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Horsing Around

A gallery exhibition celebrating horses gives the Menlo Charity Horse Show’s fundraising efforts a boost. 

Rebecca Kinkead’s “Jump Series No. 2,” 58-by-64-inch oil and wax on linen canvas, $15,500.

Every summer, competitors and spectators flock to the Menlo Charity Horse Show (Aug. 7 to 12), a fundraiser for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Jill Layman, a horse enthusiast whose children learned to ride at Stanford Red Barn with Nancy Hey, is often among those in attendance, taking in “the beautifully coiffed horses and the skill of their riders,” she says. To mark this year’s event, her 9-month-old gallery, A.Space, will host A Noble Companion: Artistic Expressions of Horse & Rider, on view throughout August, with an opening reception Aug. 3 (4 to 7pm).

During the Horse Show dates, 15 percent of sales from the exhibition, which “captures the horse’s majestic nature,” Layman says, will benefit Vista Center. The works include oil and acrylic paintings, sculptures and photography by Rebecca Kinkead, Jane Rosen, Siri Hollander, Gino Hollander, Ani Lucia Thompkins and more.

“With horse figurative artists already on display at the gallery, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to present a more formal horse-themed exhibit to acknowledge the tradition of the Menlo Charity Horse Show in our community,” Layman explains. “I hope both competitive equestrians and pleasure riders will enjoy the talent represented in the exhibit.” 773 Santa Cruz Ave.


Originally published in the July/August issue of Silicon Valley

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