Saturday, April 5, 2008

Going Shopping

8 X 6 Oil on Masonite $125 includes shipping and insurance
SOLD to a collector in The Woodlands, Texas
I'm getting in the mood for our Wyoming Mountain Man Rendezvous trip. We discovered Pine Dale on the Green River accidentally last year. We stopped there to visit the Mountain Man Museum (which was fantastic, by the way) and found out that every 2nd weekend of July, a re-enactment of a rendezvous has been held since 1936. To quote Pine Dale's website:

What's a Rendezvous?
The first Green River Rendezvous in our area was held in 1833 near where the town of Daniel stands today. During the fur trade era of the 1820s-1840s, six of these summer gatherings were held near this locale. The cry "Meet me on the Green!" was a reminder and a reassurance to trappers, who spent isolated winters gathering beaver pelts, and to traders, who traveled many miles on hazardous trails. Mountain men, explorers and Indians all gathered "below the Green" to barter, sell, and swap items such as skins, pelts, guns, trinkets and necessary provisions for the coming winter. The Rendezvous lasted anywhere from a few days to several months and was a time for trappers to cash in hard-earned furs, renew acquaintances with old friends, tell tall tales, and celebrate another year of survival with plenty of rowdy fun.

This painting is from a photo taken by another artist friend at a historical re-enactment. I'm hoping to come home with many more like these, as well as photos of campsites, mountain men, cavalry and other historical figures.
Psalm 43:3
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

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