May/June 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 5
Our beloved culture of Cowboys and Indians is being refreshed and regenerated by contemporary artists. Is it possible that classic, organic design travels through time and generations? That the younger generation is taking note of our collecting spirits and sense of history and design? When you consider this concept, you probably are thinking about Texas ranch folks, Oklahoma artisans and blue sky Colorado craftsmen. But think again, this time in New York.
The 25th International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NY offered some surprises for us collectors. Julie Lasky of the New York Times
wrote a front-page article, entitled "Going for the Remix" last week. The attached photo is a vibrant example of an artist taking a classic Indian pipe bag design, peeling back essential layers, and channeling its essence by weaving the image into a contemporary wall hanging. Massan Dembele, a master weaver from Burkina Faso (just North of the Ivory coast in Africa) sits at his loom made from logs and bound with twine, operating the loom with bare feet, and weaves fish and feathers from images stored in his head from generations past.
This generation may be super-charged by the antique reality shows, looking at antiques in a different light. They are experimenting by incorporating classic patterns and designs into new objects. They make bookshelves from canoes cut in half. They have uber-contemporary homes, yet have a Navajo rug hanging over an Eames chair, with a background of early California tiles on the fireplace. A rough and tough cowboy's face hangs on the wall, his image blown up and transformed into into pop art, Andy Warhol style and 20 pair of colorful cowboy boots line a white bookshelf. And lately it has been told that a gold and silver, 3 piece cowboy buckle is beginning to show up in court on the suit pants of a prominent city attorney.
If this is history repeating itself, then bring it on, next generation! Give us your best (creative) shot and we'll give you the best inspiration.Linda Kohn Sherwood
|Featured Photography by Myron Beck|
The photo this month is by Myron Beck - Cattlemen
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
|Did You Know?|
The Colt Peacemaker
, the weapon that became known as "the gun that won the West" was a .45-caliber manufactured by Colt's Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1873. At the time it sold for $17.00.
was the most active gunfighting state, with some 160 shoot-outs from the 1850s through the 1890s
3. The Oregon Trail, from Independence, Missouri to Fort Vancouver, Washington measured 2,020 miles. An estimated 350,000 emigrants took the Oregon Trail but one out of seventeen would not survive the trip. The most common cause of death was cholera.
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Cauliflower Grilled Cheese with Jalepeño Aioli
We may have some vegetarians out there. If not, you just might be surprised by how delicious this sandwich tastes. Close your eyes and pretend there's no cauliflower (which gets a well deserved, very bad rap if not prepared correctly) and you may love it.
* 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and lightly chopped
Sandwich Ingredients for 2:
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/4 small head of cauliflower, sliced into flat, 3/8-inch-thick pieces
* Sea salt and fresh-cracked black pepper & a pinch of sugar to taste
* 4 slices whole-grain or favorite bread
* 4 ounces aged cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
* 1/2 cup baby arugula, washed and dried
* 2 slices of ripe, red, juicy tomato (ripe is the key so it's soft and just a little gushy)
* 1/2 tablespoon butter
* 1/2 - 1 tsp yellow curry (OPTIONAL: this is just my preference. Turns the cauliflower a bit yellow and gives it extra flavor, but it's not for everyone)
* 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise (NOT non-fat please)
* 1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
* 1/4 to 1/2 medium jalapeño, minced (discard the seeds and ribs if you want less heat)
* Pinch of sea salt
Directions1. Add the onion and 1½ tablespoons of the oil to a medium sauté pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened and caramelized, 20 to 25 minutes. (You'll have about ½ cup of onion.)
2. Gently toss the cauliflower pieces with the remaining 1½ tablespoons of oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar, then spread the cauliflower in a flat layer in the pan. Sauté for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender. Use a rubber spatula to flip the cauliflower, then sauté another 5 minutes, or until golden brown, watching carefully to make sure the pieces don't burn.
3. Combine all the aioli ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread both slices of bread with aioli. Layer 1 slice with caramelized onions, roasted cauliflower, shredded cheese, tomato, and arugula. Top with the other slice of bread. Add the butter to the pan used to caramelize the onion (fewer dishes for you!), heat the pan over medium-low heat, and add the sandwich (the bread closest to the cheese layer should be on the bottom).
Cook the sandwich for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown and the cheese is melting, applying pressure to the top of the sandwich with your spatula or a weighted plate. Flip the sandwich and brown the other side, about 3 or 4 minutes. Slice the sandwich in half before serving.
