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Painted Buffalo Herd to Roam West Yellowstone, Montana
Don't miss the final summer of the Painted Buffalo Herd in West Yellowstone. 36 painted buffalo cows and calves will be on display until they are auctioned off on August 29th, 2009. Corralling begins May 21st followed by a summer of events.
By: Painted Bufalo Roam Committee
The final summer kicks off with a chance to see all the cows and calves at one location from May 21st through June 4th, 2009 when they will be ‘corralled’
“West Yellowstone is the premiere gateway to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. We are honored to be the first community around the Park to showcase the talent, hard work and colorful expressions of these artists and share the wild, western, Native American and railroad heritage of the area with people from around the world,” states John Greve, co-chair of the Painted Buffalo Events Committee.
During the summer, everyone can follow the “Trail of the Painted Buffalo” with trail maps available from local sponsors and the West Yellowstone Visitor Center. Use the Treasure Trail map to find, explore and uncover the secrets of each artist’s work and collect a few rewards from sponsors along the way. And, don’t miss the Painted Buffalo Herd in West Yellowstone’
The herd gathers one last time from August 20 to 26th, 2009 at the Yellowstone Historic Center and then moves to the Grand Hall, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. The herd will be displayed for viewing and silent bids on August 28th and 29th in conjunction with the annual West Yellowstone Regional Art Show in adjoining Hayden Hall. Other events, including a pancake breakfast and a raffle drawing for one of the painted calves on Saturday, August 29th, are being planned.
“It’s quite satisfying to be both a sponsor and Buffalo Roam Committee member and see the fun, excitement and positive economic impact the painted buffalo have brought for our visitors and community,” explains Greve. “We’re so excited to show people from around the world the incredible talent and artistry of our Minnesota and Rocky Mountain artists.”
In the fall of 2006, WYED provided a new venue for artistic expression in West Yellowstone by establishing their first project: “Where the Painted Buffalo Roam.” Twenty-seven life sized fiberglass cow buffalo molds were created, and 25 artists from four states, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, were commissioned to paint them. The artists expressed their creativity in 3 themes: Yellowstone Park, Historic West Yellowstone and the American Indian.
Project sponsors and additional donations helped bring the project to life. In June 2007, the masterpieces were unveiled to the public and have been the highlight of the town’s sidewalks and businesses ever since. In 2008, 1 new artist and 9 of the original artists were commissioned to paint 10 buffalo calves which joined their mothers roaming the streets of West Yellowstone.
On August 29th, 2009, the beautiful babes and babies will complete their 3 year roam through the streets of West. At that time, 34 painted buffalo will be auctioned off to the public, including “Frances,”
The Painted Buffalo Roam Project is sponsored by the West Yellowstone Economic Development Council, Inc. (WYED). WYED is a non-profit organization created for the primary purpose of creating a healthier and more vibrant economy as well as a revitalized community in West Yellowstone, Montana and the surrounding Hebgen Lake Basin. This project was designed to introduce a new venue for artistic expression in West Yellowstone and provide local citizens and visitors with a fun, rewarding, cultural and artistic experience. These summer events are also supported by the Town of West Yellowstone MAP Fund, Chamber of Commerce, and the Three Bear Marketing Fund. See http://www.wyed.org for more information.
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