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.

John Fawcett, Waiting for a Clear Shot, oil, 18 x 24.

Show Preview | 30th Anniversary Show 

Legacy Gallery’s 30th anniversary art show and sale gets underway early on Saturday, November 3, with a lively sculpture demonstration by artist John Coleman and an enlightening presentation by artist C. Michael Dudash about the impact of illustration on western fine art.
E. Martin Hennings, Taos Maiden, oil, 12 x 14. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000.

Auction Preview | Santa Fe Art Auction

The annual Santa Fe Art Auction returns with more than 200 stellar lots, including sought-after works by the Taos Society of Artists and by today's leading western artists and American realists like William Acheff and Richard Schmid.
Brad Price, Placita Chapel, oil, 30 x 24.

Show Preview | Brad Price

Visitors to Brad Price's solo show at Meyer Gallery this month can find portrayals of New Mexico’s iconic canyons, golden chamisa, and adobe churches, but it’s also peppered with paintings of irises, hollyhocks, and other blooms that grow throughout the region.
Brett Allen Johnson, Midsummer Drama, oil, 24 x 30.

Show Preview | Galieote & Johnson  

This month Maxwell Alexander Gallery presents two featured exhibitions—a show in the front gallery of more than a dozen paintings by Danny Galieote and, in its more intimate south gallery, a solo showcase of about 10 smaller paintings by Brett Allen Johnson.
Don Weller, Heads or Tails, watercolor, 16 x 12.

Show Preview | Western Art Show

The Mountain Oyster Club opens the doors of its Pond Mansion on Sunday, November 18, for its 49th annual Western Art Show and Sale. The group’s permanent collection of western fine art is temporarily stowed away to make room for the display of nearly 400 juried paintings and sculptures.
Molly Davis, Shadow Canyon, medium, 8 x 10.

Show Preview | Molly Davis

More than 250 plein-air paintings by Boulder, CO, artist Molly Davis document the land’s healing process after a catastrophic, 100-year flood devastated Colorado's Front Range.
Michele Usibelli, The Beach Cottages, oil.

Show Preview | Laguna Beach Plein Air

Fifty top artists, seven days of painting en plein air, and a very special milestone set the stage for the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in Laguna Beach, CA, this month. The paint-out kicks off on Saturday, October 6.
Martin Grelle, Memories of Horses and Men, oil, 44 x 44.

Show Preview | Cowboy Crossings

This month, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum kicks off its annual opening-weekend event and sale, Cowboy Crossings, featuring 100 fine artworks by members of the Cowboy Artists of America and 50 fine craftworks by members of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association