Spirits of the West

Two staples of the cowboy way of life — horses and rodeos — are part of a new Western Spirit art exhibit that opens on Saturday, June 27, at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery.

Left: Hangin’ High

Two staples of the cowboy way of life — horses and rodeos — are part of a new Western Spirit art exhibit that opens on Saturday, June 27, at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery.

Rodeo is depicted as an epic struggle between humans, animals and nature in paintings by Jan Howden-Paul, of the Alix area. Ruth Moore, of Innisfail, will also have lively rodeo pictures exhibited, as well as ones showing the more contemplative side of horse ownership, such as taking a trail ride through the mountains.

Howden-Paul said she’s always been inspired by the theme of people and animals interacting. “It’s truly amazing how the powerful animals, people and nature, each in their own right, (are) trying to control the situation.

“Some win and some lose. Whatever the case, each and every one of them are back to challenge the other again,” said Howden-Paul, who has displayed her mixed-media works for the last five years at the Canadian Finals Rodeo art gallery in Edmonton.

“Man, animal and nature. It’s all a wonderful way of life and one that I am proud to portray.”

Moore, who paints in oils, said she was always fascinated by horses, by their faithfulness and devotion. “I guess I’ve just been horse-crazy. . . .”

Like women, horses were once downtrodden and taken for granted, and have only lately been given respect for all that they achieve, Moore said with a wry laugh.

She enjoys watching working horses just as much as feral animals because “they actually love what they do. They were born to run and buck.”

Horses were used as four-legged transportation when Moore was a child growing up on a mink farm near Calgary, and are now the perfect companion for recreational rides through a field or forest. “They’re always glad to see you, with their welcome whinny.”

The Western Spirit art exhibit will continue to Aug. 16. An artists’ reception will be held Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., also at the MAG’s Parkland Mall outlet.

For more information, see the artists’ websites or www.reddeermuseum.com

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

City of Red Deer gets ball rolling on annexing more land

”It’s important we look ahead,” says Mayor Veer

Walmart melding online and in-store shopping

South Red Deer Walmart recently underwent six months of renovations

Updated: Nature trail unveiled at RDC

Trail unveiling and tree planting honours Nova Chemicals $2 million donation

Rural municipalities seek more funding to address cannabis legalization

Not enough supports in Municipal Cannabis Transition Program

Video: Windows smashed at three Red Deer businesses

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vandalism spree

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

OTTAWA — More than one million jobs could be lost to the… Continue reading

McGill research finds significant driving impairment 5 hours after cannabis use

MONTREAL — Driving under the influence of cannabis remains dangerous even five… Continue reading

Family: Remembering the important things

It seems so much of life is work and routine and then… Continue reading

Canada gets into Women’s World Cup with 7-0 win over Panama

FRISCO, Texas — Christine Sinclair isn’t concerned about chasing records. She’s set… Continue reading

Baldwin urges ‘overthrow’ of Trump government via voting

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal… Continue reading

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

CANBERRA, Australia — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex,… Continue reading

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling… Continue reading

Doctors to debate medical pot as more patients expected to ask for prescriptions

VANCOUVER — Doctors with opposing views on whether medical marijuana should be… Continue reading

Most Read