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WOMEN WHO PAINTED THE WEST (PART 3): ILA MCAFEE

WOMEN WHO PAINTED THE WEST (PART 3): ILA MCAFEE

Young Ila McAfee (1897-1995) found little paper in her home so she drew her first full-sized horse on a page of the family Bible. She also painted on old envelopes, boxes and other books. Growing up near Gunnison, Colorado, McAfee says about riding to school ten miles each way, “Spending two or more hours on a horse every day, I became pretty well ...

WOMEN WHO PAINTED THE WEST (PART 2): HELEN HENDERSON CHAIN

WOMEN WHO PAINTED THE WEST (PART 2): HELEN HENDERSON CHAIN

Helen Henderson Chain (1849-1892) was the first woman to summit Colorado’s 14er Mount of the Holy Cross – and she climbed it wearing a corset, petticoats beneath a long skirt and while carrying an art supply pack and easel ...

WOMEN WHO PAINTED THE WEST (PART 1): EDITH HAMLIN

WOMEN WHO PAINTED THE WEST (PART 1): EDITH HAMLIN

If asked to name a western woman painter, who comes to mind? Most likely, Georgia O’Keeffe. You’ve seen her close-up flowers, landscapes, sculls and/or churches. Yet, there are hundreds of women who portrayed the West. During March, Women’s History Month, consider seeing and learning about the West through women’s eyes ...

The Original Colorado Ski Legend

The Original Colorado Ski Legend

One of Colorado’s most colorful pioneering personalitities was an itinerant Methodist Pastor named John Lewis Dyer, better known as Father Dyer. The “Father” title was not a religious one, but rather a nickname the miners gave him because he was much older (around 50 at the time he came to Colorado) than the average miner in his twenties.