Even though Preview Thursday is today and First Friday is tomorrow, the gallery listings on official websites are sparse, unless some last minute notices will be posted. It’s a contrast from last month’s celebratory 12 year anniversary programming, a louder pulse for an art walk with pop-up craft tents the main draw.
A bit of Life is Beautiful burnout, perhaps. It may also be caused by dwindling galleries, leaving less solid aesthetic support for the art crawl. Since I have been monitoring Preview Thursday and First Friday in my five years here, there’s always been a determination that things will get better. There’s not much of that anymore.
Kristen Peterson writes at Las Vegas Weekly:
But the mood has changed. With Trifecta Gallery closing at the end of January, TastySpace Gallery closing December 1, the Contemporary Arts Center reorganizing without a gallery home, Vast Space Projects now operating as a roaming gallery and the slowing of Emergency Arts’ gallery scene, there’s a more somber sentiment regarding the immediate future of the Las Vegas arts community. Add to that the rising cost of rent in the Arts District area and things are looking dire.
Those same galleries were a foundation for the monthly night out and providing outreach and promote the artistic community may have been exhausted. The underused parts of downtown has more value with a slight recovery in real estate, helped by the reinvention of being a creative environment. It’s not an uncommon story.
Yet there are ways to adapt. With the sampling of street art, graffiti, and murals, and old and new civic public art, a tour of the arts district and Fremont District would be one idea to keep art activated. And as I noted during MAS Attack Vegas at VAST space projects, the region's railroad history has me wonder if city could be a symbolic junction for contemporary art coming out of desert cities in the West. Northern Arizona University setting up shop at Emergency Arts is an example how that can happen.
Northern Arizona University opens a new gallery in Emergency Arts. The first show is “Out-of-Towners.” reports Las Vegas Weekly.
Photographer Geoffrey Ellis opens at Brett Wesley Gallery. Above "Girlie Cards."
New public art along First Street Trail will dedicated Thursday, November 6 I Paint This Desert
Artist Talk by Dave Rowe at Grand Central Toastmasters, Thursday, November 6, from noon to 12:45pm in the Pueblo Room at the County Government Center. His show “The Improbable Metropolis” I Clark County Visual Arts
Trifecta Gallery opens "Home Sweet Home."
UNLV Lecture Series: Hugh Davies on Francis Bacon, Thursday, November 6 I Paint This Desert
OTHER AND ELSEWHERE:
“Suzanna Acosta: Forty Years of Portraits” at The Fine Arts Gallery, College of Southern Nevada (3200 E. Cheyenne Ave) North Las Vegas NV. Through November 21. Artist’s reception on November 14 I CSN
The art inside the former Western Hotel during Life is Beautiful was a “multi-sensory wallop, the kind of one-two audio/visual punch taking over the streets outside.” I Las Vegas Weekly
Saner was one of the guest muralists for Life is Beautiful. His latest project is putting faces to the missing students of Mexico I Hyperallergic
If you missed it, a bill quietly introduced in Congress that restricts mining and energy exploration in rural Nevada, saving the view and and protecting landmark desert artwork I Paint This Desert
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.