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Hidden Gems: The Best Art Galleries In Las Vegas

Hidden Gems: The Best Art Galleries In Las Vegas

Las Vegas is best-known for its world-famous casinos, but hidden among the lights and sounds on the Sin City strip are some pretty incredible art galleries. These galleries are true hidden gems because they are too often overlooked. If you ever have the opportunity to visit one of the world-famous Las Vegas Casinos mentioned below, be sure to make time to visit the art galleries within them. However, due to the current pandemic, we are forced to stay in the UK and stick to online casinos. At least for now. But as soon as the whole Covid-19 situation tones down, we recommend visiting Vegas as soon as you can.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

bellagio gallery

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art houses an incredible collection of must-see works of art. This art gallery is committed to featuring works by some of the world’s most remarkable artists. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art partners with museums and foundations from around the world to host noteworthy exhibitions such as “Picasso: Creatures and Creativity,” “Faberge Revealed,” “Warhol Out West,” and “Classic Contemporary: Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Friends.”

The small gallery is located in the Promenade Shops inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. The rotating exhibitions offer a calm, peaceful retreat from the excitement of the casino floor. While you’re on the strip, be sure to step inside the Bellagio and treat yourself to this sweet hidden gem.

Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas

Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas

It’s hard to imagine being able to overlook the largest fine art exhibition space in Las Vegas, but unfortunately, that’s sometimes the case with the Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas. With millions of people flocking to the city for the casino, it’s easy to understand why the Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas is considered a hidden gem.

This gallery was founded in 2002 and moved to its current location in downtown Las Vegas in 2008. The Metropolitan features over 20,000 square feet of exhibit area, including the main gallery, a small works gallery, and a special exhibitions area. They have a unique non-profit gallery where local, regional, and international artists can share their current work.

The Arts Factory

The Arts Factory Vegas

If you plan on spending time in the Arts District of Las Vegas, you won’t want to miss The Arts Factory. Actually, you may have a hard time missing this art gallery, thanks to the brightly-coloured mural that says “Love Las Vegas.”

Once you snap a few shots of the mural, step inside and take in the more than 20 art galleries and studios showcase art from local Las Vegas artists. It’s a gallery that offers a different experience each time you visit.

Domsky Glass

Lurking in the shadows of the Sunset Strip is Domsky Glass. This studio uses metal and glass to create innovative sculptures as well as light fixtures. While the gallery itself is worth seeing, you’ll want to check out some of the pieces that were made here if you are ever given the chance. Domsky Glass has created custom pieces for world-famous hotels, Cirque Du Soleil shows, fine restaurants, and more. You can also check out the art of glass-blowing while you are there to see how the pieces are made.

Aria Fine Art Collection

Aria Fine Art Collection

Unlike the other galleries on our list, the Aria Fine Art Collection is displayed throughout the entire Aria resort. Still, it’s an art collection worth seeing while you are in Las Vegas.

The Aria Fine Art Collection includes sculptures, paintings, and large-scale installations to engage visitors as they journey through the resort. Some pieces were carefully chosen and brought to the resort, while others are site-specific installations that were uniquely created by the artist just for that space.

You can find various works of art all around the Aria resort.

The Art of Richard MacDonald

The Art of Richard MacDonald

The Art of Richard MacDonald is showcased at two locations on the Las Vegas Strip. You can see these remarkable pieces of art outside the “O” Theatre lobby inside the Bellagio hotel-casino as well as at Gallery Row out of Crystals at CityCenter.

Richard MacDonald’s gallery is inspired by Cirque Du Soleil which explains the more than 50 bronze sculptures in the “O” Theatre gallery. If you have the opportunity to see these works of art up close, you will gain a better understanding of why some of them took eight years to complete. His appreciation for the grace and strength of each Cirque Du Soleil entertainer is clearly conveyed in each sculpture. If you have the chance, definitely take the time to see this work for yourself.

LIK Fine Art Mandalay

LIK Fine Art Mandalay

A true art-lovers Las Vegas experience wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the LIK Fine Art Gallery at Mandalay Place. Located right on The Strip, this fine art gallery is one of the biggest and most popular to showcase Peter Lik’s artwork.

