The opening reception of shows on Sunday the 29th was full of happy surprises, not least of which hundreds and hundreds of visitors… from the outside-in we were packed with friends, artists, locals, Virginia City characters and interested tourists!
Artists Megan Berner and Jared Stanley installed a series of flagpoles on the green in front of the historic landmark building, with white flags with text embedded in the fabric, which was only visible when the sun was behind the flag.
Steven Ryan Christie was gigging up a storm on the grand terrace on his banjo, foot tambourine, harmonica and guitar…
Inside we had wine and drinks with food specially catered by Core at the Cider-factory… special thanks to Chef Richard Oates for stepping up even with a broken ankle!
We had a huge crowd over the 3 hours, plenty of solo shows and artists to talk to, a silent auction of specially donated works from our exhibiting artists, Thank you to all of them!
Zoe Bray is showing her beautiful portraits in oils and charcoal, in the Meinecke gallery, Dale Laitinen exhibiting a mix of large watercolors and oils in the Manogue gallery on the second floor.
Stewart Easton and Claire Scully, illustrators from London have filled up the 4th floor Resident Artist gallery spaces with intricate drawings and embroideries, while Justin Favela, the artist sponsored by the Capital City Arts Initiative made a tongue in cheek show of all the classic signage in Virginia City, from up-cycled cardboard.
Our up and coming artist this season is Brandon Lacow showing his final project works for his BFA from UNR in the Van Bokkelen gallery on the ground floor.
Not forgetting our Resident artist Michelle Lassaline who showed some of her incredible animal masks and spent time meeting people in character “Burro” during the reception.
The shows remain up until the end of August, so if you missed our party there is still a chance to see the exhibitions… St Marys Summer hours are Thursday through Sunday 11am-4pm… Come on up!