One of a Kind
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 as well as the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is held conjunction with the Center’s Patrons Ball Black Tie Gala, and By Western Hands’s Functional Design Exhibition, all of which are 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!
Black & Associates Auctioneers
Auctioneer Troy Black says the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale presents an opportunity for the entire “Buffalo Bill family” to reflect on the qualities that make whit show special.
“I truly believe it’s the camaraderie among the people”, Black says. “I have friends and family from all over the country who come to this auction. It’s like a homecoming, and everyone is happy to reunite with old friends and acquaintances.”
Looking back on nearly a decade of experience with the show and its steady improvements and growth, Black, president and CEO of Black and Associates Auctioneers, attributes its success to its passionate spirit.
“People from all over the country are incredibly enthusiastic about Cody and are so supportive of the museum and the cause,” Black says. “The artists and the patrons are very generous.
As he travels far and wide to conduct auctions, Black says he’s always running into people who speak enthusiastically about the Cody show. “It’s definitely on the map, and people want to be a part of it,” he observes. “It’s a happening.”
Just as Black has watched the “Buffalo Bill family” mature over the years, guests of the art show have had a chance to see Black’s own family grow up. Starting in 2005, at 9 years old, Troy’s son Weston took the stage with his dad to help drive up a few bids.
“Weston is a third-generation auctioneer, Troy notes, “He’s in training right now.”
Early in his own career, Troy mentored under Peter Stremmel, one of the true giants of the art auctioneering world, and he worked in the ring for him for three years at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. Troy represents the second generation to run Black and Associates – a family business which dates to 1976. The firm averages 170 auctions per year, with a specialty in art auctions across the United States and the world.
“Our motto is that we want to have a friendly and fun environment for everyone,” Troy says. “We love the auction business and I think it shows.”
For more information write Black and Associates Auctioneers, PO Box 1252, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, or call 208.762.4346.
Chef Ryan Boehme continues to add a special art to creating a truly memorable event. Bravo Catering brings us all the essential elements of a masterpiece: incredible cuisine, perfect timing, and seamless service. Thank you to Ryan and his professional staff for taking such good care of Buffalo Bill Art Show patrons.
Thank You Volunteers
Volunteers for the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale are some of the most dedicated people you will meet during the events. They are the epitome of Cody’s western hospitality, they continue to offer time and enthusiasm for our patrons. Thank you for your commitment!