January 8, 2014 - UPDATE: Kansas Mural (original) now on display at the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, KS. Will be unveiled on Kansas Day, January 29th.
October 31, 2013
KANSAS HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE BY ARTIST DENNIS SCHIEL, HAYS, KANSAS
Available for sale: note cards, posters and vinyl collages
Ten Panel Mural Display features Kansas state history, culture and attractions. The project was commissioned by the Hays Art Council and painted by Dennis Schiel. If you haven't seen this work, you need to. Proving we are not a flat and boring state, this mural is a wonderful tribute to Kansas, and a great way to answer the question "What is there to do in Kansas?"
The original mural, more than 8 feet tall and 16 feet wide, is on display at the Sternberg Museum in Hays. In Northwest Kansas, copies (two-thirds the original size) are on display at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley and The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby. Here at the Buffalo Bill Cultural and Visitor Center, over 20,000 people have viewed the mural since our center opened November of 2012. Local, regional and out of state visitors often ask if this art is available for sale on post cards, maps or posters. After many months of badgering and pleading (nicely), we convinced artist Dennis Schiel to offer reproductions of this work so that others could take a piece of Kansas home with them and share it with others.
Want more details about the mural project?: Click Here
As the exclusive distributor of the new mural products, our gift shop will offer note cards and posters of each of the ten panels as well as large posters and vinyl collages of the complete display. Products will be available after the first of the year. Stop in, or call us - we are happy to ship. We will also sell to wholesale partners who would like to sell these items in their gift shops. If you have a gift shop and would like to cary some, or all, of these products, please contact Laurie Millensifer at 785-671-1000 for pricing and terms or email your inquiry to
Northwest Kansas Mural Panel 1 Northeast Kansas Mural Panel 5
PRODUCTS & PRICING +
5 x 7.5 Note Cards - $2.50 - One panel is represented on each card - buy one, or all ten.
12 x 16 Poster - $25.00 - One panel is represented on each poster
18 x 24 Poster - $50.00 - One panel is represented on each poster
18 x 36 Poster Collage - $75.00 - Entire Mural - all ten panels represented
20 x 40 Vinyl Collage - $160.00 - Entire Mural - all ten panels represented - suitable for hanging *
30 x 60 Vinyl Collage - $290.00 - Entire Mural - all ten panels represented - suitable for hanging *
* Vinyl Collages perfect for home display, businesses or schools
+ Retail Pricing - Discounts are available for educational institutions. Wholesale pricing available for retailers. Call 785-671-1000.
October 7, 2013
IT'S ALL ABOUT CORN IN OCTOBER:
The theme for October is CORN. On display this month we have hand made corn dolls made from corn husks. If you want to know how to make one, pick up the instructions and help yourself to some husks to try your hand. Come on out on Saturday, the 12th from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.and join in all the corn husking festivities at the BBCC. Novice and expert huskers can enter the contest. Kids can take part in a pumpkin decorating/carving contest, the corn toss and the corn pile money dig. There will be rural life demonstrations for corn doll making, wheat weaving, tatting, metal working and more. Concessions will include great BBQ offering from Weaver's BBQ and a snack table filled with munchies. Don't forget to stop in the Buffalo Bill Cabin Gift Shop, open all day. The gift shop will be having a "sidewalk sale" in the lobby of the BBCC along with discounts throughout the store.
Who's got the money? Everyone!
There's plenty for all the kids in the
corn pile money dig.
Anything goes in the pumpking decorating/carving contest. Bring yourown stuff, or use our variety of supplies.
Want to learn how to make a corn doll? Come see the display of beautiful dolls made out of corn husks.
Oakley, Kansas is home of the annual Kansas State Corn Husking Contest
This is the 42nd! Husking done with horses, wagons, corn mitts and hooks.
September 2, 2013
September Artist of the Month - Photographer Roxie Yonkey, Goodland Kansas
Roxie Yonkey got her first camera as a seventh grader, a point-and-shoot kit that was extremely difficult to use. But she was hooked.
“My cameras and lenses have improved over time, but the passion for photography remains the same. Having my vision become reality is intensely satisfying.”
Yonkey receives rave reviews from audiences. As a photographer, she has won People’s Choice Award at Flatlander Fall Festival in Goodland, Best in Class and Juror’s Choice Award at High Plains Artfest, Oberlin. Her artwork has been the cover photo on GIA Quarterly Magazine and The Ultimate Guide to Northwest Kansas. She has shown in several places in Northwest Kansas. This is her second exhibition here in Oakley.
On display are photos of Oakley area attractions including the “Birthplace of the Legend” sculpture and Monument Rocks; fall foliage; Kansas agriculture; wildlife; rural scenes in and around Northwest Kansas and Utah’s national parks. Many images are matted and framed, but some are matted prints. All images are for sale.
