3rd Annual By Western Hands Invitational Design Exhibition

(Cody, Wyo.) – The spirit of the West runs deep in Cody, Wyoming. A long legacy of artisans who call this place home find great inspiration in this final frontier, using their own hands to create pieces that embody and preserve the West.

In celebration of the artists who keep Cody’s legacy of western functional art thriving, the third-annual By Western Hands Invitational Design Exhibition will take place Sept. 21-23, 2017 on the south lawn of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West – between the main building and the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale tent.
Craftsmen will display their Western-themed pieces at this show. Functional art forms will range from wood to glass, metal to leather, and beyond, giving a wide variety of artists with and without showrooms the chance to share their distinctive work.

The exhibit will take place during Cody’s Rendezvous Royale Week, which will run from Sept. 19-23, 2017. Showcasing in conjunction with the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale and Rendezvous Royale week will allow Western artisans access to individuals from around the nation who value fine craftsmanship.
By Western Hands will also sponsor Phil Huber, co-host of the TV show The Woodsmith Shop broadcast on PBS and is the multi-media editor of Woodsmith magazine, as a speaker on Friday, September 22nd , 2:00 PM in the Coe Auditorium at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The title of Mr. Huber’s presentation will be Finding the Future: Craftsmanship, Community & History.

Cody community members founded By Western Hands as a non-profit organization in 2015 with the mission to promote artisans through events and related activities that help sustain the creation of decorative and functional art, using designs and techniques influenced by the American West.
Nearly a dozen of the artists showcased this year currently live and work in the Cody area, positively contributing to our economy and culture. These craftsmen continue to uphold Cody’s longstanding reputation for exquisite Western functional art.

The West lives on in Cody, Wyoming: in its wilderness, in its traditions, and in the creations of Western hands. This year’s By Western Hands Invitational Design Exhibition is a chance to catch the spirit of the ever-evolving West through the form of functional art design.

Contact: Dennie Hammer (director@bywesternhands.org), 307-250-2228

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