CARSON CITY, Nev. — “White Pine County Artistry,” an exhibit of landscape paintings by Dawn Dot Star, debuts April 27 at the LXS Gallery inside the Nevada State Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St. in Carson City. Admission is free.
Star specializes in watercolor and pencil depictions of rural Nevada. Approaching landscape in a nontraditional format, Star chooses a vertical canvas instead of the expected horizontal layout to abruptly insulate the landscape and focus the viewer’s attention on the portion painted in the canvas. Star’s compositions allow viewers to contemplate and reflect on a single bush, tree or rock face, and the fluidity of his marks.
Born John Pierre Klosky in Detroit, Star said he changes his legal name when he changes his artistic media. As Circe Vavens in Detroit, he created glass art. Formerly of Ely, Nev., Star was featured at the Ely Art Bank, where his work was sold and where he was encouraged to pursue his artistic potential. He recently moved to Las Vegas, and continues his creative efforts in southern Nevada.
Star’s LXS exhibit runs through May 15.
Managed by the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Services Program, the LXS Gallery space is on the first floor of the Nevada State Legislative Building. The gallery space is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
LXS Gallery has exhibited the work of more than 130 Nevada artists since 1985. Artists for the 2015 series were recommended by a committee that included Nate Clark, visual artist and public art assistant, city of Reno; Bobbie Ann Howell, visual artist and program coordinator, Nevada Humanities; and Jennifer Messina, ceramic artist and member of the Ely Art Bank. For more information, contact the Nevada Arts Council, 775-687-6680.
The Nevada Arts Council, a divison of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing grants to arts- and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the NAC coordinates statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high school-aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more, contact the NAC at 775-687-6680 or visit the website nac.nevadaculture.org.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.