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  • Volunteers are essential for our art league to be successful.  The limited number of Staff and Board members can’t do it all by themselves.  However, the critical contributions of volunteers often go unrecognized.  We would like to remedy that and have, therefore, established the League of Extraordinary Members. 

 

  • If you would like to help out when and where you can, please contact Jenny Johnstone Smith (email: she-felt-fine-designs@charter.net and join our League of Extraordinary Members.  An hour here and there can really help.  You will be appreciated.  

Here's What They've Been Doing:

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A Critique Shelf For The Classroom

  • LEM Dave Kewitt installed this shelf so that painting class members' artwork can be more easily viewed for critique sessions.  
  • GREAT  JOB DAVE!

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Gallery Renovation LEMs

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!

FACILITY CHANGES TO MEET CHANGING NEEDS

CCAL & Visitor Center - Then & Now

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Then - the Original Buffalo Bill Museum

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!  

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Now - Our Home & Cody's Visitor Center

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.  

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EXPANDING OUR CLASSROOM - May 2018

A Different Kind of Workshop - well there is an "art" to tearing down walls and ripping up floors.

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. .

OUR NEW ENTRANCE - Dec 2019

The Gateway To Our West

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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.  

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GALLERY RENOVATION - May 2019

INVESTING TO IMPROVE OUR GALLERY'S POTENTIAL

RENOVATION GOALS:

  • PROVIDE MORE SPACE FOR ARTWORK,
  • PROVIDE THE ILLUSION OF A LARGER GALLERY,
  • PROVIDE ADDITIONAL  ARTWORK DISPLAY OPTIONS, 
  • ALLOW ADDITIONAL GALLERY CONFIGURATION OPTIONS,
  • MAKE OUR ARTWORK STAND OUT EVEN MORE, 
  • ENHANCE THE VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF OUR VISITORS.

KEY COMPONENTS:

  • Pro-Panel Dividers.  These can be arranged in "W" (saw-tooth) patterns or in groups of four as in the photo above.
  • SlatWall Panels.   These allow us to mix artwork types and to make quick display changes. 

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. . . . . IT ISN'T "OUT WITH THE OLD"

SEE WHAT WE DID WITH THESE OLDER, BUT VALUABLE GUYS!

They can now display not only paintings, but a wide range of other items.