May 2009:
May is National Photography Month.
We salute all of you who make your careers in the challenging and rewarding world of photography.

In our May newsletter, we celebrate the release of our new book showcasing the spectacular work of renowned Western artist Charles Fritz, enter an illustrator’s world in Draw with Rob, and introduce you to a new e-newsletter segment on word etymology…so let’s get started.

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The Winning Caption

OwlsWinning Caption - "Geez, this economy is really turned upside down!"

Photo of burrowing owls by Lee Kline, Colorado Wildlife Portfolio.

Congrats to Brian Baxter, of Libby, Montana, the contest winner this month. Brian chose the book Birds in Place from www.FarcountryPress.com.

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Want to Win a Free Book?

Everyone loves free stuff! So send us a silly, side-splitting caption for this photo of a black bear cub by Donald M. Jones in Montana Wildlife Portfolio. If we pick your entry, we’ll send you the book of your choice from www.FarcountryPress.com—as well as feature your caption in next month’s newsletter.


Photo of black bear cub hangin out of tree by Don JonesSend us your funny caption for the photo of the cub to the left and win a free book!

Visit Donald and view his work at www.donaldmjones.com.

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Featured Author

Photo of Charlie Fritz and his new bookCharles Fritz, renowned Western artist and author of Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark—The Complete Collection.

Fritz shares a humorous experience from the decade he spent painting landscapes along the Lewis and Clark Trail:

“One evening I was painting along Captain Clark’s return route to St. Louis. I had my easel set up in a precarious spot along a gravel road in the beautiful farm country near Columbus, Montana. Suddenly an old pickup appeared, kicking up dust as it raced down the lane toward me. My first thought was to protect the fresh paint on my canvas, sure to be doused in a cloud of dust as the truck passed. The driver braked hard, jumped out of the truck, and headed toward me with the determined stride of Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator.’ The farmer in faded bibs continued straight at me, body all knotted up in rage; then just ten feet away he paused. His shoulders relaxed, his fists loosened, and face softened. He said, ‘Oh, I thought you were a surveyor.”

The Complete Collection of 100 paintings will be on display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, from June 6 to August 30, with an opening reception on June 27. www.BBHC.org.

For a signed limited edition in a beautiful, specially designed box, call Linda Netschert at 1-800-821-3874.

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Draw with Rob
Click HERE or on the comic below to read the entire strip!

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Visit Rob and view his work at www.robertrath.net.



Get Your Catalog
Click HERE for a copy of our 2009 catalog.


Photo by Donald M. Jones, www.donaldmjones.com.

Green bar. Not like a green room in any way.

Verbivore’s Feast
Been doing some spring cleaning? Radio host and author Chrysti the Wordsmith dusts off the original meaning of a popular springtime phrase.

Clean as a Whistle
If it’s clean as a whistle, it’s neat, tidy, and pure. But what exactly is the “whistle” doing in this simile?

The whistle featured in this cliché maybe one of the old-fashioned hand-hewn wood—often willow. Perhaps clean as a whistle refers to the smooth, clean surface of a willow stick after the bark has been removed to make a whistle. Another account has the original phrase clean as a whittle, again evoking the smooth texture of freshly skinned wood.


Verbivores IIOther sources claim that whistles, both metal and wood, must literally be clean and dry on the inside to produce their characteristic sound.

Most likely, though, the clean in this expression does not refer to the device’s sanitary condition but is rather a synonym for “clear” or “sharp.” With this in mind, clean as a whistle would mean “pure as the sound of a whistle.”

From Verbivore’s Feast, Second Course: More Word and Phrase Origins by Chrysti the Wordsmith. Also available is Verbivore’s Feast: A Banquet of Word and Phrase Origins.

Chrysti the Wordsmith is produced at KGLT-FM on the campus of Montana State University and is heard on Yellowstone Public Radio, Montana Public Radio, and Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.


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Commander in Leash
Jag
Before there was Bo, America's Commander in Leash,
there was Jag, the First Dog.
Click HERE to learn more!
Meet the Staff - May - Kelli StreetNAME: Kelli Street
JOB TITLE: Designer
YEARS WITH FCP: 4
DID YOU KNOW:
Kelli has equal servings of kids and pets (three of each). She spends her time gardening, baking, and working on her house. Kelli’s also a rookie quilter!

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In the News
Photographer Dave Peterson has been selected as the Artist in Residence at Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Jim Merritt profiles Western artist and author Charles Fritz and his new book Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark—The Complete Collection in the May issue of We Proceeded On. Visit the scholarly journal’s website www.LewisandClark.org.


New Releases
Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark—The Complete Collection
By Charles Fritz

Charlie Fritz - The Complete Collection
Memphis Impressions
By Bob Schatz
Memphis Impressions
Born Wild in Montana
By Donald M. Jones
Born Wild in Montana

Coming in June
Bug Feats
By Deborah Richie Oberbillig
Bug Feats of Montana
Moose of Yellowstone
and Grand Teton

By Henry H. Holdsworth

Moose of Yellowstone and Grand Teton

April Bestsellers
1. Who Pooped in the Park?
    Yellowstone National Park

2. Who Pooped in the Park?
    Glacier National Park

3. Glacier Day Hikes
4. Grand Canyon Impressions
5. Who Pooped in the Park?
    Grand Canyon National Park


Awards
Omaha Impressions won second place in the Midwest Travel Writers Association’s annual Mark Twain Awards. Congratulations to writer and photographer Mike Whye!

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Book Signings
ILLINOIS
May 9, 2-5pm
Chicago
Uncommon Ground, 1401 West Devon Avenue

Nancy Schumm Burgess and Ernest J. Schweit sign their new book Wisconsin Barns.

May 23, 2-4pm
Mount Prospect
Borders Books, 909 Elmhurst Rd

Nancy Schumm Burgess and Ernest J. Schweit sign their new book Wisconsin Barns.

VIRGINIA
May 9-10
Byrd Visitor Center, Shenandoah National Park
Wildflower Weekend

Ann and Rob Simpson host a wildflower presentation and photography discussion, as well as sign their books: Born Wild in Shenandoah, Born Wild in the Smokies, Shenandoah National Park: Simply Beautiful.

May 16-17
Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen
Ann and Rob Simpson host a wildflower presentation and photography discussion, as well as sign their books: Born Wild in Shenandoah, Born Wild in the Smokies, Shenandoah National Park: Simply Beautiful.

TV Appearances
ILLINOIS
May 14
Chicago’s WGN-TV interviews Nancy Schumm Burgess and Ernest J. Schweit, authors of Wisconsin Barns.


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