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Cowboys and Twix bars

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In room 236 of the Manitoba Legislative Building, two sets of eyes watch you coming and going.

The photos of two cowboys were hung on opposite walls sometime during the holidays.

Cowboy One on the outside wall watches you when you walk into the room to use the washroom or buy a Twix bar in the candy machine.

Cowboy Two on the inside wall watches you when you leave.

I'm sure each of them are decent guys--they took the time to get gussied up and pose for the photos--but their presence in the room 236 lounge, just across the hall from the chamber, kind of gives me the willies.

The pair were photographed in 2009 by Winnipeg artist Sheila Spence and are part of her exhibit All About Star, which featured 24 portraits of rodeo cowboys taken at the Rocky Mountain Rodeo in Strathmore, Alberta, and the Wood Mountain Stampede in southern Saskatchewan.

The portraits are now part of province's art collection.

 

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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