The Fine Art of Racing and The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) will feature
the artwork of nationally renowned equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly at the Night of Silk
Derby Party, a live auction benefiting The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)
on the evening May 7 at the Galt House hotel in Louisville, Ky.
Mr. Pauly, who returns to Churchill Downs for his solo art exhibit during the 2011
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, has donated this exclusive offering of a
personalized 20" x 24" oil portrait featuring a horse, jockey, and trainer or racing silks of
the top bidder's choice.
"Being an avid supporter of the PDJF," Pauly says. "I was honored when Nancy LaSala,
PDJF's President, asked me to contribute to the live auction. Jockeys have always played
an important part of my equestrian artwork. The Blank Canvas is a very unique item; it
will give the top-bidder the opportunity to personalize their own canvas. Wouldn't it be
wonderful if the winner of The Blank Canvas is also the owner, jockey or trainer of this
year's Derby champion," Pauly noted. "I bet I know which horse they would have
The event follows the Kentucky Derby, which will take place earlier in the day.
Legendary jockeys, past and present, including the Kentucky Derby 137 participants, will
attend the Night of Silk event as a show of solidarity and support and to raise awareness
and assist in raising funds for the PDJF.
For more information about The Blank Canvas, please contact PDJF at 630-595-7660,
http://www.PDJF.org or Thomas Allen Pauly at 773-208-7801, http://www.horseartist.com.
To order tickets for the Night of Silk Derby Party visit http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Events/Night-of-Silk-Derby-Party/7791#tab-showinformation-
link or call 800-775-7777.