The Las Vegas Arts Commission in partnership with the Department of Public Works is working toward the development of a significant piece of public art to be sited on Main Street as part of the ongoing Main Street Improvement Project. This sculpture is part of the larger improvement project to convert Main and Commerce to a one-way couplet.
The evaluation committee was a seven member panel appointed by Cultural Affairs staff: one Arts Commissioner; one Public Works employee; one Cultural Affairs employee (non-voting); and four community members representing the arts community and the neighborhood. In June 16, 2015, a Request for Statements of Qualifications (RSOQ) was advertised on City and Arts Commission websites, local newspaper, Onvia DemandStar, and Nevada Gov eMarketplace (NGEM). On November 18, 2015, after multiple meetings and additional review processes, the final evaluation committee meeting selected the work of Louis Varela-Rico.
The sculpture, Radial Symmetry, references the indigenous people of the region, the Southern Nevada Paiutes, and is an exploration of pre-Las Vegas art; particularly the craft of basket weaving. This project serves to expand on a cultural identity for the city enhancing an intersection with a significant work of art to enrich diversity and cultural identity.
Luis was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but has been a resident of Las Vegas for over twenty years. His long-standing interest in learning “how things work” has led him to be mechanically oriented in his art practice. He is a certified welder and possesses a high degree of skill in several crafts, which is evident in his sculpture. Varela-Rico’s main artistic influences are the Minimalist and Bauhaus movements, but he often draws inspiration from native cultures and the natural world. Luis has an associate’s degree in art and completed additional studies in art at UNLV. He is a welder by trade.
Location: Near 710 S. Main Street, on the median island where Main Street and Commerce intersect
Completed Date: Estimated installation in 2018
Artist Website: www.VarelaRico.com
The Windows on First temporary public art space invites artists to create original, site-specific installations presented within the context of the First Street Art Trail.
San Diego artist Cat Chiu Phillips is the creator of the new “Entertain” exhibit at Las Vegas City Hall in the Windows on First space. Seen by passersby on First Street between Clark and Lewis avenues, the exhibit fills three large windows with art made from photographic negatives and slides, VHS tapes and cassette tapes and is part of the First Street Art Trail. The exhibit will be displayed through Jan. 13, 2017. The artwork is created entirely from discarded VHS tapes, cassette tapes, 35 mm photo negatives and slides.
Additional publicity for the project can be found at http://cityoflasvegas.tumblr.com/post/145967305933/city-launches-new-art-exhibit-at-city-hall-san and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrqhhQBWXnE.
For more information about the artist, visit CatChiuPhillips.com.
Gail Simpson of Actual Size Artworks designed five whimsical benches for installation along Main Street. Simpson chose easily recognizable Las Vegas themes to unify a stretch of roadway that is quite diverse in function, architectural design and history. Phase I of this project has been completed, using the two designs referred to as Wild Mustang and Vintage Sign.
The Charleston Heights Arts Center features a ceramic mural, “Rhythm and Hues,” designed to look like the musical symbol for the quarter rest. “In visual art, the negative space or neutral background as a contrast is the pause or rest for the eye,” artist Denise Duarte said. “I wanted to honor its importance and give it value. The pause symbol was also a way to signify the arts center’s function as a visual and performance art venue, celebrating all of the arts.
And to honor the building’s previous role as a library, Duarte wanted to acknowledge its history with marbled end papers that were once found in books. She said the pattern technique is either very formally structured or a completely organic design, so she incorporated both in the mural’s tiling.
Duarte hopes viewers appreciate the mural for its aesthetics, as well as its meanings. “Sometimes the best things in life are the moments between the big events in our lives, she said. “We live in the pauses. They prepare us for activity and provide us with the necessary moments of reflection which gives meaning to our lives.”
Two cast concrete benches.
Located in Lorenzi Park.
The benches are located by the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza.
The first mural painted in the Arts District, Markus Tracy designed this mural where festival participants were invited to paint in the colors.
This colorful mural was the result of a student project for the UNLV Art in Public Places course, sponsored by the LVAC.
“Bear Poppy,” by Jeff Fulmer-Three hand cut metal silhouettes will greet visitors at the front entrance of this award-winning community center located in northwest Las Vegas.
The Bear Poppy sculpture speaks of the impact and consequences of development on the desert environment.
Bear Poppy at the Centennial Hills Community Center
Title: Needs and Whimsies
Dimensions: 4′ H x 64′ W x 6″ depth
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This mural was designed specifically for the top of the external south wall of the Opportunity Village Thrift Store. This is a collaborative effort between the mural artist and the artists and staff of the Opportunity Village Arts Enrichment Program. Because scaffolding is clearly a safety issue, the mural was designed in eight 4′ x 8′ wood panels. This accommodates participation of Opportunity Village artists allowing the project to be painted inside the new Opportunity Village facility and at eye level. The mural will also feature original paintings on plywood created by the Arts Enrichment artists and additional 3-D elements created by the mural artist. These will all be attached just prior to installment.
The world’s largest name in fine and popular arts fairs and nearly a 30-year history in the New York market, Artexpo held their event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino September 2007 and September 2008.
Through the generous support of Artexpo and the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, five paid booth scholarships were made available to Clark County artists for both 2007 and 2008 Artexpo events. Valued at approximately $5000 each, these scholarships cover the charge for a booth package.
Submissions were reviewed and five (5) artists were selected to receive booths by a panel of Artists/Arts Professionals and Arts Commissioners.
Greg Allred, D. Freeland, D. Lancaster, Miguel Rodriguez, Joseph Watson
KD Matheson, J. Misko, S. Gainsburg, E. Chavez, C. De Las Heras