Sand Still Standing: The big eye street art of Sand One is the last image left on the bungalows that face the Arts District at Coolidge and Casino Center Dr. "I do cartoon-y females with attitude and swag, painted huge on walls, trucks, corn carts and mobiles. They have big, eccentric eyelashes and fruity colors," said the artist in an interview. "Maybe it looks like graffiti, but it's not. My art form can be classified as chick urban street art."
Off Topic: The eye watches over an empty lot that once allowed free parking during First Friday. Now No Parking signs are posted. As Joe Downtown reported, lot owners cancelled free parking after "someone was taking pictures and got injured on the lot, which led to an insurance claim."
First Steps: City of North Las Vegas staffers formed an arts steering committee and made their presentation last week. So far, so good. “City Council will consider the recommendations at the 2nd meeting in June,” e-mailed Rick Damian, the community services analyst for North Las Vegas helping to arts programming get rolling in North Las Vegas.
Reflection: Vegas Weekly “Arts Issue” is on the streets and one topic is the city’s image. “Discussions abound of unhinged capitalism, human arrogance, superficiality and philistinism. Artists, too, explore these concepts,” writes Kristin Petersen in her profile of artists Erin Stellmon, Justin Favela, Mark Brandvik and David Sanchez Burr. Vegas Weekly
Reviews: Elizabeth Blau brings “Changing Landscapes” to Brett Wesley Gallery. “Seeking Silence” at CSN Fine Arts Gallery.
Hey Nice Lady: 200 photographs taken by Jerry Lewis from the 1950s through 1970s will be exhibited at the UNLV Barrick. It opens May 15. Michele C. Quinn is the curator. Vegas Seven
Land o' Brand: Global branding experts place Las Vegas in the top ten, a surprise to the same branding experts who compiled it.
New Work: Irish figurative painter and muralist Graham Knuttel is working with students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts to create a mural at downtown’s Neonopolis. The cultural prompt; mobsters. R-J + Examiner + Informer
Transforming Town: FoxNews on how Vegas adds culture through their museums.
Transforming in Progress: Melanie Coffee talks up the Modern Contemporary Art Museum. UNLV Rebel Yell.
Original Mural Work: Oldest petroglyphs in North America are on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Reservation, north of Reno. “We know the people who created them were sophisticated craftsmen based on their basketry and projectile points. The petroglyphs reinforce the conclusion that these were pretty well-developed, advanced people in North America 13,000 years ago,” said Larry Benson of the University of Colorado, Boulder. R-J
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum
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