My Law Man part of The Slip in Time series
Since I started working on the Slip in Time series and creating the
fictional Cowboy and Western Museum of Idaho Falls, I’ve thought a lot
about museums and the important place they’ve had in my life. Though
I’ve never been to a museum that slips women back into the Old West to
meet or re-meet their true love, I have had some pretty wonderful museum
experiences. My visit to the Denver Art Museum - http://denverartmuseum.org stands out because it inspired the interactive nature for the “Lawmen of the West” exhibit in MY LAW MAN.
whole visit to Denver back in September 2012 was fairly magical; I
found the best deli in Denver (by accident), a woman found me in line to
buy a ticket for the musical Peter and the Star Catcher and gave me her
husband’s unused ticket, (added bonus she was a wonderful seat
companion) I saw the newest Cirque show, and one sunny afternoon took a
long walk culminating in one of the best museum outings I’ve ever
The main exhibit at the Denver Art Museum that fall was
“Spun, Adventures in Textiles.”
Opportunities abounded in interactive
exhibits including a quilt block making corner where people like me, who
love quilts, but have never learned to quilt could glue together our
own quilt blocks. I used black and white fabric, red triangles, buttons,
ribbon, and made my very first quilt block. It sits on my writing desk,
a decorative splash of color and design. Another area welcomed us to
make handmade stamped postcards with outlines of cactus, cowboy hats,
spurs, a barbed wire fence, a cattle brand etc. They even had postcard
stamps to purchase and a mini US post office box for mailing
Their current exhibit sounds amazing and makes me want
to plan a trip to Denver, Why We Dance, American Indian Art in Motion.
This will highlight the museum’s annual Friendship Powwow and American
Indian Cultural Celebration. What I love about this museum and the
fictitious museum I’ve created is the exhibits are not only visually
stunning. Oftentimes the works of art or artifacts have a listening,
smelling, feeling, and even tasting component that makes them not art
pieces, beautifully lit and roped off on a wall but instead an
I used two real life museums to inspire my writing; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma http://nationalcowboymuseum.org and in Idaho Falls, The Museum of Idaho http://museumofidaho.org both are on my “Can’t hardly wait to get there” list.
And if you still don’t think museums are you’re thing, I totally
understand. In fact it was fun creating Phebe the heroine for MY LAW MAN
who started off hating museums and eventually learned to love museums
as much as I do - From MY LAW MAN - "The museum wasn’t like school where
she had to sit still and memorize, but like life where she experienced
living right alongside people in another time period."
Wherever you’re summer travels take you, I wish you happy reading!
MY LAW MAN