You can walk through the gallery and take in the beautiful artwork that adorns the walls. Just don’t be surprised when wind up spending far more time gawking at landscapes than you ever imagined you could. Yes, they’re that gorgeous!

Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

When the man who owns the hotel is a major fan of art, you can be sure his passion will flow out into his hotel. Steve Wynn’s personal art collection includes works by Picasso, Monet, and Rembrandt. The collection becomes even more impressive when you factor in what is on display at his Las Vegas resorts.

One of the most noteworthy pieces of art to be displayed at the Wynn resort was Tulips, a $33.7 million Jeff Koons sculpture that Steve Wynn bravely displayed in the Wynn Theater rotunda.

As Steve Wynn collects more remarkable pieces of art, the collection at Wynn Las Vegas is sure to grow, so if you are ever on The Strip, be sure to take a walk through the resort to see what is currently on display.

Beginner-Friendly Art Projects You Can Try at Home

Beginner-Friendly Art Projects You Can Try at Home

You don’t have to have years of experience or even a remarkable set of skills to be an artist. To make art, you only need creativity and imagination.

See which ideas pique your interest and which ones you would like to try. Getting started is often the hardest part so take the leap and see what you can create at home.

Melted Crayon Art (Reimagined)

There is a good chance you’ve seen, at some point, melted crayon art that was made with crayons lined up next to each other at the top of a canvas. A hairdryer or similar source of heat is used to gradually melt the crayons from end to end. As the wax melts, it drips down the canvas creating a vibrant visual. While the more traditional method of this art project continuously creates beautiful artwork, we challenge use to think outside the box.

Here are a few different ways you can use crayons to make melted wax art:

  • Use tape to cover a portion of the canvas while the wax melts. Create patterns, shapes, figures, etc. with the tape.
  • Arrange the crayons into a unique shape or pattern, rather than only lining them up across the top of the canvas.
  • Melt only shades of green and brown to create stems, then attach fake flowers for a 3D effect.
  • Decorate something other than paper or canvas. Try melting crayons onto pumpkins, glasses, jars, and more.

Pointillism (Dot Art)

Pointillism, also commonly called dot art, is a painting technique in which distinct dots of color are arranged in patterns to create a picture. Traditionally, pointillism is done with only small dots that are the same or close to the same size. Modern versions of pointillism, or the dot art we are referring to, uses dots of different sizes to create mandalas and other types of artwork.

The best paint to use for dot art is acrylic. If you don’t already have some acrylic paint, we suggest purchasing a variety of colors to have on hand. Everything else you need to create a unique piece of artwork using pointillism is likely already in your home.

For the dots themselves, you can use a paintbrush, a cotton swab, a skewer, or just about any object that will allow you to carefully apply just a single dot of paint. As for what you should paint, get creative! You can paint dots on just about anything. Just be sure to leave the artwork alone until the paint dries completely. The larger the dot, the longer it will take to dry.

Yarn Wall Hanging

Anyone can make some of the coziest crafts with yarn. Wall hangings are currently a must-have piece of décor and you can make your own with yarn pretty easily. If you are looking for a fun DIY art project to pass the time and would prefer to put your artwork to good use, this is the project for you.

There are hundreds of thousands of tutorials online for how to create your own wall hanging. But they all say pretty much the same thing: tie strings of yarn around a stick or rod of some sort, then trim the bottom as you see fit. You can cut the yarn straight across to create a horizontal line, or you can start high at the edge and cut each piece longer as you go toward the middle to create an arrow shape. You can also create a zig-zag pattern or a semi-circle pattern. How you choose to shape your wall hanging is entirely up to you.

You can use the same color of yarn for the entire piece or mix it up and create a pattern. There is no limit to the number of ways you can make your wall hanging unique.

String Art

Another way to put yarn or other types of string to good use is with string art. String art is a project that anyone can take on, regardless of how much experience you have with creating art.

To make your own string art at home, you will need:

  • A piece of wood (however big or small you want your art to be)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • String (Embroidery floss, yarn, cord, etc.)

