Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Painted Ponies Trail

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Painted Ponies Trail

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Just three weeks remain to see the Trail of the Painted Ponies throughout New Mexico. These life-size sculptures of horses, decorated by notable artists of the Southwest, are scattered throughout the state in all their glory. But they'll go up for a charity auction the first week in November so if you want to enjoy these unusual "animals," you'd best hit the trail yourself.

Eagle Nest boasts one "Painted Pony" and Taos has three. Santa Fe probably has about 30 and others are in Carlsbad, Gallup, Albuquerque, Roswell, Artesia, Tucumcari and Los Alamos. These horses aren't just painted. They are works of art by established artists, each one sponsored by a business or charity or individual. They'll all be up for auction, should you care to purchase one for your front yard.

The single horse in Eagle Nest bears Matisse-inspired figures painted on a background of deep blue. In Taos, a sculpture of a small child sits on the back of a turquoise-painted horse designed with a Sangre de Cristos mountains/Rio Grande River scene. We almost missed the sculpture high atop one of the buildings at Jackalope in Santa Fe. Titled "Horsefly," the pony was bronze and black and sported not only gossamer wings but big hairy legs -- six of them. L.D. Burke did this one.

La Fonda Hotel on the square in Santa Fe has several of the ponies. One in red, white and blue stripes and stars is dotted with minute figures of horses and is called "When They Ran With Freedom." The artist is Benjamin Nelson. Artist Arlo Namingha calls his painted pony "Pueblo Pony," because he painted a rendition of an Indian Pueblo on each of the horse's hips (withers?). So striking.

The tourism office in each town has maps to direct visitors to locations of the Painted Ponies.

We need to do something exciting like this in Oklahoma. Maybe we could do longhorn cattle -- or maybe hogs?

Windows of Hope

After seeing the chef of New York's Windows on the World restaurant on a news program (He only survived due to a delay on his way to work), some of Chris Lower's employees asked what they could do to benefit families of restaurant workers lost in the attack on the World Trade Center. The decision was to sponsor a special dinner on Oct. 21 to benefit these families.

All of the kitchen and serving staffs in Lower's restaurant group have agreed to donate their time for the dinner which will be at 6:30 p.m. in the largest of the group, the Deep Fork Grill. Lower and his staff are seeking donations of food from the restaurant purveyors, in order to have 100 percent of the proceeds go to benefit the families of displaced or deceased restaurant workers. Wayne Hirst of Hirst Imports will donate fine wines for the dinner, which will be priced at $75 per person with proceeds going to the Windows of Hope, a 501(c)(3) charity set up to aid those in the food service industry working in the World Trade Center complex. …

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