I drove out to Baker California to see the "World's Tallest Thermometer" light up. The roadside vernacular was financed by the family after getting it back in foreclosure. YESCO was brought in to restore it. I Las Vegas Sun I My KCET post will link here soon.
AWARDS: 15 Nevada artists, including four Las Vegas residents, were awarded fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council, reports the Review Journal; cellist Shana Tucker, UNLV professor Pasha Rafat, performance artist Antwan Davis and painter Matthew Couper. “Six artist fellowships of $5,000 were awarded, two each in literary arts, visual arts and performing arts. Nine fellowship honorable mention awards were given out, each worth $500. There were more than 100 applicants, “ reports The R-J. More at Nevada Arts Council.
PLEA: Yesterday, the Nevada Department of Tourism and Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs headed a campaign to help halt proposed cuts to National Endowment for the Arts budget that “not seen since 2007”. The bill reaches The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee today, and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) will offer an amendment to restore the NEA budget to $146 million, up from the $138 million. On that subcommittee is Nevada's Congressman Mark Amodei, and on July 14, there was a call to action for him to support the Pingree amendment. In the recommended letter the numbers were spelled out: "The arts mean jobs for Nevada. Nationwide, the nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion annually in economic activity, supports 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs in the arts and related industries, and returns $9.6 billion in federal income taxes."
DEFECTOR: Kristen Peterson writes Cuban artist Angel Delgado is "motivated to discuss liberty and oppression through his art" in her coverage of his solo show Constancy at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art. Las Vegas Weekly
FROM THE GALLERY: "Performance art has been an important part of acclaimed Cuban contemporary artist residing in Las Vegas Angel Delgado, and on Thursday, July 17, from 6-9 p.m., the Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art will host a video presentation of select performances from his career. As part of the event, Delgado will also discuss his inspiration and commitment to performance art and his current 'Constancy' exhibit at the gallery."
Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art
I TWEETED . . . "The store that makes furniture purchasing a cross between performance art and installation is coming to Las Vegas." IKEA is coming in 2016 and the city is excited. Some very excited. NOTE TO SELF: Some papers write it out as IKEA and a few use Ikea.
THROWDOWN: Circus Circus Reno has seven new murals that came from an off the cuff idea from two professors from University of Reno. ALSO IN RENO: Burning Man sculpture on temporary display next to Reno City Hall may become permanent.
MURAL STALK: Argus Leader tracks down former muralist Eyob Mergia who now calls Las Vegas home.
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.