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Nevada Museum of Art’s third annual library book sale: Nov. 18 – 20

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November 18 through 20, the Center for Art + Environment Library at the Nevada Museum of Art will hold its third annual book sale, offering more than a thousand donated and culled books at bargain prices. Free for the public to attend, the sale is organized and overseen by a professional bookseller and consists of a wide selection of volumes ranging from paperbacks to rare volumes.

“The annual Book Sales have been a proven success for the Library,” reports Center for Art + Environment director William L. Fox, “The funds from the book sales help to support the Library’s acquisitions and operations needs and each year we have had increased books in the sale inventory.”

A notable feature of the Museum’s book sale is the prevalence of art books. Though there will also be books in other categories (including literature, travel, nonfiction, etc.), the bulk of the offerings cover the whole range of the visual and decorative arts and related subjects: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, architecture, printmaking, art history, art reference, connoisseurship, technique, crafts, antiques, and collecting.

“It’s highly unusual for a library sale to include material of this quality — particularly in such abundance,” remarks David Abel, the Oregon bookseller who has organized and overseen the Museum’s book sales, and who is a Center for Art + Environment Research Fellow. Abel will showcase more than a hundred rare and valuable items, including an early seventeenth-century map of Arras, France; late nineteenth century books on bookbinding and printing; architectural and archaeological portfolios; private press and illustrated books; limited and signed editions; important books devoted to Picasso, Goya, Rodin; and many other treasures.

The Center for Art + Environment (CA+E) is an internationally recognized research center, located at the Nevada Museum of Art, that supports the practice, study and awareness of creative interactions between people and their natural, built, and virtual environments. In January 2009, the Museum launched the CA+E, hired its first director and began planning to collect and digitize its archives.  The CA+E Archives now include materials from artists and organizations on all seven continents.

For more information, or to donate books for future sales, contact the Nevada Museum of Art on 775-329-3333. The Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery is located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno.  The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: Museum members free; $10 adults; $8 students/seniors; $1 children 6 – 12; free for children five and under.  For more information, please call 775.329.3333 or visit www.nevadaart.org.

The Nevada Museum of Art is a museum of ideas. The only accredited art museum in the state, it is a private, non-profit organization supported by the generosity of its membership as well as by sponsorships and grants.  Through creative programming and scholarship, the Museum provides the opportunity for people to encounter, engage and enjoy a diversity of art experiences.  The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, late on Thursdays until 8 pm. The galleries, Museum Store and Café Musée are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays.  Admission is FREE for members, $10 General Admission, $8 Student / Senior, $1 children 6 to 12 years and free for children 5 and under.

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