AQHA to celebrate 10th year of America's Horse in Art at show and sale

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Audrie Mergelman's "Blue Streak" will hang in America's Horse in Art.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The strength, adaptability and beauty of the American quarter horse will be celebrated in the 10th annual America's Horse in Art show and sale, opening Saturday.

A free opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40.

Works will be auctioned off at the show and online, with proceeds benefiting the museum.

"It's a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame and the foundation, but it's also a celebration of Western art and the American quarter horse," said Cailin Caldwell, AQHA marketing and advertising associate. "And these are artists not just from the United States but from around the world."

More than 40 artists will display works in the show, including featured artist is Joni Beinborn of La Crosse, Wisc. Beinborn's Any Time, Any Place was chosen as the signature piece for the show, and she has other works included as well.

Joni Monroe Beinborn's "Any Time, Any Place" is the signature piece for the 10th annual America's Horse in Art show and sale.

"She's an amazing artist," said museum curator Crystal Phares. "She has a great grasp on light and how light plays on different subjects. Her (work) is just breathtaking."

Beinborn and other artists chosen for the show will attend the reception.The show, which will feature works ranging from pencil drawings to oils on canvas, will hang in the Scharbauer Gallery through Oct. 12.

The show "givs us an opportunity to showcase the beauty of the American quarter horse and the versatility of the horse through all of the different subjects the artists portray," Phares said. "It's really amazing to see all of what the horse can do through the different ways the artists portray them."

Here's a taste of what to expect at the show:

"Goin' Grey," Joni Monroe Beinborn

"Every Spring," Don Weller

"Blue Streak," Audrie Mergelman

"The Remnants," Teal Blake



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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