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Special Exhibit for Dana Feagin at Ashland Art Center to Benefit Equamore Foundation

Sherade, by Dana FEagin

(Ashland, OR—February 1, 2013) — The Ashland Art Center will host a special exhibit featuring local artist Dana Feagin and staff from Ashland’s Equamore Foundation Horse Sanctuary during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on March 1st, 5PM – 8PM, to raise awareness for National Horse Protection Day.

The First Friday exhibit will feature five of Feagin’s horse paintings—all of the horses are residents of the Equamore Foundation Horse Sanctuary—and staff from Equamore will be there to talk about the sanctuary’s rescue efforts, to share success stories, and to let people in the community know how to help. The paintings will remain on exhibit during the month of  March in the upstairs Artists’ Gallery; 10%  of the sales from these paintings will be donated to Equamore Foundation to assist with horse rescue and care.

With more than 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States, and with economic stress putting more at risk every day, raising awareness is vital. Many unwanted horses are auctioned for slaughter or die of starvation, neglect, or abuse; only a fraction find sanctuary at places like Equamore Foundation. National Horse Protection Day is aimed at bringing attention to the issues horses face, such as teaching people how to recognize a neglected animal and where to call for help.

The Ashland Art Center is a nonprofit visual arts organization that serves Southern Oregon citizens with art education, art exhibitions, and art services. The Center houses 20 open artist studios and its gallery represents more than 50 local artists. Its mission is to serve as a vital resource for art experience and education, while offering economic and social support to the visual arts community.

After a twenty-year corporate career, Dana Feagin began her career in oil painting, with a focus on animal art. She paints shelter and rescue animals, as well as commissioned pet portraits, and donates 10 percent of sales to local animal charities and rescue groups. She is a regular volunteer at FOTAS and Sanctuary One and is a member of HeARTs Speak, the Canine Art Guild, and the Ashland Gallery Association.

The Equamore Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Ashland whose mission is to provide a safety net for unwanted, abused, abandoned, neglected, and aged horses who are without alternatives for their care, while fostering compassion and responsibility for horses through education, outreach, and intervention.

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