When WindWalkers puts on a benefit event, they certainly go all in on a theme with wonderful results. Last night, the guests at the WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center (WindWalkers) art and fashion show were treated to no less than large scaled horse head art, horse-masked models donning the latest fashion, and even a signature equestrian cocktail!
WindWalkers is a Colorado non-profit using horses to assist in the growth and recover of disabled children, as well as assisting people struggling with addiction and domestic abuse. They have even paired up with local school counselors to provide horses assisted therapy to both bullies and the bullied.
Obviously the nine horses who live and work at WindWalkers have an important job to do! The grand benefit last evening is intended to raise money so they can continue this important work.
On the walls of the art gallery that housed the affair are the massive horse head paintings of Ashley Collins. Collins highly recognizable style features pages, historical documents, and other materials from wood to metal layered on a large canvas with partial imagery of a horse painted on the top layer. The massive size and depth of these works are intended to transform the horse imagery into something far greater.
Walking the runway at Forre Fine Art on Saturday night were volunteer models from Aspen-based Model Team, dressed in clothing by fashion designer Suzi Johnson, of Souchi knitwear, and other local clothiers. The male models were also clad in oversized horse heads designed by noted local mask maker, Launa Eddy.
Topping off the night was the talents of the aptly named Mattias Horsman, bartender at the Chef’s Club, who made a signature cocktail – “the Equestrian Prowess” – for the event. We’d love to know what’s in that one! And we’re keeping our eye on the WindWalkers social media, as should you, for photographs from this amazing night.
For more on WindWalkers and their social media, try their website: www.windwalkerstrc.org.