August 2, 2013
August Artists of the Month - Charlie and Pat Norton, Leoti, Kansas
We are pleased to have the artists and sculptors of our own twice life-size Buffalo Bill Bronze, Charlie and Pat Norton, on display this month at the BBCC. Our monumetal sculpture is on display here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but their art display will only be available for viewing, and sale, this month. We invite you to stop in to enjoy Charlie's beautifully detailed bronze works representing western prarie life and history. Pat's original oil paintings represent a wide range of subjects from florals to farmlife, natural landscapes and wildlife.
Visit Charlie's website
July 2, 2013
Artist of the Month - Don Denning Watercolor on display
Don was born and raised in western Kansas. He and his wife live in Oakley where they have been long time residents. Since he was a young boy, Don has been interested in art.
Working primarily with watercolors, Don captures the essence of western Kansas, from cityscapes to nature and wildlife. Growing up the son of a railroad worker and working for Union Pacific himself for a short time, Don’s passion for the railroad is evident in many of his works. Don's work is on display and for sale this month at the BBBCC.
June 1, 2013
Metal Art on Display
Metal Art by Cute As A Button, Oakley, Kansas.
It's June and spring has sprung and the Cultural Center lobby will be filled all month with flowers, butterflies, flags, angels, bunnies and more. All art is for sale and ready to brighten up your porch, garden pot or flower garden.
May 4, 2013
QUILTS ON DISPLAY!
Come by and see the display of beautiful work by local area quilters. Selected quilts are for sale. If you are looking to make a quilt of your own, we have two quilts made from kits available at our Smoky River Quilt Shoppe in downtown Oakley. The quilt shoppe has many kits available to make your first quilting project a success, and they offer classes for the beginner, or the seasoned quilter.
April 6, 2013
Join us April 13th at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, Kansas for the debut of the Buffalo Bill "Dime Novel" Display on load from the Buffalo Bill Musem & Grave in Golden, Colorado. Curator Steve Friesen will be here at 1:00 p.m. to present the display and give a short talk. Steve is also the author of Buffalo Bill, Scout, Showman,Visionary and will be on hand to sign his book. The book is available for purchase in our gift shop, or bring along your copy.
"William F. Cody, the man, became Buffalo Bill, the superhero, in the nearly 2,000 dime novels published during and after his lifetime. As vividly illustrated on their covers, Buffalo Bill confronted ancient evils, unusual villains, and situations no ordinary mortal could manage. This helped lay the groundwork for Superman, Batman and many other superheroes that would come later." from the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave website The Dime Novel display will run through the summer at the cultural center.
April 1, 2013
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Roy Jessup Studios, Oakley, Kansas.
Roy has a flair for western art and does some amazing pencil and watercolor work. His work is on display full time at Cute as a Button Gallery in downtown Oakley. Join us at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in April to see Roy's work on display. Some of his work is for sale and their are prints available of some of his most popular works, including the pencil of "Hercules and Goliath".
Blog September 20, 2012
State Cornhusking Contest in Oakley October 13
Mark your calendars to join in the fun at the Kansas State Cornhusking Contest on Saturday, October 13th. See how cornhusking was done "back in the day" when horses, wagons and hand hooks were used to husk the corn. Enter the contest in one of the many categories, including the novice group for the newbie huskers who will learn the techniques from the pros. Contest registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The fun doesn't stop at husking corn. There will be food and fun for the whole family. Kids can take part in the corn money dig and the pumpkin carving and decorating contest. There will also be a corn toss contest for all.
Gals, need a little shopping break? Head into town to shop or over to the 4-H Building for "Girls Day Out" where all kinds vendors will be with their wares for women.
Come on out and plan to spend the day!
May 15, 2012
Buffalo Bill Days in Oakley, June 8,9
Saturday June 9th, Buffalo Bill Days list of events.
- Tri-County Cruisers Car Show at the Annie Oakley Park – Fifth Street
Cruise in event Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. at Oakley Motors, 611 S. Freeman. Car show begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Over 100 new and antique cars will be on display. The CYO will be sponsoring a barbeque at the park.
- City Wide Garage Sale Saturday, 8:00 a.m – All over Town!
- Free Day at the Cool Pool Saturday – Annie Oakley Park
- Arts & Crafts fair at the VFW – 317 Center Avenue
Fair starts Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Come for arts, crafts, food and fun.
- Matinee Movie at the Palace Theater – Center Avenue
In addition to the regular Saturday evening 7 p.m. showing of the selected movie, the student run Palace Theater will offer a 4 p.m. matinee showing. Along with the usual movie concessions, there will be Subway sandwiches. Money raised supports the theater and the students’ college scholarship fund.
- 3rd Annual Wild West Quilt Roundup – Quilt show – 318 Center Avenue.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission $3.00. Quilt demonstrations and door prizes throughout the day.
