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May, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 4
In This Issue
Feature Story: Women Riding in the Far West....written by James Nottage
Featured Photo: Pictorial view of Western Americana....featuring Myron Beck
The Feed Bag: Route 66 Strawberry Cobbler
Auction Tips #3
Did You Know?: Sage Tips, Tidbits, Trivia and Terminology
Collector News
In The News: Some People Will Do Anything For Cards, Flowers and Phone Calls...
Dealer Spotlight: A closer look at Lewis Bobrick (We just call him "Lew-Bob")
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
Women Riding in the Far West

by James H. Nottage

A correspondent to a saddle and harness journal in the spring of 1894 wrote about California women abandoning the side saddle to ride astride.  It comes as no surprise that independent minded women in the West might cast "aside" the proprieties of Victorian manners, and after all, even equestrian traditions had to adapt to the needs and environments of the American West.

The idea of women riding astride surely shocked some readers.  The article noted that "western women, intrepid and defiant of conventionality, have arrived at a solution of the question, which to them is practicable."  A horseback ride in California meant to them more than a jaunt in the park.  For a woman, the author noted, it might be a half day journey, jumping fences, finding her way along perilous trails "where it is necessary to make it as easy for her horse as possible, as well as to have a sure seat and a comfortable position herself."

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 enrich our lives.  www.myronbeck.com
Recommended Reading
Ask Papa Jack: Wisdom of the World's Oldest CEO
by Steve Weil

"Papa Jack" Weil is to Western shirts what Henry Ford is to cars. At the age of 107, he was the oldest CEO in the world.

Published by Johnson Books
138 pages $15.95 hardcover
To obtain a review copy contact Molly Morgan mmorgan@bigearthpublishing.com
303 541 1505


Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas
by Jerry England

To learn more about Jerry's book and one in the works, visit www.cowboyup.com

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The Feed Bag
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Route 66 Strawberry Cobbler

1 qt. fresh strawberries
1/4 lb. butter
1 c. milk
1 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Whipped cream (optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Hull the strawberries. Melt butter in an 8x12 inch baking dish in preheated oven about 4 minutes. Remove dish from oven. Add milk, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon to the baking dish and stir until just mixed. Arrange strawberries, tips pointed up, on top of the batter. Bake cobbler in oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings.

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 #3
Show your dominance. Some bidders like to hide there interest by winking at the Auctioneer or bidding quietly. This method often backfires and allows someone else to get interested in the item. Don't be afraid to let everyone know you want this item. When you start the bidding by announcing to the auctioneer what you would like to start the bidding at, you will let everyone know you are very interested in this property and in some cases they will completely back off.

Did You Know?
  1. Collograph is a print made from an image built up with glue and sometimes other materials. The inked image is transferred from plate to paper and is simultaneously embossed. The name derives from "collage".
  2. In 1855, Los Angeles, California was a rough cow town, which averaged a murder a day. In one instance, the city's mayor resigned his position so that he could head a lynch mob, which stormed the jail to remove and then hang an inmate. When the inmate objected to being hanged by Mexicans, the Americans in the crowd took the rope and did it. Who says Los Angeles isn't the wild west?
  3. Named after the originated trading post, Wide Ruins designs usually have soft colors in a simple, horizontal pattern.
Collector News

Be A Curator of Your Own Museum. If you already have a collection, continue to add items to it, but now put effort into the arrangement and display of the items. First identify the central connection(s) between all items in your collection. Are there boundaries? For instance is there a price limit or size limit to the pieces that you include? Is there an esthetic judgment; do you include ugly examples?  Fakes? What other criteria do you have and what subgroups can you identify? Create a database that identifies the characteristics of each item within your collection. Remember to include where you located it, what it cost (if appropriate), description, etc. Now arrange your collection into a new display. Share your museum. www.42explore.com

In The News

Canny goes for a walkSome People Will Do Anything For Cards, Flowers and Phone Calls...
Danny Verrier - On the road back with a vengeance!

There likely wasn't anyone in our High Noon family who didn't stop in their tracks when they received the news that our Danny had had a stroke. No, not Danny! He's magnanimous, larger than life - he's invincible. Well, as we all learn at some point, much as we may think we're invincible - oops, we're not, and that's okay too. But, what's even more okay than our non-invincibility is that Danny is on the road to a stunningly quick recovery (no, surprise there - he's not known for his patience). And speaking of patients, one can only imagine that the RN's who cared for him during his hospital stay will never forget him...

Danny kicks a ballPrognosis? 100% recovery. He's already spending time each day in the office (can't keep a wild and crazy man down). The remainder of his day is spent with his fabulous wife Theresa who, shortly after his return home, had him practicing casting that fishing reel. They take walks, they go to the park, they play catch ...things we should all do with those we love for absolutely no reason at all other than to just enjoy it. A good reminder about what's really important in life.

