In Las Vegas, art is embraced by museums and galleries. The quote, “Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder,” a paraphrase of the quote by Plato applies to what is pleasing to a person. Abstract art, by definition, embraces visual language of form, shape, color and line to create a composition. Art is everywhere in Southern Nevada with abstract art exhibits showcased downtown, on the Las Vegas Strip and in galleries on college campuses and in the city.
Picasso-Creatures And Creativity
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-7871

On loan from a private collection, different phases of Picasso’s great work, from the 1930s to the 1970s, are exhibited at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The 43 pieces are on view for the first time in United States. Picasso used color for expression but drew form and space. Along with pieces from various stages of his life, photos of his home from the 1950s are also on display. The second Wednesday of the month is Art & Wine: a perfect pairing with a discussion about the exhibit. There is a cost for admission.

Art Encounter
5720 S. Arville St., Suite 119
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 227-0220

Opened in 1992, Art Encounter represents many artists, both national and international, utilizing several different art styles and mediums with a gallery showcasing their work. Three of the artists known for abstract work are Jennifer Main, Neal Doty, Paul Tapia and Vance A. Larson. Brett Maly, its appraiser, also appears on the television series, “Pawn Stars,” and has written “The Pocket Picker: for Fine Art” about identifying, purchasing and making a profit from art. Every third Thursday, a mixer is held to introduce the works of a new artist. Admission is free.

Recent Acquisitions

Marjorie Barrick Museum
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3381

In Recent Acquisitions at the Marjorie Barrick Museum, many of the artists included are part of Las Vegas creating a collection of works inspired by Southern Nevada. Various mediums will be showcased and a variety of art styles, including abstract, will be represented. The majority of the works on display have never seen before by the public before. Admission is free.

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Travels In Abstract
Emergency Arts
520 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 686-3164

Emergency Arts is a collective of individual galleries in a former medical center. Travels in Abstract by Joy Synder and Kathryn Gilbert Snyder will be showcased. Synder and Gilbert, in their 60s, work together to create the memories of travel, which becomes vague in time and creates an abstract quality in color. As well as several galleries and exhibits, Emergency Arts has a coffee bar and the houses The Burlesque Hall of Fame. Admission is free.

The Arts Factory
107 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 383-3133

The Arts Factory is an arts collective located in the 18b Las Vegas Arts District. Located in a 50-year-old commercial warehouse, it was converted in 1997. Galleries included Trifecta, Q Wang, 8 Martinis Gallery, Straw Garnet and 17 Moons. The Arts Factory also participates in Preview Thursday and First Friday art festivals held the first Thursday and Friday of the month with special exhibits and events. Bar + Bistro is part of The Arts Factory offering food and drink. Admission is free.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (37 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on