Author Archives: Southwest Art


Editor’s Letter | Surface Quality

I am always fascinated by the surfaces of paintings. Maybe that’s because I’m not an artist myself, so there’s a certain sense of mystery I feel about paint and its many personalities. I tend to walk right up to an artwork to inspect it at close range, and I’m amazed by the many different...

Lanny Grant, Pilgrim Meadows, oil, 12 x 16.

Show Preview | Plein Air for the Park

Universally revered Grand Teton National Park is home to a dazzling array of flora and fauna, pristine lakes and streams, forested buttes and striking granite peaks. So it comes as no surprise that the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters has chosen the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem once again as the backdrop for...

Chung Choi, Hidden Valley, oil, 30 x 60.

Show Preview | Crested Butte Arts Festival 

The 44th annual Crested Butte Arts Festival beckons art enthusiasts to discover new fine-art treasures off the beaten path. Featuring work by 175 juried artists from near and far, the festival comprises five blocks of art clustered along Elk Avenue in the town’s National Historic District.

Matthew Higginbotham, Afternoon Thunderhead, oil, 12 x 12.

Show Preview | Matthew Higginbotham

New oil paintings by Matthew Higginbotham are on view this month in a solo show titled Beyond the Boundary at Waxlander Gallery. Featuring some 30 works ranging in size from 12 by 12 inches to 48 by 60 inches, the show honors southwestern landscapes and the artist’s evolution as a painter. “The title of...

Nate Johansen, Germination III, bronze, 54 x 24 x 12.

Show Preview | Art Around the Corner

Amid red rocks and blue sage, an impressive transformation is unfolding in southern Utah that highlights the power of visual art. The city of St. George has effected notable change in its downtown area, thanks in part to a dynamic outdoor sculpture exhibit called Art Around the Corner. “It’s the shared vision that makes...


Show Preview | Daggett & Gonzales

On Friday, July 8, Total Arts Gallery presents the works of two area painters, Ken Daggett and Damien M. Gonzales, whose work is rarely shown in Taos. “While they are both New Mexico landscape artists, Daggett and Gonzales’ interpretations are so entirely different,” says assistant gallery director Emily Wilde. “Damien paints very ethereal pieces...

Jove Wang, Sunset San Marco, 20 x 24.

Show Preview | Jove Wang & Mark Laguë

Artists Jove Wang and Mark Laguë capture powerful impressions of the subjects they paint. Rich in color and value contrasts, their oil paintings leave imprints on the mind long after viewing them. This month, the two accomplished painters bring new works to Waterhouse Gallery, inviting visitors into the landscapes and cityscapes of their travels....

Carolyn L. Barlock, Hummingbird Castle, porcelain, 22 x 8 x 6.

Show Preview | Sculpture in the Park

With its dedication to three-dimensional art and its grand scale, Sculpture in the Park remains the largest outdoor, juried sculpture show and sale in the United States. This year the show marks its 33rd anniversary, opening to the public on Saturday, August 13, at 9:30 a.m., and closing for the day at 6 p.m....

Howard Terpning, Blackfeet Storyteller, oil, 32 x 42. Estimate: $500,000-$750,000.

Auction Preview | Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

With combined sales reaching nearly $240 million over the last 10 years, there’s little doubt that this year’s Coeur d’Alene Art Auction will once again be a high point in the western art world. Of course, the event’s highlight is the auction itself, which takes place on Saturday, July 23, beginning at noon. But...