This sandwich may change your mind about veggies! If so we'll consider cauliflower soup one of these days. Don't be frightened - it's delicious!
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.
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June 21-23, 2013
Denver Old West
Show & Auction
The Denver Mart Expo Building, Denver, CO
Buy, sell, and trade with over 200 dealers at the Denver Old West Show
for the 24th annual sale of authentic cowboy, Indian and western collectibles, antiques, art, jewelry, historic firearms, apparel, spurs, saddles, and other fine antique and contemporary merchandise. The exciting, live Saturday night Denver Old West Auction
will see over 300 lots of fine western art, artifacts and collectibles cross the block, including items from the personal collection of Clayton Moore, television's original Lone Ranger. Auction catalogs, show coupons and all the details at denveroldwest.com
|In the News II|
Two National Museum of Wildlife Art Books Receive Western Heritage Awards
Exhibition-related titles win 2013 "Wranglers"
for outstanding photography, art.
2013 "Wrangler" winners: left, Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct by Adam Duncan Harris; right, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West (© William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock).
Jackson Hole, Wyoming - April 23, 2013 - Two books created to accompany exhibitions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole were honored Saturday night with Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West
(National Geographic Books, October 2012) won for Outstanding Photography Book, and Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct
(University of Oklahoma Press, June 2012) won for Outstanding Art Book at the April 20 awards banquet at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.
On hand at the awards event to accept a Wrangler - the bronze cowboy on horseback statue presented to each Western Heritage Award honoree - for National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West
was James C. McNutt, president and CEO of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. McNutt, together with collaborators Rich Clarkson of Denver and Susan Straight of National Geographic Books, organized the project, sponsored by the Mays Family Foundation, that produced the photography book winner. The book accompanied a nationwide exhibit of the same name. Said the National Cowboy Museum about the book, "The photographs weave together a visual tapestry of this rich, varied and enduring landscape that is the American West."
Adam Duncan Harris, curator of art for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, was also in Oklahoma City to receive a Wrangler as editor of Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct
, the art book winner that was published with support of Lynn and Foster Friess and the Bob Kuhn Memorial Fund. Also created to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the "lavishly illustrated volume is sure to further establish Bob Kuhn's place in the pantheon of late-20th-century American artists," said the National Cowboy Museum about the title.
Tough by Nature
Portraits of Cowgirls of the American West
By Lynda Lanker
Foreword by Larry McMurtry, Introduction by Sandra Day O'Connor, Afterword by Maya Angelou. Lanker's search for ranch women and cowgirls across western US has taken her thousands of miles to ranches and homes in thirteen states. What she discovered underscores the timeliness and importance of her creative accomplishment, for these women and their way of life are quickly disappearing. The matriarchs of the West - those women who played the essential roles of hard-working ranchers, mothers, cowgirls, wives, and homemakers-are simply vanishing. Introduced at the Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, Texas in May.
Larkspur Fine Arts
"The kind of addict we love!"
By Jayne Skeff
For 35 years, "I've been seriously addicted to Western and California art. It's a serious problem but one I really enjoy!" Virginia comments with a laugh.
It all really began in 1978 when she met her husband Bill Hilligoss in Northern California. They were both passionate about art and had collected some pieces but together they took their addiction and their passion to new heights. They had been primarily collecting Northern California landscapes until, one day they discovered Edward Borein and that changed everything.
Edward Borein led to Western art which led to Cowboys and Indians which led to a collection so large they had to open a gallery so they could continue buying, selling and feeding their addiction. And so, Larkspur Fine Arts
was born. They had galleries in both Larkspur and San Francisco for a number of years then moved to Palm Springs in the late 1980s where they operated a gallery until the mid-1900's.
Their passion and interests continued to expand and today Virginia (Bill passed in 2001) has narrowed her favorite artists to Henry Balink followed by Will Sparks, Gunnar Widforss and J R Willis. But these pieces do not include the 10 years she and Bill spent compiling an incredible 20 volume set of books on the works and photogravures of Edward S Curtis.
