WY/Art Coalition prepares for first annual Cheyenne Fine Art Exchange this weekend

Cheyenne Fine Arts Exchange logo at the Cheyenne Depot Friday afternoon.
Cheyenne Fine Arts Exchange logo at the Cheyenne Depot Friday afternoon.(Will Thomas)
Published: May. 21, 2021 at 3:58 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 4:01 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Steve Knox is an art teacher in Cheyenne, art advocate and also a founding member of the WY/Art Coalition. The WY/Art Coalition had planned on hosting its Cheyenne Fine Art Exchange in May of 2020, but the pandemic had other plans. Now almost two years in the making, the group is excited to finally have their show.

“It’s kind of funny. When Chronicles Distillery opened up, they hung my art work as an opening show and they ended up loving one of the paintings that was behind the bar. They asked me if they could keep it behind the bar, but they didn’t exactly have any cash because they were brand new. So they offered me a couple cases of their delicious vodka and I said sure, let’s make a trade.”

Knox said from there, the idea stuck in his brain. Over the next few months, while working with other WY/Art Coalition members and art advocates in Cheyenne, that idea became the Cheyenne Fine Art Exchange. For anyone who stops by the show, you will have the chance to trade, barter, bid or pay for any of the pieces.

“An electrician can walk in here and say hey I love this painting, I don’t necessarily have $2,000 in cash to pay for it but I’d certainly be willing to trade $2,000 worth of electric work for this painting. It could be an electrician, it could be a tattoo artist, it could be a gardener, the list goes on forever.”

10 local and regional artists will be on display for the show. Knox said they are hoping the show appeals to the nontraditional art show audience.

“We’re super excited that maybe we can bring arts to a new audience that maybe isn’t necessarily the people that go to galleries or art shows regularly, so we’re really excited just to bring it to the public and see how it works.”

The opening reception is Friday night at the Cheyenne Depot from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the full show is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the event, you can visit its Facebook page here and the WY/Arts Facebook page here.

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