For someone to make the commitment to join us for the entirety of this ride — all 22 days — is quite something. It is most definitely a commitment worthy of honour. This week, I finally thought of a way to show our understanding of the magnitude of such an undertaking, and to show our appreciation.
A gift to these riders should be something that no one else has, or ever can have. It should be unique, and special. To that end, the Long Riders of 2011 will receive a signed, limited edition print of a pastel that has been commissioned specifically for them. The final design has not been decided upon, but will be evocative of the Crowsnest Pass and/or the Cowboy Trail. The artist who has agreed to do this is Cathy Compston. Here’s her bio:
Catharine Compston received her art training many years ago at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. She has illustrated a backcountry camping cookbook, Recipes for Roaming: Adventure Foods for the Canadian Rockies. After some busy years away from artistic pursuits, she found her preferred medium in soft pastels. She currently has a show of paintings at Gracious Goods Cafe in Edmonton. She participated in Art Walk on Whyte in July 2010, and especially enjoys capturing prairie landscapes. She’ll be back at Art Walk again this year (July 15-17) so do drop by and say hello.
I am quite excited to get this started. And I hope Long Riders will enjoy receiving the final product as much as I’ve enjoyed coming up with the idea.
To see Catherine’s work, visit her website.