Nevada Wild Fine Art Exhibit & Sale

Contributed by Susan Kaime Reese

This month’s Northeastern Nevada Artist feature is a shout out to the contemporary work of nineteen Nevada Wild Artists. Inspired by the Nevada Arts Council’s Basin to Range Exchange project, these creative artists focus on their love for Nevada’s lands, people, wildlife and culture as inspiration for their art. This, the third of the Nevada Wild Exhibits, opens January 20 to April 30, 2023 in the Southfork Gallery at the California Trail Interpretative Center.

The exhibit is a collaboration of Nevada Wild artists Trish and Deon Reynolds, James Patrick Lynch, Patty Fox, Tia Flores, Sidne Teske, Kathryn Grider, Moira Smith, Micqaela Jones, Tam Foree, Yvonne Colclasure, Suzanne Hackett-Morgan, Renie Irene Smith, Mark Hayward, Jordan Thomas, Wendy Ehrmann, Gary and Susanne Reese, and Southfork muralist Lynne Kistler. Programs related to this exhibit include classes, artist demonstrations, children’s art projects, and an artist reception, sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group, CTIC, Esmeralda High Desert Institute, Star Restaurant, Everything Elko Magazine and Southern Nevada Conservancy.

Artists were challenged to communicate their feelings, perceptions, and ideas about the great silence of Nevada’s wilderness, the unbroken horizons, and features unique to Nevada’s rural western lifestyle. The exhibit provides a visual interpretation of Nevada’s unique places and cultures, capturing the essence of its immense space within their frames and objects of art. The result is an inspirational collection of paintings, sculpture, smoke images, and photography from these talented rural and urban Nevada artists.

We consider that the earliest recorded observations of the West were those of artists dedicated to communicating the reality of western lands and territories. At that time, this was new information of critical importance to Congress, the United States, Europe, and the world. Artists active in the West during the 1800’s explored and created landscape and cultural masterpieces. The Nevada Wild artists walk in the footsteps of artists who created pictures of our future homelands, such as Albert Bierstadt, William Henry Jackson, Thomas Moran, Jack Hillars, George Catlin, John Gast, Timothy O’Sullivan, Thomas Ayres and Charles Deas. Many of their images are on display and part of the California Trail Interpretive Center’s story.

Nevada Wild Fine Art Exhibit


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