Our Mims Retirement Haven is tickled pink to announce their first ever art contest. Thanks to My Racing Heart ( and Moreland Painting of Cynthiana, Kentucky, we have newly painted barns, and they are ready to be turned into the most colorful barns in Kentucky.

“We want our barns to be as unique and colorful as the mares who live in them,” said Jeanne Mirabito, President of OMRH. “We’ll start with murals.”

OMRH has created the back drops for six 8' x 8' murals and is looking for individuals or groups to color our world. Imagine your artwork surrounding the beautiful senior equines at the Haven!

Basic rules:

  • The contest is open to artists of all ages, individuals or groups.
  • Artists will submit a prototype of their MARES-TERPIECE by June 15, 2009.
  • All art must be equine related. OMRH reserves the right to reject submissions for any reason.
  • The first valid twenty-five submissions will be accepted.
  • A valid submission must have contact information, including e-mail and a phone number, along with a check or money order made out to Our Mims Retirement Haven for $10.
  • Artists must be available to paint the murals in Paris, Kentucky after July 15, 2009. All painting must be completed by August 30, 2009. Artists under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult while painting. Farm personnel must be present for painting, and artists (or specified parent) will be asked to sign a release acknowledging that OMRH is not responsible for accidents.

The Board members of OMRH will pick their favorite six and notify all contestants by July 15, 2009. The six finalists will be given their mural post and may begin painting. The Haven will supply the required colors of outdoor paint, and the artist(s) provide the talent.

Everyone, from individuals to groups, adult artists to youth groups are encouraged to enter. We relish variety. Artists will sign their creations and be able to use photos for their portfolios or to advertise their work as long as the location of the painting is clearly stated. All paintings remain the property of OMRH.

Visitors to OMRH between August 31 to November 15 of 2009 will vote on their favorite painting. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded by age, group or individual. A total of six trophies will be awarded.

For detailed list of rules, contact

Send entries to:
2810 Millersburg-Ruddles Mills Rd
Paris KY 40361

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