LAS VEGAS – As with many other activities and events, the Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series has moved its gallery virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. The newest exhibition, Colors of the West: Youth Art from the 2020 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, opened online on June 4, 2020 at nevadahumanities.org.
A Colors of the West curator’s talk will also take place virtually, Thursday, July 2 premiering at 7 p.m. on the Nevada Humanities Facebook page at: facebook.com/nevadahumanities.
Colors of the West: Youth Art from the 2020 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a sampling of the works that are on display each year at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Each year, Elko County art teachers for grades Kindergarten to grade 12 are given the theme and students create works in a wide range of media and techniques.
“When I see the artworks created by Elko County school children each year at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, I am reminded of how our western roots run deep in Nevada. Each child finds unique ways to express their own personality and talent through their class art project. From expressive sheep to patterned cowboy boots to beautiful Nevada mountain landscapes, each child renders their creative vision in meaningful ways that resonate with people from across the world.” said Christina Barr, Nevada Humanities Executive Director.
The exhibition was curated by Western Folklife Center staff: Meg Glaser, Artistic Director; Jan Petersen, Youth Education Coordinator; and Brad McMullen, Programs & National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Manager. It will be exhibited virtually indefinitely.