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.

Jeff Cochran, Talpina Road, Taos, NM, oil, 34 x 36.

Show Preview | Jeff Cochran

On September 16, Manitou Galleries unveils 15 to 20 new works by Taos landscape painter Jeff Cochran in a solo show at its Canyon Road location opening with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Mary Alayne Thomas, Whispered Stories in the Shadow of the Flowers, watercolor/encaustic, 10 x 10.

Show Preview | Mary Alayne Thomas

Twenty new works by the artist are on view this month at Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art in a solo show fittingly titled Storytelling. The show opens on September 2 with an artist’s reception at 5 p.m. The title speaks to the subtle visual narratives that ripple through Thomas’ dreamlike watercolor-and-encaustic works.
Dale Landrum, Sierra Nevada Autumn, oil, 20 x 24.

Show Preview | Favell Museum Art Show

The event showcases some 190 works by 32 contemporary representational artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Northern California. In contrast to the museum’s western-focused art collection, the art show and sale features a wider range of art across a variety of media, styles, and genres, including still lifes, landscape and figure...

Susiehyer, Sedona Sticker Study, oil, 12 x 12.

Show Preview | Plein Air Artists Colorado

This month at Mary Williams Fine Arts, Plein Air Artists Colorado celebrates its 20th annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. The show opens with an artists’ reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Karen Roehl, Amber Pasture, acrylic/ink/graphite, 36 x 36.

Show Preview | Karen Roehl

Roehl’s works exhibit a fresh, distinctive style that challenge traditional expectations of western art. Her show, titled Horse With Beach Ball and Other Western Amalgamations, presents 15 to 20 acrylic paintings that boldly blend abstraction with representational forms rooted in equine subject matter and other western themes. A few works are...

Kathleen Hudson, Morning on the Falls, oil, 14 x 11.

Show Preview | Plein Air Rockies

Between August 13 and 25, more than 30 of the country’s top plein-air artists paint on location in Estes Park, CO, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Considered the eastern gateway to the Rockies, Estes Park offers access to a breathtaking variety of alpine scenes to capture on canvas.
Logan Maxwell Hagege, Paradise, oil, 30 x 30.

Show Preview | Quest for the West

When the bugle sounds in the Eiteljorg Museum at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, it marks an important moment in western art, as 50 minutes of good-natured, frenzied competition commences in the 11th annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale.
Sergio Roffo, Sublime Beauty, Point Lobos Reserve, CA, oil, 24 x 36.

Show Preview | Marine Artists Exhibition

The best in contemporary marine art begins a 17-month excursion across five states this month in a traveling exhibition sponsored by the American Society of Marine Artists. Every three years, museums around the country host this juried fine-art show of maritime-themed paintings, drawings, sculpture, and scrimshaw.
Jenness Cortez, Home on the Range, acrylic, 34 x 41. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000.

Auction Preview | Jackson Hole Art Auction

This significant auction, presented jointly by Trailside and Gerald Peters Gallery, draws avid domestic and international collectors alike. Described by Hofmann as “closely curated,” the premier art sale’s high standards are evident in its tagline: Masterworks of the American West.