‘Tis the time of the year when galleries across the country host their annual holiday exhibitions, giving artists, dealers, and collectors the opportunity to gather around great art and share some Christmas cheer. Whether these shows are organized around a winter theme; feature small, more affordable works for collectors looking to make one last end-of-year investment or gift purchase; or just provide a chance for galleries to showcase their top inventory as well as the work of special invited guest artists, holiday shows are great opportunities for everyone in the art world to celebrate and support the many talented painters in our country. I thought I’d highlight a few upcoming holiday shows featuring landscape artists for your plein-air-minded perusal. (Note: I had to throw the Waterhouse Gallery figurative exhibition in at the end because it is one of the most beautiful collections of contemporary work I have seen organized in one place!) I hope that you get a chance to see some of these or other exhibitions in your area and that they provide a refreshing reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. A happy, healthy, joyful Christmas and New Year to you all!
101st ANNUAL THUMB-BOX EXHIBITION AT THE SALMAGUNDI CLUB, NEW YORK CITY
December 7, 2009 through January 1, 2010
A Salmagundi Club tradition since 1908, this exhibition is consistently one of the club’s most popular shows among artists and collectors alike. Featuring 300 small-scale works in oil, watercolor, photography, mixed media, and sculpture, the focus of this show is plein air or “thumb-box” works from more than 100 Salmagundi Club members.
by Michael Budden, oil, 6 x 8.
CELEBRATIONS SHOW AND SALE AT INSIGHT GALLERY, FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS
December 4 through December 21, 2009 (presale starts December 1)
An exhibition featuring figurative, still life, and landscape painting, as well as sculpture, from this recently opened gallery’s impressive roster, plus special invited guests. Featured landscape artists include Nancy Bush, Scott Christensen, Tim Cherry, Mark Haworth, Clint Herring, Pam Ingalls, T. Allen Lawson, D. LaRue Mahlke, Jay Moore, C. W. Mundy, Daniel Pinkham, Chuck Rawle, Ray Roberts, Aaron Schuerr, Frank Serrano, and Skip Whitcomb.
by Nancy Bush, oil, 16 x 16.
HOLIDAY SMALL WORKS SHOW AT LEGACY GALLERY, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
December 3, 2009 through January 2010
Every year each artist represented by Legacy Gallery submits one or more small works for this holiday show, and this year’s lineup includes several special guests as well. Landscape artists include Clyde Aspevig, Michael Albrechtsen, Carole Cooke, C. Michael Dudash, Adele Earnshaw, Josh Elliott, Luke Frazier, G. Harvey, R. A. Heichberger, Jay Moore, Robert Peters, Dan Young, Todd Williams, and more.
The New Trolley Line
by G. Harvey, oil, 9 x 12.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS SHOW AT TRAILSIDE GALLERY, JACKSON, WYOMING
December 1 through December 31, 2009
The concept of this exhibition is for each participating artist to paint the landscape that represents home to him or her. Subjects range from landscapes of the West to wildlife native to North America, and participating artists include Brent Cotton, Michael Godfrey, George Hallmark, Scott Myers, Ralph Oberg, and Kent Wallis.
Covered in Snow
by Kent Wallis, oil, 16 x 20.
GEMS OF THE GRENNING GALLERY: HOLIDAY SHOW AT GRENNING GALLERY, SAG HARBOR, NEW YORK
December 5, 2009 through January 2010
This exhibition honors Grenning Gallery’s former manager and current featured artist Shea Keating, as well as the debut of artist Travis Bailey, while also highlighting smaller interior, still life, and landscape work from some of the gallery's top artists, including Stephen Bauman, Marc Dalessio, Ben Fenske, Melissa Franklin, Paul Rafferty, Ramiro, and Nelson H. White.
by Ben Fenske, 2009, oil, 12 x 20.
GREAT AMERICAN FIGURATIVE ARTISTS SHOW AT WATERHOUSE GALLERY, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
On view through Christmas
In celebration of 25 years in the art-dealing business, Waterhouse Gallery is hosting this exquisite figurative exhibition featuring several of their current artists, as well special invited painters of international renown. Artists include Peter Adams, Carolyn Anderson, Dan Beck, Scott Burdick, Vincent Giarrano, Meadow Gist, Quang Ho, Ignat Ignatov, Jeremy Lipking, Huihan Liu, Susan Lyon, Michael Malm, C. W. Mundy, Craig Nelson, Tony Pro, Molly Schmid, Burton Silverman, Joseph Todorovitch, and Hsin-Yao Tseng.
by Hsin-Yao Tseng , oil, 20 x 16.