But there's a whole lot more to Virginia than art collecting. Her addiction runs to promoting and sustaining art for generations to come. Almost 28 years ago, Virginia joined the Western Art Council
at the Palm Springs Art Museum
. She has served as the Chairman, Membership Chair and silent auction organizer to name just a few positions. As she says it though, "I'm there to make sure that Contemporary Art doesn't overrun the Museum. I think they think I'm a bit of pain in the butt but I get things done." Well, the Palm Springs Art Museum must not think she's such a pain, because last year in 2012 they honored Virginia with the coveted George Montgomery Award
for her 28 years of unwavering commitment, dedication and service to the Museum and the Western arts community at large. Well done Virginia! "It was so nice to be honored and finally be recognized for all my hard work."
Virginia's next project at the Museum will be helping coordinate the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Western Art Council
at the Palm Springs Art Museum
. While the Museum is also celebrating it's 75th anniversary, Virginia is very excited to announce that a special exhibit of the works of George Catlin will be opening at the end of October.
When Virginia is not holding court at the Art Museum, she's the "Otis Spunkmeyer Queen" in Palm Springs. She giggled at that one... By day, Virginia works with the Otis Spunkmeyer Company and Helen Grace Chocolates, coordinating the sale of these (also) addicting yummies to help schools raise money for special projects.
From the finest Western art to the decadent chocolates, Virginia has her hands full either fighting or feeding addictions from both sides. She's our gal and so happy she's part of the High Noon family.
Larkspur Fine Arts
Palm Springs, CAhilligoss@verizon.net
This month we feature a little cowboy poetry by Ron Shultz...
Be very careful what you say or do
Or some committee will be coming after you.
I'm tired of folks whining like a hungry pup.
Come on America, it's time to Cowboy Up!
Our ancestors came to a rough, untamed land
And faced their hardships like a woman and a man.
We once matured into gentlemen and ladies.
Now, we're raising spoiled, crying babies.
When times got rough, we took it on the chin.
Now, we want someone to blame and a lawyer who can win.
Groups abound so we are quickly defended
When we lack back bone and are so easily offended!
When a rider's been thrown and he starts to feel down.
His pardners say, "Cowboy Up!" to bring him back around.
There are too many lazy folks rattling their cup.
Come on, America, it's time to Cowboy Up!
We surely have our problems and we so easily sin,
But nothing will change unless we all chip in.
One day there will be no table at which you can sup
Unless Americans quit their cryin' and COWBOY UP!
"I wrote my books so that my grandchildren would have a tangible spiritual blessing should I catch the next train to Glory. I am a Desktop Engineer Associate to pay the bills and provide IT services for small churches who cannot afford help. I also minister on the Internet by posting and sending sermons to various groups. I write poetry when I can and have published two books. In my spare time, I am "Paw-Paw" to six grandchildren in Fort Worth and one in Cleburne. Without God's grace and my wife's support I wouldn't have energy for any of this!!!" http://www.mavmin.org/page15.html
Reel Cowboys of Western Cinema
A Century of Silver Screen Heroes on Horseback
No. 14 in the series
By Gary Eugene Brown
One of the early celluloid stars of tinsel town, before he became popular, was a champion weightlifter with a thick European accent...no, not the guy who became Governor of California. His parents, of Polish decent, migrated from Lithuania to the USA, fleeing Russian dominance. One of their three sons went on to Hollywood in the Golden Era, seeking fame and fortune. He became a cowboy film hero, even though he didn't know how to ride. He went on to become one of the most popular actors in the cliffhangers. It was in the popular chapter serials of the era where he would become cinema's first "Super Hero." During his days of playing a cowboy leading man in B westerns, he landed a small, yet memorable role in a classic A western directed by the master John Ford. He would go on to play bit parts in films for the rest of his career, often as a "heavy", until an incurable disease turned the former Super Hero into a mere mortal man. He was loved by those who spent their nickels at the Saturday matinee to watch one of his cowboy movies and perhaps a chapter from one of his several serials. He was the one and only Vincent Markowski...oops...perhaps you might remember him as:
The Markowski's settled in Port Henry, New York, a small fishing village on the West bank of Lake Champlain. Frank Markowski worked in the nearby coal mines. Vincent was born there on August 9. 1903, one of five siblings (two brothers and two sisters). The family moved to Hamtramck, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, a Polish enclave when Vincent was 15. They had received news that the Henry Ford, "horseless carriage" plant was in need of workers. During high school Vincent became interested in the sport of weight lifting.
