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Artist donates sales of prints to reward for conviction of horse-killers

by Linda Hiller

Fred Boyce celebrated two events Wednesday – his 77th birthday and the arrest of the suspects in the killing of 34 wild horses in Storey County, right over the hill from his Hidden Valley home.

“This is a great birthday present, to find out that they caught those guys,” he said. “I know they aren’t sure if these are the right guys, but it feels good to know they caught someone.”

Boyce has been an artist most of his life and is renowned for his wildlife paintings. He is a five-time Artist of the Year for Ducks Unlimited and national winner of the Nevada Art Trout Stamp.

“No one captures Nevada landscapes like Fred Boyce,” said Minden’s Lonetree Gallery owner, Barry Jobe. “I love his Nevada work.”

After hearing of the Dec. 27 mustang killings, Boyce made the offer to donate all proceeds from the sale of prints of one of his paintings to help find the killers. The announcement Wednesday of the arrests didn’t deter his interest in donating to help the horses he has painted so often.

“The whole thing is not in vain,” he said. “Those horses didn’t die in vain, because enough still hasn’t been done to help them. At least now the public is aware of their situation.”

– Similarities to Fish Springs. Boyce said Hidden Valley has experienced similar wild horse concerns to occurences in the Carson Valley from time to time. In September, a Bureau of Land Management roundup of 13 horses in the Fish Springs area spurred a rash of complaints from not only Fish Springs residents, but people all over the Valley.

Jobe, who lives in Fish Springs, said he can sympathize with Boyce’s feelings for the wild horses.

“It was bad when they came and took our herd away, but it would have devastated us if they’d been killed like that,” he said.

“We have the same problem here in Hidden Valley, where some people consider the horses a a nuisance and some wish they’d live in their yards all the time,” Boyce said.

All the proceeds from the sale of Boyce’s painting, “Mustangs,” will go to the Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to preserving the wild horses, specifically the herd over the mountain from Boyce’s home.

“They are organized to take care of the wild horses,” he said. “They build fences to keep them away from the streets and the neighborhoods and will try to buy land to extend the range out there.”

– Where to get them. Prints of “Mustangs” are selling for $100 each and can be purchased starting Monday at the Lone Tree Frame and Gallery, 1598 Esmeralda, in Minden. Boyce’s limited editions normally sell for $150 each for a total of 500, but for the fund-raiser, the prints will sell for $100 and the order was tripled to 1,500. They are still limited edition, signed and numbered, Boyce said.

The prints are also available at any of the five Eagle Valley Frames and Art Galleries in Carson City, Reno and Sparks. For more information, call Jobe at 782-2522.

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