Two great exhibitions in one great location – Buffalo Bill Center of the West
CODY, Wyo. – After another record setting season in 2011 the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is looking forward to the 2012 season to immerse yourself in the arts in Cody, Wyoming the week of September starting Monday, 17th.
The show, produced by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, draws visitors and patrons from many parts of the United States and beyond. Scott Balyo, Executive Director of Cody Chamber, is excited about his second show and the thirty-first Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. Highlights this year will include an exclusive artist tour, Honored Artist lecture, as well as, several new events.
“The funds raised are very important for both organizations,” Balyo says, “I couldn’t be happier at the support we have from local businesses and residents and the many people who travel to Cody to attend our auctions and other Rendezvous Royale events.”
Art Show director, Kathy Thompson is pleased to announce the Honored Artist for 2012 is Buckeye Blake from Weatherford, Texas. “His traditional western themes come alive with color, and his personality matches those two subjects,” says Thompson, “His fanciful, graphic style mixed with a taste for pop culture interpretations of western figures are always eye-catching.” He has created a special silk scarf to commemorate a young, energetic, Buffalo Bill Cody and the art show. This year there are new artists to tempt the buyer along with well-seasoned and loyal artists from past years, such as Ralph Oberg, Charles Fritz, Jim Wilcox, Krystii Melaine, Cyrus Afsary, and Peter Fillerup. The high energy live auction is Friday evening in the party tent and the always popular Quick Draw is Saturday morning at the Robbie Powwow Garden.
The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is a fine art sale with a Western theme, offering works relating to the land, people and wildlife of the American West. Artists offer a broad range of stylistic interpretations of the West, in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, ceramic and mixed media. All works are original art.
Another way to celebrate the arts in Cody, Wyoming is through Cody High Style; Designing the West. In its sixth year we continue the long tradition of Western Decorative Arts in Cody, Wyoming dating back to Thomas Molesworth and his Shoshone Furniture Company in the 1930s. The exhibition, located in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, is a display of one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories created by forty of the best contemporary craftsman of western decorative arts. In addition, a new event this year has been introduced, which will give special buyers the opportunity to buy these pieces before the exhibition opens to the public. These events, along with tours, and demonstrations, are in conjunction with a high energy runway fashion show featuring haute couture western designs. These events are not to be missed.
The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefits the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and the prestigious Buffalo Bill Center of the West and is held in conjunction with the center's Patrons Ball, the Boot Scootin’ Boogie, and Cody High Style, all part of Cody, Wyoming's annual "Rendezvous Royale" --- a perfect place to reunite with dear friends and make new ones. Cody, Wyoming knows how to throw a party.