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.

Elizabeth Black, Anza’s Gold, oil, 12 x 24.

Show Preview | Summer Group Show

Vivid greens, dreamy blues, bright corals—these colors are synonymous with summer. This month they dazzle our eyes not only in the Taos scenery but also on the walls of Act I Gallery during its summer group show.

Thomas Kitts, Glacial Milk – Klickitat River, oil.

Show Preview | Pacific Northwest Plein Air

This month, the 12th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air show brings together 40 artists to paint the vast, wild beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, from stunning views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River to the surrounding vineyards and snowy peaks of the Cascades.

C. Michael Dudash, Friend or Foe, oil, 40 x 30.

Show Preview | Visions of the West

Legacy Gallery’s Visions of the West show returns to Jackson Hole this month with works by 10 of the gallery’s top western artists: Carrie Ballantyne, C. Michael Dudash, Jim Norton, David Mann, Jason Rich, Loren Entz, Charles Fritz, and Scott Rogers, plus Don Oelze and Joe Kronenberg, who are new to the gallery and...

Kevin Red Star, Crow Indian Fair Dancers, acrylic, 60 x 48.

Show Preview | Kevin Red Star 

Whether his portraits depict warriors, healers, or dancers, Montana-based artist Kevin Red Star is renowned for bringing the Crow Indian people to life in bold, colorful paintings. Red Star’s signature works present a fresh, contemporary approach to traditional Native American art, often mixing realism with elements of abstraction. This month Sorrel Sky Gallery features...

Terri Kelly Moyers, Encaje y Sol, oil, 18 x 24.

Show Preview | John & Terri Kelly Moyers 

Husband-and-wife artists John and Terri Kelly Moyers share a life as well as a love for the Southwest. This month Nedra Matteucci Galleries features 35 new, original works by the award-winning painters. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, August 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery owner Nedra Matteucci notes enthusiastically that...

Mark Eberhard, Red-Shouldered Hawk, oil, 48 x 60.

Show Preview | 10th Anniversary Shows

A decade ago, Astoria Fine Art opened in a 1,700-square-foot building on Jackson’s historic town square with the goal of presenting some of the finest examples of contemporary and historic art evoking its Rocky Mountain setting—landscapes, wildlife works, and western scenes.

Juanita Nelson, Chito, pastel, 11 x 14.

Show Preview | Pastel Society of Colorado 

On Sunday, July 10, art lovers have their first look at the 100 paintings in the Pastel Society of Colorado’s Mile High International Pastel Exhibition. On view in the Vida Ellison Gallery at the Denver Central Library in downtown Denver through September 8, the show presents the work of more than 90 artists from...

Sophy Brown, Samaritan, acrylic, 25 x 24.

Show Preview | Sophy Brown

This month Evergreen Fine Art unveils new works by Boulder-based artist Sophy Brown. Titled Bloodlines, the show comprises 15 to 20 new paintings and opens with an artist’s reception and gallery talk on Saturday, August 6, from 2 to 5 p.m.

West Fraser, Testament, Cumberland Island National Seashore, oil, 24 x 30.

Show Preview | Plein-Air Painters of America

Two momentous occasions in the world of landscape painting coincide this month: August marks the 30th anniversary of the Plein-Air Painters of America, the oldest society of outdoor artists in the country, as well as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To celebrate, the Steamboat Art Museum is hosting the group’s annual...

Gregory Packard, Autumn Resonance, oil, 24 x 18.

Show Preview | Bighorn Rendezvous

The opening weekend of the Bighorn Rendezvous Art Show & Sale, held at the Brinton Museum by the Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists, represents a return to the show’s roots—even though the gathering that began in the early 1970s hasn’t taken place since 2012, and this year represents not only its premiere appearance at...