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Buffalo Bill Art Show in Our Collection

The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is an annual event sponsored by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. In 2016, the Show--a grand exhibition of all things western [people, places, animals, etc.]--celebrates its 35th Anniversary. Below are various works from the Show that are now in the Center's Whitney Western Art Museum permanent collection. Which is your favorite(s)? Check out this year's entries at buffalobillartshow.net, and decide who you're rooting for this year--the action takes place September 23-24, 2016. It's all part of the weeklong celebration in Cody, Wyoming, titled "Rendezvous Royale." Tickets available at rendezvousroyale.org; order yours today!

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


Sign of Spring
Balkanski, Nicolo | Painting...
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Exhibit notes: 2012: Balkanski

Museum record: 9.12 | canvas height: 20 in, canvas width: 30 in, Frame height: 27.75 in, Frame width: 36.75 in | Sign of Spring | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2012 Buffalo Bill Art Show | handprinted on reverse: "Sign of Spring" / #194062 3937 484 / by / Nikolo Balkanski | heavy ridges of gouache undercoat throughout. Scattered hairs/dust in lower painting | LL: (cc) / N. Balkanski | 9.12.jpg | barn | Fox | Painting | oil on canvas | Balkanski, Nicolo

Granuja
Beardsley, Duke | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 2011: Beardsley

Museum record: 12.11 | 2011 | sight height: 40 in, sight width: 40 in, Frame height: 42 in, Frame width: 42 in | Granuja | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2011 Buffalo Bill Art Show | side view of upper portion of horse and rider with lariat. .25" offset space between frame and painting. | 12.11.jpg | horse | Cowboy | Painting | mixed media | Beardsley, Duke

Long Days
Donahue, Mikel | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 2010: Donahue

Museum record: 7.10 | 2010 | Frame height: 31 in, sight width: 22 in, sight height: 16.75 in, width: 23 in, H: 17 in, Frame width: 36.25 in | Long Days | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2010 Buffalo Bill Art Show | LL | distressed look frame, plexiglass cover | LL | 7.10.jpg | barn | Cowboy | saddle | Painting | watercolor and colored pencil on paper | Donahue, Mikel

Mother's Touch
Schrepferman, Steve | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: 2009: Schreferman

Museum record: 62.09 | 2009 | H: 25.5 in, width: 15 in, H: 13.5 in, L: 7.25 in, depth: 5.5 in, L: 22 in | Mother's Touch | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2009 Buffalo Bill Art Show | reverse: Lower edge - Schrepferman '09 | reverse: Lower edge - Schrepferman '09 | 62.09A&Bv1.jpg | 62.09A&Bv2.jpg | horse | Colt | Sculpture | glazed earthenware | Schrepferman, Steve

Emerging Spring -...
Vance, Karen | Painting | oi...
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Exhibit notes: 2009: Vance

Museum record: 61.09 | 2009 | H: 25.5 in, width: 23.25 in, Frame height: 33.5 in, Frame width: 31.75 in, frame depth: 2.5 in | Emerging Spring - Where the Colorado River Begins | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2009 Buffalo Bill Art Show | reverse: UR | reverse: UR | 61.09.jpg | Colorado River | river | trees | Landscape | mountain | Painting | oil on canvas | Karen Vance (b. 1951) Emerging Spring– Where the Colorado River Begins 2009, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award–2009 Buffalo Bill Art Show Vance captures late afternoon sunlight in a scene of trees and mountains. According to the artist, “…the Never Summer Peaks and Kawuneeche Valley gave me the perfect vehicle for the intricate gradations of visual elements. All is done in an effort to describe the subtle grandeur of the changing seasons.” 61.09 | Vance, Karen

Corriente Gathering
Seabeck, Robert | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 2008: Seabeck

Museum record: 8.08 | 2008 | sight height: 12.25 in, sight width: 48.125 in, Frame height: 19.75 in, Frame width: 55.625 in, frame depth: 1.75 in | Corriente Gathering | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2008 Buffalo Bill Art Show | lower right of center: R. Seabeck | lower right of center: R. Seabeck | 8.08.jpg | Cowboy | longhorn | cattle | horse | Painting | oil on canvas | Robert Seabeck (b.1945) Corriente Gathering 2008, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award–2008 Buffalo Bill Art Show Seabeck, a Wyoming artist, is familiar with the western lifestyle. For example, a cattle drive is not just an event of the Old West, but is current practice for living ranchers. The subject in art has long endured—as shown by the paintings here. 8.08 | Seabeck, Robert

