Two equine works by Ruston, La., artist Hooshang Khorasani will be exhibited in Massachusetts at an invitational show that is connected to the book "True Grit."
"Equine Allure" and "In Flight" will be part of the "Horse Sense" show at Attleboro (Mass.) Arts Museum from Sept. 20-28.
The exhibit complements the city of Attleboro's annual summer reading initiative, The Big Read/Attleboro's 1ABC (1 Adventure, 1 Book, 1 Community), which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. This year's book selection is "True Grit," a much-loved American classic with a dynamic frontier story, legendary characters and complex adventures. The program encourages the community to read a selected book at the same time and for readers to expand their connection to the book through related arts and cultural programs.
"Horse Sense" features more than 30 works from 15 artists and honors the strength, impact, companionship and powerful work of the horse.
Throughout "True Grit," the reader finds several examples of the symbiotic relationship between a character in the novel and his or her horse. In more than one instance, the life and well-being of each depends on the other. Horses are portrayed as the working partners of the main characters, but author Charles Portis also vividly demonstrates a pure and simple bond that cannot be ignored. One memorable example is protagonist Mattie's relationship with her horse, Little Blackie, and her relentless search for her father's murderer – and his lost horse, Judy.
A Sept. 21 reception will open with cowboy violin music, followed by a ceremony to kick off Attleboro's reading of "True Grit." Additionally, representatives from a therapeutic riding center will discuss how such riding uses the magnetic bond between people and horses to teach such skills as listening, balance, motor control, and a variety of other attributes that help people promote independence and self-confidence.
Hooshang's paintings are 30-by-40-inch acrylics on canvas.
More information can be found at www.attleboroartsmuseum.org.