To many aspiring Oklahoma artists, Robby McMurtry was a mentor and teacher. His wide-reaching career, however, included the titles of playwright, illustrator and novelist in addition to art teacher in Morris. The late McMurtry, who was of Comanche descent, and his work are examined in a new exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., in Oklahoma City. Coyote Songs – Desperado Dreams: The Art of Robby McMurtry opened in the fall and continues to exhibit the work telling his stories of place, history, people and their dreams. It also highlights 35 paintings and drawings by McMurtry, who died in 2012 in a yet baffling confrontation at his home with local law enforcement. The exhibit celebrates his legacy of inspiration and encouragement and remains open until May. For more information, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.