Magazine article Southwest Art

Western Art Showcase

Magazine article Southwest Art

Western Art Showcase

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THIS MONTH Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of its most dramatic cultural events, the Calgary Stampede. For over 30 years the Stampede has also been the home of one of the best-known western art shows in North America. The Western Art Showcase features artworks that celebrate the heritage and grandeur of the West, and it comprises multiple events and sections, including Artists' Studios, the Western Art Gallery, the Western Photo Gallery and Competition, the Artist Ranch Project, and the Western Art Auction.

Opening together with the Stampede, the Artists' Studios feature 62 juried artists selling their work on site throughout the show. Also for sale in the Western Art Gallery are the works of 30 emerging local artists that reflect the motto "Preserving the Past - Embracing the Future." Included are both traditional and contemporary works that reflect the fusion of rural and urban influences and the rich culture of the West.

The Western Photo Gallery and Competition features works from over 30 western photographers, and on display during the Stampede are the winners of the Western Photo Competition.

The Artist Ranch Project is an initiative in which artists are invited to visit a working ranch and create artworks based on those experiences. Its purpose is to create dialog about western heritage and values and what they mean today.

One of the most important events of the Western Art Showcase is the Western Art Auction, which offers over 90 original artworks including pieces by CR. Cheek, Harley Brown, and the late Jack King. Auction artworks are on display July 6-11, and, before the auction begins on July 12, a Quick Draw takes place, in which works are completed by select artists in a 45minute time frame. The Quick Draw works are then auctioned, and partial proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for graduating high school students. …

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