Courtesy Blackbird Studios
By sitting on the outer edge of the 18b Arts District, Blackbird Studios did not benefit from foot traffic. Sometimes the studio was left off promotional maps, despite paying for a spot. Undaunted, they produced solid exhibitions that gave credibility to the local gallery scene.
That is ending. Blackbird Studio is closing. Another heart murmur for the Las Vegas art scene. "We decided to end our long run with a fun show paying tribute to one of our most beloved film makers," says the studio's Facebook post.
The final outing will be a group show that has local and not-so-local artists pay homage to Wes Anderson, "one of the most iconic and inspiring directors making films today." It opens December 4 during First Friday. They will also be open during Preview Thursday on December 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Blackbird Studios presents:
A Life Artistic A tribute to Wes Anderson
1551 South Commerce Street #A
(Located at the Commerce St Studios).
Thanksgiving Special: Seconds - Keith Haring
Thanksgiving brings more artist-inspired dishes from San Francisco-based Hannah Rothstein, who showed us last year how to present Magritte and Mondrian inspired meals. For this years helping Hyperallergic arts writer Claire Voon taps her inner foodie for some nice prose:
Rothstein sells limited edited prints of her post-modern meals and donates a portion of the proceeds to the SF Marin Food Bank.
Full menu: Hannah Rothstein Thanksgiving Special Seconds
Thanksgiving Special: Seconds - Damien Hirst
Eric Vozzola I Facebook
The job was completed Sunday, said Vozzola on his Facebook page. He led a team to paint his mural design on the former Ukulele Lounge on Las Vegas Blvd for the Cultural Corridor Coalition. Titled "An External Expression Of An Internal Struggle," the work speaks on the struggles of the artist, community, and culture in Las Vegas, says Vozzola. “Greater or lesser, we all learn from our struggles as they add character and shape our existence. This piece is bright and colorful, and meant to be a visual landmark that radiates positivity in the simplest of forms.”
The project was announced in February and been on Vozzola's mind since he was commissioned to take the lead. It was the last art project he talked about with his father, who passed away this year. “I can proudly say it's done, all of these connections emerge – the title of the piece, the community, the stories, my internalizations and experiences – everything leading up to this point makes so much sense,” says the muralist.
Work on the mural began November 6 and is first in a series of building beautification projects initiated by the Cultural Corridor Coalition.
Eric Vozzola I Facebook
The former bar before the building's new mural. Googlemaps
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.