The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy the exhibitions at three different city of Las Vegas galleries this May.
Meet Ukrainian artist Alex Krasky Friday, May 3, at a 5 p.m. reception at the West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, located at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Krasky, now a Las Vegas resident, left Ukraine in 1997, journeying for three years through seven countries to make his way to the United States. At the urging of his wife, Krasky took oil painting classes after he was laid off from his job in 2009. It was the first time he held brushes in his hand. After four classes, his instructor urged him to just go home and paint; she had nothing else to teach him. He has not stopped painting since. Krasky and his art have been featured on television news shows, magazine and newspaper articles, and acknowledged by the President of the United States and other elected officials. His works will be on exhibit at the center through June 8, and also may be seen on his website, www.kraskyart.com/. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (702) 229-4800.
Meet participating Southern Nevada artists Friday, May 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Celebrating Life! reception and awards ceremony as the new exhibition opens at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St. Residents age 50 and better were invited to submit one artwork to this juried competition, sponsored annually by the Las Vegas Arts Commission and the city of Las Vegas to recognize the talents of Southern Nevada artists. This year’s jurors are K.D. Matheson, Linda Alterwitz and Lynda Whitehair. Admission is free to the reception and exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 24-July 13. Call (702) 229-1012 or 229-6383 for more information, or go online to www.artslasvegas.org/.
Greet a variety of artists participating in the “Our Las Vegas” exhibition Thursday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, located on the second floor at 495 S. Main St. The exhibition will feature works from artists with studios and galleries inside of Emergency Arts in Las Vegas. The Chamber Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed holidays. Admission is free. “Our Las Vegas” is a project of the Las Vegas Arts Commission. The exhibition is supported, in part, by a donation from the Downtown Project. For more information on the Web-based "Our Las Vegas" project, go online or call (702) 229-1012.