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.

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...

A festive stop on ARTfeast's Edible Art Tour

Great Success at ARTfeast

A great time was had by all—and money was raised for local youth art programs—at the 14th annual ARTfeast event in Santa Fe, held the weekend of February 25-27. Things kicked off on Friday afternoon at the Inn & Spa at Loretto, which hosted the Fashion Show & Luncheon. It was a festive scene...

Among the Spirits of the Long-Ago People

Autry Awards

Balmy, sunny Southern California weather greeted artists and art lovers at the annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale held at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 5. The event kicked off with an announcement of top awards at the Chuck Wagon Lunch, which took place...

The Jolly Joker & the Gentle Giant by Amy Lind

Artist to Watch: Amy Lind

Amy Lind, 27, knows how to create a real circus. Recently the Los Angeles artist displayed her paintings depicting clowns, trapeze artists, and men on stilts in a show at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC. Gallery visitors probably didn’t realize the great lengths Amy went to in order to acquire authentic reference material...

T.V. by Nat Meade

Froelick Gallery Pops Up in Palm Springs

For one month only Froelick Gallery in Portland, OR, takes over a space in Palm Springs, CA, in conjunction with the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week. The gallery pops up in the Southern California desert city on February 3 with a show of works inspired by mid-century arts and culture. Fourteen gallery artists are...

A Glimpse of Lake Gadsby (oil, 32 x 42) by Skip Whitcomb

Top Awards At Coors Show

The 2011 annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale kicked off in Denver this week. The Red Carpet Reception held on Wednesday night featured paintings and sculptures by 61 top artists, mainly based in the West. On opening night Colorado’s Skip Whitcomb stood before his landscape painting, A Glimpse of Lake Gadsby, and beamed....

Amy Lind (left) with Diane and Ralph Waterhouse

Top Figurative Artists Converge at Waterhouse Gallery

The sun stayed out, and the rain stayed away in honor of the Great American Figurative Exhibition held at Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA, in late November. As usual Diane and Ralph Waterhouse assembled a stellar cast of artists and their works for the annual event. Spotted at the jam-packed opening on Saturday...