Show Preview | Western Art Show

Calgary, Canada
BMO Centre, July 3-12

Michelle Grant, Movin' Out, graphite, 12 x 16.

Michelle Grant, Movin’ Out, graphite, 12 x 16.

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For over 100 years the Calgary Stampede has been part of western Canada’s heritage. Exhibiting western art is a staple of the Stampede, and the tradition continues at this year’s 34th annual Western Art Show, which showcases a range of western art from both emerging and professional artists. Spread throughout the BMO Centre in halls D and E, also known as the “western oasis,” the art is on view in several areas including the Western Art Gallery, Artists’ Studios, Western Photo Gallery, Artist Ranch Project, and Western Art Auction.

The Western Art Gallery includes 35 juried, up-and-coming artists showing over 120 pieces of art in a variety of media and styles. “We look for new artists whose works reflect the life and times of western themes, both past and present,” says Pam Conlin, marketing coordinator for the Western Art Show. The Artists’ Studios feature over 60 professional artists from western Canada who show their works in 16-by-20-foot spaces. “The studios have everything from bronze pieces and woodwork to paintings and photography,” Conlin says. “Many of the studio artists are returning artists, like Edward Michell and Linda Stewart, who have participated almost annually.”

This year’s Artist Ranch Project features four juried artists selected for a short residency on a historic ranch, which aims to inspire works of art about western heritage and values for the modern world. Photography is also represented with over 75 photographs presented by juried artists in the Western Photo Gallery.

The main event is the Western Art Auction, which takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, in the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre. The auction features over 60 works of art by artists like Jody Skinner, Michelle Grant, and Andrew Kiss, and it also includes a buffet, a Quick Draw, and awards. “With the price of admission, guests can experience all the Western Art Show has to offer,” Conlin says. —Joe Kovack

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