Detail of "The Space Between" (2012) by Ashley Hairston Doughty in "New Faculty Exhibition" at The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. Photo PTD
In this return of the occasional round-up of local art links and random observations grew a thread of how art heals community. October 1 challenges art in public space to do just that. One goal by Marcus Civin, new chair of the UNLV College of Fine Arts, is to heal creative infrastructure. That all had me think back on the Las Vegas artist who passed away on the morning of July 15. He loved to share his ideas and thoughts, and sometimes push, on how Las Vegas must be a stronger art community willing to heal the local art scene.
- Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi opened the 2018 UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Up next is James Gobel on September 13, then Anna Wittenberg on September 20.
- UNLV College of Fine Arts 2nd Annual Art Walk will showcase works from the Film, Music, Theater, Dance, Art, Architecture, and Entertainment Engineering and Design departments. I will mostly be at "!Americanx!" at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery (and maybe monitoring some 2D Fundamental tricksters).
- Artist Gig Depio, filmmaker Hermon Farahi, Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson, musician Ann Parenti and myself are the panelist for the Artist at Work Series at Nevada State College on Wednesday, September 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
- College of Southern Nevada completed hosting visiting artist Shona Macdonald for her painting exhibition "Overcast." On September 13, "Bleaching" artist Elena Wherry will have her artist talk and reception at Artspace Gallery. Up next in the Artspace Gallery is Bobbie Ann Howell with "Silenced Snowstorm" from September 28, through November 10, 2018. (Artist Talk, Workshop & Reception is Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m). Leila Hernandez "La Visa Negra" will be in the Fine Arts Gallery from September 21, 2018 through November 3, 2018. CSN
- CSN is currently accepting exhibition proposals for its 2019 - 2020 Exhibition Season for the Fine Arts Gallery and Artspace Gallery. Heed the call.
- "Jeff Fulmer: Desert Flora with Kristen Meuser: Abstract Sewing" opened at Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery and Studio.
-There was a lot of anticipation for "Radial Symmetry" by Luis Varela-Rico. The 17-by-17-foot minimalist sculpture brings a nod to the regional Paiute Tribe to Main Street. It was approved in November, 2015. It had a ribbon-cutting on September 6, 2018.
- 'Analog/Dialogue' is a series of collage with watercolors by Kimberly Miller at Winchester Cultural Center Gallery. It runs through October 6, 2018.
- Hearts4Vegas Touring Exhibition at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is an exhibition that "shares the outpouring of love from the world with as many Las Vegans as possible while the community heals from the tragic events of October 1, 2017." Art Workshops led by artist, JK Russ and art therapist Sandra Schmidt will be held on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. Hearts4Vegas.
- There is also an exhibition "intended to memorialize the victims of last year's deadly shooting and and aid in their families' healing process. The Las Vegas Portraits Project (LVPP) will feature portraits of the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting in a monthlong exhibit that will run September 17 through October 19 at the Clark County Government Center," reports FOX.
ADD: Settlers and Nomads online exhibition "Today Is All We Have," curated by Holly Lay and Mikayla Whitmore, is now live.
Okuda (Spain) Photo PTD
Waiting for the new murals to come out from the Life is Beautiful Festival is also a hint to get downtown for one more look at what is there. Limited wall space and the desert sun fading older works will have some murals painted over. This year's artists scheduled to hit the walls are RETNA (US), Andre Saraiva (France), a return of Lakwena (UK), Egle Zvirblyte, (Lithuania), AWARE (US), Sebas Velasco (Spain) and SADDO (Romnia).
Meanwhile, have two Instagrams from two local street artists.
Jerry Misko via Facebook
Also up is a new mural by Jerry Misko. It's on the Revive Apartments at Casino Center Blvd and Hoover Ave.
âAn artist reception for James Stanford's "Shimmering Zen" will be Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sahara West Library. "James Stanford utilizes the latest in digital art technique to create mesmerizing mandala designs from digital photos of historic Las Vegas neon signage, and architectural elements from the 1950s and 1960s. Stanford's group of intriguing digital montages convey and respond to the potency of the mandala as a symbol, and its influence and importance to Asian culture worldwide. ALSO: The North American launch for Stanford'sbook of the same name will be at Neon Museum NE10 on October 13.
Shizue Uyeda. Photo PtD
On August 24 I was at the Las Vegas Buddhist Sanga Obon Bon Odori and Bazaar Festival inside the Clark High School. That's where I met Shizue Uyeda, 95, as she looked through photographs in the traveling exhibit "Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts" curated by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).
When Uyeda was 22, she and her family were held at the Poston War Relocation Center. Under the watch of JAMN art director Clement Hanami, samples from the archives made a Las Vegas stop during a tour of Japanese-American events in California and Nevada. The goal is to find anyone with information on the archived photos, folk art, and watercolors created by Japanese-Americans incarcerated in the World War II camps, said Hanami. One can see how art was a source for internees to practice Gaman; to face what is unbearable with patience and dignity.
A watercolor from the JANM archives. Photo PtD
"There is a lot that happens in people's lives,
but that doesn't define them as a human being, it makes them stronger"
- Dave Dave (1976-2018)
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico