Putting together an issue of Southwest Art always involves hard work, tough decisions, and a little bit of good fortune. But some issues also involve the element of surprise, in the form of coincidences, unexpected parallels.
Artists’ choice awards are special because they represent the consensus of a group of experts who are intimately familiar with what they’re judging.
In this month’s issue, we’re trying to re-create that experience for you as much as possible. Although we can’t put you face-to-face with each featured artist (wouldn’t it be great if we could!), we’ve included interviews in which the artists speak directly to our questions about some of their most significant recent works.
In this month’s special section on landscape painting, which starts on page 66, you’ll find many scenic views to peruse. And whether you share my appreciation for winter’s beauty or not, I hope you’ll share my admiration for the talent of these painters.
Ask me to name a favorite artist, and I’m at a loss; there are far too many wonderful artists to pick just one. But ask me to name some of my favorite artists’ groups, and the Taos Society of Artists would certainly be near the top of the list. I’ve always been drawn to...
It’s time once again to showcase the winners of our annual Artistic Excellence competition, along with some of the 100 entries (out of about 1,500 total) that made it to the final round of judging.
Artists create for all kinds of reasons. Some may be motivated to portray a particular way of life; others might be fascinated by the individual personalities of people or animals. Still others may be struck by the beauty to be found in daily life.
I’ve spent the past two weekends in the company of art and art lovers at major western art events. Just yesterday I returned from visiting Santa Fe during Indian Market weekend—the high point of the busy summer art season. Indian Market is the world’s largest Native American art event and draws tens of thousands...
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.
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...