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Isabelle Truchon Art Show
May 28, 2019 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Isabelle Truchon Art will present paintings from her Collection, Roam, at Historic Long Branch House & Farm from May 1st-June 30, 2019. This exhibit will feature new work by the artist, inspired by the wild mustangs of the Steens Mountain Wilderness region of Oregon. Roam will explore the history of the horse through time, with a focus on the modern wild herds that still roam in America today. The opening of Roam will take place on Friday, May 3rd from 6pm-8pm and include a light reception and a talk by the artist. Long Branch will also host a celebration of the horse, with an exhibit by the National Sporting Library and Museum of Middleburg, and the Clarke County Historical Association, of the horse with an equine expo and a curated museum exhibit. Isabelle’s paintings will be up through the month of June.
/rõm/ -to travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area
Equus Caballus, ancient ancestor to the modern-day horse, roamed the Americas long before humans ever existed. They migrated back and forth from Asia across the Bering bridge. Eventually the glaciers melted enough to cover the land bridge ceasing migration of animals across the otherwise frozen terrain. Eventually, the sea solidified in the glacial period, creating large sheets of ice allowing migration of the modern-day horse and other mammals to take place once more. About 8,000-10,000 years ago, however, the horse and many other species mysteriously disappeared; the cause is unknown.
In the late 16th Century horses were reintroduced to the Americas, arriving with the Spanish Conquistadors. The breed was the Spanish Barb, and were known for their endurance, sure-footedness, ruggedness, and their ability to forage on their own.
The wild horses of the Steen Mountain Wilderness in Oregon are direct decedents of the proud Spanish Barbs. Their story is one of courage, strength, and resilience. During my travels there, I observed these fierce and beautiful animals roam in a dramatic barren desert. Their bond to the land and the herd is real and deep, yet their existence is constantly challenged by human force.
Showing the attributes of gentleness, vulnerability, dignity, and strength sets the intention for the ROAM collection. The paintings and drawings are inspired by the experiences of my sojourn, the nature of the place and the horses I observed; these are gentle creatures with much to teach about mercy, respect, and love. May they roam forever.