Leslie Priggen to Exhibit at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

The works of Leslie Priggen will be on exhibit at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum November 15-27, 2007. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 7 pm and the public is invited to attend. A portion of the sales proceedsThe works of Leslie Priggen will be on exhibit at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum November 15-27, 2007. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 7 pm and the public is invited to attend. A portion of the sales proceeds

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The works of Leslie Priggen will be on exhibit at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum November 15-27, 2007. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 – 7 pm and the public is invited to attend. A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and donations will be accepted at the reception for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

Leslie Priggen, who is on the national board of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, left a 20-year career as a fashion photographer and commercial director to paint. Her specialty is animal portraiture although she enjoys doing landscapes as well. "Life now is much the same as it was when I was a youngster," said Priggen. "My parents were English, which means there was a dog in every chair and riding gear all over the house. I have 30-odd chickens, four horses and nine dogs (chickens, horses and dogs are all rescue cases) and nowhere to sit. I sleep hanging on to the bedside table. "Her client list now ranges across the United States and Europe. She has been commissioned to paint many of the world’s top race and steeplechase horses, including Saint Ballado, Vindication, Soaring Softly, Congaree, Sarava, Giacomo, Buck Jakes, Swayo and Welterweight to name just a few. Her portrait of Lonesome Glory, who was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2005, has recently been bought by the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, SC.

"I consider myself to be extraordinarily lucky." said Priggen. "My days are spent with the creatures I love doing what I love. By the way, if there isn’t dog hair on the canvas it’s probably not a portrait I’ve painted…."

For further examples of Ms. Priggen’s work visit: www.leslie-priggen.com .

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place (off Whiskey Road) and and celebrates Aiken’s contributions to equestrain sports. The Racing Hall of Fame is open September – May, Tuesdays – Sundays from 2 – 5 pm and June – August, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm, weather permitting. For more information, call 642-7631, e-mail halloffame@cityofaikensc.gov or visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aikenracinghalloffame.com.