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Beneath Nevada Skies – miniature painting exhibit

By ThisIsReno


Reno, Nev.  Fascinating viewers by capturing big ideas in small spaces, the Nevada Historical Society proudly hosts the exhibit “Beneath Nevada Skies” the third annual miniature painting show and sale by the Latimer Art Club. A free, public reception, sponsored by the Latimer Club, is scheduled for October 15, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display now through December 11, 2010. 

The Latimer Art Club accepted submissions from members of the club as well as Nevada artists to select the best works that represented the theme “Beneath Nevada Skies.” California artist, Susan Cochrane Levitsky judged the submissions this year. These miniature paintings do not exceed 35 square inches, so each piece is 5 x 7, 5 x 5, or 4 x 6. 

“We have 108 entries in this exhibit and the artwork only gets better each year,” said Sheryln Hayes-Zorn of the Historical Society. 

The pieces represent a variety of artistic mediums including oil, acrylic, water color, pastel, graphic drawing and mixed media. The subject material, all with a Nevada focus, include buildings, portraits, water images, animals, flower and plants, objects and regular landscape images.

Each painting in the show is available for sale with 10 percent of the sales going to the art acquisition fund at the Nevada Historical Society.

Lorenzo Latimer first came to Reno in 1916 after working as a teacher and artist in San Francisco. Latimer had been painting at Fallen Leaf Lake and was persuaded to form a class in Reno through the efforts of students Nevada Wilson Riley and Dora N. Groesbeck. For 19 years Latimer traveled to Reno every fall and held watercolor classes for his students. The Reno pupils formed the Latimer Art Club in 1921, with Minerva Pierce as its first President. For many years the Latimer Art Club, which is still in existence today, was the only art
organization in the state of Nevada. 

The Nevada Historical Society, located at 1650 N. Virginia Street on the UNR campus, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest state museum. Programs include an active exhibition schedule, public programs and docent-guided tours. The Historical Society’s Research Library, with its extensive collection of Nevada information and photographs, is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.  The exhibit galleries and museum store are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults ages 17 and over, children and members are free. 

The Nevada Historical Society is one of seven museums managed by the State Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information on the Department of Cultural Affairs, please call the Public Information Officer at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.