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.

William Robinson Leigh, Indian Rider, oil, 20 x 16.

Auction Preview | American Art Auction

Western art aficionados and auction fans will want to save Saturday, May 7, for Heritage Auctions’ American Art Auction in Dallas. The sale features approximately 150 lots that span a multitude of significant genres and, as Aviva Lehman, Heritage Auctions’ director of American art, notes, “high quality at every price from $5,000 to half...

Albin Veselka, Sail, oil, 16 x 12.

Show Preview | Young Masters

Waterhouse Gallery mounts its inaugural Young Masters exhibition this month, highlighting new works by gallery artists who have displayed remarkable talent and quality in the early stages of their careers. The show offers a broad range of themes and styles, from traditionally painted subjects to more contemporary interpretations.

Angus, Peonies and Fruit Pushing Over Blue, acrylic, 21 x 14.

Show Preview | Chromatic Imaginings

Ventana Fine Art brings contemporary landscape and still-life interpretations to the fore this month with a two-person exhibition featuring the vivid, high-intensity paintings of Frank Balaam and Angus. The show, entitled Chromatic Imaginings, opens Friday, May 20, with a reception for the artists from 5 to 7 p.m.

Don Weller, Splint Boots, watercolor, 13 x 17.

Show Preview | Western Art Show

Every Memorial Day weekend for 42 years, the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ, has gathered a selection of western artists to showcase their fine art in Prescott’s courthouse plaza. Established artists, such as Bill Nebeker, Bill Cramer, and Hyrum Joe, present their work in booths alongside up-and-coming artists in the western genre.

Tim Solliday, Hunter’s Moon, oil, 18 x 24.

Show Preview | Looking Forward

G. Russell Case, Glenn Dean, Billy Schenck, and Tim Solliday—these are not your grandfather’s cowboy painters. Maxwell Alexander Gallery has gathered together the four artists to showcase what it perceives to be a shift in western art, one which hews faithfully to the genre’s much-beloved subjects—wide vistas, lone men on horseback, and mythically stoic...

Sandi Lear, Pride, watercolor, 18 x 24.

Show Preview | Sandi Lear

The effects at play in Sandi Lear’s watercolors might be called loose, free, colorful, or ethereal. Lear herself, however, uses the phrase “essential allegorical representationalism” when discussing her aesthetic.

Pem Dunn, Dawn in the Forest, oil, 24 x 36.

Show Preview | Pem Dunn

“I feel that for a painting to be successful, it has to have an emotional impact on the viewer, and I find that in most cases this is achieved by the way light is affecting the subject,” says Colorado oil painter Pem Dunn.

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Show Preview | Spring Art Festival

Each Mother’s Day weekend the Canyon Road Merchants Association, an organization of Canyon Road art galleries, invites artists and collectors to participate in one of the city’s biggest art events of the year. Formerly known as Passport to the Arts, the event has evolved over the past five years.

Teresa Vito, March Tulips, oil, 24 x 20.

Show Preview | 25th Anniversary Show

Arts at Denver began a quarter century ago in the mountain town of Silver Plume, CO. And although its location has changed, six times before landing in its current Denver locale, its mission has remained: to exhibit the best of Colorado representational works—sometimes impressionistic, sometimes classical, always beautiful.

Michael Baum, Alpine Lake, oil, 24 x 30.

Show Preview | Governor’s Art Show

The annual Governor’s Art Show at the Loveland Museum/Gallery has always been a big draw for connoisseurs of the Centennial State’s finest painters and sculptors. This year's show opens with a preview party on Friday, April 22.