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First News Fall 2007

Open House, Calendar Distribution Planned

   As another year end approaches, the staff at the First National Bank in Trinidad is busy making final preparations for the 22nd annual open house and calendar distribution. The 2008 Historic Collector's Series Calendar, "A Step Back in Time," will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, December 3rd from 9a.m.-3p.m. in Trinidad at the main bank, the motor bank or the Wal-Mart branch, as well as the branch in Walsenburg and office in Raton.

   The calendar's theme, "Merchants and Businessmen From a Bygone Era," introduces us to turn-of-the-century lodging in Raton, the early automobile business in Walsenburg, local grocery stores and meat markets in Trinidad, and the early development of the department store concept as it took shape in the early 1900s. This year, an unusual artistic technique was used. Calendar artist Doug Holdread accepted a challenge to paint a watercolor "slice" or section of the dominant black and white photograph featured each month. Later, each full-color "slice" was blended into the black and white photograph creating a seamless merge of the two mediums. The process is both unique and impressive. We hope you'll like it!

   Author, historian and researcher Ken Fletcher is no stranger to the calendar. This is Ken's fifth venture in the production of the historic calendar series. It has been a pleasure to relate his findings, after researching numerous documents and newspapers discovered in local libraries, regarding various subjects from our area's rich and fascinating past. Ken Fletcher and Doug Holdread will be on hand to sign calendars during the open house reception at the main bank, along with Pat Romero from the Apishapa Valley Historical Society. As always, the 2008 calendar will be distributed as a gift to the communities and all area residents are encouraged to attend the festivities at one of the bank's open house locations.
   Calendar Artist, Doug Holdread came to Trinidad in 1971 to study drawing, painting and sculpture at Trinidad State Junior College from instructor Bill Johnson, who took over the art program for Arthur Roy Mitchell. Doug went on to earn his Masters Degree in art at Adams State College and is now head of TSJC's art program. The 2008 calendar is his third venture in the historic series. The 1988 calendar featured his illustrations of events in the history of Trinidad and Las Animas County; his second, the 1997 calendar, commemorated the 175th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Those watercolor paintings are now part of a permanent collection at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned, Kansas and have been used by the National Park Service in their interpretive exhibits along the Santa Fe Trail, from Independence, Missouri to Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Regarding his 2008 calendar effort Doug commented, "It was a unique project, much different from anything I've done before. I enjoyed the creative challenge of preserving the basic integrity of the black and white historic photographs while enhancing them with the loose freedom of the watercolor medium."


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