When beautiful words are put to music they create wonderful songs but what happens when words are brought to life by artists? You get the Virgin Valley Artists Association’s Artists and Poets exhibit.

Poets begin by putting those words on paper then the artists come in, choose the words that inspire and create the stunning imagery that brings those words to life.

You can view artwork created by some of the most well-known artists in Mesquite as well as read the poems from the talented writers who inspired the art.

Artist Floyd Johnson teamed up with Poet Harlo Berkholtz to paint a stunning acrylic titled “Cowboy Haiku.” Digital Photographer Ronnie Boarer found an “Old Farm” that fit perfectly with the poem of the same name written by Poet Bonnie Anderson and Artist Eva Zirbel put both the poetry of Barbara Ann Dunn and her own work together to create a piece that epitomizes the exhibit. You can see these and many more when you visit the Mesquite Fine Arts Center.

The April exhibit, sponsored by The Bank of Nevada, is available to the public through April 28 free of charge. A reception provided by the Virgin Valley Artists Association is set for April 19 from 4-6 p.m. at the Gallery to honor the award winners. The Sponsor’s Choice and People’s Choice awards will also be announced at the reception.

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is operated by the VVAA. VVAA members provide the original artwork that is shown in the gallery and gift shop. All art is offered for sale and displays are changed monthly. In addition to the special exhibitions, members show their fine works in a wide variety of mediums. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about membership, upcoming exhibitions, and art and pottery classes, see the VVAA website at www.mesquitefineartscenter.com or call 702-346-1338.