The Artist Ride in South Dakota can create a world worthy of the next great artist.
- Written by Bill Markley
- Published August 31, 2007
A delirious blood-covered cavalry soldier rises up.
Firing his pistol, he makes a mad dash to run through the Lakota warriors. One warrior rushes forward and tomahawks the soldier to the ground. Shouting a cry of triumph, the warrior bends over the prostrate soldier, grabs his hair and places his knife to begin scalping. It grows quiet, except for clicking sounds.
“Okay! That’s great! You can stop now!” shouts Jim Hatzell, Artist Ride director, at a group of 20 Western artists taking photos.
Jay Red Hawk, the Lakota warrior, stands up, reaches his hand down to me and pulls me to my feet.
“Close shave for you, Bill,” says Jay, with a grin. “Lucky for you, Jim told us to quit!”
I tell him “I’m gettin’ too old for this,” but I don’t really mean it.
One weekend each August, Grant and Jo Dee Shearer’s 20,000-acre ranch near Wall, South Dakota, becomes a journey back into the Old West. Cowboy, Indian, Mountain Man, military and pioneer models rendezvous at the Artist Ride where approximately 50 artists set up the scenes and models to fit their vision of the West. Like Frederic Remington, who utilized his...
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