It’s that time of the year again for Calgarians, when we pull our cowboy boots and hats out of the closet for 10 days of rodeo, corn dogs and beer gardens at the Calgary Stampede (July 3 – 12).
What, you may rightly ask, is a post about the Calgary Stampede doing on a blog about real Canadians decorating? I would have asked the same question had I not discovered something new at this year’s Stampede; tucked away from the craziness of the midway is Western Oasis, a very tranquil, very lovely space dedicated to gorgeous art and great wine. Is there any better pairing?
Western Oasis makes it easy to forget that you’re in the middle of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Around the perimeter, you’re free to explore and admire Western-inspired photography, paintings, bronze sculptures and crafts. The work, above, by artist Drew Hunter, marries classic western images with damask details — pretty and rugged at the same time.
This Oasis also encourages you to sample a variety of wines by the flight or the glass while live bands serenade you in the background. I was most impressed by the gorgeous water features, gardens and sculptures decorating the area.
For me, this is a fantastic addition to the Calgary Stampede — it certainly takes the experience a long way toward the goal of providing something for everyone!