About the Show
The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is a one of a kind 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.
The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefits the prestigious Buffalo Bill Center of the West and is held in conjunction with a new event, Jam Royale, and the Center’s Patrons Ball, all part of Cody, Wyoming’s annual “Rendezvous Royale Week.”
The ever increasing success of this project is made possible by dedicated staff at the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, as well as a hard working volunteer committee.
The art exhibition, housed in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery, is free for public viewing each September. Main events include the Friday evening Auction, where guests view the exhibition a final time, then stroll next door to the beautiful party tent adjacent to the museum for food, drinks, live music and a spirited live auction; and the Saturday morning Quick Draw, where guests enjoy breakfast then observe nearly thirty painters and sculptors at work in the Robbie Powwow Garden, often using live models, to complete a piece in one hour.
We invite you to immerse yourself in the arts during this exciting week in Cody, Wyoming!
Also offered are artist demonstrations at local galleries and museums, painting and sculpting workshops, artist studio tours, an exciting lecture and calendar signing by the annual honored artist. In addition, the Buffalo Bill Art Show helps make support summer art classes for children and teenagers and scholarships for young adults.
Summer Art Program
Young people in the Cody area continue to turn out in big numbers to participate in a variety of classes offered through the summer art program funded by the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
Approximately 300 budding artists, generally ranging in age from eight to thirteen, signed up for over thirty classes. Pottery was especially popular this year, as artistically inclined children showed a real fondness for the kind of “hands-on” artistry that medium affords.
Many classes focus on crafts while others introduce young people to more advanced mediums and techniques. The summer lineup typically ranges from pottery and watercolor instruction to chalk and pastels, cartoon drawing, and plein air painting. In all of the summer classes, the focus is on having fun while learning.
Artists providing instruction are members of the Cody Country Art League and classes are held in cooperation with the Shoshone Recreation District.