Once you have an idea of what kind of pattern you want to create, you should either draw or print out a picture of that pattern to use as an outline. You will then create an outline of that image with nails by carefully hammering them into the wood. Make sure the nails are evenly spaced around your pattern and nail them to the same depth.

Once the nails are in place, tie your string to the first nail and then outline the perimeter of the shape. Be sure to leave some extra string at the end so you can tie it off once you are finished.  To make sure the art looks neat and the string stays tight, wrap the string around the nail every time you come to a corner or need to change the direction of your string.

Once you have created the outline of your image, you can then fill in the shape with string. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just take your string from side to side, top to bottom, and all around to create a random assortment of lines that fill in the shape. Once you’ve done that, tie off the end of your string and you’re finished.

Drawing ideas and how to draw easy

Drawing ideas and how to draw easy

With people staying home, the quarantine is creating more artists. If you’re one of them, this is the perfect guide for you. All artists have a natural talent that allows them to be creative, but sometimes, a little guidance is all you need to achieve perfection. If any of the ideas below appeal to you, take a look at how to draw them flawlessly:

How to Draw a Cat

I, myself, am a pet lover with a Siamese kitten at home, so I have some expertise in this area. However, if you are a beginner, do not start with sketching a real cat. Instead, here are some really simple ideas for you to get started.

Before you delve into the actual drawing, grab a pencil, paper, and eraser. Any HB 2 pencil should be appropriate for a simple sketch, but if you’re looking for the right pencil for you, see Modern Met’s guide. Another tip to be aware of is not to press your pencil too hard on the paper. This allows you to erase any mistakes along the way without that graphite mark on your paper.

To draw a cat, start by creating a downward arch in the middle of the page, slightly towards the top. Be sure to proportion your drawings so that you don’t run out of space. Draw another arch facing up and join it with the first arch. This is your cat’s face. Move on to the ears and draw a curved, upside-down triangle on both sides on top of the first arch. Make smaller triangles into your already existing ones. Do they look like ears now? If you’re satisfied, move on to the cat’s body. For this, draw a horizontal line at the bottom of the page, right in the middle. Make sure to proportionate it with your cat’s face; the line should be parallel to the face and shorter than the arches on each side. Then, make two curved vertical lines on the right and life side. These should start at the two ends of the bottom line and end in the middle of the arch, something like this:

The only thing left now is your cat’s paws and tail. For the paws, draw a D-shape at the right side inner-corner of your cat’s body and another D at the left outer-side of your cat’s body. Lastly, for the tail, draw an S at the right side of the cat’s body in the middle of the curve. Draw another parallel S and finish the tail with a curve to join the two S’s. Your cat is now complete; you can play around with colors, add in strokes if you want and give it a unique look!

How to Draw a Wolf

Drawing a wolf looks much easier than it actually is. It may seem difficult due to their complex face structure, but if you’re a complete beginner looking for a challenge, follow the steps below to draw an easy wolf face.

Begin by drawing a diamond shape with curves on its edges to give it a more rounded look. Then, in the bottom half, draw an upward curve similar to a smile. Within this curve, draw a small circle for the wolf’s nose. Now move on to the eyes; this is a little tricky, so I’ve added a picture below for reference. Make slanting, cat eyes, and when you are done, you can move on to the ears. Draw the ears exactly like cat ears: two inverted triangles and two smaller ones inside them. Your basic drawing is complete; all that is left is detailing. Make two horizontal, parallel lines between the eyes down to the nose. Remember, they don’t have to be straight; you can add a little rough touch. Now line the wolf’s face. Refer to the picture below again and notice the darkest lines on the wolf’s face. Begin with those and then move to the lighter shades. Leave the space that is white, and your look is complete!

