The leaves on the trees already display hints of yellow here in Colorado—signs that fall is around the corner. Nonetheless there is still time to see a trio of great annual, summer art events in the West.
Northwest Rendezvous in Helena, MT, unfolds August 19-22, and is a perfect venue for art lovers who want to view a variety of representational works by outstanding artists all in one place, from floral still lifes by New Mexico painter Laura Robb to scenes with elk roaming the Rocky Mountains by Coloradan Ralph Oberg.
The Santa Fe Indian Market takes place August 21-22 with the best Native American fine artists converging in the city’s plaza area. There is everything from contemporary, abstract paintings to a sea of beautifully crafted turquoise and silver jewelry. While the plaza area is awash in white tents protecting artists from the sizzling Santa Fe sun, gallery owners also welcome visitors to openings. If that’s not enough happening in the City Different, this year the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is presenting a must-see exhibit of abstract works by the legendary artist. Georgia O’Keefe: Abstraction is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and it was named one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Art Exhibitions of 2009.
Maynard Dixon Country is on tap for August 27-29 in Mount Carmel, UT, not far from Zion National Park. The invitational presents landscape paintings by 30 award-winning artists from California, Colorado, Texas, Utah, and Arizona. Charles Muench, who recently won the top landscape award at the California Art Club’s annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, is among the participating artists featured at the prestigious show. –Bonnie Gangelhoff