Photography courtesy of George Dombek Gallery.
Art has a wonderful way of enlivening a space by adding depth, interest, and personality to the room. Recently, we asked our editors in the western portion of the United States for their recommendations on the galleries in their areas that both new and seasoned collectors should know about. Here, they introduce 10 galleries, each with unique offerings that are certain to grab the attention of art lovers from coast to coast.
GALLERY: George Dombek Studio
LOCATION: Fayetteville, Arkansas
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: George Dombek Studio is located in a beautiful wooded area and features a collection of artist George Dombek’s watercolor works of barns, bicycles, nature, and sculpture. The studio itself is its own destination, and Dombek’s work has been included in over 800 museum, corporate, and private collections and exhibited in more than 150 shows across the United States and abroad.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Dombek’s life-like paintings are immediately identifiable as this talented artist’s work,” says Jennifer Esty, editor of The Scout Guide Northwest Arkansas. “We are so lucky to have this artist here in Northwest Arkansas and are particularly fond of the stained glass windows he did for The Preacher’s Son in Bentonville, Arkansas.”
Photography by Stephen Ironside.
GALLERY: 211 South Gallery
LOCATION: Bentonville, Arkansas
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: 211 South is a contemporary art gallery located within the Engel & Völkers NWA realty shop at 211 South Main Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. The gallery hosts curated solo and group exhibitions focusing on exceptional regional and local artists. There are four exhibitions hosted each year on three-month rotations.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “211 South continues to push the creative limits on contemporary works of art,” Jennifer Esty, editor of The Scout Guide Northwest Arkansas, says. “Plus, the gallery is located within easy walking distance to other major museums, The Momentary and Crystal Bridges, as well as many culinary hot spots in and around the square, which makes for an unforgettable local experience.”
JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Photography courtesy of Wildlife Art Gallery.
GALLERY: National Museum of Wildlife Art
LOCATION: Jackson, Wyoming
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: The National Museum of Wildlife Art, founded in 1987, is a Jackson Hole institution holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the Museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C.E. to the present.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Spending the day at the NMWA is such a treat. One of the best ways to enjoy our valley is to take in the exhibits that reflect our wildlife artists and community, and then grab lunch at [onsite restaurant] Palate to view the National Elf Refuge and the best view of The Sleeping Indian,” Jill King, editor of The Scout Guide Jackson Hole, says.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Photography by Jason Kindig.
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Artspace111 is known for the exhibition of contemporary Texas art.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I am always inspired when I visit Artspace111,” Leigh Brown, editor of The Scout Guide Fort Worth, says. “Margery always has an interesting collection of works from local and Texas artists with incredible stories. Recently, we purchased a black-and white-drawing of a horse in Electra, Texas. It is special to us because Electra is near where my husband grew up hunting. The piece is so lifelike—it looks like a photo!”
Photography by Jason Kindig.
GALLERY: Bee Street Gallery
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Bee Street Gallery is known for their careful curation of vibrant—and colorful—works from all over the country.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “We hosted The Scout Guide Spring Event at Bee Street Gallery. Owner Ann Catherine and her mother, Delaney, are so lovely and knowledgeable,” The Scout Guide Fort Worth editor Leigh Brown says. “They have curated such a beautiful collection of works from all over and it is ever-changing! I could close my eyes and pick any piece (at any time) that I would love to add to our collection.”
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Photography courtesy of Objets Trouves.
GALLERY: Objets Trouvés
LOCATION: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Objets Trouvés is a contemporary and estate art gallery located in Oklahoma City’s Nichols Hills area. They welcome curious art lovers and aficionados to both a physical gallery and virtual platforms that feature new discoveries in art and artists representing a wide variety of contemporary and secondary market genres from around the world.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love the accessibility of the art at Objets Trouvés. Susan features global artists with unique perspectives shared on canvas, in sculptures, and other mediums,” Kerry Goldstein, editor of The Scout Guide Oklahoma City, says. “And the one-on-one service is incredibly helpful to source the perfect piece based on individual tastes or unique location of an art piece in your home or office.”
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Photography by Paul Morse.
GALLERY: Cole Pratt Gallery
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Cole Pratt Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery specializing in the works of Southern artists.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love discovering the how and why about art, and a gallery is a great place to take in many forms and stories,” Taylor Morgan, editor of The Scout Guide New Orleans, says.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Photography by Lilianna Story.
GALLERY: AnArte Gallery
LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: AnArte Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a strong emphasis on Texas-based artists, as well as national and international artists.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “AnArte is a gallery full of exciting, colorful art from around the San Antonio community, as well as artists across the country and all over the world,” Francie Mannix, editor of The Scout Guide San Antonio, says. “There is always a fun vibe with interesting, eclectic crowds at many of their events.”
Photography by Sara Kerens.
GALLERY: ALG Collective
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Founded by glass artist Anna Curnes, the ALG Collective is a working art studio and gallery featuring the work of four resident artists—Anna Lou Glass, Annie Griffeth, Christi Meril, and Melissa Ellis.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The ALG Collective is an incredible space in the heart of the Dallas Design District featuring the work of four extraordinarily talented artists,” Ginna Wilbanks Eiland editor of The Scout Guide Dallas, says. “Glass artist and founder of the ALG Collective Anna Curnes has created a chic and modern showroom space with a warm and inviting atmosphere—the perfect environment in which to watch the resident artists create their meaningful work and view a rotating gallery of available pieces. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous view of the downtown Dallas skyline from their rooftop terrace!”
Photography by Schultz Digital.
GALLERY: Bonner David Galleries
LOCATION: Scottsdale, Arizona
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: One of Scottsdale’s largest galleries, Bonner David presents dual exhibition spaces: one representing the finest traditional paintings and sculptures while the other is devoted to the best in contemporary art.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Experienced gallery owners Christi Bonner Manuelito and Clark David Olson have created one of the most respected galleries in Scottsdale and New York. Bonner David Galleries showcases the work of over 50 talented artists. Not only do they feature a collection of work from an extensive list of artists, but with the contemporary side and the traditional side, it is like two galleries in one,” Sasha Clements, editor of The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale, says. “Their curated collection is one that draws you into a deeper understanding and appreciation for the beauty found in a range of different styles.”