The Lost City Museum presents in September the Moapa Valley Art Guild’s “Home and Heritage,” a mixed media show that features watercolors, oil paintings, photographs, pencil drawings and more.
The guild is comprised of many accomplished artists from the Moapa Valley area and was founded in 1959 by art teacher Max Bunnell. His dream was to have a place for local artists to share and hone their talents. The art guild was also founded to mentor youth in the arts. The work continues with free summer art classes.
The guild claims 50 members and hosts a Pomegranate Arts Festival every year in Logandale to showcase local artistic talents. The 2015 festival is Nov. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clark County fairgrounds in Logandale, not far from the museum.
Native American Day at the Lost City Museum in Overton welcomes the community to a world of American Indian culture. Dancers, traditional artists and crafters will celebrate Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with authentic food, and Native American jewelry for sale.
With the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930s, the site of Ancestral Puebloans was covered by rising water. Archeologists excavated historic places used by area tribes and the federal government’s Civilian Conservation Corps built the Boulder Dam Museum, now called Lost City Museum, for the National Park Service. The building, a Nevada State Museum since the 1950s, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The annual celebration of American Indian culture brings the communities to the museum to celebrate their shared history. Programs of the museum include ongoing archaeological research on the remaining Lost City sites, school tours, changing exhibits and an archival library.
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.