The Society was originally known as the Sam Jackson Crafty Art and Buffalo Grass Society. The group was formed in the 1960ʼs, and many of its members were employees and physicians associated with what is now known as Oregon Health Sciences University, located on Sam Jackson Park Road in Portland, Oregon. The initial members had been painting together weekly for several years under the tutelage of Charles Mulvey, a well known Northwest watercolorist from Seaview, Washington. Early classes were held in the Pathology Lab at the Medical School. The group began to invite other well-known artists to teach, some of which were known nationally.

For three years, members sold paintings as part of the Rose Festival Art Show and Sale at the Raleigh Hills home of Dr. and Mrs. Roy Swank, patrons of the Society. A small loan fund for medical and nursing students at the university was established from commissions taken on all sales. The group has donated paintings to hang in the Ronald McDonald House, University Hospital and Providence Hospital. They have made donations for equipment to the Child Development & Rehabilitation Center, Student Activities Center, and other hospital services. Several members donated time to work with the elderly in a nearby retirement home, teaching watercolor skills and providing painting materials. Members also assisted in restoration of the painted scenic panels on the historic carousel at Oaks Park.

The Buffalo Grass Society has continued a strong program of workshops. Many members have achieved individual success outside of the group, exhibiting their work and winning awards in regional and national juried competitions. Buffalo Grass is focused on providing art education to its members. The group offers their paintings to the public in an annual show and sale.

Flyer from the 1979 Buffalo Grass Society Art Festival

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