Quilt of art to be sold for charity after Stampede



Theresa Tayler/Metro Calgary


Kay Homan, a watercolour artist from North Utah, works on one of 12 squares on the Artists in Action canvas at the Western Showcase. The quilt-style acrylic painting will be sold at the end of the Stampede and proceeds will benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of Canada.


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.

onward to next year

  • Next year’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth will be focused on highlighting aboriginal culture and history, says the president of the Calgary Stampede. Yesterday, the Stampede unveiled the 2008 Stampede poster, a piece of art by Doug Levitt, a Calgary-based oil painter. The painting depicts an image of an aboriginal man on horseback, and is titled A Man Of His People. George Brookman, president and chairman of the board for the Calgary Stampede, said the subject matter was chosen because the Stampede wanted to focus on native culture.

“My decision has to do with having a cowboy on the poster last year and wanting a native person this year — that is the Stampede,” said Brookman. “When we started to work on it we began to talk about focusing on the native culture more next year at the 2008 Stampede. It just all tied together very nicely.”

Levitt says his piece is meant to represent all the Plains nations.