Art Events & Show Previews

Our Show Previews and Auction Previews offer in-depth coverage of the top art events happening in the West and beyond. Each month, the editors zero in on some of the most important openings, invitationals, exhibitions, auctions, fairs, festivals, and more around the country. We offer substantial information about each event, along with plenty of big, beautiful images of works that are in the show. Click on the links below to get great information on every event we’ve covered.

Michele Usibelli, The Beach Cottages, oil.

Show Preview | Laguna Beach Plein Air

Fifty top artists, seven days of painting en plein air, and a very special milestone set the stage for the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in Laguna Beach, CA, this month. The paint-out kicks off on Saturday, October 6.
Martin Grelle, Memories of Horses and Men, oil, 44 x 44.

Show Preview | Cowboy Crossings

This month, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum kicks off its annual opening-weekend event and sale, Cowboy Crossings, featuring 100 fine artworks by members of the Cowboy Artists of America and 50 fine craftworks by members of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association
Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu, Self Portrait, oil, 12 x 9.

Show Preview | Something Revealed

An expansive exhibition opening at the Pasadena Museum of History this month recognizes women artists who worked in California between 1860 and 1960. The show features more than 250 works by 160 artists.
Jill Basham Black Jack’s Hills, oil.

Show Preview | En Plein Air Texas

This year the fifth annual En Plein Air Texas painting competition hosts 34 artists from across the country for a week of painting and events. It all culminates in an expansive exhibition featuring about 275 paintings available for purchase at the Fort Concho Quartermaster & Commissary buildings.
Inna Cherneykina, Delicate Beauty, oil, 12 x 16.

Show Preview | American Impressionist Society

Impressionism represents a broad range of representational styles, and that’s what makes the American Impressionist Society’s annual juried exhibition so exciting. The group’s 19th annual show and sale opens on Thursday, September 27, at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI.
Mark White, Pale Blue Ripple II, oil, 36 x 36.

Show Preview | Mark White

Over the years, artist Mark White has pushed beyond conventional boundaries by working in different mediums, subjects, and styles. His solo show this month at his namesake gallery brings together two different mediums to explore movement in nature.
Patty Carmody Smith, La Reina, mixed media, 9 x 10 x 6.

Show Preview | ArtsThrive

The ArtsThrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, held at the Albuquerque Museum, features artists who work in both traditional and experimental mediums. The show kicks off with a gala on Saturday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.