According to the well-researched book, The Tom Tyler Story
by Mike Chapman with Bobby Copeland, Vincent, even though he was mild mannered and shy, was intrigued with the possibility of becoming a thespian. This is not surprising, as many actors are basically introverts. Acting enables them to display their repressed, inner self. He began by experimenting in changing his appearance using a "theatrical make-up kit." Later, Vincent entered and won a strong man contest in a local theater. A talent scout, who was in the audience, advised him he should go to Hollywood. His mother had noticed that when they walked down the street, the young women would turn their heads to watch her son...there was a reason: he was a big, good looking guy in his early 20s...the makings of a motion picture star. Vincent decided he would try his luck in Hollywood and borrowed money from his sister Mollie to make the long trip. Off to California, land of sunshine, orange groves, pretty girls, the Pacific Ocean and perhaps a career in the relatively new art form of cinema.
|Roaming Range Reporter|
Prestigious Governor's Award to Aplan's
By Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns
Away back in the B.C. years the famous Roman writer, politician and orator Cicero commented, "Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge."
Jim Aplan, co-owner/operator of ANTIQUES & ART near Piedmont, South Dakota seemed to understand that even when he was a child, dwelling along the bank of the Missouri River, where so much history was made. His grandfather Frank Fischer was one of the original Fischer Brothers who ran Fort Pierre's big General Store, hub of most everything in that area from 1889 onward. Jim literally grew up in that store. While giving his acceptance speech for the Governor's Individual Award for Historical Preservation at the South Dakota History Conference in Rapid City on Saturday, Jim recalled that experience, saying, "By age six we [he, sister and brother] could wait on customers, count back change, and wrap Christmas presents." Jim self-deprecatingly referred to himself as "the dumb one" of three siblings, yet the one who "had all the fun." Some of his earliest "fun" was sifting through the City Dump, conveniently located on the banks of the Missouri just a block from the store. Because of Fort Pierre's location on an ancient Indian village and later villages like Old Fort Pierre, the soil itself coughed up history...including the famous Venderye Plate. Such wealth was not lost on young Jim Aplan, who rescued many a precious artifact and ferreted it to his treasure repository in a large room above the store. He enumerated "Guns, books, Indian and cowboy relics, photographs and other stuff that I thought interesting."
Thus began a lifelong love of historic items which turned Jim into a self-proclaimed "fanatical collector of stuff." Jim recalled that when an "early boyhood chum" with whom he broke horses lent him a copy of Lone Cowboy by Will James, "my life was forever changed. From that point on, all I wanted to be was a cowboy and a trapper." Early morning runs on his city trap line which yielded skunks, coyotes and beaver did not make Jim popular at school...but the horse he acquired at age nine did set him on the cowboy trail. He recalled that his "cowboy career, following the path of Casey Tibbs and other local cowboys" led him across the Midwest, East Coast and Upper Canada, where he was constantly on the lookout for more stuff to acquire. Jim rode bulls and other rough stock, and did a fine job of clowning the rodeos as well.
Jim was imbued with his mother's love of books and art, so those items figured strongly into his stuff - until he claims, "I woke up one day and I had over 700 pieces of mostly South Dakota art." That joined his "personal library" which had amazingly grown to "some 13,000 volumes, anything South Dakota, Cowboys, Indians, Guns and Artifacts."Jim's late blooming interest in the history of his father's side of the family yielded rich rewards...an ancestor receiving a medal for Revolutionary War service as a Captain under George Rogers Clark...lengthy Fur Trade history on the Upper Missouri with a great-great grandfather scouting for the Army, spending time at Fort Laramie, being at the Grattan Massacre and the 1825 Green River Rendezvous. That same forbear guided Mormon settlers and 1849 gold seekers, and was "interpreter, and signed for the Sioux" at the 1868 Treaty. Amazingly, the other side of Jim's family, through his great-great grandmother, was instrumental in that same Treaty signing. They pioneered in Colorado, and were spoken of as educated white men who were "writers" of the very understandable 1868 treaty presented to the Sioux. Guides, interpreters, trading post operators, they knew everyone. Jim Bridger notably said they were the "best men on the plains" because they always represented the Indians well and held their best interest to heart. One, married to a relative of Red Cloud, is buried beside him-at Red Cloud's request.