Saddlestring Cavvy
Graham, Bruce | Painting | o...
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Exhibit notes: 2007: Graham

Museum record: 11.07 | 2007 | H: 24 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 32.625 in, Frame width: 44.5 in | Saddlestring Cavvy | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2007 Buffalo Bill Art Show | 11.07.jpg | horses | Painting | oil on canvas | Bruce Graham (b. 1961) Saddlestring Cavvy 2007, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2007 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 11.07 Bruce Graham is intrigued by color and light, and he strives to capture these elements in his paintings. For example, sunlight is the main focus in this painting of a string of horses. | Graham, Bruce

Autumn Snow Along...
Bohler, Joseph | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 2006: Bohler

Museum record: 10.06 | 2006 | H: 22 in, width: 30 in | Autumn Snow Along the Missouri | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Watercolor painting, Autumn Snow Along the Missouri, by Joseph Bohler. Transparency sent to artist. | 10.06.jpg | 10.06.jpg | Landscape | Painting | watercolor on paper | Autumn Snow Along the Missouri This painting received the William E. Weiss Purchase Award at the 2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. This acquisition fund, established in mid 1970s, has helped the Whitney add over 40 contemporary western American art works to the collection. It was named in honor of a great patron of western art, William E. Weiss, who died in 1985. Long-term enthusiasm for western art by the Weiss family has resulted in many beautiful and important works of art being added to the Historical Center's collections over the decades. Joseph Bohler (b. 1938) Autumn Snow Along the Missouri 2006, watercolor on paper William E. Weiss Purchase Award-2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 10.06 | Bohler, Joseph

The Showman
Navarro, Chris | Sculpture |...
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Exhibit notes: 2006: Navarro

Museum record: 12.06 | 2006 | H: 15.25 in, width: 10 in, depth: 5 in | The Showman | Gift of the Buffalo Bill Art Show Committee | plaque: "The Showman"/by Chris Navarro/25th Anniversary/2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale | 12.06.jpg | 12.06.web.jpg | 12.06.jpg | Buffalo Bill | Cody, William F. | Sculpture | bronze | Navarro, Chris

Prickly Pear
Ringer, Charles | Sculpture ...
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Exhibit notes: 2005: Ringer

Museum record: 5.05 | 2004 | H: 60 in, width: 56 in, depth: 56 in, base diameter: 30 in | Prickly Pear | Gift of Howard and Lili Ann Camden | Sculpture from previous year's Buffalo Bill Art Show. Appropriate for outdoor exhibit. Steel will rust; artist planned that. | 5.05.jpg | 5.05.web.jpg | 5.05.jpg | cactus | Sculpture | steel | Ringer, Charles

Yellowstone Lilies
Fillerup, Mel | Painting | o...
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Exhibit notes: 2005: Fillerup

Museum record: 6.05 | 2004 | sight height: 51.5 in, sight width: 45 in, Frame height: 60.25 in, Frame width: 54.25 in, frame depth: 2.25 in, H: 52 in, width: 46 in | Yellowstone Lilies | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2005 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Inspired by several sketching sessions, this painting portrays an ideal image of Yellowstone beauty, not one limited to a specific site. "Among the wonders of Yellowstone National Park are several lakes and streams which are covered with luxurious mountain lilies. One such lake is Isa Lake on Craig Pass. Another is along DeLacy Creek between West Thumb and Old Faithful. I have, with much joy, painted at both locations several times," wrote the artist. | 6.05.jpg | 6.05.jpg | 6.05.web.jpg | Painting | oil on canvas | Mel Fillerup (b. 1924) Yellowstone Lilies 2004, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award-2005 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 6.05 Inspired by several sketching sessions, this painting portrays an ideal image of Yellowstone beauty, not one limited to a specific site. "Among the wonders of Yellowstone National Park are several lakes and streams which are covered with luxurious mountain lilies. One such lake is Isa Lake on Craig Pass. Another is along DeLacy Creek between West Thumb and Old Faithful. I have, with much joy, painted at both locations several times," wrote the artist. | Mel Fillerup (1924-2010) Yellowstone Lilies 2004, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award–2005 Buffalo Bill Art Show 6.05 | Fillerup, Mel

Great Basin Bucka...
Ballantyne, Carrie L. | Draw...
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Exhibit notes: 2004: Ballantyne

