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To celebrate the rise of harness racing from the folksy intimacy of country fairs to its present status as a year-round national pastime, officers of Chicago's Maywood Park Trotting Assn. each year sponsor a competition for artists, harnessing, so to speak, art to trotting. Here are some of the best entries of past years, a few of which hang permanently in Maywood's clubhouse collection.
"After the warmup," groom covers horse in this oil by Katherine Grace.
"Merry-Go-Round," Walter Parke termed his painting of horses in the homestretch.
Wide-angled view intrigued Artist Phoebe Moore in work sold to socialite.
"The Blacksmith," a watercolor also by Miss Moore, won the "also ran" award.
Wire Sculpture by Nancy Frederick is now owned by Martin King of Chicago.
"Sulky," by Charles Wood, 1957 winner, is in the Maywood permanent collection.