Saturday March 29th – Orangeville, Ontario: What an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable event! Renowned artist BRUCE LAWES was hosted at this year’s Can-Am Equine Expo event north-west of Toronto by the province’s premier equine newspaper, THE RIDER yesterday and the crowds beat a path to the booth all day!
Although the snow still lay thick on the ground surrounding the Orangeville Agricultural Fairgrounds (top), it was warm and toasty inside as Rider publisher, BARRY FINN (above left) helped Bruce (above right) set up his easels and stunning original paintings and canvas giclees (prints).
Even before the paintings had been unwrapped, the fans and admirers poured into the booth….
…and we even welcomed some celebrity visitors, too, including ….
…and we were thrilled to welcome international “horse whispering” star (and fellow Aussie) GUY McLEAN (pictured below)who was conducting educational sessions as well as showcasing his amazing horses at the Expo. Talk about the real deal – Guy, whose booth was next to The Rider’s, was just like The Man from Snowy River of legendary Aussie literary fame, and his lovely wife Emily and I chatted about all the things we missed from back home: Lamington cakes, Cherry Ripes and Pollywaffle chocolate bars, and Guy’s favourite and mine: the Aussie meat pie! Oh, my tummy was groaning after all that culinary reminiscing.
Of course, I just had to take a selfie with one of Bruce’s gorgeous original paintings....but I wish my arms were longer – from my expression, it looks like the horse had just bitten my bum!
Thanks again to Barry and his Rider staff, John and Kelly, for making Bruce feel so welcome. And a big thank you to rock-star cowboy Guy McLean for dropping by and comparing horsey notes with Bruce. For more information on everyone here, please visit their websites: