2002 Hampton Classic Poster Captures Spirit of Horse
Nick Gamarello Continues 25-Year Tradition
NYJuly 30, 2002Artist and designer Nicholas Gamarello
has created a classic, timeless look for the poster for the 2002
Hampton Classic Horse Show. The poster depicts an elegant woman
holding two Thoroughbred horsesit might have been painted
a minute ago
or a half-century ago.
Since 1977, the Hampton Classics art poster series has included
images of a diverse group of paintings and drawings of some of the
countrys leading equestrian artists. Avid collectors have
snapped up signed editions of the annual posters by artists such
as Paul Davis, Henry Koehler, Nina Duran, and Mickey Paraskevas.
2002 poster features a full-color painting of a woman in hunting
clothes holding two Thoroughbreds. The painting is surrounded by
a wide border decorated with a variety of pencil sketches reflecting
scenes at the show.
was trying to capture a timeless image that expresses the bond between
horse and rider, people and animals, said Gamarello, Vice
President and Design Director at John B. Stetson, the hat and clothing
manufacturer. Even when I try to paint a contemporary subject,
it has the influence of another time because I use the techniques
of another time.
poster costs $30 for an unsigned edition and $100 for a signed edition
and are available through the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com
or in the Boutique Garden at the Snake Hollow Road showgrounds from
August 25 through September 1.
sampling of Gamarellos work will be on exhibit during this
years Hampton Classic in the poster booth in the Boutique
Garden. The artist will be on hand to personally autograph his 2002
poster Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30.
who has ridden since he was a child, studied fine art in the style
of the Old Masters before he entered the fashion industry. He was
a designer for 12 years at Polo Ralph Lauren before joining Stetson,
where, as Design Director, he is responsible for the companys
clothing and home furnishings lines.
Hampton Classic is one of the nations premier show jumping
competitions. Many of the worlds top equestrians compete for
more than $250,000 in prize money during the Classic. Each day of
the show is devoted to special events and social activities, culminating
with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Sunday, September
1, in front of the Classics famed yellow-striped tents.
HAMPTON CLASSIC HORSE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
Annual Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29: Senior citizens will be admitted
free on Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29, presented by 50 Plus Senior
News. Festivities include An Evening of Shopping from
5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Boutiques Garden. The Evening of Shopping
is a new addition to the Classic this year and promises to be a
Day, Friday Aug. 30: A tribute to Long Islands growing Hispanic
community, Fiesta Day presented by Avis celebrates the culture and
traditions of more than 23 Spanish-speaking countries and regions
worldwide. Hispanic food, music, and dancing will be highlighted
as a tribute to diversity in work and play. A new bilingual horse
coloring book will be given to all children under 12, along with
a box of crayons, so kids can color on the spot!
Kids Day, Saturday, Aug. 31: Sure to delight kids of all ages, Cablevisions
Kids Day will feature the National Circus Project, an opportunity
for youngsters to try out their circus skills. The day also includes
face painting, balloon sculpting, pony rides, and magic acts. A
visit to the petting zoo is included in the fun, along with the
chance to win some great prizes. Kids can even brush up on their
horse grooming skills.
featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include
the $15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, the $25,000
Sally Hansen Grand Prix, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, the $50,000
Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships, and the $25,000
Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby for riders under the age of 21.
week-long competition runs from Sunday, August 25 through Sunday,
September 1, with a break in competition on Monday, August 26. Admission
is $5 per person or $15 per carload per day, with children under
6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September
1, is $15 per person (in addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission)
or $25 per person for premium front-row seating. Parking throughout
the show is free.
addition to the competition taking place each day simultaneously
in five rings, spectators will be treated to a variety of other
exciting exhibits, including the Boutique Gardens 36 vendor
booths, Stable Rows 20 booths, three on-site public restaurants,
and an Exhibition Horse/Childrens area open throughout the
more information about the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the
shows website at www.hamptonclassic.com