The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Whitney Western Art Museum wraps up its summer series of artists-in-residence with a weeklong visit by Cody’s own Linda Raynolds, sculptor and participant each year in the upcoming Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
Each day from September 1 through September 5, Raynolds spends the day, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Whitney Western Art Museum’s gallery space, where spectators watch her work on drawings and create clay relief compositions from them. For one hour, from 1 – 2 p.m., she moves to the Center’s Braun Garden to sketch the live birds of the Draper Museum Raptor Experience. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions both of Raynolds, as well as the raptor handlers, and can even try their hand at drawing the birds with encouragement and tips from the artist.
Raynolds says, “Wyoming has always been my spiritual home, and when I was able, I made it my physical residence as well.” She works in her Stone Soup Studio in Cody and in a “mountain hideaway where I can go to refresh myself in the beautiful landscape.” She calls the wildlife and domestic animals, especially horses, “an endless source of inspiration.”
Whitney Curatorial Assistant Emily Wilson says, “Sketching from a live model alongside one of the artists represented in our permanent collection presents a unique opportunity for our visitors.” She adds,”We are thrilled that they will be able to interact first-hand with Linda.”
The Whitney Museum’s artist-in-residence program is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on Whitney Museum programs, visit our Whitney programs page.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.