We love you Danny and we promise we'll pay more attention to you so you don't have to go acting out like this☺

Dealer Spotlight

Lewis "Lew-Bob" BobrickLewis Bobrick
Lewis Bobrick Antiques

We just call him " Lew-Bob"

Lewis Bobrick, "Lew-Bob" to us at High Noon, has been an integral part of our family for a very long time (well, not that long, we're not old enough☺). While he's only been doing the High Noon Show for five years, we met Lewis over 15 years ago "setting up in Santa Fe" when he was just getting into the business, selling Indian rugs and jewelry.

How he even got into the world of collecting Native American was a bit of a fluke. As he tells it, he was originally a Persian rug dealer. Along his hunts he kept finding Native American rugs and realized "they were really cool." And the rest, as they say, is history.

Flash forward to 2009 and "Lew-Bob" is known nation-wide for his fine Native American and Mexican jewelry, and for the two things he is most passionate about - Indian beadwork and textiles. His gallery in Denver is filled with fine pottery, baskets, art, folk art and yes, that exquisite jewelry.

What started out by accident has become not only his livelihood but his life. Lucky for him for as he tells it: "The only two things I know how to do are build houses or be an antiques dealer - I'd be in real trouble if I had to be building houses right now."

When asked how he feels about the High Noon Show? "I always have so much fun and my expectations are always exceeded." Yes, we love you Lew-Bob!

Lewis Bobrick
Lewis Bobrick Antiques
1213 East 4th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 744-9203

Who's Who at High Noon

Each month, Smoke Signals will give a little insight into who makes High Noon happen.
This month meet Robin Ireland - the extraordinary woman behind the beauty of the High Noon catalog, website and all that makes us appear so regal.

Robin IrelandRobin Ireland
Designer Extraordinaire, Webmistress & High Noon Graphic Umpire

She's pretty amazing, our Robin Ireland, the person behind the richness and beauty of High Noon's advertising and auction catalog. Hard to believe that a biker chick from LA can crank out that kind of work...

Biker chick? Well, she grew up with a love of open spaces. A love she acquired on her summer cross country trips with her parents. How does a girl growing up in LA satisfy her thirst for the open range? Wind in her hair? She gets herself a motorcycle and hits the road...the perennial flower child with creative energy busting from her soul and a need to feel communion with the beauty of the world around her.

From the time Robin was a small child, she loved creating and building, combining both her artist and practical sides. From Tinker Toy skyscrapers to skyscraper web ads, if it needs to be built and built beautifully, she can do it. Truth be known, instead of designing websites, she'd rather have her hands in clay - instead of building databases, she'd relish casting bronze sculptures. When asked what her favorite job has been? Without hesitation, she replies the summer she spent working construction, building houses. She still drives by and sighs with pride that she helped create those structures. Lucky for High Noon, she decided to make a career using her artistic side in graphic design.  

First Motorcycle Ride, circa 1971That longing to build and create was the driving force behind Robin's course of study and degree in art and design. Her independent spirit led her to start her own design business in 1989 - Ireland Graphic Design. Happy 20th Anniversary Robin! Robin's repertoire of clients is national, from symphonies to summer camps - she makes the world a more beautiful place to look at.  Her independent spirit is expanded "giving back" by spending a great deal of her time teaching and mentoring young designers and artists. She's never too busy to answer a question or lend an artistic helping hand.

But what else does this crazy biker-chick-turned-designer do? Well, for starters, during baseball season, on any given Friday, you'll find her and her hubby of 24 years at a Dodgers game. Both passionate about baseball, one of their many mutual goals is to visit every baseball stadium in the country. They clipped off New England and New York last year and are looking toward the Midwest this year. To Robin, baseball reminds her of growing up - Dad always had a ball game on the radio. While an avid American League fan, Robin has compromised with her National League-preferring husband.

Robin, is a teacher, a friend and tireless, consummate professional and we are honored to have her in our High Noon family.

Robin Ireland
Ireland Graphic Design

Upcoming Events
Ongoing   Choices & Change- American Indian Artists in Southwest   Heard Museum North

May 16 & 17, 2009
   The Colorado Gun Collectors Show   Denver, CO @ Denver Merchandise Mart
May 16 & 17, 2009   Albuquerque Spring Antique Show & Charity Appraise-A-Thon   Lujan Center B, Albuquerque Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, NM
May 23, 2009 - May 25, 2009   35th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale   Prescott, AZ
June 12-13, 2009   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale   National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
June 26-28, 2009   Cody Old West Show & Auction   Denver, CO
July 16- July 19, 2009   California Rodeo Salinas   Salinas Sports Complex
August 7-9, 2009   The Great Southwestern Antique Show   State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, NM
August 8, 2009
   Buckarettes   Albuquerque, NM Expo State Fairgrounds
August 15-17, 2009   Whitehawk's Ethnographic Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
August 18-19, 2009
   Whitehawk's Antique Indian Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
September 10-12, 2009   Western Design Conference   Jackson Hole Wyoming (the Pavillion at Snow King Center)
September 22-26, 2009   Cody High Style: Designing The West   Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY
October 2-25, 2009   5th Annual Heart of the West Art Exhibition and Sale   National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
December 11, 12 & 13, 2009   11th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Christmas Art & Gear Show   Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA

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