Friday, August 5, 2011

Preview Thursday - August

Last night was 'Preview Thursday' in the Las Vegas Arts District - a chance for art appreciators to tour the galleries, meet the artists and have first option on purchasing works without contending with first friday crowds. Two exhibition spaces on the fringes of the Arts District which are well worth visiting are the award winning Blackbird Studios at 1551 S Commerce St and the recently expanded 222 at 222 E Imperial St.
On show at Blackbird Studios are seductively disturbing paintings and motivational posters by Brent Holmes (top left and center) accompanied by works by F. Andrew Taylor in the central space (top right). 222 is hosting the ideal summer group show 'Ice Cream Pop' (bottom three images) where visitors can cool off with ice creams while enjoying the refreshing works.
Both these exhibition spaces are surrounded by other creative studios and galleries. Due to organisers taking a break to restructure, the first friday in August and September won't have stages, street security and closures on Casino Center, but the Gypsy Den at 213 E Colorado is open with a great line-up of bands and the newly formed First Friday South has organised a street closure and classic car show outside Theatre 7 at 1406 S 3rd St. All the usual galleries and studios will be open, plus a few new ones in the mix. I'll do another post on these soon...

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