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LexArts partners with Breeders’ Cup, brings public art project to downtown Lexington

To celebrate the 2020 Breeders’ Cup, LexArts partnered with Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland, and Maker’s Mark to debut a public art project in downtown Lexington.

The Painted Horse Trilogy features three full-size fiberglass horse sculptures painted by Kentucky artists Carlos Gamez de Francisco, Helene Steene and Agustin Zarate. The horses are on display in downtown near the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse plaza, adjacent to Main Street.

On Thursday, November 5, the horses will be transported to Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup, which takes place on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. The three horse sculptures will then return to downtown until a silent auction on November 22.

Each of the three horses will be entered as a separate lot in Keeneland’s Sporting Art Auction, facilitated by Cross Gate Gallery, to be held virtually on Sunday, November 22. Proceeds from the auction will benefit LexArts and the Central Kentucky arts community.

LexArts also curated a group of plein air artists to create artworks at select downtown Lexington locations on Wednesday, November 3 through Saturday, November 6. The subject of the paintings will be discovering, playing, staying, and eating in downtown Lexington during the Breeders’ Cup.

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup runs at Keeneland on November 6 and 7, but no spectators are allowed on-site. Fans can watch and enjoy the championships virtually.


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