SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Maserati “ArtCar” Experience is being presented by the DePaula Auto Group Drive for Charity. The lucky winner and a guest will get to hop in the ArtCar and take off for an adventurous overnight excursion on the joy ride of their lives through New York’s scenic Adirondack Mountains. The winner will also receive a piece of original art by Laurence Gartel.
“I would like to express my gratitude and deepest appreciation to Anthony DePaula and the DePaula Auto Group for choosing our organization’s gala as one of the selected events at which this exclusive and absolutely fabulous driving experience will be auctioned off,” said Susan Wagner, president of Equine Advocates.
“It is such an honor to have images of our rescue work and horses featured on an ‘ArtCar’ by the great Laurence Gartel,” Wagner continued.
Gartel first created a sensation with his “ArtCars” in 2010 at Art Basel Miami Beach. Since then he has produced dozens of cars with his unique stamp of brilliant color and psychedelic designs. Gartel is recognized as the “Pioneer of Digital Art” and taught the skill to the late, great Andy Warhol in 1985 just before Warhol’s passing. His work has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum and in permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale.
"The relentless kind and soulful work of Equine Advocates has made my eyes open to the inhumane treatment of animals,” said Gartel.
“The amount of cruelty is never reported, nor is it in the public consciousness. It is a real diversion that media does not report on. To see such magnificent creatures open and free knowing they have escaped the slaughterhouse is gut- wrenching. It is tremendously fitting to incorporate these animals into the Artwork placed on the Maserati Ghibli. What better combination to represent ‘Horse Power?’ Maserati is a sleek, fast and beautiful vehicle of which horsepower is the dominant factor. When one looks at the completed ArtCar they can now reference Equine Advocates for their wonderful caring,” Gartel continued.
Equine Advocates will be honoring Terry Finley and Wanda Polisseni at this year’s gala which will be held on Thursday, August 2 at the historic Canfield Casino, one of the oldest and most elegant buildings in Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $250 per person and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. All proceeds from this event will benefit Equine Advocates Horse Rescue, Sanctuary and Humane Education programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 518-392-0175 or email: events@ equineadvocates.org