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.

Francois Koch, Forest Dwellers, oil, 30 x 40.

Show Preview | Prix de West Invitational

For more than 40 years, the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale has stood as one of the country’s premier events for western art collectors, and this year is no exception. Three hundred paintings and sculptures by 98 esteemed artists from across the country are on display.

David Caton, Croton Peak, Morning, oil, 36 x 48.

Show Preview | Texas Aesthetic X

From the South Plains to the Piney Woods, the Texas landscape is as diverse as it is grand. So, too, is the group of contemporary regionalists exhibiting in Texas Aesthetic, the 10th annual exhibition of its kind from William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art.

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.