Museum record: 10.04 | ca. 2004 | H: 26.375 in, width: 17.25 in, Frame height: 39.25 in, Frame width: 29.75 in, frame depth: 1 in | Great Basin Buckaroo | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2004 Buffalo Bill Art Show | To be a cowboy, or ‘buckaroo’ as they say in the Great Basin country, is most suited to the younger single man,” wrote the artist. Ballantyne cited the historic Hispanic inspiration on the contemporary cowboy, “My subject is a picture of our modern day buckaroo with traditional vaquero influence: colorful, proud, practical and classy.” | 10.04.jpg | 10.04.web.jpg | 10.04.jpg | Drawing | colored pencil on paper | Carrie L. Ballantyne (b. 1956) Great Basin Buckaroo ca. 2004, color pencil William E. Weiss Purchase Award—2004 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 10.04 “To be a cowboy, or ‘buckaroo’ as they say in the Great Basin country, is most suited to the younger single man,” wrote the artist. Ballantyne cited the historic Hispanic inspiration on the contemporary cowboy, “My subject is a picture of our modern day buckaroo with traditional vaquero influence: colorful, proud, practical and classy.” | Ballantyne, Carrie L.

The Old River Road
Lillegraven, Linda | Paintin...
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Exhibit notes: 2003: Lillegraven

Museum record: 8.03 | 2003 | H: 24.25 in, width: 48.125 in, Frame height: 33 in, Frame width: 57.125 in, frame depth: 2.5 in | The Old River Road | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2003 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Lillegraven focuses on the great open spaces of the West, composing her paintings to convey a sense of place and arouse the human senses. In The Old River Road, she caught sight of the winter sun setting over the Laramie River, and noticed, "for that one brief moment, the sweeping curves of the river, the glowing willows, the icy river and the long shadows all seemed to dance perfectly with one another." | face LRC - LILLEGRAVEN; reverse: center; L. Lillegraven/"The Old River Road" [copyright] 2003/ oil on canvas 24" x 48" | LRC - LILLEGRAVEN | 8.03.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Lillegraven, Linda

Above All
Balciar, Gerald | Sculpture ...
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Exhibit notes: 2001: Balciar

Museum record: 10.02 | 2001 | H: 33.75 in, width: 14.5 in, depth: 10 in, Base Height: 2 in | Above All | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2002 Buffalo Bill Art Show | According to Balciar, the idea and title of this work came from an outdoor experience. "While fishing in Alaska in the Inside Passage, bald eagles were as plentiful as sparrows. It seemed like no matter where we fished there were at least one or two eagles high in the spruce trees, awaiting the opportunity to feed. High in the trees, they seemed to have the attitude that they were above all." | rear of bronze near base: G. BALCIAR / [copyright symbol] / 4/50 | Two eagles on tree stump | rear of bronze near base: G. BALCIAR / [copyright symbol] / 4/50 | Pamphlet: Cody, Wyoming Relocation Guide; Cody Chamber of Commerce, Cody, Wyoming; 2004; page 19 | 10.02.jpg | eagle | Sculpture | bronze | Balciar, Gerald

Canyon Frosting
Wilcox, Jim | Painting | oil...
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Exhibit notes: 2001: Wilcox

Museum record: 12.01 | 2001 | Frame height: 37.75 in, Frame width: 43.75 in, frame depth: 3.125 in, canvas height: 30.125 in, canvas width: 36 in | Canyon Frosting | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2001 Buffalo Bill Art Show | In his paintings, Wilcox uses the principal subjects of light, mood and design to express the landscapes around him. According to the artist, the contrast between the cool snow and the warm rock of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone "makes this view even more spectacular." | LR: JIM WILCOX [copyright symbol]; reverse frame UC: CRESTWOOD/STYLE #23-B/FINISH: UMBER (LIGHT); reverse canvas at UL stretcher: #2057 "CANYON FROSTING"; tag reverse ULC: BUFFALO BILL/ART SHOW & SALE/10/Wilcox, Jim 10/Canyon Frosting | LR: JIM WILCOX [copyright symbol] | 12.01.jpg | Lower Falls of the Yellowstone | Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone | Yellowstone National Park | snow | Painting | oil on canvas | Wilcox, Jim

Three Horses Drin...
Raynolds, Linda | Sculpture ...
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Exhibit notes: 2000: Raynolds

