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Exhibit: "A Lovely Horse"


SEPTEMBER 17, 2012





Amherst, Massachusetts – The UMass Amherst Libraries host “A Lovely Horse,” an exhibit of portraits by Erica Damon ’11, at the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) in Lederle Lowrise on Floor 2, through January 13, 2013. An opening reception will be held on September 18, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the same location.

“A Lovely Horse” consists of 22 equine portraits in graphite, pastel, watercolor, and ink. “I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and grew up doodling them in the margins of my papers,” says Damon. “The range of expressions they are capable of always caught my eye; how each animal could have that little something that made him unique from any other in the group regardless of how similar they may appear at first glance,” she says. “This is what I try to capture in my art, that little something extra, and sometimes that means trying something new. When I started working, I used only graphite but found as I looked deeper into the horses’ personalities that some needed something more to capture their spark; this prompted my experimentation into color as well as pen and ink. My portfolio depicts a variety of breeds and types because every horse, in his uniqueness, is lovely.”

Damon graduated from UMass Amherst in 2011 with a major in Equine Business. She trains horses locally and lives in Florence.

For more information, contact Karen Markham (413-545-4457, or for more information on Erica Damon visit The exhibit hours are the same as the Library hours: Sunday: 1pm-11pm, Monday-Thursday: 8am-11pm, Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm.




Image: “High Spirits” Arabian stallion in charcoal




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