LEMs Dave Haak, Merle Warner and Tanner Loren do yeomen's work measuring, cutting, fitting and mounting SlatWall pieces on our roller display panels and several walls in the Gallery's back room.
SUPER IMPROVEMENT GUYS!
This is where the Buffalo Bill Center of the West started. Back then it was only a single museum. If you have visited the Center of the West lately, you really understand why they had to move!
The facility is now the property of the City of Cody and houses the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (which gets over 80,000 visitors a year) and our Cody Country Art League. The trees give a good idea of how much time passed between the two photos. While it may seem that the mountain behind has grown too, it's likely because the original was taken from a lower position.
Here we see some of the "League of Extraordinary Members" (LEMs) taking a break from creating new space for our classroom. The League then consisted of Board members, spouses and very special friends and was under the capable leadership of our "instructor" Ryan from T.L. Quick Construction. And yes, we occasionally still allow our Board members to be LEMs (but only if they work extra hard).
The original classroom was about 25 x 21 feet. With the addition of the space formerly occupied by the Cody Cupboard, we were able to expand this to 46 x 21 feet. The additional space has allowed us to accommodate significantly larger classes while providing more work space for those attending. .
Highlighted with a brand new sign, we've established the door on the west side of our building as another entrance to our Gallery. The doorway from inside the Visitor Center to the Gallery is still open, but both Visitor Center doors are locked when it is not open. The new sign also makes us more visible from the west, an added benefit.
SEE WHAT WE DID WITH THESE OLDER, BUT VALUABLE GUYS!
They can now display not only paintings, but a wide range of other items.