ANIMAZING GALLERY AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES INSIDE THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES ART CONNECT, A QUARTERLY EVENT, CONNECTING THE LAS VEGAS DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT TO THE STRIP

WHAT:
Animazing Gallery at Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas to be thefirst gallery on the Strip to collaborate with the Downtown Arts District helping to support and bring awareness to the Las Vegas art community. The first of a quarterly series of events called Art Connect will debut on March 22, showcasing one local downtown artist each quarter. Animazing Gallery is giving 10% of the nights proceeds to help support the Arts District.

Art Connect connects the communities and informs locals and tourists about the great art and galleries both on and off the Las Vegas Strip.

The much anticipated event will debut and feature artist Effie Hlad of the Arts Factory. Hlad will debut exclusive works to Animazing Gallery as part of the Art Connect event. Local street violinist Alex Rivers will also be performing.

WHO:
Effie Hlad is a mixed media artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA as a first generation American in a Greek family. She grew up learning how to sew, knit, and embroider which has heavily influenced her art now. Effie began her studies in art at the University of Georgia where she was classically trained using traditional tools and methods, then completed her BFA at Georgia State University where her teachers encouraged her to stray away from traditional rules. Due to this diversity in training, her work drifts between surrealism and abstraction as it explores narratives and spiritual ideas using a variety of media and techniques.

For fifteen years, Effie has shown her work in group exhibitions and artistic collaborations including the creation of a mural in the High Museum of Art in 2012. She currently owns and runs her own studio and gallery located in The Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas.

For more information, visit www.animazing.com For more information on Grand Canal Shoppes, visit www.grandcanalshoppes.com.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 22nd
6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.

About Animazing Gallery:
Founded in New York City, Animazing Gallery began its emphasis on abstract cartoon art in the mid 1980s. Now boasting over 3,000 square feet, the two-level gallery at Grand Canal Shoppes specializes in Contemporary Art, Pop Art, Surrealism one-of-a-kind Illustration art created by a range of renown illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, as recently featured on Pawn Stars, Charles M. Schulz and Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Artists represented include Peter Max, Tom Everhart, Tim Cantor, Daniel Merriam, Fabio Napoleoni, and Alex Ross. Animazing Gallery believes in supporting local artists, being community oriented and bringing greater awareness to the Vegas Arts Culture both on the Strip and in the Downtown.

About Grand Canal Shoppes
Located inside The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, the center boasts 160 specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands including Nevada’s only Barneys New York, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Dooney & Bourke, and Swarovski, create an unparalleled retail environment that includes a star-studded line-up of restaurants headed by famous celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse, Buddy Valastro’s Buddy V’s and Carlo’s Bakery and Lorena Garcia’s CHICA, as well as SUSHISAMBA, Mercato della Pescheria, SUGARCANE raw bar grill and Once. The center is also home to entertainment superstars, TAO Asian Bistro & Nightclub, and Lavo Italian Restaurant and Nightclub. For more information, visit www.thegrandcanalshoppes.com.

Grand Canal Shoppes is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

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