Craig briefs: Nominations for horse painting series accepted |

Craig briefs: Nominations for horse painting series accepted

Equine artist Karen Brenner is accepting nominations for her newest series of paintings, “Beautiful Horses of Colorado.” This will be the 10th state to be featured in a series that eventually will include all 50 states if everything goes as planned and the artist lives to be 100.

This summer, Brenner will travel to Colorado to photograph the horses selected for the project. She will use them as reference shots for the paintings in the series.

The “Beautiful Horses of Colorado” series will include one painting of each selected horse. As the paintings are completed, they will be posted in a special section of the Horse Paintings by Karen Brenner website. This special section also will include short stories about the selected horses and photos of the horses with their owners.

To nominate a horse, complete the online form at To enter by mail, send the following information: a description of why this horse should be included in the project (300 words or less), horse’s name, breed, age, color, gender, owner’s name, address (and address for horse if different), email and phone number. Include the name and contact information for the nominator if different from the owner. Mail the information to Karen Brenner, 3613 Triway Lane, Wooster, OH 44691. (If the owner is younger than 18, please list a parent’s name so permission to photograph the horse can be coordinated with a parent.)

The deadline for nominations is April 30. Owners of selected horses will be notified by May 15.

Brenner has been working on the “Beautiful Horses” series since 2005. Paintings from the previous nine states are posted on her website at States completed include New York, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin; Maryland and Delaware are the states for which series are currently underway in Brenner’s studio.

If you have questions about the project, email Brenner at

Union Telephone marks 100 years of service

On Tuesday, Union Telephone Company will celebrate 100 years in business. Union has grown to be one of the largest private employers in the state of Wyoming.

Union Telephone’s history is filled with stories of true grit and pioneer determination. Such stories are part of the fabric of the region.

Grand Junction Film Fest starts in February

Grand Junction — The Grand Junction Film Festival is seeing increased growth in the number of submissions and general interest for its second installment, which is just around the corner. The rundown for this year consists of more than 50 short and feature films.

Filmmakers from across the country, as well as western Colorado, will be on site viewing their work and answering questions for an audience. The majority of the films screening are self-funded works from up-and-coming directors looking for their first break in the filmmaking business. A list of the movies being screened can be viewed at

The Grand Junction Film Festival has achieved international status in a very short time. Without an entry fee or any restrictions on genre or subject matter, many filmmakers who made their debut in 2013 have returned for the 2014 festival with groundbreaking improvements to their craft. The event draws a crowd throughout the Grand Valley, with last year bringing in hundreds of movie watchers ranging in age from teens to retirees.

The 2013 winners included “Happiness … Promised Land” (Best Feature) and “Audio Tour” (Best Short).

For interviews or questions, call Hilary Martin at 562-310-1978.

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