Ellen Skidmore Retrospective
Skidmore’s expressive paintings and murals are noted for their luminous color and elements of nature. Animals and music are delicately intertwined with ephemeral figures to express our fragile existence while savoring the present moment. Skidmore imparts a humble beauty to each canvas in this thirty-year retrospective of her work. Horses are a large part of her life and a favorite subject as she has found the nonverbal communication incredibly freeing and profoundly grounding. In 2015, Skidmore authored, illustrated and launched nationwide, Ellen, The Girl Who Found Her Voice, her first children’s book which is based on her life growing up with a speech impediment. Her work is highly sought for private and corporate collections from coast to coast.
Matthew & Karine Maynard
Architectural Blacksmiths Matthew and Karine Maynard are designers, blacksmiths and artists who use metal and architectural space as their medium. Each element of their work reflects their professional attention to aesthetic detail, design and function. As a husband and wife team, they specialize in hand-forged design. Their work has been featured in international books & periodicals as one of the leading architectural artist blacksmiths teams in the world today. Their designs have been given prominence & awards by both the National Ornamental & Misc. Metals Association and the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America. Maynard Studios large commissions reside in homes and businesses from California to Italy as well as finely curated event spaces across the Commonwealth, including Ashbourne Farms and the Apiary.
During this revered season of the Keeneland Spring Meet and the Kentucky Derby, we honor the thoroughbred with a presentation of rarely-seen English and American equine art from private collections. This exhibit will include 1800s – 1900s pieces by Troye, Emms, Stull, Menasco, and Morris along with selected works by contemporary equine artists including Pater, Coates, Malone, Corum, and more. This exhibit also supports awareness for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.