Speedhorse, November 2013 - page 11

The final touches are then applied –
sandblasting and applying patina to the
piece to create the look that the artist
“So I took this class and thought, ‘Oh my
gosh! I just wanted something that you could
dip in the bronze,’” she remembers. “I didn’t
know what I was getting into. At the time,
I thought it was hot and heavy work, but I
decided I would take the class any way. I ended
up just loving the class!”
She enjoyed it so much – and discovered her
incredible talent – that for the past 11 years she
has been helping teach the course and helping
others discover their talents with sculpting and
creating bronzes, too.
“It’s a real fun deal,” Basey says. “Bacone
is one of the few colleges that even offers this.
It was real fortunate that I happened to live in
Muskogee. I was fortunate because I had never
done anything like this before, and I didn’t
know that I had any talent for doing this. I’ve
been pretty lucky.”
When she was contacted to do Izzy Legal’s
sculpture, she wanted to make sure the sculp-
ture was as life-like as possible, so she took
many photos of the horse.
“When I started his statue, I don’t know
how many pictures I took of that horse,” she
says. “I knew every inch of that horse. He is
such a sweetheart. I was just glad to do the
statue of him.
“A lot of my work, I instigated it with the
people because I have such a feeling,” she con-
tinues. “I just had to make that statue whether
they wanted it or not but, of course, they
always did want me to create it.”
While Basey has done a lot of sculptures of
animals and people, she seems to be drawn to
creating works of art involving animals.
“I always try to get several characteristics of
that animal,” she says. “They all have person-
alities – something in their eyes. I always try
to get that look. I’ve been lucky enough to get
that look. I’ve done people, but my real love is
The sculpture of Izzy Legal weighs approxi-
mately 50 pounds, even though it’s hollow.
A comparable statue by other artists would
probably weigh about 15 pounds because most
foundries pour the bronze real thin. Basey’s
biggest work of art – “The Sentry” – was cre-
ated in several pieces and weighs much more.
In 2005, Basey’s “The Sentry,” an eagle
statue, was dedicated at Honor Heights Park
in Muskogee. The large eagle bronze was
created in memory of Dr. Benjamin Gaston, a
Muskogee surgeon and veteran, and was also
dedicated in honor of our troops. As our troops
watch over our freedoms, the eagle watches
over the park.
“I’m real proud of that,” Basey says. “It’s the
largest piece that I’ve done. He’s like the guard-
ian of the park – I think of him like that.”
The six-foot eagle statue took approximately
three years to create.
“I had never done a bird like that, and this
was going to be such a prominent sculpture in
the park. When I finished, everybody thought
I was the bird expert,” she adds with a laugh.
“I became a pretty good bird expert, but I sure
wasn’t one to start with.”
Even though Basey had doubts about her
own talents when she first began, she is able to
share valuable advice with her students today.
“I was real proud to do ‘Izzy,’” she says. “I
was glad to be able to do that and I was so glad
that I took that class. I tell students that take
my class that they really don’t know what they
want to make: the clay decides. It will make
up its mind what it wants to do, and you just
follow along with it.”
Handicapping Helpers
AQHA’s Racing Aces will lead a social media
blitz leading up to the 2013 Bank of America
Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on
Nov. 9. There has never been a more action-
packed and exciting time for American Quarter
Horse Racing. Live racing is in full throttle at
Los Alamitos, Zia Park, Evangeline Downs,
Turf Paradise, Lone Star Park and Will Rogers
Downs, and the fields are shaping up for the
Bank of America Challenge Championships.
In an effort to let racing fans know of the
key upcoming racing events, the American
Quarter Horse Association will embark upon a
“Social Media Blitz” by the Racing Aces through
Nov. 9. Aces Denis Blake, Martha Claussen,
Jen Perkins and I will post daily updates on
Facebook and Twitter (@HorseRacingAces)
offering handicapping insights, including the
Texas Classic-G1, Golden State Million-G1
and LQHBA Futurity-RG1, as well as news
on the contenders headed to Los Alamitos to
compete in the 2013 Bank of America Challenge
“We feel that social media is an excellent
way to communicate up-to-the minute racing
news,” said AQHA Executive Director of
Racing Trey Buck. “The Aces follow race meets
across the country and can impart valuable
racing and handicapping information to fans.
It is our hope to create awareness of the current
and upcoming live meets and to attract more
followers to our industry.”
The Racing Aces program got underway in
2010 with an experienced group of American
Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred handicap-
pers, racing writers and publicists. For more
information on live racing, handicapping
or future Racing Ace appearances, visit the
American Quarter Horse Association website
at aqha.com/Racing or follow on Twitter: @
,  November 2013
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