The Lost City Museum presents “One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships” through Jan. 30. The exhibit features 22 visual artists who received grant support as master or apprentice artists in a variety of folk traditions.
Each recognized master is encouraged to work with one or more dedicated apprentices so that their traditional art forms and personal contributions endure. The artists come from a range of tribal, ethnic, cultural, and occupational groups found throughout Nevada in both rural and urban communities. They include artists from among the indigenous Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe peoples and the skilled ranchers, miners, loggers and railroad workers long a part of the state’s history. Also represented are more recent immigrants from all parts of North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia–some who sought new lives and economic opportunities in the early part of the 20th Century, and others who arrived much more recently. All contribute to the vibrant face and culture of Nevada today.
The exhibit highlights the work of 20th and 21st century Nevada folk artists involved in passing on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries which are still vital and dynamic today. In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of Nevada’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, the Nevada Arts Council salutes all 160 master artists and 243 apprentices who have participated in the program.
“One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold,” is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature.
The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs it is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5, children and members enter free. The museum is at 721 South 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.
For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193.