Joanne Swallow and Janet Trobough stood out as Best of Show in February’s dual display at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery.
Jean Wiensch, president of the Virgin Valley Artists Association, encourages everyone to visit the gallery to see this month’s exhibit of photography and 3-D pieces sponsored by Mesquite Local News; more than 60 pieces were submitted, she said.
“I was amazed when I walked through to see what the artists had created,” Weinsch said. “The competitions/exhibitions include some fantastic photography and 3D art pieces.”
Following Swallow’s photograph “Sunset,” and Trobough’s 3-D piece “Free,” in first place were Walt Alder for “The Machine” and Carley Gil for “Pines.”
VVAA will host a reception 4 p.m., Feb. 18 at the gallery, 15 W. Mesquite Blvd., to honor the artists. During the event the People’s Choice ribbons will be awarded along with Sponsor’s Choice.
Visitors may cast their votes for the People’s Choice before Feb. 18 when they visit the gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
While enjoying the exhibits, patrons can also take in the Artist of the Month display, featuring Barbara Halicki.
Halicki, a Chicago, Illinois native, became a Mesquite resident in 2012 and has since became active in the VVAA including meeting with other artists at the gallery studio and holding several positions in VVAA.
“We inspire each other through experimentation of new techniques and mediums. I find critiques from artistic peers are most helpful in developing finished paintings,” Halicki said.
VVAA’s schedule of upcoming events include March’s “Art Walk,” the “Artists and Poets” competition, Student Art Month, “That’s Surreal,” “Splash of Color,” “All in a Row,” the Mesquite Fine Arts Invitational, “Autumn Splendor” and the National Small Works Competition at the end of the year.
For more information on the exhibitions, classes and other gallery events, go to mesquitefineartscenter.com or call 702-346-1338.