For 15 years, the Contemporary Arts Center was the anchor tenant for the Arts Factory, one of the cultural hubs of the Downtown Arts District. That’s changed now that the nonprofit art gallery has relocated into the Alios space on 1217 S. Main St.
Why move? CAC co-president Aurore Giguet says Alios owner Todd VonBastiaans “gifted” the space rent-free for six months. This will allow the gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, to focus on fundraising, grant writing and partnerships.
A bittersweet moment, but CAC’s board is excited to be shuffling just a few blocks away.
“Alios is a bigger, more visible and more accessible street-front white-cube space,” explains Giguet when asked about giving up anchor-tenancy in an established venue for a store along Main. “We’re thinking about how we might best serve not only the arts community but the greater Las Vegas community.”
To celebrate the re-opening of the longest-running volunteer arts organization in Southern Nevada, artist Matthew Couper unveils a curated group show, Sampler: Las Vegas, tonight at 6 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through December 14, features works by 13 artists from California, New York, St. Louis, Israel, New Zealand and Las Vegas. The show’s stated theme is to address Las Vegas’ inherent aesthetic. There is a curator’s talk on December 5 at 7 p.m.
“With its unique signage and advertising,” Couper says, “Las Vegas is the ideal city in which to explore the relationship between image and text.”
Call (702) 382-3886 or visit LasVegasCAC.org to find out more.