Cowboy artist's exhibit celebrates movement, color and energy of the rodeo
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Cowboy artist’s exhibit celebrates movement, color and energy of the rodeo

Cowboy artist Walter Piehl discusses his work at a reception Sunday for the opening of his retrospective show at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald 1 / 4 The only artwork that hung on the walls of Walter Piehl’s childhood home—other than a calendar—was the well-known picture of Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet, over the course of an art career which spans more than 50 years, Piehl has become one of North Dakota’s prominent artists, beloved and respected widely for his skill in capturing a blizzard of movement—like a cowboy atop a bucking bronco—on canvas with a paintbrush. Piehl’s favorite subjects flow from the rodeo arena, the prairie, the Old West, and the Native American experience in this part of the country. "I love history and the history of the West, the cattle industry—good, bad or indifferent," Piehl said. An exhibit of about 55 of his works, "Walter Piehl Retrospective," opened Sunday and continues through Jan. 13 at the North Dakota Museum of Art. "It represents a pretty good cross-section of my work, since I was a young adult," Piehl said. Museum Director Laurel Reuter said Piehl, as a young […]

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