Editor’s Letter

Blue Cup and Pansies by Richard Schmid.

Editor’s Letter | Living Master

Today Schmid’s works are rarely seen in shows and galleries, so collectors and enthusiasts alike are thrilled that Gallery 1261 in Denver is the venue for a significant retrospective this month. With at least 30 works on loan from private collections, it’s sure to be a major event.

Las Flores by Terri Kelly Moyers

Editor’s Letter | Summertime Fun

It’s the height of summer, and that means it’s time for a slew of art shows in the West, from big invitationals to plein-air festivals to auctions and more. At this time of year it’s hard to find a weekend when there isn’t an opportunity to see great art! In June I had the...

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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...

Clyde Aspevig, Wild Plum, Fort Smith, MT, oil, 24 x 30.

Editor’s Letter | Endless Beauty

When I first joined the staff of this magazine many years ago, I knew very little about the world of western art. My background was in journalism and writing, and my new boss—longtime editor Susan Hallsten McGarry—assured me that I would learn about the art world as I went along.

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Editor’s Letter | A Continuing Story

I’ve got to hand it to the person on Southwest Art’s staff—I don’t know who it was—who decided, early on, that it would be a good idea to put aside one copy of each issue to be protected for posterity in a set of bound volumes. Each of these heavy hard-cover books contains half...

A father’s portrait of his son: Andrew Wyeth, Faraway, dry brush, 14 x 22. The Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection. ©Andrew Wyeth.

Editor’s Letter | Family Dynamics

Last month I got to see the wonderful exhibition Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio at the Denver Art Museum. It was the first time I had seen so many pictures by Andrew Wyeth in one place, and the first time I had seen Jamie Wyeth’s work in person. As many other visitors...

Walter Ufer, Indian Entertainer, oil, 30 x 25.

Editor’s Letter | A Closer Look

Gracing our cover this month is a truly masterful painting by Walter Ufer called INDIAN ENTERTAINER, which was painted in 1926 and sold at auction by Bonhams last April for just over a million dollars