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TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES WINTER 2007 RELEASE
GURARANTEED 1st EDITION 11th RELEASE
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The Trail of Painted Ponies Figurines are bringing the art and the collectible worlds together. Each figurine is inspired by an original Painted Pony and has been crafted with exquisite attention to detail. As such, each figurine has an authenticity that makes it a miniature work of art in its own right
This first edition set of eight comprises the following ponies:
NOW RETIRED! SOUNDS OF THUNDER - ARTISTS BILL & TRACI RABBIT
This Painted Pony represents both the male and female lifestyle of the Plains Indian People, as rendered by the acclaimed Cherokee father and daughter artists, Bill and Traci Rabbit. Side one is painted by Bill and depicts the ultimate warrior, side two represents the feminine side of native life, created by daughter Traci.
the first half of the twentieth century, parades and horse shows held
in conjunction with rodeos, fiestas and fairs throughout the West
fueled a demand for fancy, embroidered saddles. Elegant, silver-mounted
parade saddles, carved with floral and figural motifs, and with
matching bridles, martingales and breast collars, were perceived as
exquisite works of art. Silverado, a customized interpretation
of this flashy tradition by Karlynn Keyes, vice president of The Trail
of Painted Ponies, is a masterpiece by any definition.
NOW RETIRED! CHEYENNE PAINTED RAWHIDE - ARTIST LIZ CHAPPIE ZOLLER
After thoroughly researching the Cheyenne woman’s tradition of painting abstract designs of spiritual significance on dressed, buffalo hides, the artist created a Painted Pony design that honors this authentic Native art form. The original "Cheyenne Rawhide Pony" was selected as Best of Show by Southwest Art Magazine in "The Native Art of Horse Painting" competition.
NATIVE JEWEL PONY - ARTIST MARIA RYAN
Maria Ryan's research into the meanings and symbolism behind the designs used in classic Southwestern jewelry, coupled with a fearless artistic style that leads her to experiment with different materials to achieve special effects in her art, resulted in this stunning tribute to the Native American love of silver and turquoise jewelry
NOW RETIRED! COPPER ENCHANTMENT - ARTIST LYNN BEAN
This is an Appaloosa horse adorned with traditional Native symbols of power, spirit and strength, rendered in different mediums. Using hand-tooled copper foil, leather, feathers and beads to form lightning bolts on the neck (signifying speed), and a hand print on the hindquarters (signifying ownership), the artist has given birth to an original vision of beauty and wonder appropriately titled "Copper Enchantment.
NOW RETIRED! BEDAZZLED - ARTIST JE SPEIGHT
To ride on a carousel is every child’s dream, and most adults find that carousels bring back the joys of childhood. "Bedazzled" embodies all the characteristics of the Coney Island carousel style that reached its peak at the turn of the 20th Century. Artist J.E. Speight is the head painter on several restored carousel horses in Salem, Oregon’s Riverfront Park.
NOW RETIRED! VIVA LAS VEGAS - ARTIST LA MARR
No other icon epitomizes Las Vegas like the Showgirl. Known for her incredibly elaborate, baroque but brief costumes; her ability to sing, dance and sashay across a stage in sky-high stilettos, while balancing a feathered headdress atop her head; the Showgirl is considered a piece of art or a human sculpture.
NOW RETIRED! FANCY DANCER - ARTIST DEVON ARCHER
The Fancy Dance evolved from the early Plains tribe's war and victory dancers. Their outfits are traditionally composed of lots of bright colors, metallic beads, sequins and ribbons which create a flashy display. They have two bustles, a head roach and intricately beaded headband… all of which are faithfully and stunningly recreated on a spirited, snorting horse that is caught up in the excitement of the drum beat. This unique creation by a Virginia artist won The People’s Choice Award in the national competition, "The Native Art of Horse Painting."
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