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ACE Committee Chairman
Great Basin College, HTC 130
"The mission of the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Committee is to organize programs and events that expose our communities to new experiences, cultures, and viewpoints. ACE provides access to the arts and fosters a spirit of inquiry, creativity, and reflection at Great Basin College."
The annual GBC Film Festival and other artistic ACE projects are funded, in part, by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the WESTAF TourWest grant program. The ACE Committee is also responsible for the Argentum literary magazine. Visit the Argentum web page and learn how you can contribute your own literary and artistic talents.
Have an idea for new events? Want to help? Contact Michael Bail at 775-753-2241 for more information!
Culturally Diverse Independent Films Highlight February GBC Film Festival
For the eleventh year in a row Great Basin College brings several independent films to town for moviegoers who enjoy something out of the ordinary. All films begin at 7 p.m. with tickets ($7 for the general public and $6.50 for students and senior citizens) available for purchase 45 minutes before the film starts. The only exception is the Feb. 11 showing of short films where tickets go on sale Jan. 11 at Duncan Little Creek and will also be sold at the door prior to the movie. As in past years, local culinary sponsors offer appetizers prior to the movie. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. at GBC and tables for appetizers will be set up in the solarium adjacent to the theater.
Films, culinary hosts and sponsors follow:
The GBC Film Committee welcomes all independent film lovers interested in selecting next year’s films to contact committee chair Russ Minter at 775-777-6093.
“Our goal is to bring great films to Elko that have not appeared in local theaters for all film fans to enjoy,” notes Minter.
The Film Festival is just one of several cultural events sponsored by the GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment Committee.
The Great Basin College's Art Gallery presents A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard. A native of southwestern Oklahoma and former bronco rider in Madison Square Garden, Craig Sheppard was remembered as a prime mover in northern Nevada’s cultural community in the years following World War II. He arrived at the University of Nevada in 1947 with the savvy of a seasoned cowboy and the experience necessary to teach most all courses in the art department he had been charged with rebuilding.
Rather than proposing A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard, as a cross-section of the artist’s career, the co-curators, Jim McCormick and Fred Reid have designed an exhibition that focuses on Sheppard’s abiding fascination with horses.
Sheppard was not a one-dimensional painter; throughout his long career, the artist constantly reinvented himself. However, the one constant subject he returned to—even when he worked in France, Norway or other parts of Europe— was the horse and rider and variations on that theme. A Brushwork Roundup features works that reveal Sheppard’s indebtedness to Picasso and the Surrealists. His late night painting marathons while living in Norway produced hundreds of sumi drawings of horses and riders, images that were more eastern than western. His “Yellow Slicker” series employs transparent watercolor wash at its most sublime, glowing passages of white paper speaking volumes against his equestrian subjects. And there are large abstract canvases, surfaces that are charged with passages of raw contrasting colors and uncharacteristic impasto.
Viewers can expect to be challenged by Sheppard’s variations on the theme of horse and rider. The artist reached back to earlier times in Nevada when it was the least urban of all the states. Today the exhibit will resonate with those who venture beyond urban limits and encounter still existent ranches, cowboys and wild horses on Nevada’s rangeland.
ABOUT: Co-curated by Jim McCormick and Fred Reid and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Presented by Great Basin College and the GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Committee!
ACE Committee Chairman
Great Basin College, HTC 130
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