National Western Stock Show Complex, January 6-25
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Each January, the western art world starts the year off with a bang at the annual Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, which is held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Now in its 22nd year, the show is considered by many to be one of the finest western art exhibits in the United States. “What separates us from other western shows is that we are a contemporary reflection of what’s happening in the West today,” says curator Rose Fredrick. Indeed, many collectors and art enthusiasts look forward to the Coors show each year particularly because of its reputation for showcasing both established and emerging artists who are setting the standards and trends in today’s western art market—which is why Southwest Art is thrilled to be the show’s media sponsor once again this year.
The 22nd annual show is sure to impress, with works by more than 65 artists on view in the main gallery and an additional 15 artists featured in the Club show, which is an extension of the Coors show held in a separate nearby exhibition space. Featured artist Teresa Elliott is joined by dozens of other prominent artists presenting paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, glass, ceramics, and more. This year’s returning artists include G. Russell Case, Glenn Dean, Sophy Brown, Sharron Evans, Scott Fraser, Ulrich Gleiter, David Grossmann, Quang Ho, T. Allen Lawson, William Matthews, Dean Mitchell, Howard Post, Don Stinson, and Dinah Worman—just to name a few. There are several artists new to the show this year as well, including Maeve Eichelberger, Stephanie Hartshorn, William Haskell, Peggy Judy, Preston Singletary, Karen Roehl, Elsa Sroka, and Bryan Mark Taylor.
The show kicks off with a ticketed Red Carpet Reception on Tuesday, January 6, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the National Western Complex Expo Hall. Attendees typically wear festive western attire for this exciting evening filled with good food, great conversation, and amazing art. “Each artist displays up to three large works plus up to four miniatures in the show,” explains Fredrick. Collectors can submit intent-to-purchase slips for the larger works from 5:30 p.m. until the sale-by-draw at 7:30 p.m. The smaller works are sold in a silent auction, with bidding beginning at 5:30 p.m. and closing in three waves at 8, 8:15, and 8:30 p.m.
A special Lunch & Lecture presented by the Denver Art Museum precedes the opening-night festivities. This year’s focus is “The State of Native American Art in the West,” with a panel discussion moderated by Lara Evans, professor of art history and museum studies at the Institute of American Indian Art. Panelists Melanie Yazzie, artist and professor of printmaking at Colorado University, along with glass artist Preston Singletary and painter and printmaker Brent Greenwood, discuss their processes and their creative and spiritual paths. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the museum presents the annual Petrie Institute of Western American Art Symposium, titled “Western Character: Expressions of Identity and Place in Portraiture.” The Coors show is open to the public from Saturday, January 10, through Sunday, January 25. —Lindsay Mitchell
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