Thirty-three artists answered that question in the current themed art competition at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. With all those interpretations to choose from, judges chose Susan Holladay’s colored pencil drawing, “A Mr. and Mrs. T Breakfast” as their choice for Best of Show, based on us of theme and artistic quality.
Visitors to the gallery can pick their favorite and cast a vote, to be counted at the public reception June 21, 4-6 p.m.
Bank of Nevada is the business sponsor for this competition, showing through June 30.
Also featured this month at the Gallery is the nature art of Joan Rainey Day. Joan displays a magnificent wall of her work in the Mesa Fine Arts Gallery. She will be on hand June 21 after 1 p.m. to talk about her work that spans a spectrum from murals to fine worked silver and stone jewelry. “Her love for wildlife and natural beauty is so apparent in her work,” said Linda Faas, president of the Virgin Valley Artists Association. “Moving to Nevada about 10 years ago, Joan has become an avid volunteer at many local museums and parks, but her great love is her time spent at Roos ‘N More Zoo in Moapa, where she has painted a 100-foot mural of the animals in their native habitat.
The public is invited to visit with Joan at the gallery to learn more about her techniques in animal portraiture and nature scenery.
The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is operated by the volunteer staffing of Virgin Valley Artists Association, a nonprofit group that provides community art classes and operates the VVAA pottery studio at the Mesquite Campus. The public is invited to enroll in classes, use open studio time, and enjoy the art gallery. Membership is VVAA is $35 a year, and beginning artists are welcomed. Sale of artwork sustains the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery and VVAA’s facilities, as well as funding support received from City of Mesquite, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Art Works National Endowment for the Arts, and many generous local businesses and individuals who sponsor exhibitions and donate time and funds.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., during the summer. More information can be found at www.mesquitefineartscenter.com, or call the Gallery at 702-3346-1338 during business hours.