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March 8 Fete Cheval Etoile to Feature International Artist Josee Nadeau

Let’s Go Riding by Josee Nadeau.

WESTPORT, CT – March 4, 2013 – Artist Josee Nadeau will create an original painting live at the Fete Cheval Etoile on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Nadeau will perform to the musical tribute by Ki-Juan Minors to celebrate the unveiling of the Horse Stars Hall of Fame, and will donate the painting to be auctioned off later in the evening.

“I am honored to support the EQUUS Foundation which helps so many equine organizations,” said Nadeau. Nadeau’s amazing equine paintings are on display at the Gallery at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center through the end of March. “I was enthralled with Nadeau’s work when I viewed it first hand,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. “Her images of horses truly capture their spirit and the bond between horses and people. We are so thrilled that she will perform live at our event.”

Nadeau was inspired to combine her art with music after a 2000 encounter at the private home of Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, where George Harrison sang to her for 4 hours.

Josee Nadeau painting live to the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra
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Josee Nadeau painting live to the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra

In October Nadeau was invited to paint live on stage to the 95-piece Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra. In December she painted live to Dionne Warwick at her 50th anniversary performance. She has also been invited to paint the Royal Family of Serbia, Harry Belafonte while he was giving a Humanitarian speech, and many other amazing and special events. This past fall Nadeau was the featured artist at two Ralph Lauren stores in the Hamptons, South Hampton and East Hampton.

Nadeau, born in Montreal, and now residing in Utah was the guest painter of esteemed curator Gerald Van der Kemp on the grounds of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s gardens for a period of 10 years defining her unique artistic skills.

Learn more about the art of Josee Nadeau at http://www.joseenadeau.com.

The Fete Cheval Etoile, which will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, will celebrate the launch of the Horse Stars Hall of Fame, a joint effort of the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to honor the contributions of amazing horses that have excelled in sport and in careers serving the public by sharing the stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats.

Azur by Josee Nadeau
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Azur by Josee Nadeau

In addition to Nadeau’s performance art and the musical tribute by Ki-Juan Minors, the star-studded evening includes cocktails, dinner, a sensational show by Cirque Vertigo, and dancing to the sounds of UKI Productions. To attend this “first of its kind” event, visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete or contact Lynn Coakley at equus@equusfoundation.org or (203) 259-1550.

Fete Cheval Etoile Fast Facts

Friday, March 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

The Gallery/Wellington Club, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 3400 Equestrian Club Road, Wellington, Florida 33414

Jenny Belknap Kees, Ellen Crown & Elizabeth Press

Honorary Committee:
Jenny Belknap Kees & Tim Kees, Katharine & Mark Bellisimo, Bobbie Braun, Flavia Callari, Carolyn & Tim Carlson, Mary & Mike Carpenter, Jane Forbes Clark, Ellen & Dan Crown, Gregory W. Gingery, Becky & David Gochman, Catherine & Steven Herman, Stephanie & John Ingram, Elizabeth Johnson, Patricia Keenan & Lawrence D’Addario, Marylou D’Addario & Sean Kennedy, Lisa & Robert Lourie, Victoria Lowell, Julie & Rick Mitchell, Caroline Moran, Celene & Marc Oken, Angela & Chris Paradysz, Dr. Betsee Parker, Elizabeth & Clifford Press, Kathryn L. Quirk & Denise P. Quirk, Juliet & Sam Reid, Jennifer & Eric Ross, Clea & Kurt Soderlund, Joan & John Toffolon, Visse Wedell & Thomas Schweizer.

Tables of six start at $2,500. A limited number of individual seats will be available at $250 per person on request. Visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete.

Dr. Betsee Parker – Huntland, Spy Coast Farm, The Crown Family

Split Rock Farm, Visse Wedell

Mary & Michael Carpenter, Equestrian Sport Productions, Becky & David Gochman, Bruce Hlavacek & Dr. Jen Hlavacek, Stephanie & John Ingram, Louisburg Farm, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Press

Jane Forbes Clark, The Carlson Family, Marylou D’Addario Kennedy & Sean Kennedy, Patricia Keenan & Lawrence D’Addario, Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Kees

Fairfield Equine Associates, Gregory W. Gingery, Sydney Keith, P. F. Farm, Quiet Corner Farm, Jennifer & Eric Ross, Juliet & Sam Reid, William & Shirley Reilich, The Toffolon Family, Wrenwood Farms

Animal Planet, Ariat International, Nestle Waters North America

Contact: Lynn Coakley at equus@equusfoundation.org, (203) 259-1550, or visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete for information on sponsorships, auction donations, and table reservations.

About The EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, advancing the use of horses to enrich the lives of people in need and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. What started as a local effort is now a nationwide campaign on behalf of horses. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing financial support to horse-related charities across the United States; connecting a network of equine organizations to equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

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