Jim insists, "I've had all the fun - collecting, buying, selling, trading and just finding things and returning many of them to South Dakota." Far too modest about his vast knowledge of area history, Jim insists he finds answers in his library or "knows who to ask", referencing many regional historians including the late Bob Lee, Mabel Brown and Watson Parker. Introducing his wife and partner Peggy Kaubisch Aplan, "from a family of Lawrence, Meade, and Perkins County ranchers and pioneers" Jim said, "As I grow older my success depends mostly upon her." Deep pride was evident in Jim's voice as he told Conference participants, "She runs our rare book business of some 30,000 volumes - cataloging, researching and shipping books to points all over the world." Ranch and sawmill operators along with being good musicians "much in demand at funerals and dances," Peggy's forbears were pillars of their communities. As a heavy equipment operator, her father helped civilization's march by building many roads and earthen dams between the Black Hills and Cheyenne River.
History is one of Peg's chief passions, with particular devotion to the Old Fort Meade Museum, of which she is President. She highlighted the camp's history for Conference attendees, explaining how it was established during the winter of 1878-79 to "provide military protection against the Sioux for gold-seekers and settlers who had invaded the region both before and after the Black Hills Treaty of 1877." Peg said it replaced Camp J.C. Sturgis, established six months earlier; and that the site - strategically located on a main Indian trail and near the confluence of the Bismarck, Fort Pierre and Sidney trails, at the mouth of the natural gap in the Black Hills outer rim - was reportedly selected by noted Civil War cavalry leader General Phil Sheridan. First called Camp Rhulen after 17th Infantry Quartermaster officer Lt. George Ruhlen, the Fort's present name was bestowed to honor another Civil War hero, General George Meade. Some outstanding features of the Fort's history highlighted by Peg included their use of the Star Spangled Banner as "official music for the military retreat ceremony long before it became our National Anthem"; along with the official retirement, with military honors, of the lone surviving Cavalry mount Commanche, and the reformed 7th Cavalry serving as first permanent garrison of the post. Peg's pride shone as she pointed out Fort Meade's longevity, saying, "It has outlived all other frontier posts of the Upper Missouri West, surviving as a military installation until 1944, when it became a Veterans Administration Hospital." The preservation of so much, including "mementos of the colorful units and troopers who served here" was lauded, as Peg spoke of the Old Fort Meade Museum's many displays.
During her Presidency the building has been upgraded, involving much re-construction. This year's project is their first traveling exhibit, showcasing the "Unquiet Utes" - the story and history of the Ute during their encampment at Fort Meade, at the Rapid City Indian School, working on the railroad, and their departure for Utah or the Cheyenne River Reservation. Perhaps most notable in Peg Aplan's leadership of Old Fort Meade was the night the Black Hills wagon train visited. The expected crowd estimate was 300 to 400...before it was over they had "personally greeted and welcomed" - and fed - a crowd exceeding 1200! Peg extended a warm invitation to visit the Museum this summer, and gave credit for its success to "a great board...wonderful and hard working staff...many volunteers...and those who have faith in giving us a grant or donation." Jim and Peg Aplan, who preach the gospel of South Dakota and Western History nationwide - traveling each month with their business ANTIQUES & ART to a major antique, art, or gun show, anywhere from Los Angeles to Chicago - are certainly most worthy recipients of the coveted Governor's Award for Historical Preservation in South Dakota. They both love the travel, stopping at museums or places of history. Peg says "Jim shares his knowledge and wisdom as we travel, always buying 'just one more book' and reading it that night...sharing the story as we travel on the next day."
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June 21-23, 2013 Brian Lebel's Denver Old West Show & Auction Denver, CO
June 27 - July 7, 2013 Greeley Stampede Greeley, CO
July 5-14, 2013 Calgary Stampede Calgary Alberta, CANADA
July 12-14, 2013 Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow Fairbanks, AK
July 17-21, 2013 Reining by the Bay Woodside, CA
August 20, 2013 Cowboy Cantina Oklahoma City, OK
September 18-21, 2013 Rendevous Royal Cody, WY
October 18 - January 4, 2014 2013 Western Trapping on The Llano Llano, TX
October 24, 2013 38th Annual Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon Fort Worth, TX
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Our magazine was founded in 2010 from our desire to share thoughts and facts with and from our High Noon family. We write about what we know (cowboy and Indian artifacts), highlight dealers and collectors, their thoughts and memories. We also love to feed our readers with great recipes. We offer free western music, a look at factoids intrinsic to our interests, give you insight into the newest books and tell you what is going on across the United States.
And hopefully we educate along the way.
Linda Kohn Sherwood, Editor
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