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‘Emerging Artists’ exhibit opening reception in Dayton Thursday



art-exhibit-viewers-300x205-8875116-4284149DAYTON – The latest in a series of changing exhibits titled “Emerging Artists” opens this Thursday, Aug. 2,  from 5  to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Valley Community Center.

The show features artwork of emerging artists of the Lyon and Storey County regions. The exhibit includes diverse pieces and a wide variety of styles and media including photographs, watercolors, fabric, reclaimed materials, pen and ink, and oils.

Over a dozen artists are contributing to the show, including Jason Clark, whose work has been featured at Brewery Arts Center, Tim Taylor, whose pen and ink work was among the 2012 Congressional Art Competition awards, and Brandi Gontang, whose popular drawings sold out at both of the previous exhibits in this summer series.

Artist Edward Durand, who has a Masters of Education in Art and works in a broad range of media, explained the inspiration for his mixed media pieces in the exhibit:  “I like combining an object’s history with a current use so that perhaps it will be relevant in the future. Simply stated, I like to rework old stuff into art that is a combination of new and old.”

A free opening reception with live performances by local musicians like Antonn Smith begins at 5 p.m. Thursday and will include opportunities to meet the artists. The hors d’oeuvre for the event provide an opportunity to sample dishes made with fresh produce from the nearby farmers market at Community Roots in Dayton.

Afterward, visitors are invited to stroll through the historic Old Town Dayton area and sample dinner menus at Old Town Dayton restaurants like Js Bistro, Pizza Factory, Gold Canyon Steak House and Compadres and to check out the unique  nonprofit thrift store, Community Treasures, on nearby Taylor Street.

“Emerging Artists” is funded and made possible through Healthy Communities Coalition, Community Roots, Nevadaworks, Wells Fargo Rural Career Development Grant Program and Nevada Public Education Foundation’s Ready for Life movement. For more information, please contact Quest Lakes at Healthy Communities at 287-7598.

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