The Can-Am Equine Expo show will feature a number of equine artists presenting their work in what we are describing as the ‘Artists’ Walk’. Between Buildings #1 & #2 there will be a showcase of artists and their creative, original pieces of art work.
Ann Clifford is a practicing professional artist who works primarily in the area of sculpture, drawing and painting. A graduate of OCAD she is represented at The Mad and Noisy Gallery in Creemore, Ont. with artwork in corporate and private collections internationally. Ann is a pioneer in equine facilitated learning and community building with youth and police and has had extensive involvement in many social service agencies, elementary and secondary schools across the GTA and in Southern Ontario. As an arts educator and member of the Arts Health Network Canada, Ann understands art as a therapeutic opportunity not only for the artist but very often for the audience as well. www.acliffordsculpture.com
Shawn is presenting clinician at the 2017 show, education attendees on how to capture the perfect pictures of your horse. For her full bio visit: canamequine.com/clinicians/shawn-hamilton
Nola loves making pictures. Her goal is simple, make pictures that fulfill her clients needs and wants. This allows her to be an artist, the artist whose favourite subject is horses. Horses of all sorts. Her pictures are for those seeking works for smaller modern spaces. Domestic animals and their people, in formal or informal settings, in the home, in the barn, ring or field. She’s won a few awards, had a few solo and many group exhibitions along the way. Nola has been a professional visual artist ever since her first sale in 1967, a graphite image from life of an elderly horse in a paddock. Nola did four Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Posters, which tell the story of the Fair. 2006 “A Royal ABC”, 2007 “75 Years of Innovation”, 2008 “Celebrating the Best of the Best”, and 2009 “A Royal 123”.This winter, in partnership with the Toronto Mounted Unit at the CNE Horse Palace, her group of horse loving artists studied the Mounted Unit and leaned to Look, See & Draw Just Horses from Life, no cameras. www.merriweatherdesignstudio.com
Kelly Plitz is an accomplished equestrian in eventing having represented Canada in the 1984 Olympics. Since then, Kelly has developed numerous mounts and is a Level 3 Equine Canada coach, excelling at developing young riders’ skills. But with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, art is her other passion- naturally with horses as her favourite subject for her paintings. Her artistry reveals a great deal about the energy of motion, the strain of movement, and the engagement of the animals’ muscles. The horses she majestically depicts belong to the real world of physicality and effort: there is no question that they serve humanity, even while her depiction of their activities represents the human-animal bond at its finest.