By CATHERINE ELLERTON
Moapa Valley Progress
The Moapa Valley Art Guild Show and Sale was held on Friday and Saturday last week in the Old Logandale School. This years show not only celebrated the world of visual art, but also the 91st birthday of Guild founder, Max Bunnell.
For over 60 years the Art Guild, the brainchild of Bunnell, has flourished and his ambitious goals have been realized.
The Spring Art Show began in 1955 and continues to grow. According to Bunnell, it’s mission is to “afford the community the opportunity to view the wide world of the visual arts and to appreciate the scope of artistic endeavor.”
In 1959 Bunnell conceived the idea of a community art guild. This organization continues to be an active part of the community today. Its members offer lessons to the young and present scholarships to artistic graduates of the community. Each year, they also present the Spring Art Show and the fall Pomegranate Festival.
The auditorium at the Old Logandale School burst with color. Fourteen local artists shared their visions at this year’s Spring Art Show.
Founder Bunnell displayed some of his current creations. Two were characteristic works of beautiful desert landscapes. The other two featured the beauty of flowers: one of a rose and another of the iris.
The work of other local artists were also displayed from the colorful flowers of Susan Perez, to the “Immortal Cranes” of Jenenne Goodwin, to the beautiful stained glass creations of Barbara Merchant, to the Southwest renditions of Janet Trobough, Jo Tame and Aimeelyn Potts. Joy Lamb shared her rendition of the pumpkin. Jaqui Worthen captured the Great Roadrunner. Edith Ann and Bill Luce shared their rope baskets.
This reporter met Linda and Donna from Mesquite who assured me that, not only had they found treasures at the Valley-wide Yard Sale, but also at the Art Show.
As the viewers took a time out with a cookie and some punch, they could not help but cast their view upward to the magnificent mural of the History of Moapa Valley painted by Heidi Lewis Leavitt.