California Riding Magazine •September, 2013

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Horses make the cut at popular Sonoma County art event.

Horse-oriented art will have its place in ARTrails, the oldest juried art studio program in Northern California. Set to celebrate its 28th year over two weekends in October, the 12-13th and 19-20th, and one of the oldest art exhibits of its kind in the U.S., ARTrails involves over 150 professional artists who open their Sonoma County studios to all for free, self-guided tours. Painters, sculptors, woodworkers, ceramicists, printmakers, jewelry and glass makers are among the artists who will exhibit their latest work and provide educational and technical demonstrations.

Nicole Ours, Mardi Storm and Susan Miron are among the ARTrail participants whose diverse work reflects their passion for horses.

Nicole's paintings "respect and reflect the individuality and specifics of each horse-being I get to know in the very special relationship forged in a painting."

Mardi finds horses to be some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet and expresses that sentiment in larger-than-life size sculptures, often painted in bright colors.

A fiber artist, Susan focuses her efforts on horsehair basketry that resembles pottery with Native American influences. Some of it is very small, requiring fine detail work.

For more information on ARTrails, visit