Art Events & Show Previews

In the May issue of Southwest Art, we introduced Show Previews—a new format for our coverage of art events. Each month, the editors will zero in on some of the most important events happening around the country. This new format allows us to offer substantial information about each event, along with plenty of big, beautiful images of works included in the show. Click on the links below to view the individual Show Previews in each issue.

Thomas Kitts, Glacial Milk – Klickitat River, oil.

Show Preview | Pacific Northwest Plein Air

This month, the 12th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air show brings together 40 artists to paint the vast, wild beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, from stunning views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River to the surrounding vineyards and snowy peaks of the Cascades.

C. Michael Dudash, Friend or Foe, oil, 40 x 30.

Show Preview | Visions of the West

Legacy Gallery’s Visions of the West show returns to Jackson Hole this month with works by 10 of the gallery’s top western artists: Carrie Ballantyne, C. Michael Dudash, Jim Norton, David Mann, Jason Rich, Loren Entz, Charles Fritz, and Scott Rogers, plus Don Oelze and Joe Kronenberg, who are new to the gallery and...

Kevin Red Star, Crow Indian Fair Dancers, acrylic, 60 x 48.

Show Preview | Kevin Red Star 

Whether his portraits depict warriors, healers, or dancers, Montana-based artist Kevin Red Star is renowned for bringing the Crow Indian people to life in bold, colorful paintings. Red Star’s signature works present a fresh, contemporary approach to traditional Native American art, often mixing realism with elements of abstraction. This month Sorrel Sky Gallery features...

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...

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.