In this new “Gallery Spotlight” series, we feature art galleries that are continuing to keep their doors open – in at least a virtual sense, that is.
This week’s spotlight is with Stu Johnson of Settlers West Galleries in Tucson, Arizona. Settlers West Galleries specializes in Western, American, and Wildlife art, including works by Robert Griffing, Daniel Smith, Bonnie Marris, Bradley Schmehl, William Acheff, Bruce Lawes, Scott Tallman Powers, and many more of today’s masters.
Cherie Dawn Haas: Please tell us about your gallery and the type of art in which you specialize.
Stu Johnson: Settlers West specializes in Western, wildlife, and representational art. We will be going into our 50th year in 2021. Over the years we have represented some of the real greats in our business like Howard Terpning (38 years exclusive), Richard Schmid, Bob Kuhn, Kenneth Riley, Harley Brown, Robert Griffing, William Acheff, Scott Tallman Powers (exclusive), Dan Smith, Todd Connor, Charles Fritz, Don Oelze, Bruce Lawes, Bradley Schmehl, Phil Starke, and a host of others.
What adjustments have you made as a gallery since the outbreak?
Following the guidelines we have been basically shut down and for the upcoming Summer Show we will let people view by appointment.
What’s your biggest priority at this time? Over the next year?
We continue to offer fine paintings to our clients whether at the gallery or online.
What advice do you have for collectors as they navigate these times, and beyond?
The virus will pass from our collective thoughts at some point going forward. The love of art remains eternal and will always be part of collectors’ lives and homes.
What are some of the ways you find artists to represent?
Generally by seeing work in magazines or at other show events.
Anything else you’d like to add?
To learn more about the fine art available at Settlers West Galleries, please visit settlerswest.com.