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"Pony Express" -- Wichita Falls TX
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N 33° 54.898 W 098° 29.458
14S E 547055 N 3752844
Quick Description: This whimsical fiberglass horse "Pony Express" is part of a Leadership Wichita Falls municipal art project and fundraiser
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2014 9:03:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMKQ12
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 2

Long Description:
The "Pony Express" fiberglass horse is located near the intersection of 6th St and Ohio Ave. in downtown Wichita Falls TX. It made us laugh with its clever visual pun -- a horse painted like a package with postage stamps and cancellations.

This horse and its 39 herd-mates were part of a Leadership Wichita Falls Class of 2007 Project: (visit link)

"Leadership Wichita Falls class rounds up Mane Event horses for gala auction
By Lana Sweeten-Shults
Posted February 27, 2009

It’s been a wild ride that is getting ready to ride into the sunset.

The Mane Event Project, a public art project and fundraiser corralled by the Leadership Wichita Falls Class of 2007, will reach the finish line at the project’s last big hoorah, the Mane Event Gala & Auction.

The posh event is coming up at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Woman’s Forum, 2120 Speedway.

The $100-a-ticket gala aims to entertain with a cocktail preview party, dinner, dancing featuring the Brent Van Sickle Orchestra, and of course the main event of the Mane Event — the auction.

The public will get the chance to view all 18 auction horses before they are purchased at auction. They will be set up on the grounds of the Woman’s Forum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

The party itself aims to be one from which wild horses might not keep you away.

Hors d’oeuvres will include European cheese and fruit, stuffed Portobello mushrooms and pancetta pinwheels. Dinner will feature grilled beef tenderloin, along with shrimp alfredo, Cajun chicken pasta, crab salad and ceviche, to name just some of the dishes. While Bananas Foster, chocolate mousse and Strawberries Romanoff will round out the dessert menu.

Brent Van Sickle, just for the occasion, will be performing on his trademark red baby grand piano along with his orchestra.

Of course, the highlight of the evening will be the auction, styled after a real horse auction, with television personality Chris Horgen serving as the emcee for the evening.

At the center of the it all will be 18 of the more than 40 life-size fiberglass horses that more than 20 artists used as a canvas for their artworks and that various sponsors have displayed in front of their businesses and organizations over the last few months.

Anyone who wants to own one of these painted horses can bid at the auction.

The artworks vary in style and theme.

There are the very vibrantly-hued horses, like “Grace,” by Sharol Batey Rickman, an exotic cerulean horse with a mane of peacock feathers; “Wild About Texas,” Nocona artist Larry Lemons’ Lone Star flag horse speckled in familiar Lemons motifs, like armadillos and roadrunners; and “Claude,” Kim Ward’s fantasylike Monet-inspired work, which includes water lilies on an emerald green pond.

Other horses sport a history theme, like “No. 304,” which features a train steaming along the tracks, and “Texoma Trails & Tails,” Chris Ross’ map documenting the history of the area.

Still others pay tribute to the city’s high schools, like “On Your Old High Horse” by Sherry Mason and “Rider Foal” by senior art students at Rider High School.

Along with the auctioning of those 18 original horses — one of which was redone after it was destroyed (“We Are Vessels”) — three surprise auction foals will be unveiled at the event.

Nationally-known artists Scottie Parsons, Richard Ash and Karl Umlauf have each painted a “Mystery Foal” for the auction.

Ash, a professor of art at Midwestern State University, is known for his prints, while Wichita Falls’ Scottie Parsons is renowned for her abstract paintings that embrace the infiniteness of space and ideas of discovery, passage and progression. And Karl Umlauf of Lorena, Texas, who teaches at Baylor University in Waco, is known for his sculptures referencing land formations and for his work that explores the complexity of machinery.

Artist Glen Bacus also has designed and painted a foal to complement his “Daydream” auction horse. It will be raffled during the evening.

The Mane Event Gala & Auction culminates a project that started two years ago, when the Leadership Wichita Falls class was trying to come up with a project — a requirement for each Leadership Wichita Falls class.

Christy Ridinger, a member of the 15-member Mane Event Committee (which also includes honorary chairperson Jane Spears), told the Times Record News in 2008 that the idea was sparked by Carroll Wilson, former editor of the newspaper, who had a strong desire to bring this project to Wichita Falls.

“We did some research on several of these art projects,” Ridinger said.

Dale Brock, also a member of the committee, knew of a similar project done elsewhere and visited that city to see what they had done.

A number of cities have participated in public art projects — guitars in Austin, cows in Chicago and pigs in Cincinnati.

Not only did the Leadership Class want to do this project as a way to beautify the city, but as a fundraiser.

Funds raised from the project — through the purchase of horses, sponsorships, the auction and merchandise (calendars, T-shirts and notecards) — benefit Faith Mission, Downtown Wichita Falls Development Inc. and Patsy’s House.

The project, too, has been a way to boost community pride.

