Winter 2019

Featuring 15 Virginia City area artists & 15 Las Vegas Artists in the brilliant NVHead2Toe Collaboration Project

3 Days Only!!! – Reception December 14th, 11am – 3pm

Exhibiting: December 13th @ 5:30pm & December 14-15th, 11am – 3pm

Kim Johnson’s “Head” meets Corrie Zam-Northan’s “Toes”
Behind the Scenes: Tubbs the Pigeon modeling for artist Emily Reid as “Toes” of the NVHead2Toe project

VIRGINIA CITY/LAS VEGAS – From December 13-15, 2019, St. Mary’s Art Center (Virginia City) and Core Contemporary (Las Vegas) hosts a unique invitational art exhibition, NVHead2Toe, at St. Mary’s Art Center. This exhibition is a collaborative project created within the Nevada Arts Council’s inaugural Basin to Range Exchange, aimed at showcasing and joining the creative resources found in Nevada’s rural and urban locales. The curators for this particular project, A. Perry, Executive Director of St. Mary’s Art Center and artist, and Nancy Good, Las Vegas artist and owner of Core Contemporary, invited nearly 30 artists (from both Virginia City and Las Vegas areas) to participate in this project using the Exquisite Corpse technique. The exhibit admission is complimentary and open to the public Friday Evening, December 13, 5:30 – 8pm and Saturday-Sunday, December 14-15, from 11am – 3pm, with an opening reception to be held Saturday, December 14, from 11am – 3pm.

What is an Exquisite Corpse? Historically, it’s an artistic technique invented by the Surrealists who wanted to access parts of the mind repressed by societal rules. Without a preconceived notion of the final image, artists/participants produce a collaborative drawing, painting or collage by folding the paper or canvas and adding images or patterns that are unseen by the other contributing artists. This allows a fantastical parade of spontaneous hybrid creatures and unexpected juxtapositions to be created. The results are novel, exciting, unsettling, and most often filled with humor and surprising synchronicity.

For this project, NVHead2Toe asked each artist to create both a “head” and a “toe” on two separate canvases. These creations were first begun by 15 artists in Las Vegas, covered by paper and then shipped to Virginia City to allow artists there to add their contributions (without seeing what had been begun in Las Vegas). By using this technique, we will have a fully connected, Basin to Range, collaborative art exhibition representing artists from north to south (head to toe).

“NVHead2Toe provides an opportunity for artists from both cities to use their creative skills in a way that maybe they haven’t in the past,” said Nancy Good, co-curator, professional artist, and owner of Core Contemporary. “Additionally, this technique allows for full, spontaneous collaboration, without ego or agenda. It also allows for unique and active collaboration between curators, exhibition space, and the Nevada Arts Council.”

A. Perry, Executive Director for St. Mary’s Art Center, professional artist and co-curator for this exhibition shares, “As a curator and artist, I understand the challenges we face in terms of location, visibility and interaction. NAC has opened the doors for future collaboration in way that is not only fantastic for professional artists, but also allows younger, emerging artists an opportunity to work with those more established in the field and in a completely different part of the state.”

NVHead2Toe will then travel from Virginia City to Las Vegas for exhibition at Core Contemporary January 23 through February 29, 2020, with opening reception on Saturday, January 25, from 6-8:30pm.

Artisan Gallery with Martin A. David, Alyce Etxebarria, Paula Burris, Pura Vida Sierras Art, Kellie Fox & More

Martin A. David
Pura Vida Sierras Art
Alyce Etxebarria “Found Objects”

St Mary’s currently has 7 galleries of differing configurations. If you are interested in exhibiting with us please send an email to  A. Perry, Executive Director with the following information:  aperry@stmarysartcenter.org
• Proposal of what you intend to show
• Artist Statement
• Artist Resumé and Short Bio
• 5-10 images representative of your work
• Contact details and website address
Images must be jpegs with your name and the title in the jpeg image name.

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