Originally Published: July 21, 2014 6 a.m.
From the time the first prehistoric cave paintings of horses appeared 16, 000 years ago, our fascination and relationship with these majestic animals has only intensified. And while they have been depicted in millions of ways by different civilizations and cultures, today's artwork featuring the horse is most well associated with ranching, cowboys, the American west and Native American traditions. In fact, famous artists like Frederic Remington and C.M. Russell were well known for outstanding paintings of equine subjects.
In tribute to that powerful, loyal and hardworking companion of all mankind, and in the same tradition as those Western artists of the past, the Phippen Museum, 4701 N. Highway 89 in Prescott, invites you to join them from July 26 through Oct. 26, as they present, Hold Your Horses!, a very special invitational exhibition and sale featuring artwork focused entirely on - the Horse.
Opening weekend for this inaugural event is July 25 and 26 and features a Friday night artist reception and sale beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members can attend free of charge and non-members for $10 each. Make your reservation now by calling the museum at 778-1385.
The 'Horsing Around' continues on Saturday with a full day of art demonstrations and more. Cowboy Artist of America Dave Powell offers a painting demonstration from 11a.m. to noon, sculptor Star Liana York sculpts for the crowd from 1 to 2 p.m., and local artist Steve Atkinson discusses the painting process from 3 to 4 p.m.
And with forty artists known for their "art of the horse" enthusiastically submitting 3 to 4 outstanding pieces of art for sale during the show, you can be sure horse lovers, Western art enthusiasts and art collectors from far and wide will be on hand for this special event.
For additional information, call 778-1385 or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.