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WNC exhibit explores ‘paradox’ of wild horses

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Maria Partridge grew up riding horses. Now, as a professional artist and teacher of art and graphic design at Truckee Meadows Comm-unity College in Reno, she uses images of the horse as a means to explore nature.

“Wild Horses,” paintings by Partridge, will be on exhibit at the Western Nevada College Gallery in the Bristlecone Building through Nov. 12.

“My current work uses horses as the imagery while focusing on the paradox of vulnerability and power that they represent,” Partridge said. “I am very concerned about the future of the West’s wild horses as they are caught between the mythology of their origins and the plight of survival due to lack of available land on which to graze.”

Partridge describes her work as “a poetic inquiry, exploring the essence of the horse and presenting that to the viewer so they will experience and share my empathy with these noble creatures.”

Partridge has exhibited throughout the United States, and her work is part of numerous private and public collections.

In addition to her teaching and art, she is the Reno project liaison for the Black Rock Arts Foundation/Burning Man, and is a freelance graphic designer.

The WNC Carson City art galleries are open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All exhibitions and related activities are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 445-3235.

WNC seeks vendors for annual craft fair

WNC Classified Employee Council is seeking craft vendors for the fourth annual craft fair, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. Local vendors with handmade crafts are invited to participate, while space is available. Fee is $25.

Contact Kathryn Clark-Ross at 445-3260 by Thursday, Oct. 28, to participate.