Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Upcoming: Dueling Pianos Vie for the Spotlight at this Friday's ArtBeat

The Target-sponsored event rolls on this Friday evening, June 19th at the Henderson Events Plaza (200 S. Water St.). This week's musical lineup: Dueling Pianos. Come check out ArtBeat anytime between 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Absolutely free to the public. Art, entertainment, concerts, and tradition assembled in one place for the celebration and education of the community.

Here are a few lovely photos (courtesy of Plaza Gallery's Susanne Reese) from last week's event. Musical guests that evening were Pure Evidence followed by William Joseph. Pure Evidence singer-songwriter and author B. (Brenda) Lee Schmidt will be performing again at the Henderson Events Plaza on Thursday, June 18th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.

Artist Kathy Cartier Featured At This Week's Receptions at Henderson's Plaza Gallery

This Thursday, June 18th, Plaza Gallery (223B Water Street, Henderson, NV) will be hosting a reception for Kathy Cartier who has been working as an artist in the Las Vegas area for over eight years. Her large scale, mixed media collage paintings and vessels have been exhibited in the Las Vegas Art Museum, Laguna Beach Sandstone Gallery, Neonopolis, and throughout the country. Drop in anytime from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday evening. Not just any Thursday. THIRD THURSDAY.

Bonus. If you miss out on Third Thursday's reception or just feel like coming back, there will be one the following evening during Friday's Target-sponsored ArtBeat.

Back-to-back receptions. What could be better than that?

Kathy will be discussing her work and the fine art value of oriental paper making. She is a recent addition to the growing body of talented artists exhibiting at Plaza Gallery, also a permanent member whose work will be displayed year-round.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

June 5th ArtBeat: A Huge Success

With postcard-perfect weather and the Henderson Symphony Orchestra onboard as featured musical entertainment for the evening, it was hard for the June 5th Target-sponsored Henderson ArtBeat event not to be a spectacular one. Photos above taken and provided by Susanne Reese, resident photographer and co-owner of Plaza Gallery with husband Gary Reese.

Visit their gallery directly opposite the Henderson Events Plaza in the Heart of Henderson in the Water Street District. Look for more photos from this past Friday's ArtBeat event and you're always welcome to attend the next one. Find out more here:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Who Made the Blog Today? Wendy Rountree

HAA member Wendy Rountree began her pursuit of photography over 30 years ago, constructing a darkroom in a very small bathroom to learn to develop black and white film. She finds photography, along with writing, perfect artistic tools to view and examine the world.

"Photography makes me pay attention, to look around more, to be aware, to think and absorb as I go through life. It continues to cause me to open my eyes, to see things in new and different ways, to appreciate the nuance of an expression, to see something beautiful in the simple or the sublime."

Wendy has studied at the International Center for Photography in New York and the Santa Fe Photography Workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She joined Professional Women Photographers of NYC (PWP) in 2001 and is a former board member.

"My photographs represent some of the things I've seen along the way. In sharing I hope that it helps people to stop and notice whatever they may find beautiful or interesting in their own journey, with or without the camera.

Wendy currently resides in the Las Vegas, NV area and travels frequently. More of Wendy's work can be viewed at her website (photoartforlife.com) and she may be reached by email at

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

TARGET® Sponsors "ArtBeat" in Downtown Henderson, Nevada

Photos courtesy of Susanne Reese, resident photographer and co-owner of downtown Henderson's Plaza Gallery

Known superstore and community supporter Target® is sponsoring the cultural arts series ArtBeat in the Water Street District (WSD) in the Heart of Henderson, NV. Above are a few photos from the fourth and most recent ArtBeat event which took place Friday, May 29th. Entertainment included chalk drawing, a drum circle demonstration by Gordon McCaw Steel Drum Group and Eric Price, and a performance by Bash the Trash, a group whose instruments are crafted from recycled materials.

Make your way down to Water Street this Friday, June 5th for the next one. The free family-friendly events will be occurring throughout the summer, always on a Friday, which happens to line up perfectly with the Downtown Henderson Farmer's Market. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and a wide selection of art, photography, and crafts. What's not to love?

ArtBeat is FREE, open to the public, includes live performances, and takes place from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at and around the Henderson Events Plaza (200 South Water Street in Henderson, NV).

Additional ArtBeat dates include:

June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, September 4th, September 18th, October 9th, and October 23rd

Visit this Henderson Live link to find out about exhibitor opportunities and to see who will be performing.