Art Walk horse sculpture winners announced in full ownership

FREEHOLD, NJ — The race is over and the winning sculptures for the Freehold Half Mile of Horses Art Walk installation were announced this week by the borough.

“Win, Place and Show” – the borough designations – are:

  • Win, “Let It Grow” by Paige E. Reed, sponsored by Freehold Art Gallery.
  • Place, “Growing Change” by Melissa Hood, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Freehold.
  • Show, “Born in Freehold, USA” by Eileen Petruch, sponsored by 618 Restaurant.

“The Borough of Freehold and Neighborhood Preservation Program congratulates the winners and thanks all of the artists and sponsors who participated in this event,” the borough said on its SiteFacebook.

In a nod to the borough’s long equine history, 12 model horse sculptures have been placed on pedestals along Main Street since August.

The project was funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program and local sponsorships, said Dominica Napolitano, Neighborhood Preservation Program Coordinator.

The Half Mile of Horses Art Walk is made up of custom-painted horse sculptures decorating downtown Freehold’s Main Street, displayed along East and West Main Streets between Throckmorton and Spring streets, Napolitano said in August.

The sculptures are all designed by local artists and residents and visitors could view the artworks and vote for their favorites via a special link.

The link also provides names of all artists and titles of works. Each artist has described the concept and the sponsor under the photo of each entry.

For “Let It Grow,” Reed wrote, in part, “My inspiration for this design comes from our hometown and the beautiful Garden State. This design includes fast facts about New Jersey, our hometown, and great quotes/ inspirational sayings. Being a lifelong educator and resident of Freehold has provided me with a lifetime of love, laughter, family, and memories. With that, my number one goal and inspiration for this design is to “let it grow.” “.

The horse motif was chosen to pay homage to the borough’s connection to the horse, Napolitano said, adding that Freehold Borough is home to Freehold Raceway, one of the nation’s oldest half-mile tracks. And western Monmouth County is known for its horse farms.
The Freehold Raceway website indicates that the Monmouth County Agricultural Society, established in 1853, leased land at the present Raceway site in 1854 for a meet. Races are believed to have taken place there as early as 1831, the site says.

Mayor Kevin Kane said this summer that the artists’ work was “innovative”.

“I’m quite impressed with the talented artists and interesting concepts we’ve received,” Kane said in August.

And the Half Mile of Horses art walk could spark interest in the borough as an emerging arts destination, he added.

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