Join Green Mountain Hounds’ Master of Foxhounds Christa Kemp and painter Suzy Spence as they discuss the history and traditions of fox hunting as it evolved in Europe and is currently practiced in Vermont — without hunting actual foxes — tonight, Thursday, July 11 at 5 p.m. at the Helen Day Art Center. Spence will also explore how these topics inform her work, currently on display in “Suzy Spence: On the Hunt.” Learn why the signature red coats some hunters wear are called “Pinks,” the survivalist origins of stock ties, what contemporary fox hunting has to do with conservation, and why the first English fox hunters were really rebels. Spence will also explore how these topics inform her work. The Brooklyn- and Montpelier-based artist’s figurative paintings turn the genteel athletic, sartorial, and social tradition of fox hunting toward lucid social commentary; she appropriates the sport’s traditions and painted genre scenes to turn a traditional subject into a psychologically rich vision of riders on the trail of a more ambiguous quarry. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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