Dixie Watercolor Society president Daphne Schroth and program chair Win Barney brought outstanding examples of DWS art to Mesquite. Submitted photo.


From metal art abstract to a thoughtful character study, Boulder City Art Guild shows their mature and polished fine art. Submitted photo.


Henderson artists from City Lights Gallery excite and delight with their display. Submitted photo.


Host artists of VVAA show off their artistic diversity in the Mesquite Fine Art Invitational. Submitted photo.


Neighboring Moapa Art Guild displays the work of Janet Trobough, Aimee Potts, Mayra Romero, Max Bunnell and other artists familiar to Mesquite art lovers. Submitted photo.


Randi Case, president of Spring Mountain Art Guild, with paintings by SMAG members George Wilson and Princy Simsonsen. Submitted photo.


Ralph Taeger of Southern Utah Art Guild paints tempting Sweet Fruit. Submitted photo.

Mesquite Fine Art Gallery shows off the works of eight regional arts groups this month. The annual Mesquite Fine Art Invitational exhibition is organized by Virgin Valley Artists Association, operator of the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. VVAA has shared its gallery space with select artists for years, but in 2012 they kicked it up a notch and invited all the best arts groups in the region to converge in a joint exhibition.  This year the Invitational shows Aug 31 to Sept. 26.

The Invitational gives both the local community and the region at large a chance to experience the diverse work of the fine artists who reside in neighboring towns. Mesquite also wants to introduce more people to the exceptional gallery it is fortunate to possess. Many cities and arts groups do not have a thriving gallery where local artists can hang and sell their work.  Mesquite has a unique gem in its member-run gallery that opened its doors in 2003.

Exhibiting this year are Boulder City Art Guild, City Lights Art Gallery of Henderson, Moapa Art Guild, Spring Mountain Art Guild of Pahrump, Dixie Watercolor Society, Southern Utah Watercolor Society, Southern Utah Art Guild, and gallery host, Virgin Valley Artists Association.

The Invitational exhibition is limited to wall art, and pieces on display are limited to a 30” maximum dimension to allow display of as many pieces of art, from as many artists, as possible.

Randi Case, president of Spring Mountain Art Guild, was excited to bring her members’ art to Mesquite.  SMAG has participated in this show since its beginning.  “We are so happy to be invited.  We hope to have our own gallery soon.”  Win Barney and Daphne Schroth, of Dixie Watercolor Society, St George, brought a large display of paintings to Mesquite.  Many of their members have competed in Mesquite exhibitions and have even taught workshops for VVAA.  “Our members are wonderful artists and we love to show their work here,” commented Daphne, who is DWS president this year.

Ceramics and the large variety of giftware on display throughout the gallery are created by VVAA.  All art is offered for sale, providing an outstanding array of original works priced within reach of even the moderate art collector.

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is located at 15 West Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite Nevada, open

Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  In additional the gallery, VVAA also offers art classes, operates a full-service pottery studio that is open to the public, and hosts a variety of cultural events such as lectures, concerts and literary readings.  Call 702-346-1338 for more information or see website and Facebook.