Museum record: 13.00.1 | 2000 | H: 18.375 in, width: 11.375 in, depth: 11.5 in | Three Horses Drinking | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase | "This piece reflects my lifelong interest in archeaological artifacts; however, this sculpture was conceived as a whole--there is actually nothing 'missing.' Although taking inspiration from fragments, Three Horses Drinking is a complete, contemporary statement. I hope the viewer can appreciate my choices of form and texture as they allude to landscape, architecture, abstraction, history and most importantly of all, to my subject, the horse," said the artist for the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale catalogue. | reverse L edge: L. RAYNOLDS | reverse L edge: L. RAYNOLDS | 13.00.1.web.jpg | 13.00.1.jpg | 13.00.1.jpg | horses | Sculpture | bronze | Raynolds, Linda

Crossing Beaver C...
Morgan, Jim | Painting | oil...
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Exhibit notes: 2000: Lawson

Museum record: 13.00.2 | 2000 | Frame height: 39.5 in, Frame width: 57.5 in, H: 30 in, width: 49 in | Crossing Beaver Creek | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase | "This painting combines several of my favorite subjects to paint--sunlit snow, clear mountain streams, and the wonderful patterns and shapes found in nature. The wintering bull elk adds a sense of scale to the painting," wrote the artist in the Buffalo Bill Art Show catalogue. | reverse R frame: MORGAN FRAMES '00. LL reverse canvas: Jim Morgan / [copyright symbol] | LL reverse canvas: Jim Morgan / [copyright symbol] | 13.00.2.jpg | snow | bull elk | stream | Painting | oil on canvas | Morgan, Jim

October Moon
Lawson, T. Allen | Painting ...
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Exhibit notes: 2000: Morgan

Museum record: 12.00 | 2000 | Frame height: 31.5 in, Frame width: 45.25 in, H: 24 in, width: 37.75 in | October Moon | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2000 Buffalo Bill Art Show | "The penetrating sight of this October full moon rising stopped me in my tracks. I completed a very quick (15 minute) color study to solidify my memory of the evening. The idea to add the grazing sheep came several weeks later as I was completing drawings of the barn and trees. This final version has been a work in progress for more than two years, " explained the artist. | reverse center "OCTOBER MOON" / T. ALLEN LAWSON / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / [copyright symbol] / 20 00 | LL: T.ALLEN LAWSON | 12.00.jpg | sheep | Landscape | ranch house | barn | Painting | oil on linen mounted on board | Lawson, T. Allen

Cody's First Rend...
Seabeck, Robert | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 1999: Seabeck

Museum record: 15.99.3 | 1999 | Image height: 28.25 in, Image width: 18.25 in, Sheet height: 30 in, Sheet width: 24 in, Frame height: 39.5 in, Frame width: 30 in | Cody's First Rendezvous Royale | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase | Robert Seabeck (b. 1945) Cody's First Rendezvous Royale 1999, watercolor on paper William E. Weiss Fund Purchase, 15.99.3 Seabeck created this watercolor for a poster to advertise a cultural event, Rendezvous Royale, a celebration of western arts in Cody, Wyoming. The Rendezvous Royale combined three individual art events: Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Patrons Ball, and Western Design Conference. Seabeck pays tribute to each of the events in this work. | front, lrc, embossed in paper: A (indecipherible) CHES [verso, label, ulc:] BUFFALO BILL/ ART SHOW AND SALE/ 32 A/ SEABECK/ Cody's First Rendezvous Royale, 1999 [verso, label, bottom center:] BIG HORN GALLERIES/ 1167 Sheridan Avenue Cody, Wyming 82414/ (307) 527-7587 | center, bottom: R Seabeck | 15.99.3.jpg | 15.99.3.jpg | horses | Carter Mountain | Patrons Ball | Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale | Men | dancing | Western Design Conference | Painting | watercolor on paper | Robert Seabeck (b. 1945) Cody's First Rendezvous Royale 1999, watercolor on paper William E. Weiss Fund Purchase, 15.99.3 Seabeck created this watercolor for a poster to advertise a cultural event, Rendezvous Royale, a celebration of western arts in Cody, Wyoming. The Rendezvous Royale combined three individual art events: Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Patrons Ball, and Western Design Conference. Seabeck pays tribute to each of the events in this work. | Seabeck, Robert

Crow Winter Camp ...
Red Star, Kevin | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 1999: Red Star

