A Book Launch Party to Celebrate Metro the Painting Racehorse

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Gallery 30 in Gettysburg is hosting a book launch party to celebrate the release of Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush. Metro’s colorful abstract art paintings have raised over $80,000 for racehorse rescue. 

From the start, we believed in Ron and Metro. What they were doing together, as a team, was just incredible. We knew we wanted to represent them and share their unique collaboration with a broader audience” said Linda Atiyeh, owner of Gallery 30.

Authored by Ron Krajewski and Suzy Flory, and published by New Horizon Press, Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush tells the inspirational story of Gettysburg-based artist Ron Krajewski, and Metro Meteor, a retired racehorse destined for the slaughterhouse. 

Once a turf sprinter at Belmont and Saratoga, Metro’s racing career ended early with knee injuries. Although he was adopted by longtime animal advocates Ron Krajewski and his wife Wendy, Metro still struggled with his health in retirement. Looking for ways to keep Metro engaged and active, Ron taught him to hold a paint brush in his mouth and it was immediately evident that painting big, sweeping brush strokes on the canvas made Metro happy. A unique partnership between man and animal was formed. Metro’s colorful paintings began to attract national attention and he quickly became one of Gallery 30’s most celebrated artists. Now, Metro spends his days raising money for horse rescue through his abstract art paintings. As of 2015, Metro’s art has raised over $80,000 for racehorse rescue. 

“From the start, we believed in Ron and Metro. What they were doing together, as a team, was just incredible. We knew we wanted to represent them and share their unique collaboration with a broader audience,” said Linda Atiyeh, owner of Gallery 30. “It’s truly been a pleasure to see how their work inspires people and how it has helped to nurture a greater appreciation for the arts. We are also so pleased to know that the animal rescue community has benefited from Metro’s unique talent.” For Metro and Ron's book launch party, Gallery 30 will donate a portion of the Metro book sale proceeds to Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the rescue of Draft and Draft Cross horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect.

Due to Metro’s health concerns, he has made only one other public appearance since retiring from racing, however at the April 16th book launch, visitors will have an opportunity to see Metro and his buddy Pork Chop, to enjoy light refreshments and to explore Metro’s new paintings at Gallery 30. Autographed copies of Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush. available exclusively at Gallery 30, as well as the Coloring with Metro book will be available for purchase. In addition, limited edition Metro shirts and mugs custom-designed by Gallery 30 for this special event will be available for purchase as well.

About Gallery 30
As an artistic and literary landmark in Gettysburg for over 36 years, Gallery 30 enjoys a long and storied history. Since 2007, Pennsylvania native Linda Atiyeh has owned Gallery 30 and has represented a myriad of local and regional artists, authors and artisans while striving to enrich Gettysburg’s vibrant artistic community. With nearly six thousand square feet of retail space, Gallery 30’s inviting atmosphere and carefully curated collection of products have grabbed the attention of publications far and near! With owner Linda Atiyeh at the helm, both The New York Times and the New York Daily News recognized Gallery 30 as one of Gettysburg’s premier shopping destinations. In addition, Gallery 30 was voted the “#1 Place to Shop in Gettysburg” by USA Today’s 10 Best List.

About Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Society
Established in 2005, Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue was formed to facilitate the rescue of draft and draft-cross horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect.  Gentle Giants is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to raising public awareness through the use of brochures, pamphlets, and public presentations on the topics of horse slaughter and cruelty, the responsibilities of horse ownership, the over-population and over-breeding of horses, and how over-breeding contributes to the horse slaughter industry.  Gentle Giants houses over 60 draft horses, and has placed over 300 draft-breed horses into adoptive homes.  To learn more about how Gentle Giants is working to end horse slaughter and protecting America’s draft horses, please visit http://www.GentleGiantsDraftHorseRescue.org, or call 443.285.3835.

The book launch party runs from 1 pm to 4:30 pm on April 16th. For more information about Gallery 30’s Book Launch Party for Metro the Painting Racehorse, please contact Gallery 30 at 717-334-0335 or visit http://www.gallery30.com.

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