Quarter Horse Painting by Wayne Baize Focus of ‘America’s Horse in Art’ Show

Monday, August 02 2010 03:00   Western Art
America's Horse in Art focus returns to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum Aug. 14, 2010 and a painting by renowned Western artist Wayne Baize will be the signature piece for the third annual art show.

The public is invited to the "America's Horse in Art: The Horse That Settled the West" opening, which will take place on that Saturday. Many of the talented artists will be at the opening and available to discuss the inspiration for their art work.

Wayne Baize's painting of Quarter Horses
The opening will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and will feature live music, hors d'œuvre and cocktails.

"America's Horse in Art: The Horse That Settled the West" show and sale will continue through Nov. 13, 2010 in the Scharbauer Gallery in the museum.

Baize's painting features six American Quarter Horses, animals that he is quite familiar with.

At an early age, Baize learned the value of a good horse and as a youth helped break colts. Later, he and his brother, Arlon, raised American Quarter Horses. Wayne has been a professional artist for more than 35 years and has had his work reproduced on the covers of many magazines, including The American Quarter Horse Journal. He was elected to membership of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1995 and has served as director, vice president and president of the organization.

The Cowboy Artists of America began in 1965 with two goals - to ensure authentic representation of the life of the west (as it was and is) as typified by the late Fredrick Remington and Charles Russell, and to ensure that western art continued to rise in stature in the fine art world. Since then the CAA has expanded to become the most prestigious and widely recognized group of western artists. The membership is highly selective.

Wayne and his wife, Ellen, live on a small ranch near Fort Davis, Texas.

"We are fortunate to have such a talented group of western artists display their work for the third annual America's Horse in Art Show and Sale," said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA's executive vice president. "The American Quarter Horse has long been a focus of western art, and we appreciate these great artists joining together to support the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and help to protect the history of these amazing animals."

Each piece of art - ranging from pencil drawings to sculptures - will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of the art will go to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame to support its efforts to preserve the history of the American Quarter Horse, but due to IRS regulations, the art is not tax-deductible. The complete collection will be viewable at
www.aqhhalloffame.com .

Located in Amarillo, Texas and open to the public since 1991, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is adjacent to the headquarters of the American Quarter Horse Association.