It’s Travers Weekend, and Saratoga Springs is the city of horses.
Everywhere you turn, there’s an equine face or body, from the lively decorated horses that dot the downtown sidewalks to the colorful paintings of thundering thoroughbreds in the window of Flores Fine Art Gallery.
If you are hunting for that perfect equine painting or print for your home or office, it’s a good bet you can find it here. Or maybe you’d just like to wander around in a quiet gallery.
Here’s a roundup of places where you’ll find equine art:
• Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway. For the 14th summer, Terry Lindsey has brought her Equidae Gallery from Vermont to Saratoga Springs to show paintings, sculpture, jewelry and other fine equine and sporting art. This year, there’s even more to see, as Lindsey has acquired Tilting at Windmills, a gallery in Manchester Center, Vermont, that represents Frankie Flores, Erik Laffer, Rebecca Kane and Jenny Horstman. Horstman welds life-sized equine sculptures from found pieces of metal and hardware. Equidae is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 1. www.equidae.com, 580-1766.
• Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa, Saratoga Spa State Park. Shawn Faust, an award-winning equine painter, is showing his work in the hotel’s Blue Room through Aug. 30. Faust exhibits in Lexington, Kentucky, and you may remember his paintings from the Beresford Gallery, which traveled to Saratoga for many years. In 1992, Faust was commissioned to create the official portrait of the governor of Delaware. www.shawnfaust.com or call the hotel at 890-1171.
• The Niche Gallery, 480 Broadway. This little gallery shows all kinds of work by many artists, including some equine pieces. The Foal Project by Lisa Miller, large-scale color photos of mares connecting with their foals just after birth, is a favorite with young and old visitors. The gallery donates a portion of every purchase to charity. 330-5176 and Facebook.
• Flores Fine Art Gallery, 328 Broadway. Frankie Flores’ paintings of racehorses are big and bursting with the energy. www.floresartnewyork, 584-8444.
• Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway. “Sights + Sounds” is the summer show in the art center’s gallery. Juried by artist Takeyce Walter, the group exhibit depicts every imaginable Saratoga subject, including Caffe Lena, the ballet, Yaddo and scenes along Broadway. Among the paintings, sculpture and mixed media, you’ll discover about a quarter of the artworks have something to do with horses. The show runs through Sept. 27. www.saratoga-arts.org, 584-4132.
• Spa Fine Art, 376 Broadway. This gallery represents a big stable of artists, and many of them paint scenes of thoroughbreds and horse racing. There will be a champagne reception for equine painter James Jahrsdoerfer from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. www.spa-fine-art.com, 587-2411.
• Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway. Since 1993, this eclectic shop of fine art and craft has been a regular stop for racetrack fans. Crafters sells equine-themed prints by Hudson Armstrong and Betsy Drambour, Travers posters by Greg Montgomery and photographs by Adam Coglianese and Elizabeth Macy. www.craftersgallery.saratoga.com, 583-2435.