Calgary – A crowd of more than 2,000 art collectors and enthusiasts were the first to experience what will be the symbol of the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial celebration. The spectacular 2012 original poster artwork by Harley Brown was unveiled at an event this evening.
“The artwork, named The Vision and the Dream, is a truly remarkable piece of art,” says Mike Casey, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede. “We wanted the 2012 poster to show what the Calgary Stampede has meant to Calgarians for the last 100 years – and what we hope it will continue to mean for the next 100 years.”
The Vision and the Dream portrays a portrait of Guy Weadick, founder of the Calgary Stampede, and young boy at the forefront. The piece represents how Weadick took his vision, and with determination and perseverance, created what has grown to become The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for generations to come.
“While creating the piece for the Calgary Stampede Centennial celebration I embarked on a journey through history,” says artist Harley Brown. “The vision came to me as I thought about what the past, present and future of the Calgary Stampede meant to me. I hoped to capture the spirit of the history and roots of Calgary’s unique culture, while creating a sense of anticipation for the future of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”
For the last ninety-nine years, the Calgary Stampede has showcased Weadick’s vision of western heritage and values. The Stampede continues to live these values by uniting the city and providing a gathering place for all Calgarians and visitors, showing pride in our unique history and culture, and showing the world that when we come together – truly wonderful things can happen.
“Harley’s artwork is a true representation of Weadick’s vision,” adds Casey. “This piece is vibrant and beautiful and I am sure will touch your soul the way it did mine.”
The 2012 original artwork will be on display at the Western Oasis until it is sold at the Western Art Auction on Thursday, July 14. Tickets for the auction can be purchased in advance at calgarystampede.com/westernshowcase or during Stampede week at the Art Sales Desk (Hall “D” BMO Centre).
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The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities. For more about the Stampede, visit www.calgarystampede.com.