POMONA, CA.- Portrayals of the horse in art and history emphasize the admirable qualities of this majestic animal – strong, capable, magical. From early cave drawings to Remington’s Old West sculptures, no other animal has so evoked the spirit of adventure and independence. In societies around the world, horses stand as symbols of freedom, of strength, power and success.
In a tribute to this awesome creature, the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts presents HOOFPRINTS: The Horse in Art, Legend and Action, an exhibition of the horse’s portrayal in art, the evolution of the horse in history, and how the horse has been utilized in action. The dynamic exhibit is directed by Tony Sheets.
The visitor’s experience will begin with the re-creation of the caves of Lascaux, France where, 30,000 years ago, primitive man made the first known drawings of the horse. Once visitors pass through the caves, they will embark on a chronological journey around the world from the earliest examples of man’s relationship with the horse, beginning 6,000 years ago in Kazakhstan to contemporary examples of sculpture, paintings and artifacts that document the horse’s place in art and history. The visitor will encounter the horse in mythology and see horses at work, from knights, Calvary and cowboys to stage coaches, farming and racing.
Be sure to check out a special feature of this exhibition, the Redwood Court Corral, located behind the Center. Each day the Corral will feature a different horse breed, with demonstrations and special displays. This will be an opportunity to get a close look at one of the world’s most beloved animals.
As part of this exhibition, visitors will also be able to talk with artists demonstrating their work, visit a workshop where students can create their own masterpiece, listen to a storyteller spin tales of the horse, view special multimedia features, and much more.