Douglas Gibbs hopes to start a local phenomenon with 4 Elements of Culture, and judging by the Feb. 7 premiere of the event, that just might happen.
Gibbs, who came to Las Vegas via L.A. in 2000 to serve as Ghostbar’s first resident DJ, still spins music around town (including Firefly on Fridays) but also works to connect local artists with venues. So the free event was a little less about pleasing the crowd on a Monday night than creating an atmosphere where artists can showcase their work in a fresh way at a funky venue.
Nonetheless, that funky venue, Firefly’s new location on 9560 W. Sahara Ave., was packed with people who were pleased to see Gibbs pull off his imaginative concept: the bonding of art, music, food and fashion into one cultural showcase. Here’s a sampling of what they saw:
Art: Artist Teresa Maharaj’s oil paintings explored the beauty of the darkness while interpreting fantasy with unique characters and bold colors. Artist Caitlyn Saville combined graphic art with pop culture, taking her canvas paintings to a level of controversy. She has expanded her painting skills with murals and by restoring old furniture into art.
Music: DJs Shoe and MYK provided a soundtrack for the art. Hand-selected by Little Buddha owner Raymond Visan, DJ Shoe was the first resident DJ to headline in a Las Vegas restaurant. DJ MYK arrived three years ago mixing the sound of top 40s, hip-hop and house at Ghostbar. He has played for various clubs, lounges, and restaurants and currently resides at Mix at Mandalay Bay. Percussionist Cayce Andrew played along with the beat, enhancing the music spun by the DJs.
Food: Attendees could order off Firefly’s regular menu, which includes stuffed dates, chicken- and chorizo-stuffed mushrooms, and tuna tartare.
Fashion: Carla Taylor turned her passion as a wire sculptor into a jewelry designer. Her jewelry has been worn by celebrities (such as Fergie, Miley Cyrus and Andy Garcia) and can be purchased in the Centerpiece Gallery at Crystals.