It doesn’t really surprise me that we have more than our fair share of artists here in Cody. After all, true talent can live most anywhere, and who wouldn’t want to live here? There are certainly plenty of awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, double-take scenes around here that artists, sculptors and photographers never have to go far to find something to paint, sculpt or shoot.
And then there are the folks who have expressed themselves in the areas of leather working or furniture building. I have seen saddles that I am afraid to sit on and armoires in which I would be reluctant to actually use for storing clothes. They are just that spectacular.
If you want to see what I mean stroll around town just about any time or just come to the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
This fine art sale focuses on “works relating to the land, people and wildlife of the American West.” The show will be held at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and everybody is welcome to stop by and see the work.
The fun part for me is the Friday night auction where we get to view the art before it goes on sale. I sometimes have trouble getting through the gallery because the people I know far outnumber those I don’t. I told you I love our friendly, small-town atmosphere.
I especially enjoy when a couple of friends that shall remain nameless decide they want the same piece of art. Sometimes you don’t know if these old boys truly want the art or if they are just trying drive up the price and see if they can stop just short of buying.
On Saturday morning, the “Quick Draw” is held. Painters and sculptors have one hour to create a piece of art. At one time I thought I might have a future as an artist, but I am humbled every time I see what these people can accomplish so quickly. It would take me about a week and a half to get anywhere close to the amount of canvas they cover, and even then their art would be world’s above my chicken scratches.
The dates for this year’s show are Sept. 20 and 21. If you cannot make it, you can still bid on art by phone. Go to this web site for more information: http://www.buffalobillartshow.com/content/sale/absentee_bidding.htm.
While the art show is easy for someone like me whose biggest challenge is finding the right outfit to go with the accessories my admirers shower upon me throughout the year, it is the result of a lot of work by the staffs at the BBCW and the Cody Chamber of Commerce as well as a volunteer committee. With all of that spirited bidding and chatting up old friends, I don’t always get to say how much so many of us appreciate the behind-the-scenes efforts that group makes.
I hope I get that opportunity to say thank you this year.
Hope to see you at the Buffalo Bill Art Show.
Until then, I am lovin’ my well-accessorized life in Cody, Wyo.