WALK! TROT! GALLOP! 21st Century Horse Images is a fine art show by Sara O. Bledsoe now exhibiting through October 1 at the Youngers Art Gallery at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. With over 30 drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs, the show highlights Sara’s passion for horses and their intrinsic beauty, inspired by a knowledge of their history and the experiences of riding them while growing up.
Sara’s passion for horses is informed by her background. Her interest in horses began early on her family ranch raising beef cattle while using horses to move them from pasture to pasture. Her childhood was a time when people were known as pairs with their mounts: Uncle Bev with Poncho, Dad with Paint, Bonnie with Brown Sugar, and so on. Creating horse-themed art also began early for Sara, drawing a horse a day by third grade. As an adult Sara developed two horse-drawing workbooks for children and taught horse drawing classes for children. Sara also took several workshops from the Academy of Equine Artists in Kentucky. But it was later studying the skeleton and musculature of the horse at Northeastern Junior College that helped her drawings the most. Sara continues with art classes and independent studies at the college’s Art Department. Besides having challenging professors, she says it is her “space and community for art and art talk.” Sara believes there is always something more to learn.