Cal­gary Stam­pede

Cel­e­brat­ing a cen­tury since the Vic­tory Stam­pede, the Cal­gary Stam­pede brings 42 Western artists to this year’s art show.

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Cal­gary, AB

In 1919, Charles M. Rus­sell brought two dozen paint­ings to the Vic­tory Stam­pede, the first Cal­gary Stam­pede to oc­cur af­ter the end of World War I. Rus­sell was at his peak, and his pres­ence was one of the high­lights of the fa­mous event.

A cen­tury later the Cal­gary Stam­pede is once again bring­ing Western artists at the top of their ca­reers to Al­berta, Canada. The show, Master­works of the West,

is a one-night-only ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the work of 42 di­verse artists, in­clud­ing 23 pain­ters and seven sculp­tors, each bring­ing three works that will be avail­able for pur­chase. Adding an­other di­men­sion to the Western works of art will be the Tra­di­tional Cow­boy Arts As­so­ci­a­tion, from which 12 cur­rent mem­bers will be show­ing ex­quis­ite bits and spurs, sad­dles, braided rawhide and works in sil­ver. The in­vi­ta­tiononly show will take place July 4 at the Palomino Room at the BMO Cen­tre in Stam­pede Park.

“When it comes to Western art we haven’t had any­one like Charles M. Rus­sell here in the last 100 years,” says Dana Peers, pres­i­dent of the Cal­gary Stam­pede.

“So for the an­niver­sary of the

Vic­tory Stam­pede, we thought we should bring in the best artists for this im­por­tant an­niver­sary.”

Peers, who worked closely with Claggett/rey Gallery owner Bill Rey on the list of in­vited artists, says the Stam­pede chose artists who had achieved suc­cess in the Western art world and who were cre­at­ing unique work. “So far I’m very im­pressed with the work I’m

see­ing. We have Martin Grelle, Tim Cox, Tom Brown­ing and many oth­ers, so the work is all go­ing to be very im­pres­sive,” Peers says, adding that the an­nual event usu­ally has an art com­po­nent, but this year’s event has been el­e­vated. “We have lots of re­ally great artists come here, but this year is very unique be­cause we sought out artists who wouldn’t other­wise be here. These are some of the best artists out there in the West.”

Artists in­vited this year in­clude Wil­liam Ach­eff, Duke Beard­s­ley, Shawn Cameron, Josh El­liott, Loren Entz, Deb­o­rah Copen­haver Fel­lows, Ore­land Joe, T.D. Kelsey, Rich Lof­fler, Wil­liam Matthews, John Moy­ers, Terri Kelly Moy­ers, Howard Post, Robert Pum­mill, Jim Rey, Tim Shin­abarger, Gor­don Snidow, Andy Thomas and Don Weller. TCAA mem­bers in­clude Wil­son Capron, Scott Hardy, Ernie Marsh, Cary Sch­warz, John Willemsma and oth­ers.

The format of the show will be a first-come, first-served sale, which is how the Rus­sell ex­hi­bi­tion was held a cen­tury ago. “Bill en­cour­aged us to think out­side of the box,” Peers says. “So rather than a by-draw or

auc­tion format, we’re do­ing this as a fixed-price sale that will al­low ev­ery­one to pur­chase art once they get in­side the gallery.”

Peers adds: “Bill has in­spired us to have a vi­sion with the show, and it’s been a lot of fun putting it all into mo­tion. Not since Rus­sell was here have we done some­thing quite like this.”

For in­for­ma­tion on the event con­tact Wendy Ol­son by email at wol­[email protected]­gar­ys­tam­

Tom Brown­ing, Bustin’ Loose, oil on canvas, 34 x 34”

T.D. Kelsey, Cream of Cal­gary, bronze, ed. 1 of 1, 29 x 16 x 18”

Ore­land Joe, The Coun­cil Chief, Texas Lime­stone, 21½ x 19½ x 13”

Mike Capron, Travis and His Paint, oil on canvas, 33 x 31”

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