Museum record: 15.99.4 | 1999 | H: 22.625 in, width: 30.25 in, Frame height: 34 in, Frame width: 41.5 in | Crow Winter Camp in Teepees | William E. Weiss Memorial Fund Purchase | The cool, clear silence toward the end of a perfect winter day is evoked in Red Star's painting Crow Winter Camp in Teepees. The artist explained his intentions for the work, "I wanted it to be a tranquil, serene setting. I was thinking about dusk--seeing the light reflecting from the setting sun." | LLC: 'CROW WINTER CAMP IN TEEPEES' [LRC, embossed in paper:] 40 AQUARIUS [label, verso, ulc:] BUFFALO BILL/ ART SHOW & SALE/ #75/ Kevin Red Star | LRC: Kevin Red Star | 15.99.4.jpg | 15.99.4.jpg | 15.99.4.web.jpg | winter | dusk | tipis | Crow | Painting | oil on paper | Red Star, Kevin

Lamar Valley--1988
Christie, Reid | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 1998: Christie

Museum record: 12.98.1 | 1998 | H: 19.875 in, width: 22.625 in, Frame height: 26.75 in, Frame width: 22.625 in | Lamar Valley--1988 | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Weiss | The summer of 1988 is remembered in Yellowstone National Park for the extensive forest fires, which engendered controversy over the Park Service's policies. Christie's painting captures a peaceful moment in Lamar Valley before the fires have spread. The casual observer, like the calmly grazing buffalo, may not recognize the significance of the billowing smoke clouds in the distance. | LLC: (copyright mark) [verso, ulc:] #1412 [label:] BUFFALO BILL/ ART SHOW & SALE/ REID CHRISTIE/ LAMAR VALLEY - 1988 [urc round white label in red:] 35 [center of verso:] "LAMAR VALLEY - 1988/ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED/ (copyright mark)/ CHRISTIE 1998 | LLC: CHRISTIE [verso:] CHRISTIE 1998 | 12.98.1.jpg | 12.98.1.jpg | 12.98.1.jpg | 12.98.1.web.jpg | Landscape | forest fire | Lamar Valley | Painting | oil on panel | Reid Christie (b. 1951) Living in Cody, Wyoming Lamar Valley - 1988 1998, oil on panel The summer of 1988 is remembered in Yellowstone National Park for the extensive forest fires, which engendered controversy over the Park Service's policies. Christie's painting captures a peaceful moment in Lamar Valley before the fires have spread. The casual observer, like the calmly grazing buffalo, may not recognize the significance of the billowing smoke clouds in the distance. | Reid Christie (b. 1951) Lamar Valley – 1988 1998, oil on panel Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss 12.98.1 | Christie, Reid

Fawn Egg
Kestrel, Steve | Sculpture |...
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Exhibit notes: 1998: Kestrel

Museum record: 11.98 | 1997 | H: 8 in, width: 9.25 in, L: 14.125 in | Fawn Egg | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1998 Buffalo Bill Art Show | underside: (swirl)/ (copyright mark)/ 18/21 | underside: KESTREL | 11.98.jpg | 11.98.jpg | 11.98.web.jpg | fawn | Sculpture | bronze | Kestrel, Steve

Ranch Buildings a...
Fritz, Charles | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 1997: Fritz

Museum record: 20.97 | 1997 | H: 30 in, width: 40 in, Frame height: 35.75 in, Frame width: 45.75 in | Ranch Buildings above Rock Creek | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1997 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Painting plein air, in the outdoors, gives Charles Fritz the advantage of natural light as well as the inspiration he finds essential for creating harmonious landscapes. This impressionistic winter scene was painted outside the town of Red Lodge, Montana. | LRC: C FRITZ | 20.97.JPG | 20.97.jpg | 20.97.jpg | 20.97.web.jpg | ranch | Painting | oil on canvas | Fritz, Charles

Star Blanket
Joe, Oreland C. | Sculpture ...
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Exhibit notes: 1996: Orland Joe

Museum record: 9.96 | 1996 | H: 25.625 in, width: 11 in, depth: 8 in | Star Blanket | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1996 Buffalo Bill Art Show | This sculpture shows the artist's masterful carving in stone with intricate details, powerful use of texture and expressive color. A Southern Ute/Navajo, Oreland C. Joe has said that he draws his inspiration from "memories of childhood, from my aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers." | [reverse bottom edge] O C Joe (C over A intersected) (c inside circle) '96 | 9.96.JPG | Ute | star | woman | trade blanket | Sculpture | alabaster | Joe, Oreland C.