Art to the Rescue Exhibition and Sale at PACE Center Spotlights Landscape Artists

Prestigious Exhibit to Benefit Franktown Horse Rescue, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope

Parker, Colorado, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Art to the Rescue, a PACE Center landscape and equine-themed art exhibition and sale benefitting Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, kicks off with a gala on September 7, 2018. Featured artists come from across the country and include: Carl Bretzke, Sophy Brown, Andy Evansen, Ernie Gallegos, Terry Gardner, Stephanie Hartshorn, Quang Ho, Amy Laugesen, Billyo O'Donnell, Karen Roehl, Jill Soukup, Wayne Salge, Kate Starling, and John Taft.

The exhibition, curated by Rose Fredrick, curator of the Coors Western Art Show & Sale, goes much deeper than simply exploring a theme. “I grew up riding and have always revered horses for their grace and athleticism, so I am thrilled to pull together a show that will benefit horse rescue, Fredrick said. “In fact, all of these artists were happy to make time in their schedules for this terrific cause.”

Founded just four years ago, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope has saved more than 320 horses from slaughter. Most of the horses saved by the rescue are purchased at livestock auctions where they are sold by the pound. The vast majority of horses at these livestock auctions are bought by “kill buyers” to be trucked out of the country so they can be slaughtered and sold as horse meat, for both human and animal consumption. Through the use of an army of volunteers and an expert horse trainer, the horse rescue is able to rehabilitate, train and ultimately, through sophisticated marketing efforts, re-home these horses with buyers who are vetted to ensure they will give the animals the care they deserve.

In addition to benefitting horses, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope also provides young people with disabilities an opportunity to support the rescue and horses through making heart-shaped horse cookies that are sold in area feed stores. These young people also attend special events throughout the year at the King of Hearts Ranch where Drifter’s Hearts of Hope is located. At the ranch they are able to interact with, and learn about, the Rescue’s many horses.

Sponsors for the 2018 Art to the Rescue exhibition include Run Amok Transportation, Mystic Mountain Distillery, Dylan Down with the Arts, Evolution Communications Agency, Johnson Construction Company, Visionaire Eye Consultants, Strachan Exploration, Littleton Equine Medical Center, VetweRx, Oracle, Interior Design Studio, ReMax Alliance, the PACE Center, New Day Dentistry, Guiry’s ColorSource, Cherry Creek Investment Advisors and HomeSmart Cherry Creek.

To buy tickets to Art to the Rescue Gala, priced at $125, go to the PACE Center website. To learn more about Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, got to


A painting from Art to the Rescue 
Title: Telluride Valley Floor
Artist, Carl Bretzke, born in 1954
Size: 10x20
Type: Oil on linen

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