In this issue, we feature local arts and culture blogs that you need to check out now!
Paint This Desert
In late 2013, Ed Fuentes launched Paint This Desert to highlight public art in Las Vegas and the desert-at-large. Ed writes about everything from public art exhibits to murals and street art. An MFA candidate at UNLF, Ed ha been an art director, has worked at Variety and NBC, and has completed work (commissioned) in digital murals.
Check out his blog at paintthisdesert.com
Settlers + Nomads
Settlers + Nomads (S+N) features online portfolios of contemporary artists living and working in Las Vegas (Settlers) and links to the websites of artists who lived here at one point in time, often as students, faculty or visiting Artists-in-Residence at UNLV (Nomads). The site also highlights cultural destinations, contemporary art galleries, museums, and public art in Las Vegas, while the blog presents essays about art and monthly calendars of exhibitions and events. Wendy Kveck, the publisher, is an artist, educator and curator who’s called Las Vegas home for 16 years.
You can read S+N at settlersandnomads.com
Nevada Arts Council
While technically not a blog, the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) website is a wonderful source of information on cultural affairs throughout the state. The NAC ensures that state and federal funds support the artistic and cultural endeavors in Nevada. In addition to being able to discover information about events throughout the state, you can also link to a plethora of sites dedicated to the arts and culture.
For more information, visit nevadaculture.org
Latinos Who Lunch
The brainchild of FavyFav (Justin Favela) and Babelito, Latinos Who Lunch (LWL) is a podcast in which they discuss everything from art and pop culture to identity politics. FavyFav is an artist, curator, and food writer. Babelito is a PhD candidate in Ibero-America colonial art history and a curator.
You can access their podcasts at, latinoswholunch.com
Eat More Art Vegas
Eat More Art Vegas (EMAV) offers a look at events produced by local performing arts companies. You won’t find mention of any Cirque shows on this site, but expect to find information and reviews on music, theater, and dance at venues throughout the valley. Another collaborative effort, EMAV will introduce you to the venues and companies that call Las Vegas home.
You’ll find them at eatmoreartvegas.com
Arts 4 Nevada
Arts 4 Nevada (A4N) promotes arts and culture in the state of Nevada. Included are artist profiles, events calendars, a marketplace, directory, and an advocacy center. In addition, the site lists information on jobs, internships, contests, competitions, workshops, conferences, and more.
Check it out at Arts4Nevada.org
Goddess of Sensuality
Artist Sharon Gainsburg’s sculpture, Goddess of Sensuality, is part of a series “Goddesses.” Sharon has been working on “goddesses” since 2000. This piece is on exhibit at The Sharon Gainsburg Gallery, 1533 W Oakey Boulevard, Las Vegas. Contact Sharon at Sharon@sharongainsburgstudio.com
“Stone is a composite of all the elements: fire, earth, air and water – a totality of all matter. When I carve I feel connected to the Earth and Universal Consciousness.”
Artist Thomas Bisesti presents “The Examined Life,” his newest collection of paintings, at the Rainbow’s End Cafe. He has been a long-time local resident and well-known professional artist for 46 years. These large-scale, contemporary paintings represent a new direction in his art and a new phase in his career.
Thomas has also been the curator of this gallery space for the last 4 years, and over 60 artists have shown their work there.
See the exhibition at Rainbow’s End, 1100 E. Sahara Avenue
Sept. 1 — Oct. 31.