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For immediate release:   August 22, 2013
 
Contacts:  Kathy Thompson  
                 Director, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
                 info@buffalobillartshow.com or 307.587.5002
 
                 Scott Balyo
                 Executive Director, Cody Country Chamber of Commerce
                 exec@codychamber.org or 307.587.2777
                                   
                                    On the Web at www.buffalobillartshow.com

Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale announces major award winners
$30,000 in prize money awarded to two artists; Ringer wins Weiss Award

Cody, Wyo. - The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, an annual fundraiser for the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, has announced the major award winners for its 2013 show.

A group of highly respected volunteer judges chose the two best works of Western art from the 109 paintings and sculptures submitted for the 32nd annual show. After completing their extensive evaluation process, the judges selected the following winners:
 
Premier Platinum Award ($20,000), sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi, Nielson & Associates, Inc. and the Freiss Family Foundation: The Gift by Vic Payne.
 
“We admired the ability Payne manifested in this work to provide accuracy and detail while conveying a convincing narrative in an engaging manner. This piece had real drama and is a tour-de-force that combined composition and local relevancy that made it a clear winner,” said the judges about the sculpture, which depicts Buffalo Bill Cody, Chief Plenty Coups and Prince Albert I of Monaco, during his visit to Cody in 1913.
 
Wells Fargo Gold Award ($10,000), sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank of Cody: American Serengeti by P.A. Nisbet. The painting depicts a scene from the Lamar Valley in the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park.
 
The judges said, “We appreciated this tranquil painting from top to bottom as it depicts a scene out of Cody’s backdoor. It reminds us to be ever grateful for our national parks and the wildlife that still call these reserves home.”
 
DeAnna Eide, current chair of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Committee Chair, said “Our judges certainly had a challenge picking the winners. With so much outstanding artwork, there was no shortage of deserving pieces this year.”
 
Kathy Thompson, director of the show, was appreciative of the judging process.
 
“I want to thank our judges, who enthusiastically said ‘yes’ when we asked them to help determine this year’s award winners,” she said. “We couldn’t have done this without their expertise and willingness to devote their time. I also appreciate our generous sponsors without whom these awards would not be possible.”
 
In addition, to the Platinum and Gold Awards, the William E. Weiss Purchase Award was also selected. The award is sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in honor of art enthusiast and benefactor William E. Weiss. The winning piece is chosen by the Center staff and Whitney Gallery Advisory Board members and is added to its permanent collection: This year’s winning artwork was Indian Paintbrush a kinetic steel sculpture by 2013 Honored Artist, Charles Ringer.
 
The Center’s Whitney Gallery of Western Art Curator Mindy Besaw said “We appreciated the floral elements of this piece and we certainly don’t have one like it in our permanent collection. It adds great variety to the show.”
 
Indian Paintbrush is the state flower of Wyoming.
 
This year’s judges included an art museum curator, two gallery owners and two art collectors:

Adam Duncan Harris: Harris has been the Curator of Art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 2000. He is currently the Petersen Curator of Art and Research. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University before continuing on to the University of Wyoming for a Master’s degree in American Studies. He finished his academic studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Ph.D. in Art History. He is the author of Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks from the National Museum of Wildlife Art and editor of the award-winning Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press. He has recently curated a touring exhibit in conjunction with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, entitled George Catlin’s American Buffalo.
 
Kirke and Doug Nelson (father and son): Doug Nelson has been involved in the art business for 25 years as an art dealer.  He is the owner/operator of In Search Of Art Limited – I.S.O. Art Ltd., and art search company which acquires and/or sells fine art for its clientele and tracks specific art pieces and includes a retail shop in Kalispell, Mont. In addition to functioning as an art dealer, he and his wife Karen  own and operate Mad Wolf Ranch, a bison ranch located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation that has hosted model sessions for a number of artist retreats.

Dr. Kirke Nelson was educated as a physician at the University of Southern California, Dr. Nelson established Kalispell OBGYN in Montana and over the next 35 plus years delivered 7,000 babies in Kalispell.  In the interim years he and his wife Helen raised five children who live in the area along with 15 grandchildren.
 
A keen interest in art developed with Dr. Nelson and what started out as simple collecting in California developed into an active art gallery in Kalispell.  Glacier Gallery opened in 1969 and continues to the present with a special interest in Western Art prior to the 1940’s, actively pursuing art of that period for acquisition by clients.

Keith and Bobbi Richardson: Founders of Sierra Trading Post, the Richardsons have an extensive Western art collection. They appreciate and enjoy the work of the many talented artists of the past and present who have chosen the West as the subject of their inspiration and the loving and skilled labor of their hands.
 
“We fell in love with the genre,” Keith said. “The beauty of the sage at sunrise, the magnificence of the abundant wildlife, the expanse of the prairies, the wind-sculpted rock formations and the beauty of remote places still rarely seen by men – the West is as much as lifestyle as a place, a lifestyle that still honors the traditional values that built our country; independence, hard work, fairness and integrity, and a deep respect for all of God’s creation.”
 
The art to be auctioned at the 2013 Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, a production of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, is on display in the Center’s John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery through September 20 when it will then be auctioned to the public. The art can also be seen online at www.buffalobillartshow.com. Net proceeds from the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefit the Cody Chamber and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and other art organizations in the Cody area. For information about all the events in Cody during Rendezvous Royale, visit www.rendezvousroyale.org.

 
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The Gift by Vic Payne
 American Serengeti by P.A. Nisbet
 
Indian Paintbrush by Charles Ringer

 

 


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