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.

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.”...

Edward Aldrich, Edward Aldrich, On the Prowl, oil, 32 x 26.

Show Preview | Western Visions Show & Sale

Collectors who love wildlife subject matter, and anyone for whom nature’s creatures strike a chord, is well advised to head to Jackson’s National Museum of Wildlife Art this month. That’s where, for the 29th consecutive time in the museum’s 29-year history, top animal artists converge to showcase and sell their works in the institution’s...

Paula Swain, Capitol Reef Trail (Capitol Reef National Park), oil, 30 x 30.

Show Preview | Celebration of Art

The eighth annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art takes place this month with a weeklong series of events throughout Grand Canyon National Park, culminating in an exhibition that highlights the grandeur of the American wilderness.

Jeff Cochran, Talpina Road, Taos, NM, oil, 34 x 36.

Show Preview | Jeff Cochran

On September 16, Manitou Galleries unveils 15 to 20 new works by Taos landscape painter Jeff Cochran in a solo show at its Canyon Road location opening with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Mary Alayne Thomas, Whispered Stories in the Shadow of the Flowers, watercolor/encaustic, 10 x 10.

Show Preview | Mary Alayne Thomas

Twenty new works by the artist are on view this month at Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art in a solo show fittingly titled Storytelling. The show opens on September 2 with an artist’s reception at 5 p.m. The title speaks to the subtle visual narratives that ripple through Thomas’ dreamlike watercolor-and-encaustic works.

Dale Landrum, Sierra Nevada Autumn, oil, 20 x 24.

Show Preview | Favell Museum Art Show

The event showcases some 190 works by 32 contemporary representational artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Northern California. In contrast to the museum’s western-focused art collection, the art show and sale features a wider range of art across a variety of media, styles, and genres, including still lifes, landscape and figure paintings, and wood...

Susiehyer, Sedona Sticker Study, oil, 12 x 12.

Show Preview | Plein Air Artists Colorado

This month at Mary Williams Fine Arts, Plein Air Artists Colorado celebrates its 20th annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. The show opens with an artists’ reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kathleen Hudson, Morning on the Falls, oil, 14 x 11.

Show Preview | Plein Air Rockies

Between August 13 and 25, more than 30 of the country’s top plein-air artists paint on location in Estes Park, CO, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Considered the eastern gateway to the Rockies, Estes Park offers access to a breathtaking variety of alpine scenes to capture on canvas.