Show Preview | Buffalo Bill Art Show

Cody, WY
Buffalo Bill Center of the West, September 25-26

Terry Cooke Hall, August Winds, oil, 24 x 36.

Terry Cooke Hall, August Winds, oil, 24 x 36.

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Artworks by 108 of the West’s top artists are on display at the 35th annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, which takes place September 25-26 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This dynamic show, which is produced by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, features oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings; sculpture; ceramics; and mixed-media pieces by artists including Ann Hanson, Ralph Oberg, Clive Tyler, Krystii Melaine, Michael Ome Untiedt, and John Potter. New artists this year include Gary Lynn Roberts, Phil Starke, Michele Usibelli, and Mark Eberhard.

Every year the show honors one western artist who demonstrates leadership in the art world. This year’s honored artist is sculptor Chris Navarro of Casper, WY, a 24-year veteran of the show. He presents a lecture about his life and work from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, September 25. “This is a great show,” says Navarro, who will have four sculptures available for purchase and has also designed a line of western jewelry especially for the show. “It’s one of the few shows that puts the artists first.”

Navarro, along with most of the other participating artists, is in attendance at the preview party, silent auction, and live auction on Friday evening. Hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet buffet dinner are served before auctioneer Troy Black auctions one major piece from each artist. “Troy is an amazing auctioneer who has a great relationship with the audience,” says the show’s director, Kathy Thompson. “It’s a very exciting event. We anticipate 650 people in attendance.”

Even more guests attend the Saturday-morning Quick Draw & Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Center’s Robbie Powwow Garden. Forty artists take part in the event, each completing a piece of art in one hour. Some of the artists bring their own models, including people and horses. Works are auctioned off immediately after the event. “The Quick Draw is a tremendous challenge and a little stressful, but it’s exciting in a unique way,” says participating artist Carol Hagan. “I’ve participated in the Quick Draw seven out of the past nine years. I enjoy the interaction with the people who come by to watch us. They’re an important reason I love being part of this show.” —Emily Van Cleve

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