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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rural Thursday - 10/18/2012


When we were in New Mexico last week, we visited the Hubbard Museum of the American West.
Before you even enter the museum, you get to see sculptor Dave McGary's wonderful exhibit titled "Free Spirits at Noisy Water," a string of eight larger-than-life bronze horses bounding down a hillside.
The museum features Western and Cowboy artifacts, Native American artifacts, lots of saddles, wagons and transportation vehicles; as well as educational programming and a changing exhibition program.
Many years ago, when my parents first moved to beautiful southeast Arizona, there was a museum in nearby Patagonia called the Anne C. Stradling Museum of the Horse. I have often wondered what happened to it and all the wonderful items there. Well, Anne Stradling was suffering from poor health in the late 80s and contacted the Hubbards in an effort to find a new home for her massive collection. Her Museum of the Horse is now part of the Hubbard Museum in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, proving that it truly is a small world. :)
Linking up with Rural Thursday.

12 comments:

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That exhibit sounds really interesting. Your photos capture it well!

TexWisGirl said...

really pretty. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh I love New Mexico. Great picture collage!

Buttons said...

Oh those bronze horses are amazing. Too bad. I would have loved to visit that museum. B

edenhills said...

What beautiful statues! That would be a great museum to visit. I'm glad Anne Stradling found a new home for her museum pieces.

SweetLand Farm said...

I like it. Very nice indeed.

Pat said...

Beautiful statues! They really capture the spirit of the horses.

nancy said...

Gorgeous art work!

Nancy Claeys said...

Love it when they put natural sculptures outside on land like this -- great captures, Candy. :)

Ida said...

Love these statues.

Marigold said...

Wow. Those look REAL!

Marie said...

Such beautiful bronze horses! And how wonderful that you found out what happened to the pieces from the SE Az museum...I am so glad they found a good home. Glad you got to see the museum in NM!

Missed you at the tea room! We definitely have to do it some time!