A longtime resident, Lisa Dittrich has been part of the Las Vegas art scene for years. Inspired by her father, she creates by drawing, painting, and welding art out of iron, steel and other metals, but admits to a preference of working with acrylics and watercolors. Dittrich recently created, “They Have Risen, A Zombie Tribute Art Show,” exploring one of her favorite things motivated by the television show, “The Walking Dead,” George Romero’s movie, “Night of the Living Dead” and current interest in the subject of zombies.
Juan Muniz has called Las Vegas home since 1998 and has loved painting and drawing since he was a child growing up in San Diego. Incorporating his background in animation, graphic design and acrylic on plexi; Muniz paints cartoon-like characters dealing with 21st century life including technology, love and rejection. Muniz is known for his character Felipe, who is not gender specific and wears a rabbit costume with only blank eyes to hide true emotions. His work can be seen in Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan and downtown Las Vegas. Currently, Muniz is showing at Wyland gallery inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino and Goddard Gallery inside Planet Hollywood Resort. His work is also featured in Los Angeles and New York.
In 2009, Carrie Bourdeau first showed her paintings in Las Vegas. She works in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylic and watercolor as well as sculpture and block printing. Bourdeau also creates with recycled and repurposed elements and metals exploring patinas and oxidation of metal objects. Bourdeau has been featured in numerous art shows, individual and group, and has now expanded to national shows.
Dividing her time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Las Vegas native Jennifer Main is currently showing her work at Art Encounter located in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, the first gallery to accept her work years ago while she was still attending Las Vegas Academy as a fine art major focusing on drawing and painting. After high school, she opened her own gallery and still operates a gallery a decade later. Her themes involve light vs. dark, pain vs. pleasure, good vs. evil and happy vs. sad. Two of Main’s works can be seen in a permanent collection at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Chris O’Rourke is a metal sculptor using various metals and creating pieces in varying sizes. He uses clean lines and incorporates form, texture and then finish to his pieces. O’Rourke explores the parameters of metal in terms of possibilities and limitations. He recently created a six-foot, five-inch sculpture called “Family” made out of mirrored stainless steel fabricated never to rust and to be placed outdoors or indoors.