For 27 years Jay chose a Face in the Crowd at the Calgary Stampede and turned that unique face into a bronze sculpture. The sculptures were sold at auction and the proceeds supported the Youth Scholarship fund for art.
Jay kept track of many of his models but lost a few over the years. He has just received a message from Facebook asking if Jay remembered a young man who sat for him in 1989. Wow, a voice from the past.
Jay knew him as “Singing with Old Men” but he had no other information. 29 years later he is known as Sings in the Trees (litstsaansski). His English name is Winston Wadsworth Jr. He is married to a lovely lady named Katelyn. They have 7 children and 4 grandchildren with one on the way. Winston is a traditional artist and teacher. He and Katelyn specialize in hide tanning, quillwork, beadwork, pottery etc. His father is from the Kainai (Blood) Tribe and his mother is from the Tsuut’ina Nation. The family tipi, which is still set up every year for the Calgary Stampede, is in the care of Teresa Big Plume and has been at the Stampede since 1912.
You can participate in Jay’s history by liking this facebook page here, who knows the connections you will make!