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'Blue Dog' is star of Amarillo, Texas, art exhibition

The art icon “Blue Dog” travels to Texas in paintings for an exhibition at the Amarillo Museum of Art.
BY ELAINE WARNER Published: September 30, 2012

The exhibition is free at the Amarillo Museum of Art, located at 2200 South Van Buren on the Washington Street Campus of Amarillo College. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Other arts attractions

Other arty activities in Amarillo include the exhibition “America's Horse in Art” (through Nov. 10) at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. This combination show and sale features the works of more than 30 artists. Permanent exhibits showcase the versatility of the quarter horse, the history of the breed, and animals and owners who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of the quarter horse.

Perhaps no name is more associated with Amarillo art than Stanley Marsh 3 (he thinks III is too pretentious) — and no other name is more controversial. His ideas about art are either cutting edge or over the edge, depending on who you ask. One of the things for which he is responsible is the “Cadillac Ranch” on the west side of Amarillo, visible on the south side of Interstate 40. Public art, in the truest sense of the word, the 10 upended cars are fair (and legal) game for anyone feeling the yen to make their mark. The cars have been spray-painted for years and all “artists” are asked to do is to take away their empty spray cans.

Amarillo is approximately 250 miles west of Oklahoma City on I-40.

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