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 Newsletter July, 2011

 In this months newsletter:
~ Ranch & Reata, the Journal of the American West, Features Rendezvous West
~ Show Schedule
~ Photos of New Work
~ Fun Photos
 Ranch & Reata Features Rendezvous West!
 by Deborah Shamah
It's an amazing thing to have a feature article published about Rendezvous West for such a prestigious magazine. Jayne Skeff, president of Design America Foundation, interviewed us and wrote the article.
    She began the article with, "When most people hear the word 'rendezvous' they assume it to mean a final destination or meeting point. Well, Rendezvous West is a destination, just not a finite one. It's a meeting place without boundaries where leather and wood artist and sculptors Russell and Deborah Shamah invite you to experience the life and beauty of the American West and its magnificent complexion which they transform into art."
    We strive to be in constant growth. Always improving on our techniques, and learning new ones. Without that growth, we would become stagnant. However, how do we find our inspiration so we can continue to give you a special piece you will not only enjoy and treasure but, when you look at it or wear it you'll find a connection with the American West?
   Sometimes we just look out the widow at one of our beautiful Colorado sunsets and it inspires the colors we use. Other times I might see an antique pair of spurs and I am so enthralled with the intricate artwork, it inspires me to share a portion of the design in my leather carving. For Russell the hunt for that perfect piece of wood in our Colorado forests is part of the journey for him.
   Wherever we find our inspiration, we would not be able to continue this journey without you. Whether we met at a show, or on the street, or you found our work on the internet we are grateful to you for allowing us to share this journey with you. We promise, we will continue to provide you with the best and look forward to our next rendezvous.
Click here to view the entire Ranch & Reata article.
Show Schedule Thru October 2011

Carbondale Mountain Fair
Booth #77
Sopris Park, Carbondale, CO
Entertainment Line-up
Mountain Fair Contests
July 29, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
July 30, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
July 31, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Bond Park, Estes Park, CO
September 17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
September 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Estes Park Elk Fest
Bond Park, Estes Park, CO
October 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
New Work

New to the website are Rendezvous West belts! Many are one-of-a-kind however if you are unable to find your size you can custom order one. In addition, several new pieces are now on the website. Here is your preview:

US Turquoise sits at the center of the buckle surrounded by Nacozari turquoise nuggets. A removable accessory pouch comes with this stunning 2.75" wide coco brown belt. Deer antler conchos encircle the belt. A double row of "heads" and "tails"authentic US Indian Head nickel coins transformed into buttons close it. Size: Adjustable 32" - 40" $905

Wear it over a skirt, a pair of your favorite jeans, even a pair of shorts if you dare! Beautiful elk leather with German silver concho buttons. The size is adjustable from 28" - 36" $335

32811~ Aspen Bark Incluslion
Beauty from all sides. The bark inclusion is found on two sides with beautiful texture and coloration throughout. The aspen harvested for this piece was taken from a dead tree in Colorado. 9" x 11" $600

33011~ Apple Burl        2.5" x 6.5"   $80

52211~ Fossilized Coral 56.5 ct ~ Deer Leather ~ Sterling Silver 
Size: approximately 2" w  $599

51911~ North American Nacozari Turquoise 26.5 ct ~ Hand Carved & Painted Leather Lined in Deer Leather ~ Serling Silver ~ Size: approximately 1.25" w x 7.75" $528

71211~ Black deer leather choker with sterling silver beads and a 67.5 ct piece of USA Morenci Turquoise. Leather ribbons tie for adjustable length. $469

71411~ Sterling silver and USA Fox Turquoise choker,
will fit neck size from 12" - 15".  $500

Click here to view all the pieces in our collections. * You will see several pieces "on hold" this means that we will be taking that piece to upcoming art shows and we don't want to run the risk of these one-of-a-kind pieces selling off the website while we're at a show. Please send us an inquiry to see if the item you connected with is available.

Fun Photos
Photo shoot assistant.                            Old car at Glenwood Springs

Christin Miller of Maverick Style with      July burl harvest. After hours of looking,
Deborah at Design America - Texas         finally. I can't wait to see the finished piece!

Our model Heather, who happens to             Grandpa keeps our grandaughters busy
be our daughter.                                               during the photo shoot.

No dogs allowed??!                                           Inspiration at Evergreen, CO


"You never step in the same river twice."