It’s a Sign

Two aspects of Las Vegas’ aesthetic—bright lights and cold concrete—are the focus of a new exhibit at the Historic Fifth Street School.

Concrete & Sparkle: Influences Of Las Vegas Signs and Architecture opens July 1, showcasing contrasting sides of the city through paintings and photographs.

“The programming of the space is really about the people who are around the space,” says city of Las Vegas gallery coordinator Jeannne Voltura, who curated the exhibit. The collection was originally intended to showcase architecture, but Voltura thought it best to alter her approach. “I didn’t want an architecture display, because they can be a little bit boring,” she says.

Realizing this, she compiled about two-dozen works from nine local artists that depict our architecture in atypical ways. Notable contributors include Darius Kuzmickas, Jerry Misko, Randa Bishop, Linda Alterwitz and Atsuko Parker.

“[Bishop is] mostly a travel photographer, but her work has an edge to it, too, that goes into the artistic realm,” Voltura says. Look for her shot of one of Aureole’s Wine Angels, as well as a candid shot captured by Alterwitz using a fisheye lens in the valet area at Caesars Palace, and Parker’s manipulated, multilayered photos of vintage Vegas signage.

Following its July 1 opening night reception, the exhibit will be open through Oct. 24 by appointment only (229-1012), and on select dates, including July 15 and 22 from 2-7 p.m.