By the time you read this, the Life Is Beautiful two-day early-bird passes will be sold out. They went on sale this morning at 10 a.m. Last year, they were snapped up in 90 seconds, reported LV Weekly. Life is Beautiful
Those able to get tickets are getting high-five tweets from LiB.
‘Pregnant Neon: A Tale of Conspicuous Devotion’ by artist Richard Hooker opened May 23. The Studio at Sahara West Gallery (9600 W. Sahara Ave)
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“Horror Vacui” by Matthew Couper runs through July 18 at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery (3130 S. McLeod Drive) Clark County Parks and Recs
Bunny’s Bombshells: Sin City gallery’s Laura Henkel lovingly curates photographs by Bunny Yeager. Through July 20. (107 E. Charleston Blvd) LV Weekly / Sin City Gallery
There will be no First Friday in July so the art walk can regroup and find “the next level.” Las Vegas Weekly.
18b The Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association board meeting is June 17. 5:15 p.m., at OOGOOG Productions (1025 S. 1st Street, Suite 120)
Born and raised in Indiana, Stan Loewenkamp studied commercial and watercolor art at the Chicago Academy for the Arts for a year. Then he joined the Army. After retiring he picked up his brushes. Now 73, he was this years winner of Best of Show for 14th annual "Celebrating Life!" R-J
The U.S. postage stamp that honors Nevada’s 150th year of statehood was launched. “[Ron] Spears’ stamp is a gorgeous rendering of an autumn sunrise landscape at Valley of Fire, but I also view it as yet another attempt to whitewash the things Nevada is really known for—casinos, gambling, sexiness. There’s a long history to this sort of slight, of course, from the boring images on the Nevada quarter to the pathetic historical’ displays in the old Nevada Capitol in Carson City that somehow omits almost any reference to Vegas.” writes Steve Friess. Spears explains why urban references were not used.
Up north, in Elko, a chat about “Sesquicentennial Sagebrush” sculpture became advocacy about "the importance of public art" to that town's city council. “I believe (public art) is infrastructure and ... creates the very fabric of our community,” said Catherine Wines, chair of the Arts and Culture Board. Elko Daily Free Press.
Israelis unable to attend Burning Man at Nevada’s Black Rock now have their own version. It’s called “Midburn” and held in the Negev desert. Midburn is a mix of "midbar," Hebrew for desert, and the English word "burn." Visual News / Midburn
Richard Dunn channeled Celine Dion for a cover of "All By Myself." It was his way of dealing with being stuck overnight at an mostly empty McCarran Airport. It went viral. Billboard / Los Angeles Times / Slate / Huff-Po / Gawker / USA Today etc
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.