Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gilman Contemporary to host SETCH benefit

Artist Ashley Collins inspired by SETCH horse


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

“Captain” by Ashley Collins. Mixed media, oil and resin on panel at Gilman Contemporary.

Gilman Contemporary exhibiting artist Ashley Collins is a horse lover, but one horse, "Captain" at Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped, became the subject of her latest body of work.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, Gilman Contemporary art gallery in Ketchum and Collins will host a benefit for the training center. The evening will include the unveiling of Collins' series "Strength and Time," which includes a painting of Captain.

A limited number of tickets are available for this event at Gilman Contemporary for $45. All proceeds go to Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped and the evening will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum.

Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped is a Hailey-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1991 to provided equine-assisted therapy for adults and children with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral disabilities. The goal of the organization is to encourage independence, help develop life skills and improve quality of life.

At regular sessions, students ride weekly with the help of volunteers and certified therapeutic instructions. Students who are unable to ride physically can still gain the benefit from grooming and spending time with "their" horse. There is no charge for Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped therapeutic riding lessons.

In addition to its regular weekly lessons, Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped also provides equine-assisted therapeutic lessons for Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind from Gooding, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports' Higher Ground program for veterans and Camp Rainbow Gold. These programs are free. Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped is funded by fundraising, grants and corporate and individual donations.

For details on the Gilman Contemporary benefit for Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped, call 726-7585.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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