Cody, WY, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, August 23-September 22
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Works by more than 100 top western painters and sculptors are on display this month at the 31st annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, WY. The show kicks off on August 23 with an opening reception, awards announcements, and a Miniature Show & Sale featuring 60 works by participating artists that are auctioned off that evening. The show runs through September 21 and highlights western-themed works in a variety of styles and media.
This year there are six new artists in the show, as well as numerous seasoned participants, including Ralph Oberg, Charles Fritz, Jim Wilcox, Krystii Melaine, Cyrus Afsary, and Grant Redden. The Honored Artist is Texas-based painter and sculptor Buckeye Blake. “Blake’s traditional western themes come alive with color,” says show director Kathy Thompson. “His fanciful, graphic style mixed with a taste for pop-culture interpretations of western figures is always eye-catching.”
Blake’s piece in this year’s show is THE WILD ROSE, a painting based on world-champion bronc rider Fannie Sperry Steele and her trick horse Sultan. Steele is a rodeo legend from Montana who was the first woman inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. “I love the West as well as its history,” Blake says. “It’s a delicate balance in a hard land, an epic nuance in an incredible orchestration of light, shadow, color, and space—to begin to capture such a symphony is both sacred and humbling.”
The show wraps up the evening of Friday, September 21, with a celebration that includes food, drinks, and live music. A live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. in the tent adjacent to the museum. The final event takes place the following Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with a champagne brunch and silent auction. Next is the popular Quick Draw event, when more than 30 artists work to create a new piece in just one hour. The Quick Draw pieces are then auctioned off to the highest bidders.
The show is produced by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and proceeds benefit both organizations. —Lindsay Mitchell
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