Three New Paintings and a Children’s Book from Celebrated Narrative Artist Allan Mardon featured at Buffalo Bill Historical Center 32nd Annual Art Show & Sale

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Art Patrons, Collectors and Philanthropists the world over descending upon Cody, Wyoming, September 18th-21st.

“Legend of the Blue Horse”

The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefits the prestigious Buffalo Bill Historical Center and will be held in conjunction with the Center's Patrons Ball and Cody High Style, all part of Cody, Wyoming's annual "Rendezvous Royale Immerse Yourself in the Arts." Renowned Artist, Allan Mardon will be one of 100 artists featured as Western enthusiasts from around the world flock to see his three new works. In its 32nd year, the September event intends to raise over $2 million.

The State of Wyoming continues to be recognized the world over as both the preserver and celebrator of Western style and design traditions. It is the place to showcase the latest creative endeavors of seasoned professionals like Allan Mardon, along with fresh new talent – a wide variety of fine artists, artisans, fashion designers, and craftspeople. Mardon has participated since 1998 and is considered one of the most well regarded contributors.

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During the main event held in a beautifully decorated party tent adjacent to the museum, guests will view the full exhibition of over 100 spectacular original oil paintings, pastels, watercolors and bronze sculptures. They then will enjoy local cuisine and beverages during the spirited, four-hour auction.

Mardon has contributed three new works for this year’s Art Show & Sale:

1.    “Legend of the Blue Horse” will be a highlight of the Live Auction. The 40 x 52 inch colorful oil on canvas with custom frame portrays the deep, spiritual connection between a young Apsaalooke boy and his Pryor Mountain mustang. It is a story of great faith overcoming greed. The boy sings four special songs to escape a threatening enemy, enabling their dramatic flight across Dry Head Canyon. Nighthorses Fine Art & Publishing will simultaneously debut a children’s book by the same title, with a special book signing at the historic Chamberlin Inn on 12th Street on Wednesday afternoon the 18th.

2.    “832F” is in the juried Opening Miniature Show and Sale, a 11 x 14 inch oil on native birch board. The wolf known as 832F to researchers was the alpha female of Yellowstone Park’s highly visible Lamar Canyon pack. The animal was a tourist favorite for many years and had been one of the most photographed wild animals in the Park’s history. 832F and was the first wolf to have an obituary published in the New York Times.

3.    “Pryor Mountain Ponies” is one of 50 pieces invited for the Silent Auction. Captured on 26 x 26 inch oil on canvas with custom frame, the two painted mustangs are of the most significant wild horse breed in the United States, unique to Montana and Wyoming.

After retiring from a long and successful career as an illustrator in New York City, Allan Mardon began a series of paintings depicting the history and culture of Native Americans. Employing a primitive and narrative style inspired by the graphic beauty and legends of the Southwest, his paintings have been recognized by many of the major collectors and premier museums in this country. The Battle of Greasy Grass, Mardon's highly-acclaimed, mural-size depiction of the twenty-four hour Battle of Little Big Horn, graces the permanent collection of the Whitney Gallery of Western Art in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Mardon is in the midst of painting a second large epic narrative piece due for completion in 2014. It is focused on the charged positioning of the US Cavalry amidst the passive Sioux tribe prior to the tragic altercation at Wounded Knee. Mardon’s recent endeavors include the book The Narrative Art of Allan Mardon, and eight paintings which debuted at the Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming in late 2012. The show was called “A Sharper View of the West”, done in conjunction with Nighthorses Fine Art & Publishing founder, Ted Larsen, himself an artisan of collectible Damascus steel knives. Several of these paintings continued on tour to Jackson, Wyoming, to The Turpin Gallery.

Allan Mardon lives in the historic Barrio District of Tucson, Arizona, and is represented worldwide by Nighthorses Fine Art & Publishing. His 2009 book The Narrative Art of Allan Mardon is available in hard bound, perfect bound and a leather bound, limited Collector’s Edition in library presentation box with a unique piece of art. Elegant notecards of a selection of twelve classic Mardon paintings are also available.

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