Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli is preparing for her third solo exhibition of works at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street within Fairfield Hills.
The show, “Life in The 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard,” will be on display in the building’s main corridor December 3 to January 8. The photos may be viewed any time the building is open, generally Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5:30 pm, as well as during town meetings.
The exhibit depicts three years of Ms Cafarelli’s documentation of the horse guard, showing all aspects of their events from the Inaugural Ball for Governor Malloy’s swearing in to annual training at National Guard Camp Rell in Niantic.
The 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard was established in 1808 originally to escort the governor of Connecticut, but now is part of the organized militia of the state under direction of the Governor, and the National Guard. They are headquartered in Newtown, at 4 Wildlife Drive.
The dedicated troopers are volunteers who give 300 hours of their time annually, with life in the guard revolving around precision cavalry riding, care of their horses, a therapeutic riding program for people with disabilities, and ceremonial public events.
Ms Cafarelli is an honorary member of the horse guard. She and her husband are the award-winning husband and wife team behind Sandy Hook-based PhotoArtWorks.
Two of her photos, “Riding Up To The Capital,” depicting the members of the horse guard riding and walking across the back lawn of the Connecticut State Capitol building; and “Tree Lighting,” of a Ram Pasture tree lighting event, are both on permanent display at Newtown Municipal Center.