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Wes Patterson at Work


  Wes Patterson at Work is the third in a series of limited edition prints produced by the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation to honour the game of Lacrosse and one of its greatest coaches and builders – the late Jim Bishop. The original artwork for this piece, as well as future originals, will be presented each year as the "Jim Bishop Memorial Award" to the Minto Cup (National Junior A Championship) athlete who best exemplifies leadership, skill, sportsmanship, and the spirit of the game.
This painting was created by Garrison Garrow, a self-taught Mohawk artist originally from Akwesasne, currently residing in Ottawa. He has been developing his skills for the past 10 years, working in a number of different media and styles from portraiture to graphic design to photography. His logos and original art have been used by several Aboriginal organizations and the Government of Canada.

Wes Patterson, as depicted in this print was a Tuscorora Native, which is part of the Iroquois Confederacy. He was a Native North American who knew as much about the cultural heritage of our National Summer Sport of lacrosse as any person in Canada. Wes Patterson was a very talented aboriginal who could make a complete lacrosse stick in approximately 20 minutes as you watched. He'd talk of the days as a young boy playing lacrosse and how you were not able to play on the team if you did not first select, cut your hickory limb, steam it, bend it, shape it, cut the leather strips and make the net.

When thinking of Wes Patterson, two images come to mind – one of him working away on a stick and the other of the children he was so fond of. This Limited Edition Print tries to capture those images and immortalize them forever.

Jim Bishop is considered the greatest coach in the history of Canadian Lacrosse. His career spanned 58 years and touched the game at every level and age group as a coach, organizer, manager and promoter. He respected the First Nation peoples for sharing the game with all North Americans. His many accomplishments include winning seven consecutive Minto Cups and initiating efforts at establishing early pro Lacrosse leagues in 1968 and again in 1974-75. "Bish" touched the lives of thousands of young Canadian athletes in a positive manner.

The Foundation will produce 300 prints of Wes Patterson at Work. Each numbered and signed print will include biographies and photographs of the artist. The 2001 recipient was Sean Greenhalgh, St. Catharines Athletics. 

The Foundation's goal is to create a strong future for the game during this time of government cutbacks. In purchasing this print - the first in a series - you are investing in the future of Lacrosse. The Foundation will pursue worthwhile projects to help grow the game that would otherwise not be addressed.

To order this print, you can send a cheque/money order or Visa Card number to:

Canadian Lacrosse Foundation
18 Louisa St., Suite 310
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6Y6

or E-mail your Visa number to to speed up the process.

The cost of each print is $150.00 (Ontario residents add $19.50 for HST ).
Poster versions of this print are also available at a cost of $25.00 plus $7.50 shipping and handling
(Ontario residents add $3.25 for HST).

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks processing time

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