Riding

Opening Night

A crowd of Western-art lovers gathered on August 14 to open this year’s America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale.

It was opening night August 14, and every star of the show was in place as guests filed in, glasses of wine in hand. The guests at the America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale inspected each painting, drawing and sculture to appreciate their respective nuances and messages, and the artists’ styles. The guests also mingled with the artists and learned what inspires them and the techniques they employ.

“These are acclaimed artists, some of whom have had their art in the Prix de West (at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum) and other prestigious shows,” says Ross Middleton, director of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. “This show is an amazing chance to own some of this art, some of which is created by members of the Cowboy Artists of America.” Soon, the guests’ mental notes on their favorite pieces became more of a wish list, which then translated into bids. Those bids will then translate into support for the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and its efforts to preserve the history of the American Quarter Horse. At the end of the evening, several guests left the event the proud owners of one or two of the pieces. And even though they can’t physically take those pieces home until November, when the show ends, the guests went home to make room on a wall or table on which they will display their purchases. The art officially went on sale August 16. If you are interested in purchasing art, contact Nichole Dalrymple at (806) 378-5021. View the art and read artists biographies at www.aqha.com/foundation/halloffame/AHIA. Due to IRS regulations, art sales from America’s Horse in Art are not tax deductible, but your purchase does support the programs of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.