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.

Micqaela Jones-Crouch, High Plains Drifter, acrylic, 48 x 36.

Show Preview | Santa Fe Indian Market

At Santa Fe Indian Market, the world’s largest juried Native art show, you would expect to experience the extraordinary beauty and diversity of art and cultures whose traditions reach back thousands of years. What you might not expect is the 21st-century vision of these ancient cultures through such contemporary forms as digital art, world-class...

Lanny Grant, Pilgrim Meadows, oil, 12 x 16.

Show Preview | Plein Air for the Park

Universally revered Grand Teton National Park is home to a dazzling array of flora and fauna, pristine lakes and streams, forested buttes and striking granite peaks. So it comes as no surprise that the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters has chosen the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem once again as the backdrop for...

Chung Choi, Hidden Valley, oil, 30 x 60.

Show Preview | Crested Butte Arts Festival 

The 44th annual Crested Butte Arts Festival beckons art enthusiasts to discover new fine-art treasures off the beaten path. Featuring work by 175 juried artists from near and far, the festival comprises five blocks of art clustered along Elk Avenue in the town’s National Historic District.

Matthew Higginbotham, Afternoon Thunderhead, oil, 12 x 12.

Show Preview | Matthew Higginbotham

New oil paintings by Matthew Higginbotham are on view this month in a solo show titled Beyond the Boundary at Waxlander Gallery. Featuring some 30 works ranging in size from 12 by 12 inches to 48 by 60 inches, the show honors southwestern landscapes and the artist’s evolution as a painter. “The title of...

Nate Johansen, Germination III, bronze, 54 x 24 x 12.

Show Preview | Art Around the Corner

Amid red rocks and blue sage, an impressive transformation is unfolding in southern Utah that highlights the power of visual art. The city of St. George has effected notable change in its downtown area, thanks in part to a dynamic outdoor sculpture exhibit called Art Around the Corner. “It’s the shared vision that makes...

Show Preview | Daggett & Gonzales

On Friday, July 8, Total Arts Gallery presents the works of two area painters, Ken Daggett and Damien M. Gonzales, whose work is rarely shown in Taos. “While they are both New Mexico landscape artists, Daggett and Gonzales’ interpretations are so entirely different,” says assistant gallery director Emily Wilde. “Damien paints very ethereal pieces...

Jove Wang, Sunset San Marco, 20 x 24.

Show Preview | Jove Wang & Mark Laguë

Artists Jove Wang and Mark Laguë capture powerful impressions of the subjects they paint. Rich in color and value contrasts, their oil paintings leave imprints on the mind long after viewing them. This month, the two accomplished painters bring new works to Waterhouse Gallery, inviting visitors into the landscapes and cityscapes of their travels....

Carolyn L. Barlock, Hummingbird Castle, porcelain, 22 x 8 x 6.

Show Preview | Sculpture in the Park

With its dedication to three-dimensional art and its grand scale, Sculpture in the Park remains the largest outdoor, juried sculpture show and sale in the United States. This year the show marks its 33rd anniversary, opening to the public on Saturday, August 13, at 9:30 a.m., and closing for the day at 6 p.m....

Howard Terpning, Blackfeet Storyteller, oil, 32 x 42. Estimate: $500,000-$750,000.

Auction Preview | Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

With combined sales reaching nearly $240 million over the last 10 years, there’s little doubt that this year’s Coeur d’Alene Art Auction will once again be a high point in the western art world. Of course, the event’s highlight is the auction itself, which takes place on Saturday, July 23, beginning at noon. But...

Rebecca Tobey, Sunrise Symphony, ceramic, 22 x 22 x 8.

Show Preview | Tobey & Richardson

Those who visit Ventana Fine Art between July 8 and 22 can witness mythical forces of the natural world at play in some 40 new works by sculptor Rebecca Tobey and abstract painter Jean Richardson. The title of the show, Forces of Nature, embodies the work of both artists, whose strong, earthy subjects capture...