I posted the Train Robbery Chess Set back in January of this year. It was an entry for the 2011 Calgary Stampede Western Art Show going on right now. I had serious doubts about entering a piece for this show, and I’m not one for contests, and I have never made a Western themed anything before. And ‘A Chess Set’ in a Fine Art Show????
Jordan took an interest in my work when I first joined here over a year ago, and he kind of coaxed me into doing something for the Stampede. For those of you who don’t know, Jordan Straker has more “Best in Show” Awards at that event then Michael Jordan has NBA Championship rings!!! I didn’t think any chess set would be accepted into any fine art show anywhere let alone something like the Stampede!, and when it was juried in for this year’s show last January, I was ecstatic. Today, I’m happy to report that the Train Robbery Set ( a wood carving) won the “Best New Artist” award at this year’s event beating out many of the traditionally favored oil paintings and bronze pieces. Chalk up another one for the “lumberjocks”.
If not for Jordan, none of this would have happened. Many of you are familiar with the events he has sponsored and taught us here. Selfless people like Jordan Straker are very few and far between, and one reason I am truly honored to be a part of this community with all of you…the members of Lumberjocks.com are tops in my book, there’s no other place like this anywhere.
Many thanks to Jordan and the rest of the Lumberjocks gang!!!