Nan Jacobsohn’s “Thirteen Horses—The Journey” Celebrates Women and Self Discovery

Turning Point Gallery connects with community supporters of the Triangle’s growing equine industry March 14 when gallery owners Jerri and Garry Meldrum host a private luncheon from 12 to 2 p.m. and a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Tennessee artist Nan Jacobsohn at the 2ndFriday Artwalk. Turning Point Gallery will serve as the first venue for “Thirteen Horses—The Journey,” a show created by Jacobsohn, who is known for her hand-built clay horse sculptures.

Jacobsohn’s work celebrates equine qualities embraced by women. “Horses embody for me great beauty and strength, qualities we, as women, covet for ourselves,” she says. “In the ‘Thirteen Horses,’ I explore the range of emotions encountered on a quest for a new life and an artistic voice. The ‘Thirteen Horses’ speak for me.”

The show also represents a turning point in Jacobsohn’s life. “The ‘Thirteen Horses’ is about my journey of self discovery; taking the leap of becoming a full-time artist after decades of working as an art educator and museum administrator. I have used horses in my art work to represent both life’s journey and as a metaphorical representation of women in general,” she says.

“Thirteen Horses—The Journey” appropriately follows Festa Della Donna, or International Women’s Day, on March 8, which has been sponsored by the United Nations since 1975 but actually dates back to the early 20th Century when European and American women began campaigning for the right to vote, better pay and improved working conditions.

Turning Point Gallery’s Chapel Hill location is the perfect place to exhibit equine art. Since 1997, the number of small horse farms, horse boarding farms and horse owners in the Chapel Hill area has increased. These numbers are expected to continue rising as the region’s urban population grows, according to the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. New state legislation authorizing a $500,000 equine industry census underscores the equine industry’s growth.

Visit to view more of Jacobsohn’s work and to learn more about “Thirteen Horses—The Journey.”

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