Compiled by Katherine FerneliusEvery year seems to fly by faster and faster. It seems like just yesterday that I was writing down my 2013 resolutions, resolving to really work on these throughout the year. One of my resolutions was to fully take more advantage of the growing arts scene across the Vegas valley. Curators and gallerists are putting together fascinating shows using both local and out-of-town artists, and although I go to First Friday and make it to a few other galleries here and there, I know I could absolutely do more. It seems like every time I compile this arts guide, more and more events are added to it. The scene is growing and I definitely want to be a part of it. How about you? Here’s a look of what’s coming:
New York artist Benjamin Entner explores self-image, utilizing multidisciplinary studio practices in his new exhibition, “Ego Sum,” opening at the Contemporary Arts Center (107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 120). Using various traditional and nontraditional materials, Entner’s installation work focuses on the experimentation and viewer interaction. “Ego Sum” brings together several of Entner’s most recent work, including sculptures and drawings. While Entner’s work tends to have a sense of childlike playfulness, it is the boldness of the figures that facilitates the viewer’s introspection.
“As I See It—The Art of Peg Lozier” will run through March 5, at the West Charleston Library (6301 W. Charleston Blvd.). The exhibit features sun, color, light and shadow by using watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pencil on canvas, paper, metal, and wood.
Running through March 10 at the Windmill Library (7060 W. Windmill Lane), “Espressioni nel Tempo in Metallo: Expressions in Time with Metal” by Mauro Del Mastro will feature a variety of subject matter, from ancient artifacts of Rome to welding found metal objects together to create sculptures.
The second annual juried art competition, “12 Inches of Sin,” will be exhibiting sophisticated and intelligent works of art that explore a variety of sexy subjects and themes with elegant and modern innovation. The competition itself compresses exhibition boundaries while expanding artistic challenge through works of art that are no larger than 12 square inches. Of 230 international artists submitted to the competition, only 25 were accepted to exhibit from March 7 through April 20 at Sin City Gallery (107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100). The Best of Show winner will be announced on March 7, followed by the after-party celebration, “Party in the Afterglow,” at Artifice directly after the opening reception.
The Enterprise Library (25 E. Shelbourne Ave.) will run “The Galaxy and More” by Danny Masri, featuring paintings by the teen artist focused on various subject matters from cities around the world, to landscapes and waterscapes.
Running through March 30 at Summerlin Library (1771 Inner Circle Drive) is “The Talking Machines” by Richard D. Ramsdell. The exhibit will feature Ramsdell’s semi-abstract paintings focusing on machines.
Visit the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center (107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 120) on March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the opening reception of “Bachelor Portraits,” where Philadelphia artist Justyna Badach presents a reversal of stereotypical general construct within her photographic series. Focusing on the lives of men who exist on the margins of society, Badach brings their individual stories together to form a larger chronicle about contemporary American society, isolation and the desire for connection to others.
The Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Road) will feature “Spillover Heaven” by Orlando Javier Montenegro-Cruz. The exhibition will be a combination of paintings and drawings resulting in abstract works of art. This exhibition is partially funded from a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The show will run through April 7.
Running through May 7, Spring Valley Library (4280 S. Jones Blvd.) brings the unique exhibit, “The Art of Ebru and Suminagashi” by Musheera Nagazi. The show features marbling on paper and silk using Japanese suminagashi and Turkish ebru techniques.