Exeter gallery saddles up for horse lovers

Equine Dreams art exhibit holds Oct. 13 artists’ reception at Courthouse Gallery in Exeter


EXETER – Creativity will be given free rein this week at the Courthouse Gallery in Exeter.

On Oct. 5, the gallery will open its latest exhibit “Equine Dreams,” featuring horse-inspired paintings by Claudia Fletcher of Clovis, Brent Hudspeth of Porterville, assemblage works from Myrna Axt of Fresno and photography by Lori Sortino of Paso Robles, Calif. The Opening Reception will take place during Exeter Fall Festival weekend on Sunday Oct. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery, located at 125 S. B St. in Exeter. During the reception the gallery will be dedicating the horse hitch donated by the Lentz family. Happy Trails Riding Academy and Crown Valley Youth Ranch will be on the patio with information on their programs. We will have musician Scott Patrick playing at the reception. The show will run through Nov. 30.

Claudia Fletcher is a professional artist and muralist. Born and raised on a cotton and alfalfa farm in Madera, Calif., Claudia possesses an inherent love for the San Joaquin Valley and a natural talent for capturing this essence through art. Following in the footsteps of her artist grandmother, Claudia was only 8 years old when she participated in her first art show. Through her long career in art she has gone on to win many art competitions and has had commissions for artwork and portraits, paintings and drawings for clients across the U.S. Claudia created murals for several cities, including the mural, “Golden Harvest” at 158 E. Pine St. in Exeter. Since 1992, she has been the official Clovis Rodeo Poster painter. Referring to her favorite art subject, she says, “The power and magnificence of the horse was my first channel for the expression of my talent in drawing and painting.”

Please check out more about Claudia and her work at www.clovisart.com.

“Fall of the Day” by Brent Hudspeth. Image courtesy of Brent Hudspeth.

Brent Hudspeth is from the Porterville area. Brent showed a natural artistic talent from an early age and was encouraged to follow his interest in the arts. In 1989 he received a bachelor’s of fine art in illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. He was very fortunate to have had the pleasure of learning from such artists as Craig Nelson, Steve Huston, and Richard Bunkall, among other fantastic artists. After graduation from the Art Center, Brent began a career in the Los Angeles area as an illustrator and digital artist. His dedication to professionalism and artistic abilities allowed him to work with many of the top agencies, creative minds and companies in the nation. Commercial clients include MCA Universal, Baskin Robbins, Teleflora, The Franklin Mint, Disney and others.

Trips to remote locations and involvement with several equestrian communities gave Brent the subject matter he loved to use for his fine art ideas. Through the years, Brent was transitioning into devoting more of his life to painting and in recent time began to purse his passion of painting by returning to his hometown of Porterville near the entrance to the Sequoia National Forest. His quiet country studio replaced the commute and pace of Los Angeles with nature’s offerings and the promise of a meaningful connection to his passion of painting.

Brent works predominantly in oils on canvas and wood panel. Each painting concept is an evolution in which sketching and documenting aspects of the natural world are combined such as light, form and space as they relate to the original concept.

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