Welcome to our art blog page. Here you can read posts from our main fine art blog and also from the art blog written by Kristin Hoerth, Southwest Art magazine’s Editor in Chief. Whether you are an avid art collector, an artist, or simply an admirer of fine art, our art blogs are a great way to stay informed about the western art scene. Follow these fine art blogs to learn about art events, art collecting, emerging artists, and more from the editors at Southwest Art magazine—the collector’s choice for over 40 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...

dan beck

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...

Umatilla Rock by George Carlson

Strong Sales at Prix de West

There were top-notch artworks and lots of sales at the 38th annual Prix de West Invitational, held last weekend at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. Opening-night purchases totaled $3.4 million, nearly matching last year’s $3.5 million tally. The prestigious Prix de West Purchase Award went to “Umatilla Rock,”...

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...

Winter Orchstration, Markleeville Coda by Charles Muench

Top Awards at Gold Medal Exhibit

The 100th annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition unfolded on April 2 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The show draws top artists from California and beyond. This year’s event featured 154 painters and sculptors. Best of Show honors went to Steve Huston. Charles Muench took home Southwest Art’s Award of Excellence for his...