A tip to keep in mind if you have difficulty creating complex drawings is making construction lines. This helps to proportion the drawing properly:

How to Draw Dragon

To draw a dragon, start by making a circle in the center of the page. Draw a curved line right below the circle a little to the left (see the photo below for reference). Draw a smaller circle to the left and then two curved lines to the right and left of the first line:

Once you are done till here, connect the two circles with parallel lines, and then sketch the jaw of the dragon by drawing a beak similar to that of a duck’s:

Now complete the mouth of the dragon by drawing the lower jaw just like the upper jaw. Once this is done, pick up your eraser and remove the left part of the bigger circle, which joins the beak and the entire smaller circle. Your drawing should now start to look like a dragon. Notice how all these shapes were made only to help you form your basic structure. All that is left to do now is draw in the details. Draw horizontal lines between the two left curves from the top to the bottom. Then, at the back of the dragon’s head, make a fire. Add two very small triangles on the top left and bottom right of the straight line for the teeth. For the nostrils, make two inverted U shapes, one within the other on top of the beak. Draw one eye in the middle of the dragon’s head, slightly to the right. You can add horns and other details as well to give your dragon a fiery look!

How to Draw Flower drawings

Flowers are one of the easiest drawings that beginners can opt for. However, there are a number of different kinds of flowers that you can draw, some of which can be very complicated. I will be teaching you how to draw a tulip in just a few simple steps.

Begin with drawing a rectangle with rounded edges. Within this rectangle, make two ovals joined together. At the top of the two ovals within the rectangle, make a downward curve. Make two parallel lines under the rectangle for the stem of the flower. You can also add as many leaves as you want to give it a fuller look. Create the flower with light strokes to give it a softer look.

If you wish to make the same flower closed, draw an oval shape, similar to that of an egg. Create another oval within it and a curved line inside the right side of the outer oval intersecting with the inner oval, similar to this:

Finish off the flower by creating another curve joining the inner curve. This should be outside your entire shape on the right side. Next, refine the ovals by protruding the middle one out to give it a more realistic look. Create the stem and leaves to finish up and color in the flower to give it a more lively look. You can also create multiple flowers to fill up your page and hang it in your room!

 

 

With people staying at home, the quarantine is creating more artists

With people staying at home, the quarantine is creating more artists

Another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, whereas 4 out of 5 peoples’ jobs are being affected by the lockdown. However, even though the world is plunging into recession, it’s giving people some much needed time to discover their true talents – whether it’s cooking, painting, singing, dancing, or music.

It’s a well-known fact that some of the most successful companies like General Motors, IBM, and WhatsApp started during a recession, so it’s safe to assume that talented artists who just discovered their passion are likely to have a bright future ahead of them. The following is a list of some of the most creative ideas that freelance artists and brands have come up with that are boosting employment and growth for new artists:

Artists in Quarantine

Jakob Lohmann is a circus artist graduate who is known for combining his circus skills with performance art in order to counterview the relationship between spectators and performances. The artist has a gallery in New York that goes by the name of J.Lohmann Gallery Inc. Recently, ever since the lockdown was imposed, he created the Facebook and Instagram pages, ‘Artists in Quarantine‘. These act as platforms through which artists all over the world come together in order to share their ideas, collaborate on projects, or simply enjoy the work of other artists. A platform like this not only helps new artists to grow but also helps to uplift those in despair due to isolation.

InGallery: Make Quarantine Art

The InGallery, situated in the heart of Moscow, provided the perfect opportunity for artists who had lost work due to the pandemic and needed a platform to showcase it. They began the project ‘Isolation’ for freelancers who want to share their work with the world. It is calling out painters, graphic designers, media artists, performers, illustrators, and concept artists to send in their work made in 2020 before May 1st. This work will reportedly be submitted to a group of curators, including Anastasia Nikulina, and all shortlisted items will be showcased on a digital platform as part of an exhibition. This proves that while the physical world may have come to a temporary halt, artists still have the opportunity to unleash their creativity through alternative channels.

BBC: Culture in Quarantine

The globally recognized news network has come up with an art and culture initiative that is currently running on UK’s digital, television, and radio platforms. The initiative aims to broadcast the work of talented artists, which was suspended due to cancellations and postponed events. This content entails musician and comedian performances, collections and art pieces in galleries, the work of visionaries, and, last but not least, book festivals with exclusive access to the authors. The director of BBC Arts, Jonty Claypole, says that the brand was always more than ‘just a broadcaster’ and is playing its due role in providing a platform to collect and deliver the work of artists quickly. BBC is definitely playing its role by supporting new artists and providing content to interested viewers at a time where entertainment and creative content is much needed.

