Author Archives: Southwest Art

Sandi Lear, Pride, watercolor, 18 x 24.

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The effects at play in Sandi Lear’s watercolors might be called loose, free, colorful, or ethereal. Lear herself, however, uses the phrase “essential allegorical representationalism” when discussing her aesthetic.

Pem Dunn, Dawn in the Forest, oil, 24 x 36.

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“I feel that for a painting to be successful, it has to have an emotional impact on the viewer, and I find that in most cases this is achieved by the way light is affecting the subject,” says Colorado oil painter Pem Dunn.

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Each Mother’s Day weekend the Canyon Road Merchants Association, an organization of Canyon Road art galleries, invites artists and collectors to participate in one of the city’s biggest art events of the year. Formerly known as Passport to the Arts, the event has evolved over the past five years.

Morning Walk by Randall Sexton

Top Awards: Telluride and Aspen Plein-Air Shows

The annual Telluride Plein Air show and sale unfolded over the July 4th holiday, and event organizers report a 7% increase in sales over last year. The plein-air event attracts talented landscape artists from across the country and it is also the largest fundraiser of the year for Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House. This year...

In the Wild by Kate Kiesler

Art & Wildflower Celebration

Art and outdoor lovers converge July 7-10 in Breckenridge, CO, to celebrate the resort town’s natural and manmade beauty. Artists from across the country fan out across the scenic mountain town to paint scenes with a wildflower theme. The public is invited to watch the artists work. Tricia Bass, Ginger Whellock, Adele Earnshaw, and...

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Dan Beck Wins Top Award at OPA

Devin Galleries, located in the scenic resort town of Coeur d’Alene, ID, hosted the National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America on June 11. The annual show unfolded at the gallery with a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd eyeing paintings by more than 170 artists from across the country. Later that evening, the artists gathered...

Phillip Tagaent by Ann Gargotto

Southwest Art Helps Reunite Family

When Ann Gargotto appeared in Southwest Art as an Artist to Watch in the March issue, she had no idea she would play a part in reuniting a long lost man with his family. But in the article she discusses a homeless man, Phillip, who she painted for a show held last fall in...