Note to Vickery Eckhoff

9-DollyGiaAndSageHi Vickery:

I am an artist, and I  work towards public awareness of the SAFE Act. I have learned that when we frame the issue as animal rights versus rancher’s rights, we lose every time. But when we frame the issue as public health versus rancher’s rights, we win sometimes, maybe even most of the time. So I am steering all my work in that direction.

In late 2012, I had begun a series of 21st century cave drawings called Blood Rescue to explore our relationship to the horse, from the beginnings at Lascaux and Chauvet through now; and how it has changed over 30,000 years. Right in the middle of that, the EU horsemeat scandal broke and the SAFE act was introduced into Congress.

You see, the major occupational hazard for artists, we fall in love with our models; and I had fallen in love with these 22 horse rescues. In an instant, February of 2013, I became an equine rescue advocate.

Now Blood Rescue has taken on a whole new meaning. It opens this November at the Customs House Museum in Clarkesville, TN, 22 pieces, as the anchor exhibition for a museum wide event called Season of the Equus. 32,000 square feet of art museum space will be devoted entirely to equine art. This will be the largest art museum exhibition of its kind in recent memory. I am using it to promote the SAFE act.

Maybe it’s because I’m an artist, but I believe that a powerful visual experience can change minds, move hearts, and cause people like me to get involved.

Well, this is a long story, but Vickery; doing what you do… I think you understand the depth of my support for you efforts. Please let me know what I can do to encourage and publicize your efforts. I have a pretty large and growing audience for my weekly blog posts. Let me know.