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Autry Museum Market, Los Angeles CA, November 3-4
FIRST PLACE, "Watch the Birdie"

This piece could not be denied and won its category. 

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“I was impressed with the attention to detail…the shading of the eagle well as the designs of the beaded ornamentation to the outfits led me to vote for this drawing.  There was also a sense of humor about the drawing as illustrated by the "Birdie" and the faithful "Dog"…Monte's ledger drawing was well executed and deserved a first place ribbon." Judge, Emil Her Many Horses
Two very satisfied customers...and so nice to visit with.

For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook

BPH was commissioned the cover image for what's expected to be another Best Seller, For Indigenous Minds Only: a decolonization handbook, published by the School of American Research in Santa Fe NM.  His ledger piece is titled, "Releasing the Spirits of the Mind" and will be enjoyed around the globe.

click here to view book cover

"Brilliant work, Monte!  We are so honored to have your artwork included in this project!
Nina wopida ecic'iye. I give you many thanks."
-Waziyatawin, co-author

Click here to view book info and purchase

Red Nation Film Festival, Los Angeles, November 7 -14
Black Pinto Horse was asked by Jonanelle Romero, Founder of Red Nation & actress, to create the image for the 9th Annual Film Festival and Awards Gala- he gladly accepted, creating "Watch the Birdie"

"Monte- Imagin
e when I first reached out to you to make a poster for 9th Red Nation Film Festival and you went on to win this Award - so proud. We asked you to create an image for RNFF due to your vision and integrity of your work. Your work speaks for itself! It was an honor to have your vision and work associated with RNFF." 
- Joanelle Romero

Cherokee Art Market, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa OK, October 13-14
Left:  Margaret Roach Wheeler, Award Winning fashion designer chosen to speak at the Smithsonian & who just finished a runway in NYC- long admired by Emily who also longs for an original Mahota weaving.

A new collector chose "Blue Star" to gift to her husband; also the favorite piece of BPH which he finished a few days before.

16th Annual Harvest Moon Ball, Live Auction, East Glacier, September 22 

This years theme, Yellow Bird Moon, is a tribute to Elouise Cobell (Yellow Bird Woman), Blackfoot Confederacy.
She was an elder, activist, banker, rancher, a Native American Female leader, and lead plaintiff in the groundbreaking litigation Cobell vs. Salazar, which challenged the United States' mismanagement of trust funds belonging to more than 500,000 individual Native Americans. 

Yellow Bird Woman- 2nd highest selling
Elouise was a philanthropist, kind, compassionate friend & we will miss her. 
Your memory will live forever.

Cowboys and Indians, ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND

BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame saddling up for the 2012 summer season with a special art exhibit titled "Cowboys and Indians -Alive & Well Today" 

Approximately twenty artists from across the region will exhibit multiple pieces from May through September.

Steel Ponies Exhibit , Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN,
March- August

In conjunction with their Indian Motorcycle exhibit, BPH was commissioned 4 ledger works to enhance the theme in their shop.  He acquired antique Indian Moto. papers along with Evel Knievel gold tickets which he embellished with his bold colors.

Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 3-4
 "Buffalo Vision My Power Comes From the West" sold right out of the shoots and will be displayed on the wall of a cherished collector.  Barb has quite the collection  and we've been told her house is just like a museum of Black Pinto Horse originals.
 "A Harey Tale" was the fans favorite-
it sold right out of the shoots
and could have sold a few times more....
a commission to follow.

Click here to view Emily's work

Featured Artist, Indian Uprising Gallery, Bozeman MT, July 13-14

Tribal Reflections
"Tribal Reflections" is the theme & signature piece of this 2-day artist reception, however BPH's work will be featured through July and we welcome you to stop by. 

"For more than a decade the gallery has been dedicated to showcasing authentic contemporary American Indian Art from the Greater Plains region by award-winning Native artists.  Periodically we add to this outstanding reknown group to enhance the quality of our collection.  As of July Monte Yellow Bird will show his extraordinary works at Indian Uprising Gallery. It will be a great discovery for our clients and we are honored to give Monte a Bozeman outpost."    -Iris, Gallery Owner
Click here to visit their website,

Contemporary Indigeneity, The New Art of the Great Plains,
Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June-July

Click here to read press release

Black Pinto Horse is represented with 
"We'll Lead the Charge" 
at the museum's first juried exhibition.  
The awarding juror is artist and scholar, 
Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie
UNL graphic identifier
Other Exhibiting Artists:

Molly Murphy
Nacona Burgess
John Thein
Leonard Novak
Arthur Shortbull
Nelda Shrupp
Dwayne Wilcox

50th Chippewa Cree Powwow and Rodeo Poster Design
An honor to be chosen as the artist to design the poster, BPH approached it with great care and ease as he does with all his commissions. 

"Wings of Man, the Art of the Horse" Exhibit, Holter Museum, 
Helena MT, March 23- June 17

Fly Like An Eagle, Let My Spirit Carry Me

The title is taken from a Central Asian proverb that says the horses are the wings of man that allow him to soar. 

"We’re putting together artwork from the permanent collection with works by important artists from around the state. It will be impossible to have this exhibition without you work. Impossible."

-Yvonne Seng, Curator

Holter Museum Benefit Auction, Helena MT, June 15

Sharing the Gifts III, Emily Yellow Bird

He Gives His Arrows Away, BPH
Thank you, everyone, for the outstanding  art that you’ve donated to the 25th Anniversary Auction. We greatly appreciate all your support – and your generosity. 
-Yvonne Seng, Curator 
Gateway Center – 1710 National Avenue.  The event starts at 5:00 pm.  Dinner @ 6:00. Auction @ 7:00. Tickets are $75.  To order call, 406-442-6400,

41st Annual Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah OK, April - May
"Holding the Heart of the Seven Sage Ponies" was popular, receiving many votes for "Viewers Choice" 

This year’s annual exhibition included 93 Native American artists from 15 Tribal Nations featuring 162 art pieces. 

"The Cherokee National Historical Society Inc. is committed to being the best and most visited tribally specific educational museum in the world.  That means we are also committed to making the Trail of Tears Art Show the best in the country".

-Mickel Yantz, Museum Curator 
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Heard Indian Art Market, Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ, March 3- 4
Unfortunately we drove through terrible winter weather in MT, ID and UT and did not arrive in time to enter BPH's newest motorcycle ledger, Saddle Bags, into the Juried competition.  However, he had a wonderful show, selling more than any other show...just a few of the new collectors.

Featured Artist for the Select Benefit Auction, Big Brothers Big Sisters, February 10, Great Falls MT
Black Pinto Horse was the featured artist at this years fundraiser and interpreted his piece during the live auction.  

His donation, "And They Stood Before All of Creation and Became Part of All Good Things" sold to this lovely couple of Great Falls whom we had the pleasure of dining with, click here to view the original ledger.

We had a wonderful evening thanks to CEO,Tina Cubbage and staff members who worked tirelessly to ensure a successful event.

Winter Benefit Auctions, February 4, 2012, Montana
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT

Following the Chief Star

Paris Gibson Square Museum

Mother's Gift, Emily Yellow Bird, top right

Farewell, Forget Me Not, bottom right

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