Brock said that once a horse is purchased at next week’s auction, “It’s their horse” to do with what they wish. Leadership Wichita Falls will provide transportation and installation assistance for those who buy a horse.

Businesses that have purchased horses outright will continue to display the horses around town. Depending on who purchases the auction horses, those horses, too, may get a new display location.

Brock said the goal originally was to raise $200,000 for the organizations benefiting from the Mane Event project, and Leadership Wichita Falls hopes this auction will be a big success and will help the group meet that goal.

“All of us consider it a success from a public art standpoint, and the economy and the generosity of Wichita Falls will decide the rest,” he said.

It will be the last time the auction horses can be viewed together before riding into that sunset.

Up for auction

The following horses will be auctioned March 7 at the Mane Event Gala & Auction at the Woman’s Forum.

1. “DAYDREAM,” by artist Glen Bacus, features bunnies and dragonflies — what horses might dream about. The artwork is sponsored by Leadership Wichita Falls, Class of 2007.

2. “ON YOUR OLD HIGH HORSE,” by Sherry Mason and sponsored by Leadership Wichita Falls, Class of 2007. Features the colors of Wichita Falls High School. The black-red-and-white horse is a very detailed work by the Old High artist.

3. “PONY EXPRESS,” painted by Regan Medlinger and sponsored by Somewhere in Time and Brian’s Plumbing, Inc. This horse looks as if it’s wrapped in postal paper and covered in postage stamps.

4. “GRACE,” by Sharol Batey Rickman and sponsored by Shelley Marshall Schmidt of Oh Schmidt Productions. This horse’s mane of peacock feathers is set against the animal’s cerulean body.

5. “PAINT HORSE” by Betsy Edwards and Tonja Denson. Sponsored by F.G. Haggerty Co., Inc. The artists used a palette of vibrant color to create “fluid in motion.”

6. “TEXOMA TRAILS & TAILS,” painted by Chris Ross, features a map that takes viewers through the area’s history. The sponsor of the artwork is All American Super Car Wash.

7. “RAINBOW,” like its namesake, is covered in squares of colors, like a patchwork quilt. It was painted by Stacy Tompkins and sponsored by Will and Galey Tucker.

8. “MS. SILVER BUCKLES” is a black horse covered in silver and gold scrollwork. The artist is Jancie Jones and the sponsor is Tangles Salon.

9. “SUNSET GOLD” by Kristie A. Brown features a derrick silhouetted against a Texas sky. GEM Exploration sponsored the horse.

10. “TEXAS STAR” includes the state’s name overlaid on the colors of the Lone Star flag with images of bluebonnets, yellow roses and more. Kristie A. Brown painted the work with Bridwell Oil Co. as the sponsor.

11. “WE ARE VESSELS” is by Chris Ross. Howie Monument Co. is the sponsor. The original horse was destroyed, but the artist graciously created a second piece in support of the project. The horse features a number of clay water vessels on a parched, crackled landscape and is based on the saying, “We are all vessels waiting for water.”

12. “WILD ABOUT TEXAS,” by Larry Lemons, features the Nocona artist’s familiar Texas themes: Vibrant armadillos, horned toads, sunflowers, roadrunners and, of course, the Texas flag. Sponsored by White Realty Management Co.

13. “NO. 304” includes an iron horse steaming along the tracks. The work, by Ashley Lee, celebrates our transportation heritage. The sponsor is Corlett, Probst, & Boyd.

14. “APRIL” is by Mary Palmer and Mary Eda Laing and is a floral relief of yellow roses on a brown horse. The sponsor is Chase Tower Leasing.

15. “WILD HORSES” is by photographer and Trail of Painted Ponies artist Ross Lampshire. The rearing-pose horse is the canvas for wild horses galloping across the open expanses of the Southwest. The sponsor of the artwork is America’s Fiberglass Animals.

16. “STRENGTH THROUGH CONTRIBUTION,” by well-known Colorado artist Ross Lampshire, features the contributions that made Wichita Falls what it is today. It includes an American flag, oil derrick and more. The sponsor is Albert Moving & Storage.

17. “CLAUDE” is the canvas for a fantastical Monet-inspired scene of water lilies on an emerald-green pond. Kim Ward painted the horse. The sponsor is state Sen. Craig Estes.

18. “RIDER FOAL” is by Rider High School’s senior art students and shows the falls on one side and the Midwestern State University cycling team on the other. The sponsor is Robert Monaghan.

19. Surprise auction items: Scottie Parsons, Richard Ash and Karl Umlauf, all celebrated and nationally-known artists, are each painting a mystery foal just for the auction.

20. Special raffle item: Glen Bacus has designed and painted a foal to complement his “Daydream” auction horse that will be unveiled and raffled."
Physical Address:
6th St at Ohio Ave
Wichita Falls, TX

Web site: [Web Link]

Horses Name: Pony Express

Background Story:
One of 40 painted horses, part of the Mane Event Leadership Wichita Falls Class of 2007 community art project.

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