Trifecta Gallery on Preview Thursday, January 2014.
In a flash, Trifecta Gallery owner and curator Marty Walsh became a caterer by fussing over cashews and artichokes. It was moments before the artist’s reception for “Parade” on Preview Thursday and Marty, with her husband Pete, began the last rounds of exhibition tasks and duties. After opening on the first Friday in July 2004, the gallery will close at the end of January.
“It was funny,” said Walsh. “I was getting ready to come here and I saw my shampoo bottle. Lather, rinse, and repeat. That’s kind of what I do. Lather, rinse, repeat.” She was still in her routine, even though she was overwhelmed with phone messages and emails the day the announcement was made in August.
The emotions have been growing since then. “I’m halfway between happy and sad…extremes of both at the same time. I’m neutral?” Walsh said.
“Yes. That makes you numb,” said Walsh.
Numb is beginning to be a condition felt in the downtown Las Vegas art scene and rare to see public art outpace galleries. While Brett Wesley Gallery, Blackbird Studios, and a number of smaller sites, are active, Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art has been quiet. The Contemporary Arts Center is still regrouping. The steady Tasty Space is the recent gallery moving out of Emergency Arts.
And like Harris, Walsh used her space to host panels, present contemporary artists of the city, and have an occasional guest from out-of-town, but losing downtown contemporary art forums breaks down a support system. “The sadness is not a bad thing really, except for leaving the community,” says Walsh. “I feel like I am walking away from something I shouldn’t.”
The month will be busy moving or selling fixtures, and answering the usual questions what will they are planning. “I know we are closing the doors on the 30th of January,” she said. “That’s the only thing I really know for sure.” The lights and the current art on the wall will be the last items taken out of the gallery.
The name will go with her. Despite offers for the gallery name and brand, Marty is not selling. “It may be attached to an Irish biosphere, or doing something,” she said
Closing will be the chance to rest and regroup until a trip to Ireland in July. “It’s a chance to breath . . . only slightly . . . for a month, or two, or three,” she said. Then she got back to open up for the 10th annual PARADE, a Cirque du Soleil program supporting the artistic projects of its employees. “The important thing about finishing with Cirque Du Soleil, it’s a full circle from whence we came,” she said. “It’s completing a full circle.”
“Parade The Collective: The Art of Cirque du Soleil” runs through January 30. Programming through the month includes talk on Cirque du Soleil Community Outreach Programs with Brooke Wahlquist, Community Events Project Coordinator Cirque du Soleil Global Citizenship RSD on January 8); “Art and more Art. Living a life with creative purpose” panel with Cirque du Soleil employees on January 15; Gail Gilbert and Brent Sommerhauser discuss personal evolutions and the artist on January 22; and a slideshow of downtown photographs by Armand Thomas with live musical accompaniment by Martin St-Pierre on January 29.
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ADDED JAN. 7
'Trifecta Gallery owners prepare to bid farewell' I Las Vegas Review Journal (1.7)
Weekly Q&A: Marty Walsh reflects on Trifecta and local arts scene I Las Vegas Weekly (1.7)
Added January 30.
Trifecta Gallery’s Closing Marks the End of an Era I Vegas Seven (1.28)
To Trifecta, With Love: A Farewell Letter as the Arts District Stronghold Closes Shop (1.28)
First Announcement I 'End of an Era: Trifecta Gallery is Closing' I LA Weekly (8.6.2014)
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.