Contemporary, traditional artists salute the horse in AQHA show and sale
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
An art show and sale at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum puts the spotlight squarely on the horse.
America's Horse in Art opens with a 6:30 p.m. Saturday reception at the museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40. It will be on view through Oct. 15.
"I think the show paints a really strong picture of the American quarter horse and how he's been used throughout history and the place he holds in our hearts," said Cailin Caldwell, an AQHA spokeswoman.
"He's the symbol of the American west, the horse that has been there for every step of our history," Caldwell continued. "It's really a symbol of the American spirit and what we stand for because he's been our partner for so long."
More than 40 painters and sculptors will be featured in the show, including Amarillo's Jack Sorenson, Australia painter Yvette Frahn and artists from around the country.
The signature artist is Iwona Jankowski of Magnolia, a Polish native who has been painting horses since childhood. Since 2002, her "Mottled Horses" series has merged abstract and expressionist styles with a touch of realism.
"She has had really strong work year after year," Caldwell said. "She's got a very versatile take on the American quarter horse. It's more contemporary, and it speaks to a new audience and gives a fresh perspective."
A portion of sales, which have already begun online, will benefit the Hall of Fame and Museum.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6 and older.
Below are other featured images in the show: