Thursday, March 10, 2011

Great Basin Landscape Inspires Wood Art Exhibit

Western Nevada College
Carson City Campus
WNC Carson City
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703

WNC Galleries
Bristlecone Building

The twisted and weathered woods of the Great Basin environment become imaginative and sometimes whimsical works of art in a new exhibit at the Western Nevada College Main Gallery. Larry Williamson's "Great Basin Work" exhibition will be in the gallery through Friday, March 25.

Williamson's carved creations are fabrications of his mind and his materials - aged pieces of wood found on the floor of the Great Basin. What transpires is an imaginative recount of the landscape that has surrounded him most of his life. For over 58 years, he has explored the Great Basin and High Sierra. He spends his days running the trails near his home and studio in Virginia City.

"It is in this solitude that I hope to find a little mojo to put into my work," he says.
His masterpieces range from raw to polished works, small carvings to life-size interpretations of the textures and life of the basin. A notable piece, "Untitled" bears the talons and feathers of a desert bird and is topped with what may be interpreted as rabbits jumping over the moon. The front depicts the scene of a Native American woman presenting a small man to two intricately carved canines.

WNC Carson City art galleries are located in the Bristlecone Building. Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, with holiday closures. Information: 445-3000.

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