Southwest Art Blog

Hear directly from the editors of Southwest Art in this art blog. Discussions of how to begin an art collection are found here as well as reflections on the latest contemporary American artists creating landscape paintings, still life paintings, and more. We delve into cowboy art and Native American art too, plus updates on art competitions, art shows, art exhibitions, and more.

Daniel Keys, Tea-Tins With Peaches, oil, 16 x 20.

Lasting Impressions Hurricane Relief Art Sale

In August 2011, the Schoharie Valley in New York was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Irene. Far inland from the coast, Schohaire Creek rose above its banks and flooded local towns and fields; destroyed crops; drowned livestock; contaminated food and water sources; and destroyed roads, bridges, homes, and businesses. Local artist Jonathan Stasko, moved...

Bill Allison, Saddle Maker, Roundup, Montana by Loren Entz

Cowboy Artists of America Show: Cowboy Art

I just returned from the Cowboy Artists of America’s 46th annual exhibition and sale, which was held this year at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for the first time since the early 1970s. This year the show coincided with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association’s 13th annual exhibition and sale,...

Naranjas en Venta by Scott Tallman Powers

Quest for the West Winners

The annual Quest for the West show and sale opened recently at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. This year’s show attracted more than 400 attendees and tallied nearly $1 million in sales. Almost all of the 50 participating artists attended the opening-weekend festivities at the museum, which...

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...