindsey Bittner Graham, Barbara Meikle, William Ersland, Lani Vlaanderen, Rudl Mergelman, Lorrie Beck, and Chuck Mardosz. “We are all aware of artists creating wonderful equine art and those who support foundations like the Cloud Foundation and other wild horse rescue groups out here in the West,” Miller says. “We wanted to make sure they were included in the exhibit. And we’ll have emerging artists as well who are every bit as deserving of being collected.”

The Cloud Foundation is already planning for the second annual exhibit and sale. “Next year we’re going to be moving into a bigger gallery and we’re hoping to expand the show so we can have 150 to 200 pieces,” Miller says. “I have a feeling that word will get out about the show. I think it will be great to have even more styles and more people 
because there are so many good equine artists out there.” —Joe Kovack

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