The American Quarter Horse AssociationMarch 22, 2013
AQHA commissioned Mixer to paint "the ideal American Quarter Horse" in 1968.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum’s newest exhibit is a tribute to the late artist Orren Mixer, renowned for his paintings of horses for several equine breed associations. Orren Mixer: Artist of the American Quarter Horse is open to the public and remains open through July 27, 2013.
In 1968, the AQHA commissioned Mixer to paint "the ideal American Quarter Horse," and six other breed associations followed suit. He depicted the ideal Pinto, Paint, Palomino, Appaloosa, Buckskin and Pony.
Mixer’s celebrity as a well-known western artist started during the 1950s and 1960s. Livestock, particularly horses, became his specialty, and his work graced the covers of Western Horseman, Quarter Horse Journal, Cattleman and Oklahoma Today.
The exhibit is a collection of personal artifacts from the Hall of Fame archive as well as the Mixer family, AQHA and private collections. The selection in this exhibit demonstrates Mixer’s talent and captures his passion for the animals he so loved to illustrate on canvas. Visitors to the museum can learn more about his technique from clips of archived videotaped interviews.
Can’t make it to the exhibit? The Hall of Fame has an online exhibit posted at www.quarterhorsemuseum.com. The online exhibit consists of artwork on display, interviews with Mixer and have the ability to purchase prints of his work.
Admission to the museum is free to AQHA members.
Visit www.quarterhorsemuseum.com for general admission prices and museum hours.
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