- Buffalo Bill Events Saturday at the Buffalo Bill Cabin and statue at US Hwy 83 & 2nd Street.
UP UP & AWAY: Noon kicks off the events with kids kite flying. We want to see how many kites we can get up there, so bring out your kite.
Kids – at 1 p.m. we need your help in making a Human OAKLEY spelled on the side of the hill where our Buffalo Bill Statue stands. Then at 1:30, Randy Sauer will be playing music for the kids so kids from 5 to 95, be ready to dance.
STOMP at the Statue: 2:00 p.m. Randy will teach us a song that we will dance to up at the statue. Its a STOMP MOB! Don’t miss it.
Buffalo Bill, Kirk Shapland will be here from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. with his Buffalo Bill stories. Get your picture taken with Buffalo Bill.
HOG ROAST: The Knights of Columbus is serving up a pig at the Buffalo Bill Sculpture between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. Whistlin’ Pig will also be here with lemonade, snow cones, chocolate dipped waffles.
And – give a big welcome to Biking Across Kansas, BAK, who will be stopping overnight in Oakley on the first leg of their bicycle tour across the state.
Blog May 8, 2012
Groundbreaking held May 3rd for the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center
Miller Construction out of Goodland was awarded the contract to build the 8,000 sqare foot Buffalo Bill Cultural Center at the site of the twice life-sized Buffalo Bill bronze statue in Oakley. The groundbreaking was held May 3rd. The Wild West Historical Foundation board of directors was joined by the Oakley Ambassadors, city officials and a representative from the Kansas Department of Commerce. Buffalo Bill Bronze artists and scupturers Charlie and Pat Norton also joined the ceremony which was covered by three newpapers: The Hays Daily News, Colby Free Press and the Oakley Graphic. Below is an artist rendition of the new center planned to be open the first of November.
Blog: April 21, 2012
The Buffalo Bill Cultural & Visitor Center to open fall 2012
The Wild West Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the breaking ground for the construction of their new Buffalo Bill Cultural & Visitor Center at the site of the twice life size bronze Buffalo Bill Sculpture in Oakley.
The gift shop will showcase Kansas made products and artists. The visitor center will provide travel information for the entire state of Kansas.
The 8,000 square foot facility will have a 3,000 square foot multi-purpose event center that can host meetings, weddings and events of up to 350 people. Booking for 2013 events has begun. Call 785-671-1000 for more information.
Groundbreaking for the new center will be held on May 3rd, 2012 and 9:00 a.m. at the Buffalo Bill sculpture site located in Oakley on US Hwy 83 at Second Street. Everyone is welcome. The center is scheduled to open in November of 2012.
Blog: March 2, 2012
Want a real "wild west" experience? Take a drive on the Western Vistas Historic Byway.
Itinerary for day trip on the southern portion of the byway.
Estimated Exploration time, 4-6 hours.
Start in Oakley at US Hwy 83 and Second Street, the site of the 2x life sized bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill. Stop in at the cabin gift shop for coffee and a map of the byway. Take a short drive down Second Street into town and visit the Fick Fossil & History Museum where you will see many fossils found in this area, a soddie house and historical artifacts from the Smoky Hill Trail.
With map in hand, head south on Hwy 83 out of Oakley. About 25 miles south, turn east on Jayhawk Roakd and take a drive through Monument Rocks. Don't forget your camera, and don't be shy about getting out of the car and getting dirty. Visit Keystone Gallery & Gift Shop on your way out to check out the marine fossils and other historical artifacts on display.
Take a buffalo ranch tour at the Duff Meat Ranch just south of the Keystone Gallery. Your tour will take you through a herd of almost 400 head of buffalo. Your tour guide will load you in the back of a pickup - or a flat bed trailer if you have a pack of people - and you will ride into and along side the buffalo. Book your tour ahead of time to ensure a spot for the day and time you are going.
After your tour, continue south on Hwy 83 to Scott City and visit the El Quartelo Museum and Jerry Thomas Art Gallery. The theme of the El Quartelejo Museum is a developing story line, one which traces the history of this region of western Kansas through the stories told by the fossil discoveries on exhibit to present day Scott County information. Visitors can choose to either follow the story line, or simply browse in areas which are of interest to them. Separate displays are set up in several different rooms, and rotating exhibits change often. Appeal for both adults a nd children has been achieved. Exhibits allow youngsters to touch and even “dig” for their own fossils. Two distinct areas of the museum house local Indian and Pioneer History, while a third room has antique farm machinery, along with horse-drawn buggies from the early 1900s. A major addendum to the facility occurred in 2010: The Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection, containing the work of nationally recognized Wildlife and Western Artist, Jerry Thomas. reprinted from the El Quartelejo Museum website.