Art exhibit showcases traditional art forms

The Comstock History Center presents One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Cel­ebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprentice­ships” featuring 22 visual artists who have received grant support from the Nevada Arts Council as master or apprentice artists in a variety of folk traditions. Each rec­ognized master is encouraged to work with one or more dedicated apprentices so that their tradition­al art forms and personal contri­butions endure. The artists come from a range of tribal, ethnic, cultural, and occupational groups found throughout Nevada in both rural and urban communities. They include artists from among the indigenous Paiute, Shosho­ne, and Washoe peoples and the skilled ranchers, miners, loggers, and railroad workers long a part of the state’s history. They also include more recent immigrants from all parts of North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Exhibition Run: August 1 – September 28, 2014
Where: Comstock History Center, 20 N. E Street, Virginia City Nevada
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit highlights the work of 20th and 21st century Ne­vada folk artists involved in pass­ing on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries, but which are still vital and dynamic today. In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of Ne­vada’s Folklife Apprenticeship Pro­gram, the Nevada Arts Council sa­lutes all 160 master artists and 243 apprentices who have participated in the program and maintain the heritage of their communities.

Organized by the Nevada Arts Council, One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold,” is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative –Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The exhibit has also been selected to be a Nevada Sesquicentennial (Nevada 150) Program and Exhibit. For more information about Nevada 150, please visit www.nevada150.org.

Ghost Horse by Virginia McCuin (Sterling silver, gold and precious stone, undated)

Ghost Horse by Virginia McCuin (Sterling silver, gold and precious stone, undated)

Wycinanki by Barbara Lierly (colored paper, undated)

Wycinanki by Barbara Lierly (colored paper, undated)

Cradleboard by Clara Castillo (Willow and canvas, undated)

Cradleboard by Clara Castillo (Willow and canvas, undated)