05 05 14 Quail smAn eagle in watercolor, vistas in Arches National Park and quail in the desert landscape are vividly portrayed in the May exhibit of Mesquite artist Lucile Carstensen at the Lost City Museum.   In “Nature in the Southwest” Carstensen’s art captures wonderful southwestern scenery and objects that have caught her eye or touched her imagination.

Carstensen spent time in Europe visiting famous art galleries, museums and gothic churches. After retirement she began working with clay, watercolor and acrylics.  Instruction from many artists gave her the confidence to paint from the heart, she said. Carstensen paints everything from marvelous mule deer to the splendid pheasants she sees and loves in Pine Valley, Utah.  Her paintings have appeared in juried shows in the Zion Staircase Gallery, Rimrock Gallery, La Verkin and Valley of Fire.

The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. It is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The museum is open daily from8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton. Take Interstate 15 to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. Admission is $5; children and members enter free. Contact the museum at (702) 397-2193.