St. Louis area artist Michael Haynes returns to Fort Mandan Friday, April 7 to unveil the sixth and final painting in a series commissioned by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. "Departure from Fort Mandan" will be added to the Foundation's collection at 4:00 p.m., precisely 201 years after Lewis & Clark set out from the fort on their westward expedition.
Haynes will also be signing limited editions prints of the painting, as well as others in the series, available for purchase. He will also sign editions of his book, "Tailor Made, Trail Worn", co-authored with Robert Moore, Jr.
The painting is the final in a series commissioned by the Foundation, with each piece sponsored by a benefactor. "Departure from Fort Mandan" is made possible by a gift from Agnes Sheldon Griffin of Seattle, in honor of Weyburn and Dorothy Johnson. Michael Haynes' appearance at Fort Mandan is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which is funded by the North Dakota Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
On Saturday April 8 at 10:30 a.m. the Foundation hosts a "Brunch with the Artist", at the Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center. Over brunch, Haynes will demonstrate his unique watercolor technique for the first time, as well as discuss the historical research he puts into each painting. Haynes has built a national reputation by bringing the moments of the past to the present for us to experience today. This special brunch requires an RSVP as seating is limited. The cost is just $12 for members and $18 for non-members. Call the Foundation at 877-462-8535 or 462-8535 to reserve your place.
Historic themes continue at Knife River Indian Villages in Stanton in the afternoon with "A New Beginning" featuring presentations on the women of the earthlodges and a beading workshop as well as Michael Haynes revealing the background of his painting "Knife River Spring". Activities begin at 1:00 p.m., CDT.
Haynes will have one more presentation before returning home on Sunday, April 9, at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck at 2:00 p.m. as part of the "April is for Authors" series of the North Dakota Center of the Book, a program of the North Dakota Humanities Council. His book, "Tailor made, Trail Worn" will be the subject of his presentation.
For more information on any of the weekend activities, or to RSVP for the brunch, call 877-462-8535.