Poster salutes women in west­ern cul­ture

Al­berta uni­ver­sity stu­dent’s work cho­sen

Calgary Herald - - NEWS - YOLANDE COLE

The work of a young artist from Balzac, Alta., will rep­re­sent the Cal­gary Stam­pede next year through a poster cre­ated as a sa­lute to women in west­ern cul­ture.

Re­becca Shut­tle­worth’s art­work was cho­sen for the 2019 Cal­gary Stam­pede poster as part of a com­pe­ti­tion for youth across the prov­ince, which in­cludes a to­tal of $20,000 in art schol­ar­ships for the top eight fi­nal­ists.

Dana Peers, in­com­ing pres­i­dent of the Cal­gary Stam­pede, un­veiled the poster at the newly opened Do­herty Hall Wed­nes­day morn­ing. The 2019 Stam­pede art­work is the first to be de­signed by a youth artist.

“The pro­gram was about the fu­ture,” Peers said. “It was about the im­por­tance and the rel­e­vance of the Cal­gary Stam­pede go­ing for­ward, as seen through the eyes of the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Shut­tle­worth is in her fourth year at the Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchewan and has been in­volved in the arts since she was a child.

“As a fifth-gen­er­a­tion farmer I know how hard women work on the farm and that’s some­thing that mo­ti­vates me ev­ery day to do my best — it’s what I wanted to show in my piece,” she said in a news re­lease.

The com­pe­ti­tion for Al­ber­tans aged 15 to 24 is tak­ing place again for the 2020 poster, with the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions set for Nov. 18, 2018. The com­pe­ti­tion is funded through The Bran­don Flock Foun­da­tion.

The 2019 art­work was an­nounced as the doors to Do­herty Hall were opened — a site built to pro­vide per­for­mance, re­hearsal, ex­hi­bi­tion and train­ing space for the arts com­mu­nity in Cal­gary.

Bob Thomp­son, chair of the Cal­gary Stam­pede Foun­da­tion, said the 120-per­son venue is an ideal size for mu­sic or dance re­hearsals.

“I think it will fill a gap in Cal­gary for a mod­er­ate-sized fa­cil­ity with ex­cel­lent acous­tics and a beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment in­side,” he said.

The hall is a her­itage replica of West­bourne Church, which was lo­cated on Olympic Way. Some his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­als were re­stored and in­cor­po­rated into the replica build­ing.

“What’s par­tic­u­larly great about the fa­cil­ity is it’s wired prop­erly so that you can sim­ply come in, plug in and play with­out a sub­stan­tial setup com­pli­ca­tion for per­form­ing groups,” Thomp­son said.

The new site in Stam­pede Park was built through a do­na­tion by the Do­herty fam­ily and fund­ing from Cana­dian Her­itage and the pro­vin­cial govern­ment.

“An­other mile­stone in our jour­ney to trans­form Stam­pede Park into a year-round, world-class gath­er­ing place that cel­e­brates west­ern her­itage, cul­ture and the arts,” Thomp­son told a crowd gath­ered out­side the hall for the of­fi­cial open­ing.

Mike Do­herty, the son of Patrick and Mau­reen Do­herty, said his par­ents are very proud of hav­ing the hall named after the fam­ily.

“My par­ents have a long his­tory of phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours,” Do­herty said.

“In fact, in 2009, they were awarded the Or­der of Canada for their world­wide phil­an­thropic work. And while they were thrilled to re­ceive this hon­our, they never did it for any recog­ni­tion. They did it be­cause it was the right thing to do.”

West­bourne Bap­tist Church was built in 1904 at 13th Av­enue and 2nd Street S.E. and was re­lo­cated to 12th Av­enue and 4th Street S.E. in 1911. For­mer Al­berta premier Wil­liam Aber­hart be­came the un­of­fi­cial min­is­ter at the church in 1915 and started his ra­dio broad­casts in the build­ing.

PHO­TOS: AL CHAREST

Cal­gary Stam­pede pres­i­dent Dana Peers un­veiled the 2019 Cal­gary Stam­pede poster cre­ated by Re­becca Shut­tle­worth.

Mike Do­herty, the son of phi­lan­thropists Patrick and Mau­reen Do­herty, says his par­ents are proud of Do­herty Hall at Stam­pede Park — a her­itage replica of West­bourne Church — be­ing named in the fam­ily’s hon­our.

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