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.

Show Preview | Dreaming in French

Arts at Denver hosts Dreaming in French, Dreaming of Love, beginning on Friday, February 10, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. All of the gallery’s 35 artists, including new recruits Scott Mattlin and Lindsey Bittner Graham, were invited to contribute pieces that capture the essence of France.

John Buxton, Reunited, oil, 26 x30.

Show Preview | Masters of the American West

The prestigious Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opens at the Autry on Saturday, February 11. On view are 275 paintings and sculptures by nationally esteemed artists Len Chmiel, Bill Anton, George Carlson, Kyle Polzin, Billy Schenck, Mick Doellinger, and 70 other top-billed names.

Show Preview | ARTsmart Dinner & Auction

This year’s ARTsmart New Mexico honorary artist, Melinda K. Hall, challenged students at Santa Fe High School to reach outside of their comfort zones. Hall worked with art students to create pieces that will be auctioned during the organization’s annual gala on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

James McGrew, Honolua Bay Shimmer, oil, 20 x 16.

Show Preview | Maui Plein Air

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, now in its 12th year, is bringing a variety of changes to the event, along with a host of new and returning painters. The weeklong event is sponsored by the Maui Arts League and has continued to grow at a rapid pace within the plein-air community.

Barbara Rudolph, The Local Gossip, oil, 20 x 30.

Show Preview | Celebration of Fine Art

The longest art show in Arizona—it spans 10 weeks—opens its 27th year with nearly 100 artists showing off their skills and artwork. The Celebration of Fine Art opens Saturday, January 14, in a tented exhibition hall on the southwest corner of Hayden Road and Loop 101 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Greg Dye, Flying in a Blue Dream, oil, 48 x 60.

Show Preview | Oils & Acrylics

Artists often experiment with different mediums in their pursuit of unique creation and artistic fulfillment. Some of those mediums offer opportunities to push their techniques and find new subjects. This is the basis for a new exhibition at Wilde Meyer Gallery. Curators have gathered works from 12 of the gallery’s best painters to celebrate...

Julie Chapman, Glimpse 1, scratchboard, 14 x 11.

Show Preview | Southeastern Wildlife Expo

Charleston, SC, becomes an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca in February as the Southeastern Wildlife Expo takes over venues throughout the historic southern city. Three days of wildlife and sporting events include hunting, fishing, and cooking demonstrations; duck decoy exhibitions and auctions; and a world-class fine-art show featuring the work of 100 painters and sculptors.

Lin Fengmian (1900-1991), Seated Lady and Dahlia, ink and color on paper, 26 x 26, MS Rau Antiques.

Show Preview | LA Art Show

The growth of the art scene fostered the annual LA Art Show, which is now in its 22nd year. The show opens at the LA Convention Center on Wednesday, January 11, with an opening-night preview and premiere party at 7 p.m. The exhibition continues through Sunday, January 15, and hosts more than 100 galleries...