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The Essence of Art

By Alicia Reban / July 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

- Friedrich Nietzsche 

Thus far, I’ve only been able to talk about the artists, and their ability to tell stories with their hearts, their heads, and their hands.  Who better to communicate the beauty of Nevada, and how important it is to conserve it? I’d met a handful of the artists either helping plan the event or at one of the paint-ins held on Nevada Land Trust conservation project sites, and I was looking forward to seeing their finished work.  I knew it would be great, but I was unprepared for just how great it would be and the depth of my response.  I still talk about it, but now I feel it. 

I’ve just come from the preview event, and I’m not the only one affected by the glorious images filling the May Museum.   The work is exquisite.  Seeing 163 images so beautifully presented will take your breath away.  You’ll be filled, as I am, with gratitude – for the artists and their magical gifts, for the magical places they’ve captured, and for the fact that you get to live right here in the middle of it all.  According to Nietzsche, that is the essence of art.

Open Spaces and Special Places:  The Art of Conservation

Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Park

Saturday, July 20 10am-4pm / Sunday, July 21 12-2pm

Don't miss it!


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