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Equine Art to Benefit Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center

Local MDI artists participated in a pop-up plein air painting day on Thursday, May 14 to benefit Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center.  The six Maine artists braved sunny spring weather and muddy fields to capture horses and stables on their easels.  Artwork from the event, which is co-sponsored by ArtWaves, will be auctioned online to benefit the equine therapy organization.

The bidding will take place online via Ebay for Charity or a similar platform.  The bidding will run for about 3 weeks, from Monday, May 25 until the auction ends on June 15.  Willowind and ArtWaves will deliver the paintings to the highest bidders by the end of June.  For more info, contact Auria Mauras at [email protected].

The artists are donating a percentage of their painting’s sale price to Willowind.  Participating artists are Judy Taylor, Robert Pollien, Beverly Bono, Linda Rowell-Kelley, Liz Cutler, and Katherine Noble Churchill.

Established in 1998, Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center has served hundreds of people in our community. Its mission: to help those challenged by physical and mental disabilities while bringing our rural heritage into the present.

Typical people who have found success at Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center include children and adults with challenges such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down Syndrome, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, depression, brain injury, anorexia, blindness, speech delays, motor delays, and the after-effects of stroke. Other clients, such as teens at risk, come to Willowind simply seeking joy, comfort, and confidence. For all these people and more, Willowind uniquely serves the community.

Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center is located at 1140 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor.  ArtWaves is a nonprofit community arts organization located on State Highway 102 in Town Hill.

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