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Capturing the Essence of Healing Reins 

Artists come together to show support for therapy horses

Inspiration can come to artists in many ways. For local painter, Kelly Thiel, learning about Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and participating in their Diamonds and Dust fundraiser for the last two years kicked up a bit of magic and inspiration that she's now putting into her art. She's also welcoming other artists to join her.

Kelly Thiel sketches at Healing Reins. - SUBMITTED
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  • Kelly Thiel sketches at Healing Reins.

This week, she and approximately 15 other artists will spend the day at the Healing Reins to sketch, paint and photograph in order to capture the essence of the place. Artists go on a tour that shows what the staff does and how to observe without interfering. Artists then get space to roam and see what strikes them. It doesn't need to be a horse; it might also be the landscape or the flowers. The potential is limitless, believes Thiel, who's currently inspired by the goats on the ranch.

Artists get free rein to allow their inspiration to take hold. Once the work is completed, it will be on display in July at Layor Art + Supply. The goal is to sell the work and give part of the sales to Healing Reins to support their therapeutic riding programs.

If you're an artist interested in participating, there's still time. Saturday, May 4 is a second chance to take out paints or pastels and wander the ranch. Thiel hopes others will explore and share the magic of that beautiful place, in ways that will match its essence.

To participate, email Kelly Thiel at

Essence of Place Exhibition
July 5-31
Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall Street #10, Bend

Essence of Place Reception
Thu., July 18, 6-8pm
Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall Street #10, Bend

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Teafly Peterson

For the last 20 years, I have been working as an artist and an educator. Some days I am better at one than the other. The good days are when I am excellent at both simultaneously. I love those days. I teach a variety of mediums– painting, drawing, photography, writing, film making. Mostly what I teach is how to...
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