Some folks are all about keeping it wild. While Friends of Nevada Wilderness is more about open spaces than the party scene, their opening reception for their Wild Nevada Exhibit was quite the festive event, packed with artists, advocates and volunteers. During Artown the local 502(c) non-profit headquarters becomes an art gallery featuring a variety of visual mediums and diverse landscapes and wildlife.
“Art is activism,” one of the volunteers remarked to me. She then noted how Ansel Adams brought remote spans of wilderness to public attention. In addition to raising awareness of Nevada’s public lands, the exhibit also provided visibility to local artists, like Rachel Micander, who fielded inquiries about her work like a veteran during her debut show.
As an office dweller, I was pleased to see the outside brought in—long white hallways populated with snowy mountains, wild flowers even a Lazuli Bunting and an Evening Grosbeak, birds native to the Great Basin. So corporate spaces can play host to art and nature if only for a little while.