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.

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...

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...