Art Beat: Shows and Events in December

In your Christmas comings and goings, add these art filled experiences to your holiday cheer program.

Until January 2, 2022
Exhibition and sale of traditional cowboy art
Members of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) are true cowboys who embody the best of cowboy traditions and are dedicated to preserving and promoting the skills of saddle-making, bit-making and horse riding. ‘spurs, goldsmith’s and rawhide braiding. The TCAA advances its mission to preserve and promote their disciplines and the role of these traditional crafts in Western cowboy culture with its annual show and exhibition showcasing the best examples of their art. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, 405.478.2250, nationalcowboymuseum.org


Until January 8, 2022
Charlie’s Christmas: Christmas greetings from Charles M. Russell
Artist Charles Marion Russell loved Christmas. This Stark Museum exhibit features a selection of wonderfully illustrated holiday greetings the artist sent to friends. His words and images spread good humor in the museum gallery. Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas, 409.883.3513, starkmuseum.org


Until January 8, 2022
A century of Californian women artists
Commemorating the legacy, challenges and accomplishments of Women Painters West members over the past 100 years, this exhibition features 100 new contemporary works by Women Painters West – comprising some 200 professional women artists working in all mediums – inspired by d former member artists, as well as 25 original paintings by former members, on loan from Southern California museums and private collections. Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California, 818.548.2051, brandlibrary.org


Until January 22, 2022
Borein and his circle of friends
John Edward Borein, acclaimed for his portrayals of the American West, is one of Santa Barbara’s most important artists. Moving to Santa Barbara in 1921, he added to the city’s growing reputation as an important artistic colony. Borein has counted many talented artists as friends and colleagues, over 20 of whom are featured in this show; among these are CM Russell, Carl Oscar Borg, Maynard Dixon, Frank Tenney Johnson, Colin Campbell Cooper, Thomas Moran, Alexander Harmer and many more. The exhibition also includes 25 restored watercolors by Borein. Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California, 805.966.1601, sbhistorical.org

James Swinnerton, Shadows of valley clouds in Monument Valley, oil on linen canvas, 30 “x 39.5”
Photo credit: Historical Museum of Santa Barbara


Until January 23, 2022
Georgia O’Keeffe, photographer
Famous for her paintings, Georgia O’Keeffe’s long-standing connection to photography has not been explored in depth until now. This exhibition of nearly 100 photographs from recently examined archives – first family photos, travel snapshots and portraits of a cavalcade of artist photographers – reveals the modernist approach of the American icon of the medium. The photographs are complemented by paintings and drawings depicting his entire career. Be sure to check out the many O’Keeffe accessories in the MFA store. Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 713.639.7300, mfah.org

Georgia O’Keeffe, North patio corridor, 1956-1957, gelatin silver print, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Photo credit: courtesy of the artist


Until January 30, 2022
Cities, trains and terrain: the first Californian prints from the Pope collection
From maps and depictions of the cities of the Gold Rush to the influx of train travel and the urban scenes of San Francisco, this exhibit of 100 prints from the Peter T. Pope Early California Collection is a fresh take on the Golden State History. The works of Edward Jump, Currier & Ives, Charles Braddock Gifford, the Nahl brothers and Britton & Rey offer a more intimate look at the little-told stories of the building of America’s most populous state. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, 916.808.7000, crockerart.org

Frances Flora Bond Palmer and James Merritt Ives, Across the Continent, 1868, lithograph, 17 1/2 “x 27 1/8”, Crocker Art Museum, gift from the Peter T. Pope Early California collection, 2019.74.36.


Until February 13, 2022
From Whistler to Cassatt: American painters in France
In the first comprehensive examination of the stylistic impact of France on American painting of the time, this traveling exhibition features more than 100 paintings made between 1855 and 1913. In addition to renowned artists, the exhibition contains works by over 35 other American artists including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Elizabeth Jane Gardner, Theodore Robinson, Elizabeth Nourse, Robert Henri, William Glackens and others. Following its presentation in Denver, the exhibition will be presented at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, from March 26 to July 10, 2022. Denver Art Museum, Denver, 720.865.500, denverartmuseum.org

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The young clog maker, 1895, oil painting on canvas, 47 3/8 “x 35 3/8”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jamison Miller


December 3, 2021 – March 27, 2022
Andy Warhol: for life
This major international retrospective of Andy Warhol’s career makes his only stopover in the United States in Aspen, a city that has long-standing ties with the pop artist and his work. The exhibition, which comprises over 200 works, sees Warhol as an outsider and disruptor and focuses on the biographical foundations of his practice, specifically developing lesser-known aspects of his work and personality. Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, 970.925.8050, aspenartmuseum.org

Andy Warhol; Marilyn Diptyque; 1962; acrylic, screen printing ink and pencil; 81 “x 57”


December 4, 2021 – February 27, 2022
American prints
From landscapes to urban scenes, from figurative images to expressionist images, the woodcuts of 20th century American artists include a range of influences and reinterpretations. Showcasing the diversity of relief engravings, this exhibition of over 40 woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Museum features work by woodcutters inspired by avant-garde European imagery and Japanese woodcuts to the innovations of Jim Dine. in the 1990s and to experimental engravers who continued to push the limits of woodblock prints. Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 715.845.7010, lywam.org

Betty Waldo Parish, Vineyard, 1940, woodcut on wove paper
Photo credit: Courtesy of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum


December 6 – 17
Cherokee art market
While the highly contagious variant of COVID-19 Delta remains a threat to public health, Cherokee Nation is once again presenting its annual art market in a virtual format this year. Expect to find the same quality of Native American artwork – including basketry, beadwork, paintings, pottery, sculpture, and textiles – as well as live cultural demonstrations and interviews with top artists. Native Americans. cherokeeartmarket.com


December 9
ArtWalk Gold Palette: Scottsdazzle
This month’s Festive Art Walk features buskers, holiday musical performances, shopping opportunities and other lively activities. Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona, scottsdalegalleries.com


December 18, 2021 – February 27, 2022
Bill Anton paints the West
Artist Bill Anton captures the passion, mystery and great wilderness of the West. With the cowboy as the subject, his brush tells stories of long days, hard work and the power of man and beast in a dramatic landscape. This retrospective of Anton’s work culminates with the presentation by the museum of a Lifetime Achievement Award to the artist at his annual “Heart of the West” gala on January 15, 2022. Anton is not as the eighth winner to receive the award. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, 928.684.2272, westernmuseum.org


Bill Anton, No Place To Be Shoeless, oil on canvas, 30.5 “x 33.5”
Photo credit: courtesy of the Janet Dowling Sands Collection


December 18, 2021 – April 17, 2022
Sandy Rodriguez in isolation
This exhibition by Los Angeles-based painter Sandy Rodriguez sheds light on the complexity of artistic creation during a global pandemic. It features over 30 landscapes, protest scenes, maps and botanical studies, using Rodriguez’s hand-processed inks and watercolors, which she derived from plants and mineral pigments native to the Joshua Tree Highlands region in Southern California. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 817.738.1333, cartermuseum.org

Sandy Rodriguez, Nocturne for Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch, 2020 – 21, hand-treated watercolor on amate paper, © 2020–21 Sandy Rodriguez


Photograph: (Cover image) Bill Anton, Incoming Tide, oil on canvas, 40 “x 48”
Photo credit: courtesy of the private collection

James C. Tibbs