Quilt of art to be sold for charity after Stampede
Theresa Tayler/Metro Calgary
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Each pink-tinted brush stroke is applied slowly with care — Kay Homan is learning as she goes.
Although the watercolour painter is a seasoned, professional artist, she had never worked with acrylic paint before yesterday.
“I’m learning as I go, and that’s OK because it’s really fun to do this for charity,” said Homan.
The American artist has travelled to Calgary from Northern Utah to display her work at the Calgary Stampede’s Western Showcase after being selected as one of 12 painters to help paint the Artists in Action canvas — a work that will be sold at the end of the Stampede to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of Canada.
“When they first asked me to be part of this I panicked — acrylic is not my medium,” said Homan, laughing. “But it gives me a good chance to play.”
She is painting a saddle bronc rider as he gets bucked off an unruly horse.
The entire canvas theme includes landscapes and western-based images.
Anne Platz, spokeswoman for the Western Showcase, said it hasn’t been determined how the one-of-a-kind piece of art will be sold, via auction or sale, but it’s sure to go for a decent price.
“It’s a beautiful piece done by 12 wonderful artists — it’s basically like getting 12 pieces of art in one. It’s all themed around western heritage — and pink, of course, to represent support for breast cancer,” said Platz.
The Artists in Action canvas is on display at the Western Showcase in the Roundup Centre at the Calgary Stampede.
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