The Switchback Ranch Purchase award, given through the generosity of Buffalo Bill Center of the West Trustee David Leuschen, allows the
Buffalo Bill Center of the West,
the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the American West, to purchase a piece or pieces to go in its permanent collection of Western Decorative Art.
This award goes to the craftsman whose work is judged both singular and superior among the exhibitors' creations presented at each year's Western Design Conference
(through 2006) / CodyHigh Style Show (since 2007).
by Barbara Foote Colvert
Another stunner in this exhibit is the breathtaking "Teton Settee" by John Gallis, Cody, WY. This sensuous
piece celebrates the meandering growth and coloration of the walnut used in the frame perfectly complemented by supple leather cushioning. In a short video presentation
that accompanies the "Cody Style" exhibit, Gallis heralds the marriage of style and usage, saying that good design should be " ... functional and practical and tell a
story ... the more you look the more you see." Gallis has triumphantly succeeded with his ultra modern settee that is destined to become a
classic in its own time."