Lautrec's "Start of the Race"

“Off to the Races: Artists and the Sport of Kings” is the topic of the next session of Hollyhocks Art Gallery’s Exploring Art Through Observation and Conversation, Monday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m.

Caught up by the visual display of brightly colored racing silks, the commotion and excitement of the event, the crowds in their finery and the beauty of the equine athlete, Impressionist Edgar Degas was drawn to the race tracks surrounding Paris in the mid-1850s. His “Race Horses at Longchamp,” painted in 1871, captures the moment the horses amble to the start of the gate. Degas was a frequent visitor to the tracks, absorbing the movement, color and excitement of the moment in sketches. He would then return to his studio, where he would create his compositions using small wooden horses and toy jockeys.

Join local artist and art educator Ellen Burke as she introduces simple observation and reflection skills that will help individuals feel more confident, more connected and more curious about viewing works of art. Participants in Exploring Art through Observation and Conversation’s “Off to the Races” will be introduced to the work of artists who used horse racing as subject.

This month’s donation organization is Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, assisting children who are abused, abandoned and neglected find a safe haven to live, learn and thrive with the support of counselors and a structured environment.

Hollyhocks Art Gallery is located at 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst, next to Elliott’s. This event is open to all interested community members. The cost of the event is $20, with proceeds donated to Boys and Girls Homes. Participants will enjoy a glass of wine while exploring works of art and supporting the mission of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

For more information and to register, call or email Ellen at (603) 966-6567 or

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