The public is invited to meet Cleveland photographer Charles Mintz for a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, located on the second floor at 495 S. Main St. Mintz’ exhibition, “Precious Objects,” will be displayed at the City Hall Chamber Gallery Jan. 9-April 10, 2014, and Jan. 10-April 23 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery, located at 800 S. Brush St. Mintz also will meet the public during a reception at the Charleston Heights gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10. The City Hall Chamber Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed holidays. The Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery is open to the public Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to both galleries. For more information, call (702) 229-1012 or go online to www.artslasvegas.org.
The exhibitions are prints of some of the 170 people who were photographed holding something with special meaning that they have had for a long time and that they would not replace if they lost it. Next to each portrait is the subject's handwritten explanation of why the object is so important.
Mintz commented, “This project began with a focus on my wanting to compare these things to contemporary consumer objects. It has evolved substantially in the making. The overall collection is not about what I think nor is it even about the objects. It looks at the personal search each subject makes through the stuff in their lives to discover the stories that link the objects to who they are today. In some cases, participants knew what they wanted instantly. Some people never were able get there. As the project progressed, there emerged a remarkable correlation between the shape of the written statements and the appearance of the portrait. I am humbled by the stories of the 170 people in this project. Loli’s letters written by the mother she never knew, Trevis’ inmate card from 25 years ago and his current library card, and Grace’s lovely little stuffed dog who survived her scarlet fever all represent the subjects’ courage and generosity in coming forward with their stories. While all three are challenges I never faced, they give life and perspective to the ones that I have.”
Mintz is a Critical Mass 2013 finalist and is one of 2,600 international photographers listed on the Art Photo Index, a curated website at www.artphotoindex.com. More information on the photographer is available at www.chuckmintz.com. More information on the exhibition is available at www.precious-objects.com. "Precious Objects," the book, will be available at Las Vegas Barnes and Noble Northwest store during the exhibition.