February 12, 2010 



Las Vegas Perspective: Reflections Of The African-American Artist
Artists’ Work Exhibited in Honor of Black History Month


The public is invited to attend the “Las Vegas Perspective: Reflections of the African-American Artist” exhibit, which opens today, Feb. 12, at the Bridge Gallery in Las Vegas City Hall, located at 400 Stewart Ave. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features artwork from the following local artists: Abraham Abebe, Dayo Adelaja, Harold Bradford, Sylvester Collier, Lolita Develay, Vicki Richardson, Lance Smith, Mario Smith and Joseph Watson.

The exhibit runs through April 23, 2010, and is presented by the city of Las Vegas. The Bridge Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall, near the information desk. Visitors may enter through the breezeway from the second floor of the parking garage, which is on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Stewart Avenue. Parking is by paid meter only. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Call (702) 229-1012 for more information.      

Abebe was born and raised in Ethiopia. He came to the United States at the end of 2003. He received an Associate of Art degree at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev., in 2007. In 2010, he will receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UNLV.

Adelaja received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va. He received his Master of Arts degree, also in Graphic Design, at California State University in Los Angeles. He presently works as an art specialist with the Clark County School District.

Bradford was born and raised in New Orleans. He began his interest in art at age 3. He earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He has worked both as a commercial designer and fine artist and has spent more than 28 years as a designer in the sign industry, including seven years as an art director.

Collier was born in 1931 in Dallas, Texas, and is now a resident of Las Vegas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and printmaking from UNLV and his master’s in education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. He taught secondary art with the Clark County School District for many years. He has been in numerous exhibits over the past 35 years. 
 
Develay was born in the small California town of Pearblossom, the daughter of a Tuskeegee airman and a homemaker. She spent 20 years in the advertising industry before committing to her true passion of painting.  She currently resides in Las Vegas and will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UNLV in December 2010.

Richardson received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University in Nashville and her master's degree from the University of Chicago. She is owner and director of the Left of Center Art Gallery. Richardson has been a resident of Las Vegas for 28 years and a teacher in the Clark County School District for 18 years.

Lance Smith was born in 1988 in Dayton, Ohio. Presently he is working toward his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UNLV. Since 2007, he has exhibited his work in approximately 24 group/invitational exhibits.

Mario Smith is a native Bahamian and was raised in the Bahamas and Holland. As an artist, he is primarily self-taught. His art is based on his experiences living in different cultures and his imagination. 

Watson grew up in Gardena, Calif., a small city south of Los Angeles, but now resides in Las Vegas. In 1994, he received a degree in commercial art at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Since then, has earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.


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