LAFAYETTE, N.J. — Shya Beth, 17, is a horse lover, artist, writer and philanthropist. Her latest project is Art Of The Horse Saves A Horse. In this venture, Beth has recruited artists from all over the world to immortalize rescue horses and then the work is sold with half of the proceeds going to the rescue of the month. So far there are 23 artists from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland and Australia. “The Project is going really well, it is the first time something like this has happened and I am expecting it to get bigger and better as time goes on. It is an exciting new way to bring horse lovers and artists together for a common goal: helping horses in need through art,” Beth said. “It not only helps the charities that are saving horses, but also helps hard working artists sell their art and gain more commissions. It works both ways and is a win-win for all involved.”
Things got started in November with Mylestone Equine Rescue, in Pohatcong, N.J. Rein Photography provided the photos of five Mylestone residents for the artists to work from.
One of the subjects is Tango. The gelding in his early 20s was part of a large scale cruelty case. He arrived about 150 pounds underweight with long cracked hooves. He has since recovered. Several different artists have completed or are working on portraits of Tango.
Several works have sold and others are in progress.
The next beneficiary will be North Valley Animal Disaster Group that is helping horses and other animals that are victims of the devastating wildfires in California. “Our sister group, Art Of The Animals (with over 15,000 members) will be featuring them as well for the same type of project, where they will be featuring cats/dogs/etc. 50% of each art work sold will be given to the charity,” Beth said.
As each piece becomes available, it is featured on www.facebook.com/artofthehorse/ .
Beth first started a blog, The Flying Shetlands, in 2014 to showcase unique and exceptional equine art and artists from across the globe. Later she started her Blue Jeans Horse project in which she created life-sized horses from chicken wire, wood and then covered in recycled blue jeans. Beth collects donated jeans and horse equipment for her sculptures which she recently exhibited at the World Equestrian Games.
In 2016, Beth started the Art of the Horse Facebook group which now has more nearly 33,000 members.
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