Quarantine Chat

The beauty of art as a concept is that it is not limited to the canvas. It can be labeled as creativity in any shape or form – and that is what artists Danielle Baskins and Max Hawkins reminded the world of. The duo created Quarantine Chat – an app with the voice chat feature, Dial-up. It is aimed at users in quarantine zones who feel lonely and allows them to connect with others in order to deal with the isolation and anxiety caused by the pandemic. Dial-up was initially introduced in 2019 for freelance artists who had no one to talk to about their work. The website helped them to connect with self-employed entrepreneurs who pretended to be their boss and offered them guidance. However, the purpose of Quarantine Chat is much more crucial. It aims to reduce the anxiety and depression faced by individuals in isolation.

In an interview with the Insider, co-creator Baskins mentioned how the idea for the app was close to home. She reportedly traveled to China, after which she contracted mono and was forced in isolation for weeks after. It was then that the idea came to her, “Then I thought: I wish I could talk on the phone to other people with mono and ask them what movies they’re watching and other stuff. It would be nice to talk to them because I know we’re going through a similar experience together at this moment”. She also added that while the coronavirus is not a lighthearted matter, she and Hawkins hope to bring people moments of joy during this difficult time.

David Zwirner’s online gallery

In trying times such as these, it has become the duty of the privileged to help those in need. German art dealer Zwirner has generously offered to share his digital viewing room with smaller galleries that do not have sufficient resources of their own to do so as physical spaces remain shut. Twelve art galleries in New York, including Essex Street, Bridget Donahue, David Lewis, Queer Thoughts and 47 Canal will now be showcasing two pieces of each artist on Zwirner’s platform; thus, creating a source of income for freelancers artists and art galleries that are facing financial constraints due to complete shutdown.

 

The Main Set of Differences Between Illustrators and Concept Artists

The Main Set of Differences Between Illustrators and Concept Artists

Before we begin to talk about the differences between two particular forms of profession, we would like to look into its similarities. Creativity and art are two aspects that play a key role when it comes to the profession of being an illustrator or a concept artist. Despite them being from the same world, the set of differences that they bring to the table are unique. These points keep them apart with people opting for either of them based on their mode of interests. So if you’re planning on hitting the world of art with these professions, then you need to know the difference. Hence, keep reading for the same.

1. Who are they?

Illustrator – if you look into ancient history, you will find illustrators who have been successful in creating various kinds of concepts. Over time, their need only rose to prominence and today’s illustrators are busy creating visuals for comic books, children’s literature and even caricatures for different kinds of needs. These creative bunch of individuals tend to discover their talent from a very young age and move forward to pursue the same.

Concept Artists – their line of work usually falls under animation and multimedia. Seeking a client’s requirement and solving the same tends to be their central aspect of criteria. They look at specific details like personality traits of a character and body to be able to bring these thoughts into reality. Be it special effects for games or videos; these individuals are quite busy with work.

2. What are their Qualifications?

Illustrator – the qualifications of an illustrator, tend to revolve around various forms of requirements. Although a bachelor’s degree in this field can help you land a job, your position stands to be more powerful when you opt for a special course. The curiosity to learn and explore is something that will help you a lot in this profession.

Concept Artists – qualifications of a concept artist more or less also revolves around different types of requirements. Most of these individuals complete a bachelor’s degree to get some form of stability and then move on to understand more about the game. Their aspect of interest needs to touch additional courses since it can strengthen the position.

3. Do their fields display signs of Growth?

Illustrator – growth is an essential aspect for an individual’s career, and the job of an Illustrator does not disappoint. A growth rate of 3% is quite visible over the years.

Concept Artists – if one has to compare the rate of Growth, then concept artists would take the lead with a figure stating 6%. Their careers have witnessed a new form of demand, thanks to the concept of digital marketing.