Historical sculptor Agnes Vincen "Rusty" Talbot discusses her much-anticipated commemorative sculpture, "Early American Peace Corps," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Valley Bronze Gallery, 1198 Commercial St.

More than a year in its creation, this rendition depicts Meriwether Lewis showing one of President Jefferson's "Peace Medals" to his close friend and co-expedition leader, William Clark. These medals were struck to be given to the Indian chiefs encountered on their epic journey of discovery throughout the American West.

The words "Peace and Friendship" are inscribed on the medals with two clasped hands, a peace pipe and tomahawk. As with all of Talbot's historical sculptures, this one has all the authentic detail of the artist's extensive research and study of the clothing and weaponry of the time. Both men are recognizable in feature and stature and are sculpted to the scale of Talbot's bronze, "Sacajawea and Pomp," which is displayed at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Salmon, Idaho and the Idaho State Historical Museum in Boise.

Valley Bronze will be celebrating its first year in Astoria's downtown historic district in conjunction with Talbot's presentation Saturday. Gallery manager Debbie Roberts invites the public to join her and her staff for refreshments as they continue to say "thank you" to Astoria and their collectors, past and present, for a successful first year.


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