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.

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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...

Voice of the Tiger by Terry Strickland at Charleston's Robert Lange Studios

Charleston Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Charleston, SC, regularly makes the top ten lists for great vacation places—mossy Lowcountry terrain, pristine sandy beaches, and great restaurants where a bowl of She-crab soup is served with a cruet of sherry. But never mind the beaches and the bistros. After visiting this past weekend, art lovers should consider Charleston as a fabulous...

Yellow Roses by Robert Spooner

OPA Awards Announced

Congratulations to Colorado-based Robert Spooner, who took home the Gold Medal Award for his painting Yellow Roses at the annual Oil Painters of America’s Western Regional Exhibition & Sale held recently at Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson, WY. Santa Fe oil and pastel artist Albert Handell judged the awards and made the announcement on...

An illustration from Ansel and the Great Tree

Artist of the Moment: Quang Ho

Quang Ho is a busy man. In September he participated in the Western Visions show at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, WY. In October his paintings popped up in a group show at Gallery 1261 in Denver. In December Ho is participating in the American Art Invitational at Denver’s Saks Galleries as well...

Channeling Johns (oil, 50 x 40) by Robert C. Jackson.

Show Targets Top Still-Life Painters

Robert C. Jackson is known for juxtaposing disparate elements into playful, complex compositions sprinkled with wit and hidden meanings. On the other hand Daniel Sprick creates elegant, haunting tableaux which can combine creepy skeletons with lithesome flowers. On October 15 Jackson and Sprick are two of the prominent artists who are participating in a...

That Certain Smile by Don Crowley

Awards & Bidding Wars

The annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival unfolded this past weekend amid a series of sunny days and chilly nights. One of the highlights was the Western Visions show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. By the way, the museum is a piece of artwork itself—a low-slung building constructed of red sandstone that...

Curt-Walters-The-Arborists-Reward

Great Weekend at Quest for the West!

I just returned from a wonderful weekend at the Eiteljorg Museum’s annual Quest for the West show. I’d always heard great things about the show, but this was my first time to attend. The organizers put on a first-rate event in a stunning museum venue. This year’s show drew about 300 collectors, and with...

June Temptation by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Artists of the Moment: Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Bowls brimming with cherries. Donuts with red sprinkles. Cacti with pink blooms. These are a few of Olga and Aleksey Ivanovs’ favorite things. The Denver-area painters are unique for several reasons. First of all, they work in egg tempera, a timeless medium once used by the ancient Egyptians. And secondly, the couple works in...