by Darryl Martin
Why Buy Original Art?
I’m sure that many of you have heard of Ely, a north-central Nevada town, known for it’s open pit copper mine, it’s Greek & Basque population, and surrounded by very high mountains, for being one darn cold place during the winter months.
The dust from the mines has settled and the cows came home, leaving the villagers time to reflect on their heritage and to reinvent themselves as cowboy poets and artists. And then, the villagers, along with visiting artists, started to paint their town. They painted murals on local buildings, telling stories of the town’s past and of Nevada’s history.
Ely has always had plenty of local color, but now it has visually reflected it on the buildings. This year the Global Mural Conference will bring 100 mural artists from all over Canada and the U.S., as well as from such places as Scotland and Tasmania.
These murals have brought a great sense of history as well as a wonderful sense of community to the residents of Ely, and the same thing can, and is happening right here in Boulder City- a community with a great story to tell.
Sue Berger and Lynn Jordon, through the Boulder City Arts Council, are actively identifying blank walls for more Boulder City murals. We have a great start with the wonderful murals painted by local artist, Connie Ferraro, and now Sue and Lynn will lead our artists to the next step. Let’s paint this town!