Heather Kirchhofer’s exhibition at Practical Art is perfectly fitting as the gallery’s first show of 2014. It's titled “The Year of the Horse,” a reference to this year's position on the Chinese Zodiac. There are plenty of parallels between the two. People born under the horse are deemed energetic, bright, intelligent, warm, loving and capable. Kirchhofer’s art captures all of those qualities and more in her steeds, showcasing the power, grace, serenity, and beauty of majestic animals through photographs transferred onto reclaimed wood panels. These panels also hint at the wild, Western environment associated with horses, as wood grains blend fluidly with hides and hair, while piercing eyes reflect years of deep wisdom.
Are you a horse? Yes or no, see Kirchhofer’s vision 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, at Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue. Admission is free. The works are on view through Friday, January 31. Visit www.practical-art.com or call 602-264-1414.