Neon Playground: Neon Museum Parent-Artist AIR
From March 28-April 30, the Barrick Museum will host Las Vegas artist Elena Wherry, the Second Neon Museum Annual Parent-Artist in Residence. Funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, this residency represents a partnership between the Neon Museum and the Barrick Museum. The residency calls for parent-artists to create work inspired and enjoyed by their children—and, by extension, children of all ages.
During the two-day event (March 19 & 20) at the Neon Museum, participants will collaborate on an artwork Wherry calls “Neon Playground,” a quilt of paintings and drawings created in conjunction with area children and parents. On March 28, the installation will move to the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, where it will be on display in the Barrick Lobby through April 30.
Participants in the free program will have the opportunity to use drawing, painting and collage techniques on individual 18-inch-by-20-inch sheets of paper. Wherry will provide hand-made linoleum stencils featuring iconic neon images, which she describes as “easy and fun to use” for younger participating artists. Each completed work will be connected to another to form the quilt, resulting in a varicolored patchwork of neon-inspired imagery. The size of the installation will depend upon the number of participating artists.
“My goal with this art event and installation is to increase awareness of Las Vegas’ history, as well as create an aesthetically pleasing work of art that will spark conversation and cultural appreciation in our community,” explains Wherry. “I’m especially delighted to have the chance to engage children and families by providing them an opportunity to join in the creative process.”
This event is free and open to the public.
Suggested voluntary contribution:
$5 for adults;
$2 for children and senior.
Mondays - Fridays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours (May-August)
Mondays - Fridays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturdays: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and state and federal holidays.
More info on this event
UNLV Marjorie Garrick Museum, Neon Museum, the Nevada Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts