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Greeley Stampede art show to feature local, national artists

Dubynsky

The annual Stampede Western Art Exhibit and Sale has become a staple of the Greeley Stampede. For 18 years, the art exhibit has attracted artists from across the country to showcase their western-themed works.

This year's exhibit will see 43 artists from places such as California, Wyoming, Montana, the western slope of Colorado and more. Mediums will range from oil painting to sculpture. Orest Dubynsky, a pediatrician who has three years of experience under his belt in running the show, will run the exhibit this year.

He said he's long had an interest in western art, which drew him to the show. He said the theme of western art, which has been a long-running theme for the art exhibit, isn't as narrow as some might think.

"When people think western art, they think of cowboys and Indians. It's far broader than that. It includes that, but it also includes landscapes, some still-life, animals of all sorts," he said.

“When people think western art, they think of cowboys and Indians. It’s far broader than that. It includes that, but it also includes landscapes, some still-life, animals of all sorts.

— Orest Dubynsky, art show organizer

And the styles that will be part of the gala are as diverse as the artists themselves, who are told to bring three to six pieces each to display the breadth of their work.

"Some of it is in traditional paintings, others more modern," Dubynsky said.

The art exhibit is not just focused on featuring talented artists but also on selling their works and generating money for charitable events, such as the scholarship fund. According to the Stampede's website, the exhibit will feature more than 200 pieces of art and cater to a crowd of 250,000 visitors.

"As of three years ago, the art show collected a million dollars. Last year we gave out $50,000 worth of scholarships, and it is our goal to have that many every year," Dubynsky said.

He said the money for the scholarship fund comes from three events the Stampede Foundation puts on, and the art exhibit is just one of them. Each scholarship is valued at about $2,000.

With pieces ranging from as low as $500 all the way to about $10,000, the art show plays a significant role in giving western artists some exposure.

"We typically see sales between 30 and 40 pieces, and then there's an auction, and we'll have another 15-20 pieces sold during the auction," he said.

The exhibit also features works from students in Weld County, though very few of the 43 artists featured are Weld County residents themselves.

The exhibit will kick off with the Opening Night Gala at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and is located in the Event Center lobby at Island Grove Regional Park, 14th Avenue and A Street. Tickets include food and drink, as well as a chance to meet with the artists and discuss their work. After Thursday, it is open to the public for viewing until July 4.

And, yes, Dubynsky said he will be there wearing a cowboy hat.

For more

For more info about Stampede Western Art Exhibit and Sale, go to http://www.greeleystampede.org/p/attractions/artshow.