The American Quarter Horse JournalJuly 16, 2013
Carol Rose speaks July 15 during a tribute to the late Orren Mixer. (Journal photo)
Friends and family of the late Orren Mixer gathered July 15 to remember the artist at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
Mixer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. An exhibit of his works that began February 18 and concludes July 27 at the museum includes paintings of many other inductees into the Hall of Fame, including Barbara L, Miss Meyers and Peter McCue.
Among other famous works, Mixer created the ideal American Quarter Horse painting that hangs near the Presidents Room at AQHA.
During the tribute July 15, Carol Rose and Frank Merrill, two friends of Mixer's and fellow inductees into the Hall of Fame, spoke at length about Mixer’s friendly attitude and eagerness for new adventures, sharing personal anecdotes about traveling with Mixer.
Robert Mixer, one of Orren Mixer’s four sons, spoke on behalf of his mother, Evelyn Mixer, and the rest of the family in thanking American Quarter Horse enthusiasts for loving his father’s paintings.
AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. was the master of ceremonies for the event. AQHA President Johne Dobbs of Champaign, Illinois, was on hand, as were AQHA Executive Committee member Sandy Arledge of Encinitas, California, and AQHA First Vice President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas.
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