Paint This Desert file photo.
During the October Las Vegas Arts Commission meeting ART-Tales curator Patrick Duffy hypnotized the room with his update of how the Western Hotel is shaping up as a multidisciplinary pop-up gallery with paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, poetry and mixed media. The project supplements the street art program of Life is Beautiful.
Out of 89 artists who responded to an RFP, 47 made the short list and 15 were selected. "98 percent of the artists are local," said Duffy. While he stated in a press release "our artists will present works that go beyond what you imagine when you think of Vegas, and challenge patrons to search themselves for universal themes and stories," Duffy also told the commission that artist needs to be supported; financially, by having works acquired, and to have their art purchased. "We have great artists."
From the press release:
California artist Eric Tillinghast, whose water-based work was featured in last year’s Art Odyssey, will return with a playful and interactive installation of water slides and kiddie pools, entitled “Freefall”.
Duffy is Las Vegas Art Museum president and chairman of the UNLV Fine Art Galleries. ART-Tales will be available during the three days of the festival for attendees. (October 24 through 26).
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.