Blackwood Gazette #311- Deadlands Artifact Showcase Draws Record Breaking Crowd

1/4/283- The Imperial Palace Museum recently opened the doors of a new exhibition this weekend, focusing on the recent discoveries made by explorer Veronica Trenum’s expedition into the Deadlands. The opening saw the museum’s attendance record explode, to the point that a queue had to be formed.

“It was nearly to the street corner,” said the museum Curator. “We’ve not had such a turn out in ages, not since Rinkenbach’s expeditions to the Blackwood grove. And many of the attendees were of an affluent nature, as well! It was a wonderful fundraising opportunity.”

The exhibit features the usual detritus often shipped from such expeditions: stone tools, clay pots, and various other heirlooms of some people lost to time. However, the center piece of the attraction, the remains of a strange carnivorous bird encountered by Trenum in the jungles of the Deadlands, has caused quite the stir.

“It is a fearsome creature indeed!” said Magnus Ogsby, noted explorer and game hunter. “Why, once Ms. Trenum returns and the pathways of the Deadlands are open to us, I’d very much like to stage an expedition of my own, and hunt the beasts myself!”

Others weren’t quite so thrilled with the terrifying beast being front and center of the exhibition floor, despite a clearly posted notice including a picture of the animal displayed in the lobby before the entrance to the exhibit.

“Little Alice is going to have nightmares for a week,” said Karen Vorneau, a nanny who brought her ward’s children. “They really oughtn’t put such a thing on display in the front areas. It’s all teeth and claws and spines. I’m having a hard time believing it’s a real creature at all and not some smoke show perpetrated by the curator. That man was glad-handing the whole time. Ought to be a politician, that one.”

Blackwood Gazette #311- Deadlands Artifact Showcase Draws Record Breaking Crowd

Blackwood Gazette #310- Chirpy ‘Artwork’ Sells for 5,000 Crowns at Auction

28/3/283- Some great artists strive for years to be recognized. Others have their work vandalized with monkey offal and become instant overnight sensations.

Such is the case for one amateur painter who, while painting in Oeil de Fleur’s east park, found himself face to face with the escaped Ganborran stink-monkey, Chirpy.

“I suppose I have to call it providence, really,” said the painter. “There I was, minding my own business, giving the old sunset my own interpretation, when the beast lighted on my easle, sprayed me in the face, and proceeded to add it’s own touches to the work. A splash of urine here, a dollop of feces there. The fervor with which he aquitted the task was not something I’d seen or felt in quite some time from myself or my fellows.

“I call it, ‘Crowndon Sundown’, I think for obvious reasons.”

Given the recent flutter of activity surrounding Chirpy’s escape, it wasn’t long before a local gallery invited the young painter to showcase his Monkey Muse’s masterpiece…provided certain precautions were met.

“We wanted the painting in our gallery,” said Daniel Thornbuckberry, the venue’s curator, “But given the nature of the work, we had to take extreme measure to ensure the comfort of our guests. First of all, the piece is kept in its own private wing. Second, it, along with the young man in possession of the work, were required to remain within a nine centimetre thick glass enclosure, to prevent the smell from wafting to the other installations.”

The showcase was a smashing success. At the end of the night, Chirpy’s Crowndon Sundown was sold for 5,000 gold Imperial crowns, the highest sum of any painting ever featured at the gallery.

“I’m simply beside myself,” Thornbuckberry said of the sale. “”The amount paid for the piece dwarfs any stipend we’ve recieved from the Palace in a decade. On the one hand, I weep for the state of the art world, where a wild animal’s fecal smearings bring more attention than a new Andarade or Montserrat. On the other hand, the gallery gets 25% of the bid, so I’ll be eating something other than boiled sewet tonight.”

The buyer wished to remain anonymous.

Blackwood Gazette #310- Chirpy ‘Artwork’ Sells for 5,000 Crowns at Auction