Art Beat: On the way to a creative new year

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Make up your mind in 2022 to feed your artistic appetite with inspiring events across the West.

Until February 5, 2022
José Cisneros: a colorful world in black and white
Born in Mexico in 1910, artist, illustrator and historian José Cisneros left a lasting legacy in Texas and his adopted country. This exhibit includes a representation of his studio and works of art, including personal sketches, illustrations from history texts, numerous publications, calligraphy, and glassware. 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


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


Until March 27, 2022
A clay square
Jemez Pueblo’s potter, Kathleen Wall – 2020 – 2021 Native Treasures Living Treasure – seamlessly moves between clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, engaging and exploring her very desert environment. Asking questions about food sovereignty, language and connection to place, the exhibition draws 10 collaborative pieces from Wall’s various shows and works. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, 505.476.1269, miaclab.org

Kathleen Wall, Quo ‘wha la’ pah “The place where I started,” 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
Browse a selection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous artwork, including beads, clothing, jewelry, pottery, carvings, weavings, paintings, and prints during this celebration of Native American culture including demonstrations , musical entertainment, tales and the work of more than 100 guest artists and artisans. Litchfield Park, Arizona, 623.935.9040, litchfieldparkgathering.com


January 13, 2022
Gold Palette ArtWalk: Demonstration and Donuts
Do donuts go well with art? Find out as you wander the galleries and snack while watching artist demonstrations. Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona, scottsdalegalleries.com


January 14 – 16, 2022
Colorado Indian Market and Southwestern Art Festival
This celebration features contemporary and traditional Native American, Southwestern, and Western art from 150 renowned artists and craftspeople, as well as tribal dances and other entertainment. The festivities also include storytelling, gourmet dishes, and art demonstrations. Colorado Springs Events Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 505.273.7363, dashevenements.com


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


January 19 – 23, 2022
The art of the cowgirl
Celebrating cowgirls and their contributions to the Western way of life and culture, this gathering features demonstrations by master artists, a live art auction, horseback riding demonstrations, an all-female ranch rodeo, a lasso escape, a trade fair, music and more. Queen Creek, Arizona, 406.633.3657, artofthecowgirl.com

The entire ranch rodeo women’s team is getting ready for the final competition at Art of the Cowgirl.
Photo credit: Kristen Schurr


January 27 – 30, 2022
The South West Arts Festival
Enjoy a plethora of traditional, contemporary, and abstract artwork and fine craftsmanship while surrounded by the natural desert and mountain scenery. Food and drink 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 begins on January 28 with an opening reception and ends with a closing reception on March 5. All auctions will be online again this year; a separate event in April will replace the traditional auction gala. Yellowstone Museum of Art, Billings, MT, 406.256.6804, artmuseum.org


January 28 – March 16, 2022
Far From Home: Stories of Native American Boarding Schools
Beginning in the 1870s, in an attempt to assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society, the US government placed children in remote residential schools, where they were stripped of their cultures and families and even forbidden to speak their own language among themselves. This exhibition explores the experiences of off-reserve residential schools 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 formats.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress


February 3, 2022
ArtWalk Gold Palette: Western Week
The galleries pay homage to the 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 formats. Courtesy of: Library of Congress.


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