Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale Quick Draw Raises Over $100,000
The 41st Annual Buffalo Bill Art Exhibition and Sale ended with an artistic flair and record fundraising, with art sales from the two-day event totaling nearly $1.2 million.
Saturday, September 24 was a day of perfect weather for the Robbie Powwow Garden collection of artists and patrons at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. That morning, 26 artists gathered in the garden and the huge tent erected in the parking lot for the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale’s Annual Quick Draw and Brunch.
Customers watched artists bring their pieces to life. By the time the art auction began at noon, the excitement was palpable. Auctioneer Troy Black announced that Friday night’s bid total – $1.032 million – was a new high for the 41-year-old show.
The Quick Draw No Reserve auction raised $89,350 from the art created that morning. Additionally, Saturday’s silent auction brought in at least $27,950 – even more than Friday night’s silent auction.
Andrew Bolam’s “Spirit Guide” and Michele Usibelli’s “Fire Hole River Bison” were the top-selling individual pieces on Saturday, with each painting costing $6,000 apiece. However, the highest-earning artist in the quick draw was sculptor Chris Navarro, who sold at least 17 casts of his next bronze piece, “Wyoming Native,” for $1,000 each, for a total of $17,000.
The Navarro and artist LaQuincey Reed bronzes will be limited editions. Customers had the opportunity to buy bronzes until Saturday afternoon.
The show was particularly gratifying – and gratifying – for painter Mark McKenna. In addition to winning the People’s Choice Award for her painting “Embrace” at the Buffalo Bill Art Show (which sold for $40,000 Friday night), McKenna also won the People’s Choice Award for her painting “Little Buff” at the Quick Draw. . It was her second year on the show.
Based on the final prices from the live and silent auctions, the 41st Annual Buffalo Bill Art Exhibition and Sale raised more than $1,196,815 over two days.
The total of nearly $1.2 million makes it Buffalo Bill’s most successful art exhibition and sale. The 2022 exhibition breaks the record set in 2021 – over $1.178 million was raised at the 40th art exhibition and sale.
The 2021 show’s total revenue topped $1.5 million. The final total for 2022 will definitely be known as soon as the tens of thousands of dollars raised are counted.
All proceeds from the Buffalo Bill Art Exhibit and Sale benefit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and local arts organizations.