Celebrate the American West with the art and song

29_Kachinamaker_1923_FINALThe Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery recently opened an exhibition that pays homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest American artists. Drawn from the collections of Bruce C. Paltenghi and Dr. Richard  Paltenghi, Maynard Dixon: The Paltenghi Collections features drawings and paintings by the celebrated artist Maynard Dixon. Inspired to begin collecting by their father, the Paltenghi brothers have amassed more than seventy artworks that offer an intimate look at Dixon’s life in the American West, including works produced during the artist’s travels to Lake Tahoe, where he was a guest of Anita Baldwin. Among the many never-before-seen drawings are sketches and paintings of mountain and desert landscapes, portraits, nude figure studies, and more.

While the exhibition has been open since January, the Museum has chosen this week to host the big shindigs honoring the show. Given the wintry weather with which we’ve been blessed –and assaulted—this year, this week’s impending sunshine seems most fortuitous.

This Thursday, March 2, kick off the weekend of celebration with a very special First Thursday, the popular long-standing monthly program, that expands to a members’ premiere celebrating Maynard Dixon. Meet the collectors Bruce C. Paltenghi and Dr. Richard Paltenghi, explore the exhibition, and enjoy live music by rockabilly-country sensation Dusty Miles and the Cryin’ Shame while sipping libations and nibbling on light appetizers provided by onsite restaurant chez louie.

Taos Indian in Blanket_FINALFriday, the collectors give a noontime talk called an Art Bite, where they highlight some of their favorite collecting stories and artworks. Saturday, Dixon scholar Donald J. Hagerty gives a talk at 2 pm, focusing specifically on Dixon’s time in Nevada and the artist’s passion for the desert. Hagerty, a celebrity in his own right, has written four books and numerous articles on this favorite subject of his. A book signing follows. Following the talk, at 4:30 pm, legendary singer-songwriter Tom Russell gives a Sky Room concert. Russell, who has been dubbed “the last great American voice” is a musical treasure of the American West, apropos for Dixon.

To learn more, visit nevadaart.org.


By: Amanda Horn