Bright light on the LGBT mural in the 18b Arts District, Las Vegas Nevada I Photo: PtD.
When the U.S. Supreme Court decision on "same-sex marriage" was passed down, the LGBT mural at Third Street and Imperial wasn't left out. Las Vegans gathered in front of it to mark a day of romantic equality, as posted on Facebook by Brian "Paco" Alvarez. Richard Hooker and Paco helped the mural move forward in 2005. The design is by Grace Ann Morgan and Lois Dohra. In a Paint This Desert post about the 47-foot-by-14-foot painting, Dohra wrote in to say: "As we continue to dance into the future may the foot prints we leave be a path for others."
Not faring well is a new Latino themed LGBT mural in San Francisco's Mission District that has been defaced several times, including an attempt to burn it I SFGate
Gilbert Baker designed the original eight-color rainbow flag in 1978. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City acquired one of his flags that has made a rainbow an international symbol for the LGBT community I MoMA
Two costume sketch books for "Jubilee!" from 1981 is now an acquisition for the Nevada State Museum I LV Weekly
Americans for the Arts recognized NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation as a top 10 US business in 2015 that support community arts. The national BCA 10 award was based on a nomination from the Nevada Arts Council. It's a first such win for a Nevada business.
Austine Wood Comarow "Polarized Light Art“ is an installation that was influenced by the artist "living near the Strip and seeing all of its lights. Even though my subject matter was always of nature, I did feel a connection to the energy of this place.” It's inside the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway Center that’s a “frosty white mural that holds hidden secrets to the naked eye,” wrote Sandy Lopez at The R-J.
Desert Companion on Sean Russell’s upcoming exhibit, "South of Town," that opens July 20 in the Clark County Government Center July 20. Artist reception is July 24. Abraham Abebe: “ጉዞ = Journey” closes July 10.
Screen grab from Doug Jablin YouTube post: "Basin and Range Video from the Exhibition at the Donna Beam Gallery"
Burning Man organizers will sit with U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials Wednesday to discuss the recent BLM request for VIP treatmentI at Burning Man. "Our goals for this meeting are to discuss options for better controlling BLM's spiraling costs," said Jim Graham, Burning Man spokesman, on Monday, according to RGJ. Leading up the the meeting was bad ink for BLM. The Reno paper says the BLM request is a botched plan. The Review Journal thinks it's "outragous."
Elizabethan-style Theatre at Utah Shakespeare Festival "takes a final bow." Review Journal
Marfa is a small town in Texas is not sure what to think of an old military hospital taken away to make room for a new art installation by California artist Robert Irwin. Marfa has become a destination for art pilgrims. Good long read at Dallas Morning News
Profile on Kathryn A. Flynn, executive director of the National New Deal Preservation Association, who recovers books, letters, documents, pictures and video recordings that document New Deal in New Mexico and across the U.S. I Santa Fe New Mexican
Flagstaff artists in next stage of what will be Arizona’s largest mural. The 4,500-square-foot mural, led by muralist and oil painter Sky Black, has been in the works for two years I Fronteras
"There is a difference between street art and vandalism and there is a process we have to go through for something like this," says Danny Stephens, a University of Utah senior.
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1938 commissioned murals by Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff for Talladega College, Alabama, being celebrated. "This project, a collaboration between the High Museum of Art and Talladega College, conserves these works and presents them to a national audience for the first time." I BMA
Specialist in historic paint finishes finds murals in former home of 19th-century artist Thomas Cole that may have been painted by Cole himself. I NY Times
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.