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.

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.

Show Preview | Spring Art Festival

Each Mother’s Day weekend the Canyon Road Merchants Association, an organization of Canyon Road art galleries, invites artists and collectors to participate in one of the city’s biggest art events of the year. Formerly known as Passport to the Arts, the event has evolved over the past five years.

Teresa Vito, March Tulips, oil, 24 x 20.

Show Preview | 25th Anniversary Show

Arts at Denver began a quarter century ago in the mountain town of Silver Plume, CO. And although its location has changed, six times before landing in its current Denver locale, its mission has remained: to exhibit the best of Colorado representational works—sometimes impressionistic, sometimes classical, always beautiful.

Show Preview | Governor’s Art Show

The annual Governor’s Art Show at the Loveland Museum/Gallery has always been a big draw for connoisseurs of the Centennial State’s finest painters and sculptors. This year's show opens with a preview party on Friday, April 22.

Spotlight | Women Painters of the Southeast

In a preview from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, art lovers get their first peek at the more than 150 artworks in the fifth annual Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Members’ Exhibition and Sale at the Arts Depot in Abingdon, VA.

Show Preview | Valerie Collymore

Many of us long for an escape to Provence, a fantasy so vivid that we can practically smell the spicy camphor crush of lavender beneath our feet. Valerie Collymore’s 20 impressionistic canvases capturing the region are on display this month in her solo show at Fountainhead Gallery, entitled Oil Paintings From Provence: Landscapes, Seascapes,...

Show Preview |Andrew Denman

Great egrets, pink flamingos, and lilac-breasted rollers—wildlife artist Andrew Denman captures both the exotic and the everyday birds that inhabit various locales around the world. Denman shows his recent body of work this month in The Modern Wild, an exhibit at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum.

Show Preview | Suzanne Wiggin

Taos, NM, artist Suzanne Wiggin captures the vernal shifts—and the blossoming potential therein—in Wellspring, her solo show featuring a dozen new paintings and monotype prints. The show opens at Winterowd Fine Art on Friday, April 22.