The Comstock History Center will present “One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships” featuring 22 visual artists who have received grant support from the Nevada Arts Council as master or apprentice artists in a variety of folk traditions.
Each recognized master is encouraged to work with one or more dedicated apprentices so their traditional art forms and personal contributions endure. The artists come from a range of tribal, ethnic, cultural, and occupational groups found throughout Nevada in both rural and urban communities. They include artists from among the indigenous Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe peoples and the ranchers, miners, loggers, and railroad workers part of the state’s history. They also include more recent immigrants from all parts of North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
The exhibition will run Aug. 1 through Sept. 28 at the Comstock center, 20 N. E. Street, Virginia City. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and the exhibit is free.
The exhibit highlights the work of 20th and 21st century Nevada folk artists involved in passing on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries. In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of Nevada’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, the Nevada Arts Council salutes all 160 master artists and 243 apprentices who have participated in the program and maintain the heritage of their communities.
Organized by the Nevada Arts Council, “One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold,” 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 exhibit has also been selected to be a Nevada Sesquicentennial Program and Exhibit. For more information about Nevada 150, visit www.nevada150.org.