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.

Michelle Dunaway, Alaskan Doll, oil, 26 x 18.

Show Preview | Michelle Dunaway

In her upcoming solo show, artist Michelle Dunaway explores the nature of humanity in a series of portraits from her recent travels around the world. The show, entitled Journeys, graces the walls of InSight Gallery throughout the month of November, with an opening reception on November 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The original painting: Robert Spooner, Studio Arrangement, oil, 36 x 30.

Show Preview | Crossover

Contemporary abstract expressionist Doug Kacena jokes that he’s been trying to pin down the 30-second “elevator pitch” for his show Crossover, which opens November 5 at Mike Wright Gallery during Denver Arts Week.

Eric Slayton, Sea Brothers, oil, 20 x 24.

Show Preview | Anniversary Exhibition

For this year’s show the gallery called upon its stable and guest artists to compile the impressive list of 35 participants, which includes Peter Adams, George Bodine, Jove Wang, Mian Situ, Hsin-Yao Tseng, Adrian Gottlieb, Jeremy Lipking, and Kyle Ma.

T.D. Kelsey, Two for the Outside, bronze, 21 x 8 x 17.

Show Preview | Cowboy Crossings

An exhibition opening to the public at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Saturday, October 15—and debuting two days earlier with a roster of ticketed preview events—makes it clear that the roots of cowboy art not only spread far wider and deeper but also thrive today in abundant and varied forms.

Suzie Baker, Mud Man, oil, 6 x 6.

Show Preview | American Impressionist Society

This fall, the American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition heads to the Pacific Northwest for the first time for its 17th annual show. The exhibition, dedicated to the Impressionist style in its myriad manifestations, opens with a reception and awards presentation on Thursday, September 29, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Nancy Bush, Mountain Runoff, oil, 12 x 12.

Show Preview | Nancy Bush

Art aficionados would do well to seek refuge at Bush’s solo exhibit entitled Interpretations, which opens on Tuesday, October 18, and runs through November 8. As the title suggests, the works in this show, which debut at an artist’s reception on Friday, November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., grant viewers the space to...

Richard Baker, Two Points of View, oil, 32 x 24.

Show Preview | Richard Baker

This month at Skidmore Contemporary Art, Baker presents viewers with a different kind of picture plane in a solo show titled At Leisure, which opens on Saturday, October 22, with an artist’s reception at 5 p.m.

Dean Mitchell, Artist at Work, watercolor, 12 x 18.

Show Preview | San Diego Watercolor Society

The artists featured in this year’s San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition are challenging boundaries. While some of the 95 participating painters stick to representational work, others spill over into the abstract to combine color and shape in unique ways.

Erin Hanson, Autumn Tapestries, oil, 50 x 40.

Show Preview | The Orange Show

Hanson has been creating a painting a week for the last 10 years and says the practice has helped evolve her unique style, which she calls Open Impressionism. Recently, she was looking for a way to push that evolution even further. This resulted in her upcoming exhibition, The Orange Show, which features paintings that...

Ray Roberts, View Towards Horus Temple, Grand Canyon National Park, oil, 18 x 24.

Show Preview | Grand Canyon Group Show

This month at Maxwell Alexander Gallery, 12 western painters share their own contemporary takes on the Grand Canyon in a group show dedicated to the national park. The show opens on Saturday, October 8, with an artists’ reception at 6 p.m.