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What to do in Oklahoma on April 29, 2019: See the National Cowboy Museum's 'Horseplay' exhibit

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The exhibit "Horseplay" at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum showcases famed Western artist and illustrator Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of horses. [Image provided]
The exhibit "Horseplay" at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum showcases famed Western artist and illustrator Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of horses. [Image provided]

Today's featured event: 

See "Horseplay," an exhibition featuring famed Western artist and illustrator Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of horses, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. 

On view through July 14, the exhibit offers a look at rarely seen prep work that reveals how Lovell developed ideas and practiced movement, anatomy, proportion and personality. Art lovers can watch horses take shape across media and styles; from abstract to realistic, pencil to pastel, small-scale to large, no two images of the Western icon are alike.

For four decades, Lovell worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines such as Colliers, McCalls, National Geographic, Life and the Saturday Evening Post. But he was also known for his paintings of Native Americans and the American Southwest. He considered himself a “storyteller with a brush, a custodian of the past.” 

“I try to place myself back in time and imagine situations that would make interesting and appealing pictures. I am intent on producing paintings that relate to the human experience and our Western heritage,” he said. 

The sketches in "Horseplay" are taken from the National Cowboy Museum's Dickinson Research Center, which is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books and at least 1,000 horses.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to nationalcowboymuseum.org.

For more events, go to newsok.com/calendar.

-BAM 

 

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The exhibit "Horseplay" at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum showcases famed Western artist and illustrator Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of horses. [Image provided]

The exhibit "Horseplay" at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum showcases famed Western artist and illustrator Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of horses. [Image provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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