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.

Dusty Road by Paul Kratter

Show Preview | En Plein Air Texas

Between October 23 and 28, the artists paint at designated areas in downtown San Angelo, on nearby ranches, along country roads, and in the parks and water lily gardens. Throughout the week, the artists can also be spotted painting en plein air along the banks of the North Concho River that flows through the...

Michael Chamberlain, North Tower, oil, 36 x 36.

Show Preview | Michael Chamberlain

In his solo show this month, California artist Michael Chamberlain wanted to present the city of San Francisco in its truest form. “I think this is a beautiful area. There are a lot of painters that paint the city very dark, and there’s a lot of rainy days,” Chamberlain says. “Hopefully I’ve done it...

Wendy Higgins, Apricot Dream, oil, 16 x 20.

Show Preview | Wendy Higgins

The artist is showing a new body of work in a solo show at Sage Creek Gallery this month. Higgins says there are 15 to 20 pieces that are small to medium size, with a few larger ones in the mix as well. She has paid special attention to the local, natural elements of...

Brenda Boylan, Intersection on 1st, pastel, 16 x 16.

Show Preview | Laguna Beach Plein Air

The invitational opens with a Quick Draw on Sunday, October 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. An artists’ reception and a live auction follow at Seven-Degrees gallery at 3 p.m. The live auction is a debut event in the invitational’s 18-year history.

Guido Frick, Riviera on Italian Coast, oil, 28 x 32.

Show Preview | Guido Frick

Nature’s beauty and bounty inspires Guido Frick, who returns to the United States for an immense solo show at Sunset Art Gallery this month. A preview of the show is offered from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, and the show opens on October 7, coinciding with Amarillo’s First Friday events.

Xiang Zhang, A Hundred Years Ago, oil, 48 x 54.

Show Preview | Xiang Zhang

This month, Southwest Gallery presents the artist’s most recent works in a solo show opening with an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. “We are constantly fascinated by the western aesthetics that Zhang brings to his paintings as he defines and salutes the American cowboy,” says gallery manager Melissa...

Edward Aldrich, Rugged Terrain, oil, 10 x 14.

Show Preview | Edward Aldrich

Guests attending the opening of Evergreen Fine Art’s solo show for wildlife painter Edward Aldrich, on Saturday, October 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., might notice that he seems remarkably at home as he greets his many fans and offers a brief talk about his latest oils.

Jane Chavez, Alazan, horsehair/sterling silver/mixed media, 2 ¾ x 6.

Show Preview | Conrad & Chavez

This month Sorrel Sky Gallery celebrates the art of American West painter Bonnie Conrad and basket weaver Jane Chavez in a show titled Preserving a Moment, Preserving an Art. The show opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.

Jody Rigsby, Paisley and Gold, oil, 11 x 14.

Show Preview | Caesar, Olson & Rigsby

On Friday, October 21, Arts at Denver presents a show of recent works by three Denver-area artists: Margaretta Caesar, Mikael Olson, and Jody Rigsby. “Margaretta’s and Mikael’s works are very painterly,” says gallery owner Paula Colette Conley. “Everyone just loves their work. Jody’s paintings are charming and unique, and she really gets her animals.”...