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CFD Old West Museum Celebrate 125 years with art

CFD Old West Museum celebrates 125 years with art- Michael Kassel, Associate Director and...
CFD Old West Museum celebrates 125 years with art- Michael Kassel, Associate Director and Curator, CFD Old West Museum(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 7:47 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off this Friday and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with art.

The Old West Museum, which has been in operation since the summer of 1978, and covers the history and heritage of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

This year they are celebrating a very commemorative anniversary.

“We’re very glad that everyone can join us for the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days, the greatest Western outdoor celebration in the world. Here in the Old West Museum we can convey that culture through the arts, and also through the history and heritage of this wonderful event. We hope you can come out and join us,” said Michael Kassel, Associate Director and Curator of the CFD Old West Museum.

After the arrival of the Union Pacific, young men helped build the first Transcontinental Railroad across the U.S. and established this city in 1867.  Cheyenne then celebrated their first Frontier Days rodeo in 1897.

This year they are celebrating with art. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Western art show is one of the largest along with the Rocky mountain Front Range.

Featuring 57 artists and 213 pieces of different mediums and modalities, the art pieces are valued at almost 1 million dollars.

" The artists that are featured here in the galleries use a variety of techniques to convey the spirit of the American west. From the traditional means, of pastels to oils, pencil drawings and bronze sculptures. We also have fabric arts, and many other unique works, that are made with the most incredible skill that can be imagined,” said Michael Kassel, Associate Director and Curator of the CFD Old West Museum.

The art show’s grand reception is tomorrow at 6 p.m.

“These are some of the finest artists that can be found anywhere in the American west, plus some of the best pieces they can offer for not only their collectors but for the general public,” said Michael Kassel, Associate Director and Curator of the CFD Old West Museum.

Starting Friday the general public can see the works until Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. till 7 p.m.

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