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Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Science and History Museum, November 19-29


Wayne Baize, Paired Up, pen/pencil, 12 x 16.

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On Sunday, November 29, Fort Worth art lovers are treated to the inaugural fine-art show and sale sponsored by the National Cutting Horse Association Foundation. The show, entitled The Art of Cutting, presents two to three works from about 30 artists for the fund-raising event. A 33-year-old nonprofit organization, the NCHAF is dedicated to youth scholarship and crisis funding for those involved with the sport of cutting. Cutting is a western sport in which a horse and rider work together to separate a single calf from a herd and keep it separated as it attempts to rejoin the group. “Our hope for the art show is to generate an annual event,” says participating artist and NCHA member Don Bell. “There is no major art show in the Fort Worth area, but there is a lot of interest and art appreciation.”

On Thursday, November 19, a representative sampling of the works are unveiled in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum during the NCHA’s Futurity—a three-week-long series of competitions for cutting horses that have never been shown before.

Sixty to 70 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by artists such as Donna Howell-Sickles, T.D. Kelsey, Wayne Baize, Duke Beardsley, Teal Blake, Buckeye Blake, Mary Ross Buchholz, Bruce Greene, and Don Weller are anticipated at the sale, which takes place at the nearby Fort Worth Science and History Museum on Sunday, November 29, beginning with a cocktail and artists’ reception at 7 p.m. Visitors can expect a variety of media as well as diverse subject matter that includes, but is not limited, to cutting horses. “We don’t want just cutting-horse art,” Bell says, “but any imagery that is associated with the cutting-horse lifestyle.”

The evening culminates in a sale by draw, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the foundation. Rebecca Brian, the foundation’s director of development, says that after attending youth art contests at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, she saw the appreciation for the arts in the area and recognized both the need and opportunity for such an event. “There really is nothing like this around here,” she says. —Laura Rintala

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