Cover Art for the Pfizer Million Official Show Program

Saturday, September 4, 2010
Posted by HITS E-News

Saugerties, NY - HITS is pleased to announce that it has selected Laurie Justus Pace as its cover artist for the Pfizer Million Official Show Program which will be distributed to all exhibitors and spectators at the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, September 12.
Laurie Justus Pace is an accomplished and award-winning artist from Texas whose work is best described as being contemporary impressionism. She is one of the 59 artists whose artwork was selected for the HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Exhibition & Auction.

Pace's submission, Herd on the Hudson, is an impressive and bold work of oil on canvas that measures 24" x 36", and was created specifically for the HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Exhibition. In addition to gracing the cover of the show program, Pace's piece will also be one of the 85 Lots featured in the up-coming HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Auction on Friday, September 10 at the show grounds in Saugerties, New York. All the artwork featured in the Exhibition will be auctioned live by curator Tom Fletcher of Fletcher Gallery, to raise money for FAMILY of Woodstock, Inc. and the participating artists.

According to her website, Laurie's journey in life has encompassed many careers from runway model to graphic artist, from musician to singer, from teacher to artist. She believes the greatest influence in her life is the beauty that God provides daily.

A degree in Art, eight years with an advertising agency, and twenty-five years teaching art has come full circle to winning top honors yearly at international art shows in oil, watercolor and photography. Viewing a Pace painting is a rich experience that drips with color and emotion. Her passionate works are alive with movement, boldly created with a wide brush and a palette knife. She loves working with oils, dramatically carving out the paint and transferring her energy to the canvas, then ultimately on to the viewer. Pareidolia is the name for what happens when Pace gazes at her thickly applied strokes of oil paint and begins to visualize equine forms. It's the same term used to describe the phenomena of seeing animals in clouds, or faces in the moon.

She is an associate member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW) and the Oil Painters of America, The Daily Painters, Artists of Texas, The Five Graces, The American Watercolor Society, and Professional Published Fine Artists. She is a listed artist on and In addition, she has exhibited at the Dallas Committee of the Fine Arts in Dallas. Internationally, private collectors, senators, ambassadors and large corporations have selected her work to decorate their homes and offices. Her artwork has been published and featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and books.

In addition to seeing her work in the HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Exhibition & Auction, you can also find her work in The Rare Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; The Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Earthworks Art Gallery, New York; SR Gallery, Hong Kong; Our House Gallery, California; and Mirada Fine Art, Denver, Colorado. For more information on Pace's work, please visit:

There are a limited number of passes available for the Auction. Those interested in attending the auction should contact Fletcher Gallery at 845.679.4411, or via email at

The HITS-on-the-Hudson Equestrian Art Auction will kick off the festivities for the Pfizer Million Weekend on Friday, September 10. On Saturday, HITS will host the $50,000 FEI World Cup/Pfizer Million Wild Card Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, and a special exhibitor party. Then on Sunday the masses will gather to watch the world's richest Grand Prix as a field of 40+ riders takes to the course in the first ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. After the winner is crowned, music legend John Fogerty will rock the stage. Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster, or the HITS Corporate Box Office. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 845.246.8833.  

In order to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, a rider must compete in eight or more HITS Grand Prix classes. The top 40 riders, based on money won by horse/rider combination, will be eligible to ride for the Pfizer Million. For more detailed information on the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, please visit our website at

HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS will take the industry to new heights when it hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties on September 12.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit

Photo:  Herd on the Hudson, oil on canvas, 24" X 36" © Laurie Justus Pace