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Nevada: Thriving in a Small Town – Mesquite Fine Arts Center

By Debbie Hall
Photography by Norma Sachar // Art by Kathleen Ludwig
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Mesquite Fine Arts Center showcases artistic endeavors.

In the city of Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, artists continue to paint, sculpt, draw, color, and create. The nonprofit Mesquite Fine Arts Center, managed by the Virgin Valley Artists Association, remains open for all to enjoy (and purchase) artwork made by local artists.

The center is a hub for artistic culture and education, promoting creativity for all ages in the Virgin Valley. It is a place to learn, share, develop skills, and display artistic endeavors. Exhibits include multimedia, oils, acrylics, jewelry, ceramics, photography, drawing, fabric, glass, and sculpture. Visitors can find art pieces for sale in its gift shop.

Settled by pioneers in 1880, the city was named for the mesquite timber that grew nearby, and the town has origins in farming. The first casino, Peppermill Mesquite Casino, was opened in the 1970s, and the town was incorporated in 1984 with a master development plan in the 1990s.

Exhibits are changed out every month, with an artist of the month featured prominently.

Photography by Norma Sachar // Artwork by Rachelle Knight