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.

Michele Usibelli, It’s All About Summer, oil, 16 x 20.

Show Preview | Women Artists of the West Show

Most meet-the-artists events happen on the opening evening or weekend of a show. But the artists’ reception for the 46th annual Women Artists of the West National Exhibition takes place at the midpoint of the four-week-long show, which opens on November 15.

William Haskell, Arizona Journey, acrylic, 14 x 18.

Show Preview | Western Art Show

This month, the Mountain Oyster Club throws open its doors to the general public for its 47th annual Western Art Show and Sale. “It’s a western show, but it’s contemporary western,” says show director Alisha Taylor. “We have an eclectic range of artwork in subject matter and style, a good mix of contemporary and...

Sydney Laurence, Mount McKinley, Alaska, oil, 20 x 15. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.

Auction Preview | California & Western Auction

The Fortune work is just one of 125 pieces of American western art—each valued at $4,000 or more, and spanning the 19th century through the present—that go to the block at 6 p.m. at Bonhams’ Los Angeles location. The auction is simulcast at its San Francisco location as well.

John Clymer, Stalking Buffalo, oil, 16 x 20. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000.

Auction Preview | Arts of the American West

The auction presents more than 400 lots replete with paintings, drawings, and bronzes by early and contemporary western artists, including quintessential works by John Clymer and Wilson Hurley. Also on the auction block are Navajo textiles, Pueblo pottery, southwestern jewelry, beadwork, and basketry. The auction preview opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5.

Don Sahli, Yellowstone Falls, oil, 16 x 20.

Show Preview | Windows to the Divine

Titled Abstraction & Representation: Finding Common Ground, the show, which opens on Thursday, November 17, also spotlights, for the first time, a host of abstract artists alongside the usual cadre of mainly representational artists.

Martha Walter, Bathers by the Sea, oil, 18 x 26. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000.

Auction Preview | American Art Auction

That is decidedly not the case, however, with Heritage Auctions, the world’s third-largest house, as evidenced by its latest American Art Signature Auction on November 12 starting at 11 a.m. in its Dallas Design District showroom.

Louis Escobedo, Canyon View, oil, 12 x 16.

Show Preview | Louis Escobedo

Postcards From the West, the title of Louis Escobedo’s new show, may lead those attending the opening reception—which takes place at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center on Friday, November 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.—to expect a travelogue-style exhibition of familiar sights from a month-long trip the artist and his wife, Yolanda, took...