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Las Vegas City Hall | Grand Gallery Exhibitions
495 S. Main St., First Floor
Usual Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.
Free and open to the public.

"Wayward Eye" Special Exhibition
Artist Denise Scott Brown
Oct. 26-27, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Oct. 28-30, 12 to 4 p.m.
This solo exhibition features the photographs of Denise Scott Brown taken between 1956 and 1966. Wayward Eye delves into Brown's exploration into urbanism, pop art, and the emerging architectural language of roadside America. The exhibition is on loan from the UNLV College of Fine Arts. Learn more at DuckDuckShed.com

TREMENDOUS – A Large-scale Sculpture Exhibition Nov. 3, 2022-Feb. 26, 2023
Opening reception Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m.
Las Vegas is home to many artists, but sculptors who create monumental artworks are often left out or forced to find non-traditional venues for display, such as outdoor sculpture gardens, temporary installations, or otherwise far-and-few opportunities. The selected artists in this exhibition grapple with identity, fantasy, myth, truth, and place, themes that define our glowing corner of the Mojave Desert known as Las Vegas. This exhibition aims to showcase larger-scale sculptures that are often difficult to display in traditional gallery settings due to their size. Curated by Aaron Cowan, a recent MFA Graduate from UNLV, current sculpture professor at UNLV, and former director of the Artist Residency Chattanooga program. 

Las Vegas City Hall | Chamber Gallery
495 S. Main St., Second Floor
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.
Free and open to the public.

Public Employee Exhibition 2022
Nov. 3, 2022-Jan. 5, 2023; artists reception Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m.
Come see how this art celebrate the creativity of our Nevada state, county, and city government employees. This is a great opportunity to recognize the diverse talents of our public employees.

Historic Fifth Street School | Mayor’s Gallery
401 S. Fourth St.
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Story Forms Exhibition
Oct. 27-Nov. 11, 2022
Artist reception Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Enjoy a page-turning celebration of visual art dedicated to narrative. Local artists were asked to revive this genre with their own creative expressions of narrative art – telling a story, real or imaginary, through the use of images, scenes and symbols.

West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery
947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Wednesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gallery hours may vary, please call ahead.
Free and open to the public.

by Phubiya Oshona Smith aka “Biya” and featuring child artist Braia Smith

On display through Saturday Oct. 29, 2022

This exhibit "Timeless” is a variety of colorful concepts ranging from abstract to inspirational pieces to simply capture the essence of everyday life.

The works in this exhibit, acrylic paintings on canvas, are from the artist’s personal collection of conservative and diverse pieces with various themes. The artwork includes animals and characters with a variety of colorful concepts.

Phubiya Oshona Smith is a self-taught artist who reminds us that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

My artwork is a constant search for the best way to interpret things that I see, places I want to go, motivation, love, life, and lots of colors. I do not limit myself to one medium, style or concept. My inspiration and ideas change. My knowledge changes with each piece I create. I create artwork that makes me happy. I love the way that I am able to think of something and paint it. When people see my work, I want them to see I put my heart in every piece. Just knowing and seeing people enjoy my work and what I’m able to accomplish, I am complete and it makes my day!

Phubiya Oshona Smith aka “Biya” was born in Oceanside, California, on a military base. She became a Las Vegas resident in 1980. Born just as unique as her name, which means “joyful birth,” Phubiya entered this world a breech baby (butt first)! Later in life she would become a devoted wife and mother of four and grandmother of two. She has been a high-tier underwriter for a reputable Las Vegas bank for the last 16 years. Three years ago, Biya began to take up painting as a hobby to relax, but most importantly being able to express her feelings and vision to leave a forever impression of herself for years to follow. Her husband heard and obliged by surprising her on her birthday with everything she needed to start her new endeavor. As a self-taught artist, one painting led to another, led to a few, then to a home gallery. She is now one of Las Vegas’ most active mobile paint and theme party coordinators. Biya hosts and facilitates wine and canvas paint parties at Tahiti Village Resort weekly, private parties and event collaborations with other inspired black entrepreneurs in the Las Vegas community. Biya also donates her paintings to cancer patients/survivors, fulfilling her personal goals to touch people’s hearts through her artwork and leave an everlasting piece of her legacy.

Featured child artist Braia

Braia Nyelle Smith was born April 19, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Braia has a great personality. She is very smart and when she turned 11 months old she took up an interest in painting. Her grandmother Biya has been her teacher. Painting has become a regular thing that she loves to do. She now has painted more than 50 abstract pieces, and knows exactly what she wants it to look like at the age of 3 years old. Braia will be an inspirational artist for kids and adults all over the world and to the next generation.

Mario Smith Exhibition

Opening Nov. 2. Details to be announced.

Charleston Heights Arts Center | Gallery
800 S. Brush St.
Hours: Mondays and Saturdays 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed on Sundays and most major holidays.
Free and open to the public.

Pop-N-Op Exhibition
Sept. 3-Dec. 3, 2022.
This exhibit is a celebration of pop art and op art. Artists were challenged to explore the two historic mid-century art movements by visually weaving both into one visual concept, taking inspiration from notable artists such as Andy Warhol and Victor Vasarely.

Bahamian Junkanoo Pop-Up Exhibition
Nov. 17-19, 2022; artists reception Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Exhibition hours are Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

The major focus of this exhibit will bring to life the history and evolution of the major Bahamian cultural expression known as junkanoo, with its costumes, music and dances. This pop-up exhibition can serve as an avenue to bring the spirit of junkanoo to Las Vegas where visitors my experience this unique cultural expression from its origins in Africa through its evolution today.

First Street Art Trail
495 S. Main St., Along First Street
Available to view at all times.
Free and open to the public.

Windows on First: Visible Mass
By Joel Spencer

The Windows on First program invites artists to create original, site-specific installations presented within the context of the First Street Art Trail. "Visible Mass” is a departure from the invisible vapor. The artist's whimsical approach to art and importance to keeping it light. Lite as a cloud. Cloud lite.

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