Text Box: “Autumn Calm in Rough & Ready, California”

Production Year:  2002
Suggested Donation:  $65 (100% of your investment will be used for ministry).
Recipients will be given a specifically numbered print of a limited edition of only 200 Prints that are personally signed and numbered by the artist.
In addition, recipients will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” that includes the following information from the artist:

	A mining company from Wisconsin, known as the Rough and Ready Company, made the first established settlement in this gold prospecting locale in the fall of 1849.  Their leader, Captain A. A. Townsend, named the company after General Zachary Taylor, also prominently known as "Old Rough and Ready".  Taylor had recently been elected the 12th president of the United States and Captain Townsend had served under Taylor when he commanded the American Forces during the Mexican War.

       The scene of this painting is of the historic Blacksmith Shop standing next to a famous cottonwood tree, located along the main road going through Rough & Ready.  The view depicts how the shop and tree would have appeared in the gold mining town during the late-1880's, approximately 25 years after blacksmith William Fippin and carpenter John Single built the shop.  For years Fippin and other workers repaired tools, buggies, wagons, and put new shoes on horses and mules.  Next to the shop a large cottonwood tree towers, which was started by accident in 1851 by Caroline Allen, a slave girl, who stuck a cottonwood switch into the ground as she was tying her pony.  The switch took root and later grew into a 75-foot giant that became known as “The Slave Girl Tree”, one of the town’s legendary centerpieces until it fell in 1962.

      I was inspired to paint this historic setting while recently traveling through Rough & Ready, because both the landmark building and my childhood memory of the old “Slave Girl Tree” impressed me to meditate on the freedom God offers us.  This freedom from slavery is described in John’s Gospel, Chapter 8, verse 31-32, when Jesus said, 
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
And again in the same chapter, verse 36 He said,
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
       The Bible clearly states that those who are in bondage to a condition of sin, resulting in separation from God, may receive their freedom by being introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Romans 8:1-2, Paul said that for those who have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ,
“… there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
       We hope you enjoy your print.  It is my prayer that all who look upon this print will come to know our Lord Jesus Christ more fully as they experience the joy of walking in His freedom.

 With grateful Love in the Lord Jesus Christ, who offers to all the free gift of Eternal Life,
Nick Vogt
Text Box: The Artistic Works of N. R. Vogt
“Paintings of Historical Significance”