The Metal Art Showcase
If you like the pieces featured in the Western Art Showcase, you'll love this event.
Art enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the first Saturday of Stampede!
The Metal Art Showcase, a subcommittee of the World Championship Blacksmith Competition, is hosting their 10th annual event on Saturday, July 7. An increasingly popular right-brained spinoff of the Stampede’s annual World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition (WCBC), the Metal Art Showcase features art from around the world.
At 1 p.m. the Potluck competition, a sort of ‘Iron Chef’ of blacksmithing, featuring artists making original creations with provided materials, constrained by a time limit, takes place under the Big Top. Pieces created during this event will be auctioned immediately afterward on the stage west of the tent.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Victoria Pavilion in the Agriculture Building, pre-made submissions from both blacksmiths and other metal artists such as silversmiths and wire artists are featured in an art show and auction, accompanied by a cocktail reception. Everyone in attendance can cast their vote for their favourite piece to win the Collector's Choice award in the Non-Traditional category.
Many of the pieces for sale will be on display in the Western Art Showcase in the days prior to the event. This can be a chance to acquire a one-of-a-kind piece as a remembrance of the Stampede’s Centennial at an excellent price.
“The Stampede is of course a celebration of western culture, so in early years the entries were predominantly traditionally-forged items, ranging from door-knockers to fireplace sets. These types of pieces have proved to have enduring appeal throughout the years,” says Heather Hartmann, Co-Chair of the Metal Art Showcase subcommittee.
“In the decade since the first event, though, everything from international influences to eco-consciousness has shaped the event. Modern art pieces in recent years have included jewellery, furniture, a sculpture made from reclaimed barbed wire and even a ‘green’ garden ornament made of recycled snowmobile parts!”
Kitichi Okimahkan (Mighty Chief), by 2011 Metal Art Showcase Champion Doug Taylor