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Wine recalls a notorious chapter of Moose Jaw history

KELOWNA, B.C. - Bounty Cellars latest cabernet sauvignon bottling features the artwork of internationally syndicated caricaturist Kerry Waghorn and graphic designer Sandy Magee. The wine, RIVER STREET RED, was developed for Saskatchewan clients.

Bounty Cellars CEO Ron Pennington (left) presents a bottle of RIVER STREET RED to artist Kerry Waghorn, who created the original Capone caricature for the label. The presentation was at Le Bistro Chez Michel in North Vancouver. The proprietor, prominent restaurateur Philippe Segur (right) hosted the event.

Bounty Cellars CEO Ron Pennington (left) presents a bottle of RIVER STREET RED to artist Kerry Waghorn, who created the original Capone caricature for the label. The presentation was at Le Bistro Chez Michel in North Vancouver. The proprietor, prominent restaurateur Philippe Segur (right) hosted the event.

 

Several of Canada's great family fortunes had their roots in a distillery industry made prosperous during U.S. prohibition. This infamous chapter in the history of Moose Jaw has now become a high profile tourist attraction. The city earned the nickname "Little Chicago" because of its River Street neighbourhood. The area's most prominent import, the owner of several local businesses, was Chicago mobster Al Capone.

Capone was the United States' most infamous Mafia leader during prohibition.  Canada became a prime source of legally produced alcohol products, which were then illegally smuggled into the U.S. and sold in speakeasies and other outlets. Al Capone protected his source of distilled spirits by investing in a number of establishments along Moose Jaw's notorious River Street. In fact, the infamous New York gangster Dutch Schultz once sued Capone in a Saskatchewan court over a shipment of 60 cases of bad liquor. In a rare civilized resolution to a Mafia dispute, the lawsuit was withdrawn after Capone repaid Schultz. Speakeasies and entertainment offerings flourished along River Street, many of them owned by Capone and associates.

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103 originals released for sale

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada) -  For the first time since 2004, renowned caricaturist Kerry Waghorn has released a selection of his original works for sale.

Since being founded by Chronicle Features in San Francisco in 1977, Kerry's Faces in the News feature became an international journalistic legend. Now represented by Universal Press Syndicate, his work has appeared in more than 400 publications in about 60 countries. The Waghorn archives, over the full-span of a 40-year career, contain 9,000 original images.

"We get enquiries all the time about the purchase of originals, but there are a few obstacles: I am very attached to these drawings and even when persuaded to part with one, I feel obligated to give the right of first refusal to the subject or their family, and, on top of that, I am invariably too busy with new work to retrieve them and prepare them for sale."

The last major release was in 2004 and over 100 originals were sold, almost all to the subjects or people close to them. Among these were Bryan Adams, Paul Newman, General Colin Powell, Malcolm Forbes, Michael Jackson, President Bill Clinton, Melanie Griffith and George Lucas.

A portfolio of 103 original images has been selected for sale this year.

"As per Kerry's instructions, every effort will be made to offer these original drawings to the subjects - likely through their agents or business addresses - before making them available to the general public," said Patricia Bannerman, executive-director of The Kerry Waghorn Studios. "However, I'd like to urge everyone to visit our web site and enjoy Kerry's work. Quality digital versions of his images can easily be downloaded at a nominal cost, as long as it is for personal use only and not commercial resale."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Amber Waghorn, Executive-Director
604.990.0499
e-mail: sales@kerrywaghorn.com

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