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By Kathleen Waldvogel
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About

Thank you for visiting my project.  I truly appreciate your sharing this with everyone you know who loves animals....or just everyone you know.  :)

Please note the GET ONE, GIVE ONE categories in the rewards listed here.  A great opportunity to own a piece from this collection and give one to a deserving rescue organization.

And the exhibit is set to open on September 26 and the gallery at Prefab, located in The Headquarters in Seaport Village.  This will be an invitation only event, with backers at all levels at the top of the list.

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HERE'S MY STORY

Hi, my name is Kathleen Waldvogel. I’m a fine art photographer specializing in portraits of horses. I have a small studio in San Diego, California where I create and build large scale pieces using canvas and resin. I feel this gives my images something special and lends a unique, artful quality to my work.

My focus on horses is a natural extension of my personal life. I’ve been riding for years and started leasing my horse, Tobie, about two years ago when I left the corporate world to be an artist. That’s when my camera started following me to the barn. I love my horse, and I know first hand the deep connection and partnership that develops between horse and rider. I am so happy that my work allows me the chance to tap into that energy and emotion, to frame the essence of these beautiful creatures and freeze a moment in time for their humans to treasure.

Because of the strong response I get when I show people these pieces, I want to have my first public exhibit. While my goal is to gain new clients through this exposure to my photography, I knew that a greater purpose could be served. So, this collection is called “Portraits of Hope” and it is focused on rescue and sanctuary horses. With this collection I hope to remind people of the important work being done by these grass roots organizations to save such noble creatures from neglect, abuse and slaughter.

I learn so much from horses every day. Grace, humor, patience, and compassion. And playfulness. When I started shooting photos for this collection I wasn’t sure what to expect and was prepared for it to take time for these subjects to get comfortable with me and my camera. But they needed no time at all, and the trust and love they showed me from the very start made me laugh out loud, and cry. Their caretakers shared stories of their money earning years, and how they were discarded. And then how they were found and brought to their new homes - stories that will appear beside their portraits at the exhibit to allow everyone to get to know a little about their journey, as well as the dedication and loving hands that helped to restore their trust in humans.

This show is all about revealing the beauty and grace of these horses and recognizing the tireless work of volunteers who get them to safety and the life they deserve. With your help, I’ll be able to make this show a reality and share pieces of my work and process with you.

I am thrilled to be building this exhibit and I thank you for any support you can offer.  The rewards I have defined provide an opportunity to participate in this project by supporting the funding, and in turn owning a piece from this exhibit.  The money raised from this Kickstarter project will go to the canvases, printing, framing and materials to finish the final works for the exhibit, as well as the creation and delivery of the rewards.  Thanks for visiting my project.  Whether you contribute to fund this project, or you simply share this with your network of friends, I thank you for your efforts in spreading the word.

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EXHIBITION TO BE HELD AT PREFAB, Opening party details to come!

At The Headquarters in Seaport Village is a unique co-working, gallery and event space for creatives and makers.  PreFab will be the location for my exhibit, with the opening party in mid-September.  I'm thrilled with this amazing place to show my work and so happy to have gotten connected with them and further inspired by their successful campaign.   Check it out   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/894500964/lets-build-prefab-san-diegos-home-for-creatives-an?ref=nav_search

The rescue organizations that participate in this photography project will also be invited to the opening party so they can share their stories and those of their horses featured in this collection,  to inform those in attendance about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities in support of equine welfare.

STRETCH GOAL:  $10,000 - I'll be able to create more pieces for the exhibit, host a smashing opening party, and donate an additional finished piece to each rescue that participates in the project to use for their marketing or fundraising. 

I would like to thank the rescue and sanctuary organizations who participated in this photography project, for allowing me access to their herds and for sharing themselves and their stories.  Wonderful people with huge hearts who truly deserve our support:  Saving Horses, Inc., Horses of Tir Na Nog, TROTT USA Sport Horses, Baker Ranch Equine Rescue, The Laughing Pony.  Please visit the full biography for this project for links to their sites. 

If you are or know of a Southern CA rescue that would like to participate, there is still time.  All of my contact information is in my full bio, so please have them contact me!

PHOTOS IN THE COLLECTION - more to be added, so stay tuned

Joela - Horses of Tir Na Nog
Joela - Horses of Tir Na Nog
Merlin - TROTT USA Sport Horses
Merlin - TROTT USA Sport Horses
Beau - Saving Horses, Inc.
Beau - Saving Horses, Inc.
Big Red Barn
Big Red Barn
Pirate - Saving Horses, Inc.
Pirate - Saving Horses, Inc.
Gracie - Saving Horses, Inc.
Gracie - Saving Horses, Inc.
Meadow at Daybreak
Meadow at Daybreak
Sundance - Horses of Tir Na Nog
Sundance - Horses of Tir Na Nog
Friends Share - Baker Ranch Rescue
Friends Share - Baker Ranch Rescue
Sunburst Sky
Sunburst Sky
Cruxus - TROTT USA Sport Horses
Cruxus - TROTT USA Sport Horses
Bling - TROTT USA Sport Horses
Bling - TROTT USA Sport Horses
Sunset Sky
Sunset Sky
Buttermilk - Horses of Tir Na Nog
Buttermilk - Horses of Tir Na Nog
Aero - Saving Horses, Inc.
Aero - Saving Horses, Inc.
La Jolla Sunset
La Jolla Sunset
Buddy - Saving Horses, Inc.
Buddy - Saving Horses, Inc.
Perfect Pacific Beach Morning
Perfect Pacific Beach Morning
Gino - Laughing Pony
Gino - Laughing Pony
Juan and Tutu - Laughing Pony
Juan and Tutu - Laughing Pony

Risks and challenges

* Photography and editing is just about complete. I'm still working with a some rescue organizations to include their herds and am adding some local land and sea scape photos for backers to choose from.

* Rewards opting for an optional resin finish will be shipping in November, due to the immediate need to focus on creating pieces for the exhibition and the time devoted to each piece.

* High temperatures in Southern California may delay the curing of resin pieces. Delaying delivery until November will help to alleviate this potential issue.

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