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.

James Parker, Leave a Light in the Window, photograph, 40 x 60.

Show Preview | Evergreen Fine Arts Festival

The annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival—one of Colorado’s longest-running juried fine-art shows—kicks off this month in Jeffco Open Space Heritage Grove at the Hiwan Homestead Museum. The Evergreen Artists Association introduced the festival in 1966, and it has since become a favorite among the country’s art festivals.

Manny Mellor, Along the Sheffield Road, mixed media, 11 x 14.

Show Preview | Escalante Canyons Art Festival

Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts travel to the canyons of southern Utah this September for the 13th annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival. Located at the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the town of Escalante, the weeklong event includes a plein-air competition, artists’ demonstrations, and an art show and sale.

B.C. Nowlin, Years, oil, 36 x 48.

Show Preview | Eppler & Nowlin

Manitou Galleries juxtaposes two bodies of work that are informed by the Southwest this month with an exhibition of artwork by wildlife sculptor Jim Eppler and visionary landscape painter B.C. Nowlin. The show opens on Friday, August 5, at Manitou’s West Palace location with a reception for the artists from 5 to 7:30 p.m....

Edgar Payne, Monument Valley, Riverbed, oil, 25 x 30. Estimate: $140,000-$180,000.

Show Preview | California & Western Auction

Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art, presents its California and Western Paintings & Sculpture sale this month in Los Angeles. The auction house hosts two other annual sales dedicated to California and western fine art, and although the number of lots varies, this sale is no different when...

Elizabeth Black, Anza’s Gold, oil, 12 x 24.

Show Preview | Summer Group Show

Vivid greens, dreamy blues, bright corals—these colors are synonymous with summer. This month they dazzle our eyes not only in the Taos scenery but also on the walls of Act I Gallery during its summer group show.

Nocona Burgess, Richard Davis, Cheyenne, 1898, acrylic, 36 x 36.

Show Preview | Nocona Burgess

In what has become an annual tradition at Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, Comanche painter Nocona Burgess presents a solo show of new work during the weekend that coincides with the ever-popular Santa Fe Indian Market. The show opens with an artist’s reception on Friday, August 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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...