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.

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...

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...