Over 200 works of Western art will be on view at this year’s Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale at the Greeley Stampede.
Stampede season is upon us and this year, the annual Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale will celebrate its 20th anniversary from June 25 through July 7. The event is known for its rich history showcasing some of the best the West has to offer in Western paintings and sculpture. This year is no different with more than 200 works of art by nationally recognized Western artists.
The 2019 roster includes works by Julie Bender, Bud Heiss, Greg Kelsey, Cathy Sheeter, Matthew Wolf, Don Oelze, Colt Idol, Nathan Solano, Mia Delode and many more.
“The new artwork I produced for the Greeley Stampede Western Invitational Art Show & Sale depicts my personal travels and experience throughout Colorado and points west,” says Bender. “Seven years at the Stampede, my works seem to resonate with guests who see the intrigue of uniquely
mixed media combined with a touch of both of realism and contemporary. Ultimately, I want my art to show fluidity and precision but equally, my willingness to take risks. I hope that my elk, mountain lions, great horned owls and cowboys with horses strike a chord among this year’s visitors, who share a common love for Western and wildlife art.”
As part of the 98th annual Greeley Stampede, the art exhibit and sale is open to more than 250,000 stampede visitors, culminating in more than $1 million in total art sales since 2013. A portion of the art sale revenue goes directly toward college scholarship funds for high school seniors through the Stampede Foundation, a non-profit organization formed to support continuing education for Colorado students. Since the organization was founded, it has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to more than 550 students.
“The Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale is a great platform for talented artists to display their work in a truly Western environment,” says art committee member Rod Salter. “It’s our hope that the Stampede Western Invitational gives both the artist and collector a memorable Western experience.”
The Stampede Western Art Exhibit & Sale is free to view with Greeley Stampede park admission and will remain open to the public throughout the duration of the Greeley Stampede.
Scholarship awards being announced at the 2018 Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale.
Stampede Tony in front of the Greeley Stampede.
Julie Bender, Calling it a Day, pyrography and acrylic, 10 x 22”
Sue Krzyston, Delicately Beaded, oil, 12 x 9”
Nathan Solano, Riding on the Edge, oil, 20 x 36”
Cathy Sheeter, The Aristocrat, scratchboard, 11 x 14"