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.

T.D. Kelsey, Two for the Outside, bronze, 21 x 8 x 17.

Show Preview | Cowboy Crossings

An exhibition opening to the public at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Saturday, October 15—and debuting two days earlier with a roster of ticketed preview events—makes it clear that the roots of cowboy art not only spread far wider and deeper but also thrive today in abundant and...

Suzie Baker, Mud Man, oil, 6 x 6.

Show Preview | American Impressionist Society

This fall, the American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition heads to the Pacific Northwest for the first time for its 17th annual show. The exhibition, dedicated to the Impressionist style in its myriad manifestations, opens with a reception and awards presentation on Thursday, September 29, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Nancy Bush, Mountain Runoff, oil, 12 x 12.

Show Preview | Nancy Bush

Art aficionados would do well to seek refuge at Bush’s solo exhibit entitled Interpretations, which opens on Tuesday, October 18, and runs through November 8. As the title suggests, the works in this show, which debut at an artist’s reception on Friday, November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., grant viewers...

Richard Baker, Two Points of View, oil, 32 x 24.

Show Preview | Richard Baker

This month at Skidmore Contemporary Art, Baker presents viewers with a different kind of picture plane in a solo show titled At Leisure, which opens on Saturday, October 22, with an artist’s reception at 5 p.m.
Dean Mitchell, Artist at Work, watercolor, 12 x 18.

Show Preview | San Diego Watercolor Society

The artists featured in this year’s San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition are challenging boundaries. While some of the 95 participating painters stick to representational work, others spill over into the abstract to combine color and shape in unique ways.
Erin Hanson, Autumn Tapestries, oil, 50 x 40.

Show Preview | The Orange Show

Hanson has been creating a painting a week for the last 10 years and says the practice has helped evolve her unique style, which she calls Open Impressionism. Recently, she was looking for a way to push that evolution even further. This resulted in her upcoming exhibition, The Orange Show, which...

Ray Roberts, View Towards Horus Temple, Grand Canyon National Park, oil, 18 x 24.

Show Preview | Grand Canyon Group Show

This month at Maxwell Alexander Gallery, 12 western painters share their own contemporary takes on the Grand Canyon in a group show dedicated to the national park. The show opens on Saturday, October 8, with an artists’ reception at 6 p.m.
Dusty Road by Paul Kratter

Show Preview | En Plein Air Texas

Between October 23 and 28, the artists paint at designated areas in downtown San Angelo, on nearby ranches, along country roads, and in the parks and water lily gardens. Throughout the week, the artists can also be spotted painting en plein air along the banks of the North Concho River that...

Michael Chamberlain, North Tower, oil, 36 x 36.

Show Preview | Michael Chamberlain

In his solo show this month, California artist Michael Chamberlain wanted to present the city of San Francisco in its truest form. “I think this is a beautiful area. There are a lot of painters that paint the city very dark, and there’s a lot of rainy days,” Chamberlain says. “Hopefully...

Wendy Higgins, Apricot Dream, oil, 16 x 20.

Show Preview | Wendy Higgins

The artist is showing a new body of work in a solo show at Sage Creek Gallery this month. Higgins says there are 15 to 20 pieces that are small to medium size, with a few larger ones in the mix as well. She has paid special attention to the local,...