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1:08 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Phippen offers painting workshop, cowboy life presentation Saturday

The Phippen Museum is offering two programs for the public on Saturday.

The first is "Painting Horses from Life" with artist Bill Anton, from 8 to 11 a.m. A student of painting with more than 30 years of experience in Western art, Anton will talk about Western subject matter, encompassing figure, horse and landscape, and how this is translated on canvas through observation and analysis.

The class costs $75. For materials requirements and seating availability, call the Phippen Museum at 778-1385 or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.

The second program will feature Gail Steiger, a documentarian, poet, musician and working cowboy at 1 p.m. Steiger will show film footage and discuss his many travels exploring contemporary horse cultures around the world.

He will also present information showing that cowboys are not unique to America. The American cowboy is perhaps the most recent addition to the great horse-based cultures of the world. From the Hungarian plains to the French Camargue, to the steps of Mongolia, many nations and peoples have depended upon and still celebrate the working relationship between man and horse.

Both Anton's class and Steiger's talk coincide with the Phippen Museum's current exhibit of artwork, "Hold Your Horses," depicting man's companionship with horses.

The museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89.