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CSN Gallery Opening “Elena Wherry: Bleaching”
July 20 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 pmFREE
CSN ARTSPACE GALLERY EXHIBITION
“Elena Wherry: Bleaching”
Friday, July 20, 2018 through Saturday, September 15, 2018
North Las Vegas Campus Artspace Gallery
The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of watermedia artwork by Russian born artist and College of Southern Nevada alumni, Elena Wherry. Wherry’s artwork explores abstraction and representation as it tackles the topic of coral die-off, caused by the process known as bleaching. “Elena Wherry: Bleaching” will begin Friday, July 20, 2018 and will run through Saturday, September 15, 2018. Ms. Wherry will participate in an Aritst Talk and Reception on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Artspace Gallery on the North Las Vegas campus.
Having grown up with a father and grandfather who were both talented musicians and artists, for Elena Wherry, art and creativity have been a part of her life as long as she can remember. After moving from Russia to the United States in 2000, Wherry began to study art in college and work professionally as an artist. She took art history and studio art classes at the College of Southern Nevada and UNLV. After rediscovering watercolor and loving to work on the surface of paper, Wherry began to take workshops with the best national and international watermedia artists. Wherry has accumulated numerous awards at local and national juried exhibitions. In 2016 she was an artist in residence at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Werry’s works have been exhibited at the Barrick Museum, and her paintings are in the permanent collection of UNLV’s Student Union.
Speaking of her work, Wherry says; “Dying coral look bland and lifeless, in contrast to the vivid rainbow hues of thriving coral. Using collage techniques, various papers and watermedia I visualize the beauty found under the water. I fuse abstraction and representation, vibrant colors and monotonous hues, living creatures and dying cells. My intention is to show the great beauty and complexity of the coral, but allude to catastrophic climate change and pollution of the ocean.”
The CSN Artspace Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.
For more information, please call (702) 651-4146