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'Wild Horses' gallops to the Phippen Museum

The Phippen Museum’s new show features this original George Phippen piece.

Courtesy<br> The Phippen Museum’s new show features this original George Phippen piece.

The horse has been a working partner, friend and integral contributor to both Native Americans and cowboys during the development of the American West and in today's modern ranching world.

On July 26, the Phippen Museum opens "Wild Horses! Equine Art at Home on the Range" in the Main Gallery and Cultural Hall.

The members' reception is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

This exhibition celebrates the contribution that the horse has made to early pioneers, tribal customs, modern ranchers and as a working part of the Western Expansion.

The work of 25 Western artists will fill the museum with images of horses galloping, grazing or simply waiting for its rider to jump into its saddle to ride off into the Arizona sunset.

Some images feature horses in herds or sharing a whinny with another filly.

The museum will display Carson Thomas' miniature saddles in the Cultural Hall, alongside oil paintings and other work by George Phippen, Cowboy Artist.

Several Phippen paintings are on loan from corporate, as well as private collections, in addition to art from the Phippen Permanent Collection.

The Texas Art Galery lent "Widow Maker," an early George Phippen painting for the show.

This undated work will hang beside some of Phippen's later work, such as the oil painting "Rough Riders' Cold Morning Chore" (1961) from a private collector.

The museum will devote the main gallery to some familiar and emerging artists such as Shawn Cameron, Steve Devenyns, Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, Brent Flory, Dennis Gallagher, Veryl Goodnight, Donna Howell-Sickles, Shannon Lawlor, Curt Mattson, Sarah Phippen, Cynthia Rigden, Elizabeth Lewis Scott, and D. Michael Thomas.

Fred Fellows, CA, Bill Nebeker, CA, and T.D. Kelsey, CA, will represent the Cowboy Artists of America.

Melinda West Seifert of Dripping Springs, Texas, who participated in the "Native Myths & Legends" exhibition, will return with her work featuring the horse as a mystical figure. Additional Western equine artists whose names may be new to our membership include Karen Cooper of Santa Fe, N.M.; Susan Dorazio of Colebrook, Conn.; Kathleen Friedenberg of Ardmore, Pa.; Mary Michael from Livingston, Mont.; Christine Picavet of Alto, N.M.; Jim Rey of Mitchell, Neb.; and Lesley White of Prince George, British Columbia.

The Phippen also will select a "People's Choice" winner among the featured artists. Visitors to the exhibition will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite piece of art or featured gallery artist for the duration of the show.

For more information, call 778-1385, or visit

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