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Wy'east artist gives nod to 'longrifle' enthusiasts

Watercolor show featured at chamber in November

Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wy’east Artisans Guild will bring Sandy a look at early mountain men through watercolor this November.

The 12-piece watercolor exhibition will be on display Nov. 3-27 during chamber hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the chamber office, 38979 Pioneer Blvd.

The watercolors, created by mountain artist Vern Groff, depict local “longrifle” enthusiasts, people who recreate and celebrate the lives and times of early mountain men.

Just as the original mountain men did, longrifle enthusiasts gather now and then in a rendezvous. CONTRIBUTED ART: VERNON GROFF - 'Roughing It' is a watercolor by Vernon Groff.

“Wearing their homemade authentic clothing, carrying powder horns, patch knives, ‘possible’ bags and anything they think might come in handy, they have friendly competitions with muzzle loading long-rifles, shotguns, hand guns and tomahawks,” wrote Groff in a press release.

His paintings are a brief look at the colorful, passionate group of people who devote themselves to celebrating old-time skills and individuality.

Receptions for the artist will be held at the chamber office from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.