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March, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 2
In This Issue
Feature Story: The Economy and Collecting....written by James Nottage
Featured Photo: Pictorial view of Western Americana....featuring Myron Beck
Collector News: The Art of Investing
The Feed Bag: Cowtown Coleslaw
Auction Tips #1
Did You Know?: Sage Tips, Tidbits, Trivia and Terminology
In The News: Tyler Crow...We Knew Him When...
Dealer Spotlight: A closer look at Jack Slaughter (Gallery of the Old West)
Who's Who at High Noon: A little insight into who makes High Noon happen
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story
James Nottage
The Economy and Collecting

by James H. Nottage

Albert Nottage worked his way through the Great Depression as a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad. Through those hard economic times, he managed to create a world-class collection of American coins. For him, those were tough financial times, but there were also real opportunities to collect. Just as we have justifiable concerns about money today, these could be good times to collect as well.
      In writing about this subject, be assured that I have no crystal ball. I cannot tell you with certainty about what will happen to the value of great spurs, important saddles, significant Indian objects, or Western paintings. I can offer opinions about short-term opportunities that as a collector you might keep in mind.

Featured Photo by Myron Beck
Myron Beck Photo
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrichen our lives.  www.myronbeck.com
Collector News
The Art of Investing

published in Western Art & Architecture Winter/Spring 2009

"...many investors have turned to alternative investment opportunities to replace or support their existing holdings. While fine art collecting has often been viewed as a luxury investment for a small group of affluent individuals, it is increasingly becoming a safe and stable alternative to traditional investments."

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The Feed Bag
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Cowtown Coleslaw
6 servings

5 cups juliened green cabbage (about 1 head)
1 cups julienned red cabbage (about 1/3 head)
2 carrots, peeled and julienned
3 jalapeno peppers julienned - no stems, no seeds
1 cup low-fat yogurt
cup malt vinegar
2 TB Dijon mustard
1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tablespoon celery seed
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Place all the vegetables in a large bowl.  In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt (or mayonaise if you prefer), vinegar, sugar, lime juice.  Pour the dressing over the vegetables. season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Set aside in the chuck wagon or refrigerator until serving time. It is best made served on the same day.

Goes great with Ranch Beans (see last month's newsletter for recipe)

Help us "Put on the Feed Bag!" Appetize us with your favorite cowboy cuisine. Send us a recipe or culinary creation - keeping the traditions of the American West alive is about the great food too! From ribs to rhubarb, campfire food to a great bowl of chili - we Wild West epicureans want to know.
Submissions welcome at SmokeSignals@highnoon.com.

Auction Tips

Tip #1
Inspect the merchandise you are planning to bid on before the Auction. Get to the Auction early, and pick out the items you would like to bid on, and inspect them thoroughly. By fully inspecting the items you have a working knowledge of the items as they are being sold. Take notes of the items you are interested in.
Did You Know?
  1. A popular design, Avanu (the water serpent), is often seen in the Native American art of the Southwest, particularly pottery signifying the prayer for and representation of water, critical for life in the desert.
  2. The first gold strike in the Old West was made by Jose Ortiz in 1832 south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in what would quickly become the boom town of Delores.
  3. Daguerrotype is an early photographic process (invented in 1839) where the impression made on light-sensitive silver-coated metal plate is developed by mercury vapor.  Each is an original since no duplication process exists.
In The News

Tyler CrowA Look to the Future: We All Will Say "We Knew Him When..."
Tyler Crow - Cowboy Artist

While the saying goes "there are only two things certain in life -death and taxes," we at High Noon would like to add a third - that Tyler Crow will be one of the preeminent Cowboy artists of America.

Tyler was dearly missed by so many of us this year in Phoenix. Over the past few years, his young infectious charm and enthusiasm lit up the show as he spent his time working with Jacquie Smiley and Justin Walker, talking to people, learning the business and sketching amazing drawings of life as a cowboy.
Dealer Spotlight
Jack Slaughter
Jack Slaughter
Gallery of the Old West

The Dealer The Historian The Gentleman

Jack has been part of our High Noon Family since our first show in Mesa 19 years ago. Jack is known nation-wide for his knowledge and collection of antique guns - specifically Colts and Winchesters. With his reserved demeanor, he keeps his passion for his field of expertise quietly under wraps until you start asking some questions then his face lights up with that elegant smile and the stories begin to unfold.
Who's Who at High Noon
Each month, Smoke Signals will give a little insight into who makes High Noon happen. This month, we'd like you to meet the real Audrey Roberts - aka, the "nerve center" of High Noon - without her we'd all be adrift in a tumultuous sea of tumbleweed.

Audrey and GregAudrey Roberts
High Noon Office Manager Show Manager World Traveler

For the past 12 years, Audrey has been the "afternoon voice" of High Noon. It's her signature sunshiny tone when she answers the phone that says you've called the right place. Good day, bad day, a stressed-to-the-max, it doesn't matter to Audrey, she'll never let on. Her first priority is to take care of anything you might need. If she doesn't know the answer, she'll find out and she will call you back. Let's call her the "nerve center" of the office - it all rotates around Audrey.

Whether it's her job or her personal life, Audrey goes to mat, leaving no stone unturned or opportunity overlooked.

When she's not "High Nooning" Audrey spends her time living life to the fullest with her foremost passion being travel. He personal goal is to see every corner of the earth. So far, she's banked Alaska, China, London, Spain and France with Costa Rica next on the list. These adventures she shares with husband Greg Simoes who she met about nine years ago through an online dating site.

Many of us know Greg as the official High Noon shuttle driver each year at the show. But did you know that you were being shuttled by the Exhalted Ruler of the Culver City Elks Lodge? Bet not. That would make Audrey the First Lady of the Elks Lodge, a role she embraces with pride. She and Greg work tirelessly and selflessly in their respective roles dedicating their time to producing fundraisers for homeless shelters and charity benefits for children of disadvantaged and low-income families.

Sugar and SpiceNot traveling or fundraising? Audrey and Greg hit the town going to dances, plays, and concerts. Comments Linda Kohn Sherwood: "Audrey and Greg go to more cultural and entertainment events than anyone else I know in Los Angeles!"

Linda comments further that "Audrey has won more contests than anyone I know as well."  Whether it's dialing into a radio station or entering a sweepstakes, Audrey has won concert tickets, movie tickets, money, a stereo system, gifts... you name it, she's won it. Maybe she'll win a trip around the world next - that would be perfect!

And the end of a long day or after returning from a long trip, Audrey snuggles up with the two real loves in her life, Sugar and Spice, her precious calico cats. Perhaps she's just a home girl at heart.
Upcoming Events

March 15 - June 14, 2009
   "In Contemporary Rhythm" The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein    Phoenix Art Museum
March 16 - April 1, 2009   "We are about beauty"- Hopi Artwork   Heard Museum North
March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2009   2009 Scottsdale Spring Horse Shows   Westworld of Scottsdale
March 19, 2009   Festival of the West   Westworld of Scottsdale
April 2 - 5, 2009   A Symposium on Stagecoaches and other Horse-drawn Vehicles and Dinner-Dance   Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum
May 23, 2009 - May 25, 2009   35th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale   Prescott, AZ
June 12 - 13   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale   National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
June 26-28   Cody Old West Show & Auction   Denver, CO

Send event submissions to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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Chief Publisher: High Noon Western Americana
Chief Editor: Linda Kohn Sherwood
Chief Art Director: Robin Ireland, Ireland Graphic Design
Chief Writer: Jayne Skeff, JSLA Media Solutions