Author Archives: Southwest Art

John Buxton, Reunited, oil, 26 x30.

Show Preview | Masters of the American West

The prestigious Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opens at the Autry on Saturday, February 11. On view are 275 paintings and sculptures by nationally esteemed artists Len Chmiel, Bill Anton, George Carlson, Kyle Polzin, Billy Schenck, Mick Doellinger, and 70 other top-billed names.

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Show Preview | ARTsmart Dinner & Auction

This year’s ARTsmart New Mexico honorary artist, Melinda K. Hall, challenged students at Santa Fe High School to reach outside of their comfort zones. Hall worked with art students to create pieces that will be auctioned during the organization’s annual gala on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

D. Edward Kucera, Prospector’s Gaze, oil, 20 x 16.

D. Edward Kucera | Ode to the Frontier

While reality is not always pretty, especially in frontier times often marked by physical hardship and struggle for survival, Kucera’s aim is to reveal and highlight the human and natural beauty in the world he portrays.

Lynn Boggess, 19 November 2016, oil, 46 x 40.

Lynn Boggess | On Location

The landscape paintings of Lynn Boggess go deep. Beyond beautiful nature portraits, beyond expressive mark-making, his striking compositions move past the place where we see and delve into the place where we feel.

Bart Forbes, Season’s Change, oil, 23 x 29.

Bart Forbes | Dreamscapes

Although he paints still-life and wildlife works as well, Forbes is best known for spare, expressive landscapes that border on abstraction. His subtle color palettes suggest various seasons of the year. But the viewer would be hard-pressed to associate a Forbes scene with a specific place.

James McGrew, Honolua Bay Shimmer, oil, 20 x 16.

Show Preview | Maui Plein Air

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, now in its 12th year, is bringing a variety of changes to the event, along with a host of new and returning painters. The weeklong event is sponsored by the Maui Arts League and has continued to grow at a rapid pace within the plein-air community.

William H.D. Koerner, “The Tent Law,” Don’t You Go Frettin’, Sallie, I’ll Tend To It, oil, 36 x 28.

Must-See Museum Shows 2017

From masterful oil paintings and iconic movie posters, to immersive retrospectives and contemporary portraiture, we’ve rounded up the most diverse and highly anticipated shows for a sneak peek of the artful year ahead.