Trifecta Gallery will close after a decade of being an arts hub, reports Kristen Peterson at Las Vegas Weekly.
The gallery made its official announcement today. The Walshes, both in their 50s and relatively nomadic in their 25 years together, decided it was time to move on. They’re returning to Ireland, where they have property 20 miles west of Dublin and where they plan to build a large glass enclosure, which will house a small home and a garden.
Peterson writes the closure will be "considered a great loss for the community" for the gallery that's also a gathering space for "talks and community meetings." Even Marty's simple programming of screening art documentaries was to give artists the chance to share ideas.
The final exhibition will be in January, Parade, the annual exhibit featuring works by Cirque du Soleil staff and crew.
When I first arrived in Las Vegas, Trifecta was an early venue I visited (if not the first) and the Walsh duo gave me the sense there was a real art community here, beyond the paintings. At the time, I was doing a monthly report on the downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, and Marty offered me some desk space as a one night home for a lap-top if I ever wanted do the same thing for First Fridays.
Then there was the time I walked in to say a quick hello and a Nevada Humanities think tank was being held, just talking art. I stayed for two hours. Last month I met up with Su Limbert when she dropped off work for her solo show and there was Melissa Peterson, Contemporary Arts Center president, chatting with Marty on the couch. Jerry Misko came downstairs to hang out for a short while. Then Los Angeles art critic and Coagula Art Journal publisher Mat Gleason wandered in because it's the place to go. That was just in 45 minutes . . . on a "off-day." And the person having the most fun with it was Marty.
Maintaining an art community is about being there and keeping the doors open.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.