The Best of Burros

-A collection of bygone burros from around the world-

“The Best of Burros” celebrates the extraordinary talent of artist Jo Sherwood, whose collection is a cultural showcase that will touch and interest in everyone. The collection features burros from around the world. The burro has been used as a trusty work animal for the last 5,000 years, prized for their hardiness and dependability. They have been portrayed in literature and film for centuries- in the Bible (Joseph leads Mary into Bethlehem on a donkey, Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday), “Bottom” in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, “Dapples” in Cervante’s Don Quixote, “Benjamin” in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “Eeyore” in A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, and “Donkey” in the blockbuster movie Shrek. Each burro has their own personality and they come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes.

Sherwood paints these unique burros, which come from the Americas, to Europe and Eastern Europe, to the Middle East, portraying each with its own enduring essence. The burros represent an appealing cultural journey of workday drudgery, where life has remained the same for hundreds of years. Through traveling the continents, Sherwood has captured the loyal burro, carrying its load of cultural riches, illuminated in oil on linen.