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Stampede Western Art Show kicks off the 17th Annual Art Exhibit


The Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit and Sale kicks off its 17th Annual event with the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

The Opening Night Gala will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Island Grove Events Center lobby (425 N. 15th Ave.). Tickets can be reserved in advance for $40.00 each or $60.00 after June 17th. This exciting evening will provide patrons with the first opportunity to purchase the displayed art, as well as meet the attending artists. After the fixed priced sale there will be a buffet and a live auction of quick draw artwork and other pieces that were donated by the artists. Proceeds of the live auction will benefit the Stampede Foundation scholarships.

In honor of the Stampede Western Invitational founding members, two $1,000 scholarships designated as The Holland and Ketterling Scholarships, will be awarded during the Gala. Weld County high school and college aged student artists are eligible to participate and compete for the awards. The winners will be announced at the opening night gala and their work displayed throughout the art show.

The exhibit is open to more than 220,000 Stampede visitors each year, and has sold over $1,000,000 of art throughout the past 16 years. Not only is this show a fantastic cultural and programming addition to the Greeley Stampede, but it serves an educational purpose as well. The net proceeds will benefit Stampede Foundation scholarships that are awarded to Weld County high school seniors each year.

The Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit and Sale sponsored by First National Bank runs during the Greeley Stampede June 23th through July 4th, and is open until 9:00 pm daily. It will be free with park admission. The show portrays our rich history showcasing western paintings and sculptures. Visitors are encouraged to browse the diverse range of art exhibits.

This year’s show will feature 39 artists, with new and returning artists from around the country showcasing over 200 pieces of artwork. These artists include:

Clifford Bailey

Nikolo Balkanski

Guadalupe Barajas

Julie Bender

James Biggers

Garnet Buster

Cheri Cappello

Jim Clements

Bob Coonts

Melissa Cooper

Robert DeLeon

Mia DeLode

Marilyn Enders

Brent Flory

Lori Forest

Jenny Forge

Mimi Grant

Desiree Hajny

Becky Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Peggy Judy

HR Heather Kaiser


Ria Krishnan

Laurie Lee

Kim Mackey

James G Moore

Rock Newcomb

Karen Noles

Julie Oriet

Chad Poppleton

Colette Pitcher

Karen Roehl

Clifford Scott

M Haynes Scott

Tamara Simmons

Nathan Solano

Trish Stevenson

Margie Swift

Tickets for the opening night gala are available from the Greeley Stampede Ticket office or call at 970-356-7787. For additional information please visit our website at and “Like” us on our Facebook page at

ABOUT THE GREELEY STAMPEDE: The Greeley Stampede, a 501(c)4 nonprofit corporation, is Colorado’s premiere summer western celebration. This longstanding event has grown in diversity and popularity since its inception and has provided music and rodeo entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people every summer. The Stampede was inducted in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2014 and the event was named 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Mountain States Large Rodeo of the Year. The Stampede will be celebrating its 95th annual event June 23-July 4, 2016. For more information about the Greeley Stampede visit


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