June 2 - July 29, 2012
Organized by Glenbow Museum

At the End of the RopeAbout the Exhibition

In 1912, the famous cowboy artist Charlie Russell was invited by Calgary Stampede founder Guy Weadick to exhibit his paintings at the first ever Calgary Stampede. Known then as the Famous Cowboy Artist, Russell created art that connected deeply with ranchers and cowboys in the West. His "Special Exhibition" of 20 paintings was a huge draw at the first Calgary Stampede.

This summer, in celebration of the Calgary's Stampede's centennial, Glenbow is reuniting the paintings from that exhibition 100 years later which will include 17 of the 20 paintings exhibited in 1912. From Russell's glorious western landscapes and "heroic" depictions of First Nations to some of his most famous action paintings featuring cattle cowboys and outlaws, this exhibition is truly a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the best works painted by this iconic western artist.

Drawn from private collections and major art galleries across North America, this summer exhibition will be a must see for Albertans and tourists alike.

Tie One On
May 25, 2012 by Meghan Jessiman, Swerve Magazine

Guy Weadick replica buckle by Olson Silver CompanySee our range of Charlie Russell inspired products in the Glenbow Shop, check them out here.








Charlie Russell and The First Calgary Stampede
May 30, 2012, CBC Homestretch

Charlie Russell Exhibit at the Glenbow
May 30th, 2012, Calgary Herald

Charlie Russell Exhibit Coming to the Glenbow Museum

May 15th, 2012 by Shannon McNeney, Next Generation Committee Volunteer

Charlie Russell and the First Calgary Stampede presented by:
Suncor Energy    

Charlie Russell and the First Calgary Stampede supported by the following:


TransCanada KPMG The United States Consulate,
Calgary, AB
Canada On Canvas
Credit information
Charles M. Russell, At Rope's End, 1909, Private Collection

130 9th Ave S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

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Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm


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