Lost City Museum Hosts Hot & Dusty Art Invitational

Something new is being blown into the Lost City Museum during the hot and dusty days of August.

The Lost City Museum‘s docents are organizing an art exhibit to show off the tremendous artistic talent that is an integral part of the Moapa Valley community. Starting August 1, the museum’s Fay Perkins Gallery will be the venue for an exhibit of some of the finest artwork done by artists with a connection to Moapa Valley.

The Lost City Museum, known as one of Nevada’s premier public museums, has had a long relationship with the presentation of community art. Fine local and regional artists have had an opportunity to display their artwork on the museum walls for years.  The gallery space created by the museum provides a valued venue for artists to show and sell their work. One of the guidelines given to the artists is that the art displayed in the museum supports the museum’s overall mission and image by displaying Southwest themed subjects.

Hot and Dusty Fine Art InvitationalBy creating the Hot and Dusty Fine Art Invitational, the Lost City Docents support the ongoing art program by assuming the responsibility of organizing and sponsoring what it plans to be an annual summer art event. The inaugural exhibit is offering what Moapa Valley residents already know to be true – the valley is a hot-bed of artistic talent and artistic appreciation. The artwork for this exhibit comes from the hands of current highly regarded regional, state, national and internationally recognized artists with tangible connections to Moapa Valley.

Ten artists were invited based upon their broad artistic name recognition, acclaim through gallery shows, and through creating award winning art pieces. The art on display will not be sold and instead entered into internal award contests. Artists are invited to sponsor a day, hold workshops, host lectures or question and answer sessions at the museum.  For a full list of events and activities, visit the Lost City Museum’s website or Facebook page.

The invitational will culminate with a Hot August Night on Aug. 23 at 6:30 pm. This exclusive after-hours reception will have free admission, paid for by the Docent Council. Museum visitors will still have until Aug. 30 to view the pieces.

Artists featured in the initial show include:

Jd Challenger:  Challenger’s paintings tell the stories of the Native American people through oils, watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. His work is offered in many of the finest galleries throughout the west.

Nancy Glazier:  Glazier is known as one of the premier wildlife artists in the world. Her highly sought-after work is rarely available on the secondary art market, but her famous works can be obtained in high quality prints.

Gig Depio: Depio’s mural depicting the history of Moapa Valley was selected for placement in the Overton Community Center, where is currently is available for view by calling the center office. With his recent European exhibitions complete, he is an extraordinarily active artist in the Nevada and California art scene.

Janet Trobough: A Northwest transplant, Trobough has been a Nevada artist for two decades. She is noted for her colorful Native American mixed media paintings and strong Southwest motifs. Her highly collected work has been shown throughout the Southwest and is currently available in galleries in Utah and Nevada.

Max Bunnell: Bunnell is an artistic icon of the Southwest Region. Over 30 years of teaching at both high school and college level, thousands of his students have learned to paint and appreciate art.  His highly collectable work graces the walls of homes, offices, and businesses throughout the southwest states.

The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven museums managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, it is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. Admission is $5, children 17 and younger and members enter free. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193 x0 or visit Facebook.

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