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‘Hold Your Horses’ show and sale begins this weekend

Autumn by Wei Tai, Watercolor. (Edd Kellerman/Courtesy)

Autumn by Wei Tai, Watercolor. (Edd Kellerman/Courtesy)

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Early Start in Sonora by Sheila Cottrell, Oil. (Edd Kellerman/Courtesy)

No, really. “Hold Your Horses.” The Phippen Museum’s fifth annual “Hold Your Horses” Exhibition and Sale starts this weekend, with a special opening reception and members’ preview at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The show officially opens Saturday, Aug.4, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 23.

It features the work of 43 artists, participating by invitation only, specifically known for their art of the horse, said Museum Marketing & Communications Manager Edd Kellerman.

“The horse is such an important part of the West and the development of the West,” Kellerman said. “We consider it a tribute to that loyal, hardworking icon of the American West.”

The show includes artwork in a number of mediums including watercolor, photography, sculptures, drawings and everything imaginable, he said. More than 120 pieces are on display and for sale. People can come in, see what they like and purchase the artwork after the show is wrapped up. Each piece comes with a description and a set price.

Featured this year is Sheila Cottrell, who was the People’s Choice Award Winner last year, Kellerman said. With a heavy ranching background, Cottrell has deep roots in the Southwest. Among the other 42 artists are Chinese artist and Phoenix Resident Wei Tai, Siberian artist Valeriy Kagounkin and local artists Steve Atkinson and Sarah Phippen. There are even some Native American artists.

“We have a great diversity of folks who are creating horse artwork,” Kellerman said. “The curator adds and subtracts a few artists every year to keep new blood on the roster. These people are considered because of their ability to create good art of the horse.”

Members are admitted to the opening reception for free and guests are $10 per person. The Phippen Museum, 4701 N. Highway 89, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and seniors; $6 for AAA members; $5 for students with ID; and free for children 12 and younger and museum members.

For more information about the “Hold Your Horses” Exhibition and Sale, visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.