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Nashville Gallery Double-Takes American Horses



 

 

           
One of Nashville’s most innovative art galleries is saddling up and paying homage to the American horse. Take 121 Art Gallery at 121 3rd Ave. S in the downtown SoBro area of Nashville, is hosting an exclusive fine art photo exhibit for two local artists. The opening night reception takes place on Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m., which kicks off the seven-week exhibit that runs through April 25.

           
The three-hour extravaganza will feature the works of Maggie Moore, one of America’s premier horse photographers and Kris Kristofferson, a nationally renowned fine art amateur.

           
“Every opportunity to work with artists is unique, and planning this showcase with Maggie and Kris was fantastic,” Take 121 Arts Owner Chad Hollingsworth said. “Framing each photograph was a challenge because there is so much emotion in both of their works. We are thrilled to invite Nashville to view this collection.”

           
Moore is known throughout the U.S. for her sensitive and stirring portraitures of the horse. Thirty years as a professional photographer and four decades of horse ownership gives Moore a unique perspective into the equine world. The Murfreesboro resident owns five Tennessee Walking Horses, which are featured in her 200-page hardcover book, Walking With Friends.  

           
Kristofferson’s work includes haunting images of wild horses, equines in Civil War reenactments and Steeple Chase races. His artful, atmospheric and often inspirational images has been exhibited in galleries around the world and published in a beautiful hardback, Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot, which will be available for purchase at the show.

           
The first hour of the show is sponsored by Hatchcreek Carriage, who will provide free horse and buggy “strolls” around historic downtown Nashville. The gallery will serve frozen Mint Juleps by Rent-a-Rita, choice wines and tasty appetizers courtesy of Past Perfect Restaurant. All framing is finished by the artistic craftsmanship of Chris Gowen, Take 121 Arts frame manager.

           
Moore and Kristofferson are making photographic donations to a silent auction benefiting Take 121's chosen non- profit, Saddle Up, a therapeutic riding program in Middle Tennessee for physically challenged children.

           
Take 121 is open weekdays 10–6 and Saturday 11–3. For more information on the March 1 reception, call Take 121 Gallery at (615) 244-4642 or visit www.take121.com.

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