I n t e r t w i n e d
Ellen Skidmore 30 year Retrospective
Matthew & Karine Maynard
equine homage

Weekends through June 19 

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My work is about receiving the whole package of life; the good as well as the bad as the best of gifts. In embracing all of it, I find a certain beautiful spiritual rest for my soul. The pleasure of listening to great music while I paint has let me experience an opening up. In the music I hear the pain and joy of humanity and what it means to be truly alive. The imagery of musical instruments is significant because of the unspeakably rich passion I hear from them.

Elements of nature are also a common thread; flowers, trees, streams, etc. To me the tiniest things in nature are comforting in this big, ever-changing world. The figures are portrayed in the stick-like forms because I feel we are fragile, almost ephemeral. I seek harmony and depth in the color and formal space of the canvas – a feeling of both darkness and lightness.

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Matthew and Karine Maynard are designers, blacksmiths and artists who use metal and architectural space as their media.

Each element of their work reflects their professional attention to aesthetic detail, design and function. As a husband and wife team, they specialize in hand-forged design. Their work has been featured in international books & periodicals as one of the leading architectural artist blacksmiths teams in the world today. Their designs have been given prominence & awards by both the National Ornamental & Misc. Metals Association and the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America Maynard Studios large commissions reside in homes and businesses from California to Italy as well as finely curated event spaces across  the Commonwealth, including the Apiary in Lexington, Kentucky.


During this revered season of the Keeneland Spring Meet and the Kentucky Derby, we honor the Thoroughbred with a presentation of rarely-seen English and American equine art from private collections. This exhibit will include 1800s - 1900s pieces by Munnings, Troye,, Stull, Menesco, Howell, Coates, and Morris along with selected works by contemporary equine artists including Andre Pater, Booth Malone, Jaime Corum, Suzy Smith, Peter Williams, and Lennon Michalski. This exhibit also supports awareness for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.