From living among the Wild Mustang in the rugged terrain of northern New Mexico for a year, to touring Wild Horse Public Land Management area's across the west, I have had the wonderful experience of learning the story of the wild mustang, up close and personal. I have shared in their daily lives experiencing their incredible beauty, strength and will to survive. An 'adopter' of our own wild mustangs only adds to the daily experience of knowing the wild mustang up close and personal.
Inspired from the beginning of the first wild mustang I painted from a visit to the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado with many visits following to several states of our nations western rangelands that the wild mustang calls home. Using the arts, I reflect the beauty and the spirit of one of our nations most historic living legends, The American Mustang.
Melody Perez, Artist Singer Songwriter
Running Horses Studio, LLC A working studio location in historic downtown Las Vegas, New Mexico Open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Come stop by and take a stroll through this quaint western community rich with history, full of galleries, resturants and shops to fill a day of fun ... You will find me upstairs off the plaza painting thu, fri and sat... along with making some music on fri or sat late afternoons filling the space with harmonies and songs of the wild mustangs whose presence fill the walls as they dance arrayed in color across the canvas... there is always something going on at the studio, be sure to check the Events page for special happenings! Running Horses Studio, a Working Studio located upstairs from 'Plaza Antiques' at the end of the plaza park
You can also find Original Fine Art and novelties by Running Horses Studio in the following locations:
WarDancer Designs and Gallery, located in the Plaza across from the Plaza Hotel in historic Las Vegas...a wonderful place for gifts and Fine Art from local artists, jewelers, potters, and the only Pendleton dealer in the Northern New Mexico, a delightful shopping experience of quality Arts. You can visit their website at www.wardancerdesigns.com
Mora Valley Spinning Mill and coffee house... located on Hwy 518 in the heart of historic Mora Valley, this spinning mill is rich in history offering tours along with exquisite hand woven and dyed yarns, along with rugs and other handcrafted Fine Arts of woven textiles, along with an array of other handcrafted items from soaps, lotions, paintings, photography and so much more. Be sure to stop and pay a visit from Taos to Las Vegas as this is a great stop off place. You can find the Mora Valley Spinning Mill on Facebook. The Grand Teton Gallery, located in Wyoming's historic Jackson Hole Art district off of Broadway St. downtown. A wonderful upscale gallery showcasing some of the wests finest art and sculpture. You can find them on the web at www.grandtetongallery.com
From Touring, to shows, to studio...from my heart, to yours...
I have had the incredible privilege of touring much of our west in the last few years. Living in the east most of my life and moving to the west has been such a wonderful experience. I have toured up and down the east coast from Florida to Maine, and of recent added states like South Dakota, Utah, Nevada, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico to the list of public rangelands and wild horse range and Wild Horse Sanctuaries across the west sharing the beauty of our American Wild Mustang. Enjoy the slide show of travels across the west, as my tours and travels continue I will add to the slideshow. You can join me from 'views from the window seat' seeing the immense beauty of our country and its wild inhabitants, and a window into my world...Perhaps you will be stirred much as I have been to step into the wild sage with blue skies overhead and wild thunder in the distance....I'll be 'running with the horses'...