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Our Art Gallery & Classes serve the region & beyond

AN OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION

THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR MAIN COMPONENTS AND FUNCTIONS

These include the: Gallery, Workshops, Special Events, Annual Show, Volunteers, Membership, Facilities, Structure & Operation and History.  Some contain a pointer to additional information. 

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THIS IS THE BACKBONE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND PROVIDES A PLACE FOR OUR MEMBERS TO SELL THEIR ARTWORK

Co-located with the Cody Country Visitor Center, a large portion of their 80,000-plus yearly visitors also come through our doors and many of these drop in on us again during their next visit.  Additionally, local and regional people have come to know CCAL as the go-to place to purchase quality, unique and beautiful artwork.

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THESE ARE THE KEY PART OF OUR EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

They cover a wide gamete of the Visual Arts and feature nationally known instructors as well as some of our very talented local and regional ones.

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CONNECTING OUR MEMBERS, THE COMMUNITY, AND VISITORS FROM THE REGION AND BEYOND

Many are timed to coincide with area promotions and holidays to increase public exposure to our members' artwork.  There are also a diverse range of other events from unique fund raisers to artist demonstrations at our gallery or out in the community. 

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THIS IS OUR FLAGSHIP EVENT AND IS OPEN TO ALL VISUAL ARTISTS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES (MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS ALIKE).

This is a non-juried show with the number of entries limited only by our display capacity.  Entries are categorized by media type & professional/amateur/youth classes and should be family friendly.  All are judged and awards are provided through the generosity of our donors.  The show is held during the very height of our visitor season, so has a large number of viewers.   

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SUPPLYING THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES WORK THAT KEEPS US GOING, THESE INDEED ARE OUR "LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY MEMBERS"

Their efforts support almost every aspect of our activities and have allowed us to undertaken a number of special improvement projects.  They are vital to our continuance & success and we are so very thankful to have them.      

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OUR MEMBERS ARE FROM WYOMING & MONTANA AND INCLUDE PROMISING NEW, EMERGING & ESTABLISHED ARTISTS

In addition to opportunities to display their artwork, members receive a discount on workshop fees, a higher percentage for sales of their artwork and can connect with existing and potential new clients at our events.  We keep connected with our members through those events, the website and email newsletters as well as the Annual Membership Meeting and some really fun special events.

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THESE CONSIST OF A TWO-ROOM GALLERY, A SEPARATE CLASSROOM AND A STORAGE AREA

The main gallery floor easily supports exhibits of over 150 paintings of varying sizes.  In addition, a multitude of other types of artwork are displayed using shelving and reconfigurable panels.  The later allow optimal arrangement to meet individual show needs.  The other smaller room has similar display options.  Our expanded classroom is 46' x 21' and can easily accommodate classes of 20 or more.       

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WE ARE A 501c3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PERTAINING TO THE VISUAL ARTS. WE ARE GOVERNED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OPERATE WITH LIMITED STAFF.

We are dependent upon our membership for the volunteer help necessary to sustain the organization.  Funding relies on donations, dues, fees and a percentage of Gallery sales.  Operation is guided by the Vision, Mission and Objectives statements laid out by the Board in support of the visual arts.      

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CCAL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1964 AND LOCATED IN THE FORMER BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM ON SHERIDAN AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN CODY, WYOMING.

We are a culmination of the “impossible dream realized through the benevolence of a progressive community” and  particularly by our founding members, which include Mr. & Mrs. Paul  Stock, Dr. Harold McCracken, the Nielsen family, Mrs. Doris May and the  Coe Family, to name just a few. 

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WORKSHOPS

We offer workshops related to the artwork we carry in a wide range of mediums.  This is limited only by sufficient interest and availability of instructors.  These workshops are open to our members and the public.  Typical workshop offerings are listed below.  Upcoming ones appear on our Calendar/Workshops/Events Page.


  • Drawing Class For New Artists - Ron Rogers 
  • Drawing Workshop - Ron Rogers  
  • Oil Painting Techniques - Mike Poulsen   
  • Painting With The Masters* - John Potter
  • Painting With The Masters* - E. Denny Neville
  • Painting With Palette Knives - Karen Petrovich 
  • Exploring Watercolor Painting - Elizabeth N. LaRowe 
  • Framing - Karen Petrovich
  • Calligraphy - Cate Crawford 
  • Alcohol-Ink On Tiles Workshop - Suzie Warner 
  • Decorate Tiles Yourself - Suzie Warner 
  • Wreath Making - Lori Long 
  • Dyeing (Runners to Dye For) - Marie Shirley-Jones 


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* About The Masters Workshop Series

The Cody Country Art League is pleased to be working with the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale committee to offer workshops with their artists.  This presents a great  opportunity for artists in Cody Country to take workshops with well  known artist-instructors without having to travel long distances. 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

These are keyed to Cody and region-wide advertised events & celebrations as well as optimum holiday shopping times.  Upcoming special events appear on our Calendar/Workshops/Events Page. and typical offerings are listed below.

  • Featured Artists Shows 
  • Cody Art Walk & Open House
  • Painting Raffles 
  • Celebrate The Arts Open House 
  • Personalized Cookie Plates
  • Folk Art Painting Demonstration 
  • Cookie Decorating Classes for Kids 
  • Holiday Open Houses 
  • Art Supply & Equipment "Garage Sale"
  • Cody High School & Heart Mountain Academy Art Show  
  • Plein Air Painting around the region  


our volunteers - the league of extraordinary members

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO!

CLASSROOM EXPANSION AND MAKEOVER PROJECT - May 2018

CLASSROOM PREP AND CLEANUP (an ongoing task)
Lee Niziolek and Jody Horvath

CRITIQUE SHELF FOR THE CLASSROOM - Apr 2019
Dave Kewitt

GALLERY RENOVATION - May 2019
Dave Haak, Merle Warner and Tanner Loren

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR (an ongoing task)
Jenny Johnstone-Smith

ANNUAL SHOW TAKE-DOWN, HANGING AND RECEPTION
Elaine Haberland, Sally & Ron Ogletree, Bonnie Decker Capron, Karen Petrovich, Wilson & Kate Crawford, Lee Niziolek, Patti Stern, Sue Bishop, Angie Payne, Carl & Lynn Lampe, Graham Jackson, Bernice Zenow, Jody Horvath, Jim Mossman, Larry Nelson (with golfing buddies Jason & Joe), and Dave & Coletta Kewitt.