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J.T. Brown artistry selected for U.S. Hunter Derby, Draft Horse Classic



INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With fall in the air, equine enthusiasts are headed west to attend Nevada’s first United States Hunter Derby and the 24th Annual Draft Horse Classic in California.  Both events will showcase some of the west’s finest equine artistry and have hand-selected June Towill Brown’s bronze and Lucite sculptures as the highlight of their art displays and juried shows.

$25,000 U.S. Hunter Derby Set for Sept. 19

The $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby in Carson City, Nev., will make its inaugural debut on Sept. 19 as a standalone high performance competition in affiliation with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). Paralleling this notable event is the Promenade which will display the art work of June Towill Brown of J. T. Brown Sculptures of Incline Village, Nev.; other elite commodities will also be on site.  During the event, Brown will present a variety of her most recent Series of Three Gypsy Vanner Horses and also her Friesian and Arabian horses in the bronze and Lucite medium.

According to the derby’s website, this event will bring a new level of show jumping excellence to the Reno/Lake Tahoe area and a novel charitable event (for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation) to the affluent and influential equestrian community.  For more information about the derby, visit www.fmhunterderby.com.

Annual Classic Draft Horse Show On Tap for Sept. 23 – 26

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair is set for Sept. 23-26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, Calif.  Among the many traditions of this 24th annual event is “Art at the Classic” which will feature June Towill Brown’s most recent “Series of Three” entitled Gentle Giants.

The classic offers a world-class equine and western art show of prominent painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists.  “I am honored that the Classic Committee has selected my work to be the featured display for their Juried Art Show,” said Brown of J.T. Brown Sculptures.

Well-known for her hallmark Series work, Brown’s most recent collection was created to honor the mystical and magical Gypsy Vanner horses and includes the limited edition sculptures entitled “Gypsy Dancer, Gypsy Spirit and Gypsy Fire,” she said.

With six majestic performances, this Draft Horse Classic will feature all that the event’s loyal enthusiasts have come to expect. “Whether it’s the Draft Horses working farm equipment, pulling carriages, or working side-by-side on a hitch – the animals compete with elegance and power of their magnificent breed,” noted Brown.  In-between the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair will feature live entertainment, lumberjack shows, Treat Street goodies, Art at the Classic, and hundreds of community exhibits.  All events are free to the public.  For more information, visit  www.nevadacountyfair.com/dhc/ or call 530-273-6217.

About June Towill Brown

This past spring, Brown was awarded the “Award of Excellence” at the Let ‘em Run Foundation’s Juried Art Show and Fundraiser at the Art Attack Gallery in Incline Village.   The honor was presented for her bronze entitled “Horse Power” which is a sculpture of a Friesian Horse.

For the past 15 years, June Towill Brown has created works of art to appreciate and preserve the character and beauty of Native American cultures, series of horse breeds to Shakespearean characters and their stories.  As an artist and an educator, Brown continues to study the structures of humans and wild life to enrich the lives of others through the stories the sculptures tell.   “As an artist and educator, I am constantly learning and exploring life.  By studying the structures of humans, birds, wild life, horses, I can enrich the lives of others through my sculpture and the stories they tell,” said Brown.

J.T. Brown Sculptures is based in Incline Village, on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. For complete information, visit www.jtbrownsculptures.com or call 775-831-1313.

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