May 17, 2022

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Art Beat: Here’s To A Creative New Year

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Resolve in 2022 to feed your artistic appetite with inspiring events around the West.

Through February 5, 2022
José Cisneros: A Colorful World in Black and White
Born in Mexico in 1910, artist, illustrator, and historian José Cisneros left an enduring legacy to Texas and his adopted country. This exhibition comprises a representation of his home studio and artwork, including personal sketches, illustrations from history texts, numerous publications, calligraphy, and glasswork. The Bryan Museum, Galveston, Texas, 409.632.7685, thebryanmuseum.org

José Cisneros; Roped Mountain Lion Attacking Cowboy; pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor wash; 1989; created for the cover of John West’s book, Cowboy Folk Humor.
Photo Credit: The Bryan Museum


Through April 2, 2022
Go West Said a Small Voice: Gustave Baumann and Dreams of New Mexico
Gustave Baumann’s 1918 move to New Mexico dramatically changed his aesthetic. This exhibition explores Baumann’s iconic landscapes and his works influenced by the mission churches and Native pueblo cultures. It also includes works by colleagues such as Marsden Hartley, Ansel Adams, and Gene Kloss, as well as contemporary artists who represent cultures that inspired him. New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 505.476.5072, nmartmuseum.org


Through March 27, 2022
A Place in Clay
Jemez Pueblo potter Kathleen Wall — 2020 – 2021 Native Treasures Living Treasure — moves seamlessly between clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, engaging with and exploring her high-desert surroundings. Posing questions about food sovereignty, language, and connection to place, the exhibit pulls 10 collaborative pieces from Wall’s various shows and bodies of work. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, 505.476.1269, miaclab.org

Kathleen Wall, Quo’ wha la’ pah “The place where I began,” acrylic paint mixed with sand and clays on canvas, 3′ x 2.5′ x 8″
Photo credit: courtesy of the artist


January 8 – 9, 2022
The Gathering: Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival
Peruse a selection of traditional and contemporary Native artworks including beadwork, clothing, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, weavings, paintings, and prints at this celebration of Native American culture featuring demonstrations, musical entertainment, storytelling, and the work of more than 100 invited artists and artisans. Litchfield Park, Arizona, 623.935.9040, litchfieldparkgathering.com


January 13, 2022
Gold Palette ArtWalk: Demonstrate and Donuts
How sweetly do donuts pair with art? Find out as you stroll through galleries and nibble while watching artist demonstrations. Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona, scottsdalegalleries.com


January 14 – 16, 2022
Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest
This celebration features contemporary and traditional Native American, Southwestern, and Western artworks by 150 juried artists and craftsmen alongside tribal dancing and other entertainment. The festivities also include storytelling, gourmet food, and art demonstrations. Colorado Springs Event Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 505.273.7363, dashevents.com


January 15 – March 27, 2022
Celebration of Fine Art
It’s all about art as 100 sculptors, painters, furniture makers, glassblowers, jewelers, and other artisans set up working studios in large white tents surrounded by a sculpture garden featuring outdoor art. On Fridays, catch the panel with artists speaking on a different artistic medium in the Discovery Series. 101 Highway at Hayden exit, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480.443.7695, celebrateart.com


January 19 – 23, 2022
Art of the Cowgirl
Celebrating cowgirls and their contributions to Western lifestyle and culture, this gathering features master-artist demonstrations, a live art auction, horsemanship demonstrations, all-women’s ranch rodeo, breakaway roping, trade show, music, and more. Queen Creek, Arizona, 406.633.3657, artofthecowgirl.com

All Women’s Ranch Rodeo team getting ready for the finals competition at Art of the Cowgirl.
Photo credit: Kristen Schurr


January 27 – 30, 2022
The Southwest Arts Festival
Enjoy a host of traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine art as well as quality crafts while surrounded by the natural desert and mountain landscape. Food and beverages add to the festivities. Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, 760.347.0676, gcvcc.org


January 28 – March 5, 2022
Yellowstone Art Auction 54
The fundraiser kicks off January 28 with an opening reception and culminates with a closing reception, March 5. All bidding will again be online this year; a separate April event will replace the traditional auction gala. Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, 406.256.6804, artmuseum.org


January 28 – March 16, 2022
Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories
Beginning in the 1870s, in an attempt to assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society, the U.S. government placed children in distant residential boarding schools, where they were stripped of their cultures and families and even forbidden to speak their own languages amongst themselves. This exhibition explores off-reservation boarding school experiences through photographs, artwork, interviews, interactive timelines, and immersive environments. The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Florida, 727.892.4200, thejamesmuseum.org

Sioux children on their first day of school, 1897, photograph, various sizes.
Courtesy: Library of Congress


February 3, 2022
Gold Palette ArtWalk: Western Week
Galleries pay homage to Western spirit and the city’s Western heritage with an evening of art, music, and food. Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona, scottsdalegalleries.com


Cover Image: Sioux children on their first day of school, 1897, photograph, various sizes. Courtesy: Library of Congress.

Art Beat: Here’s To A Creative New Year

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