Between Heaven and Earth, an Exhibition of the Blue Angel Motel Sign at Neon Museum’s NE10 Studio, May 24 – July 6

 

BLUE ANGEL: BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, AN EXHIBITION OF THE BLUE ANGEL MOTEL SIGN AT NEON MUSEUM’S NE10 STUDIO,
MAY 24 – JULY 6

 

The Neon Museum announces, “Blue Angel: Between Heaven and Earth,” the limited-time exhibition of the iconic Blue Angel Motel sign at its new Ne10 Studio, located at 1001 West Bonanza Road on the Las Vegas Review-Journal campus, beginning May 24. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Desert Space Foundation with support from the City of Las Vegas Mayor’s Office, as well as the City of Las Vegas Centennial Committee, which will fund the Blue Angel’s restoration.

The classic mid-century Blue Angel hovered above the Blue Angel Motel from circa 1957 until its removal for restoration by the City of Las Vegas in 2017. Designed by beloved local sign designer Betty Willis, who received worldwide attention for creating the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, the Blue Angel will reemerge for this temporary exhibit at the Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio before undergoing restoration.

The Angel will be surrounded by signs from the Neon Museum collection and featured alongside Blue Angel-inspired images by multiple artists, including Joshua Abbey, Jonnie Anderson, Robert Beckman, Montana Black, Jeff Fey, Emily Fromm, Nancy Good, Myles Jablin, Sean Jones, Bryan McCormick, Jerry Misko, Wade Schuster, James Stanford and Mikayla Whitmore.

For many local residents, as well as artists participating in this exhibition, the Blue Angel represents a guardian angel of sorts for Las Vegas. Displaying the figure in preparation for its restoration was conceived as a sign of renewal, hope and healing for the city, especially in the aftermath of the 1 October tragedy.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ne10. The exhibition will be free and open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from May 25 through July 6.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been ranked No. 1 in Las Vegas Weekly’s list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, used mainly for education programs and special events; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE DESERT SPACE FOUNDATION
The Desert Space Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 that was created to promote and preserve the art of Rita Deanin Abbey. Desert Space Foundation also produces the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival, which will mark its 18th year in January 2019.

Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival Announces “Crime on Canvas” Artist Lineup

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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
“CRIME ON CANVAS” ARTIST LINEUP

 

Shag, Brandon Boyd, Chris Mars, Colin Christian, Frances Bean Cobain and more will showcase works during the three-day festival

 

Crime on Canvas Announcement Asset

 

For the first time in the festival’s history, Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival has partnered with M Modern Gallery to bring “Crime on Canvas” exhibition to the three-day festival. Located inside The Western Hotel and Casino, Life is Beautiful ticketholders will have the exclusive opportunity to view and purchase original works and rare prints by more than 80 esteemed local, national and international artists.

 

“More than 90 percent of the pieces for this installment of Crime on Canvas will be new original works created specifically for this Life is Beautiful group art exhibition,” said Jay Nailor, owner of M Modern Gallery and curator of the Crime on Canvas lineup. “We wanted to create an experience that showcases the influence music and art have on each other. By bringing in these incredible artists from all around the world, we’re not only doing that, but we are exposing attendees to the only exhibition that will ever feature all of these artists at once”

 

The theme of the exhibit will be dark and eerie, showcasing pieces created by each artist that fully-encompasses that genre. Artists showcasing their works include world famous illustrator, Shag, best known for creating album covers for Smash Mouth, Nancy Sinatra, Pixies and more; Brandon Boyd, lead vocalist for Multi-Platinum rock band Incubus; Shepard Fairey, known for his iconic Obama campaign poster; Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love; Colin Christian, known for his latex costume worn by Miley Cyrus; Elisabeth Anisimow, nine-year-old artist featured on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s “All In With Cam Newton” and many more. Artists native to Las Vegas include Amy Sol, Casey Weldon, Gillean Clark, Juan Muniz, Giovanni Morales and Jerry Misko.

 

The full artist lineup includes: Adam Labuen, Adam Wallacavage, Alex “EaseOne” Pesante, Amy Sol, Amanda Erlinger, Amanda Visell, Andrew Hem, Andrew Schoultz, Annie Owens, Anthony Ausgang, Bob Dob, Bosko Hrnjak, Brad Woodfin, Brandi Milne, Brandon Boyd, Brian M. Viveros, Buff Monster, Bwana Spoons, Camilla D’Errico, Camille Rose Garcia, Casey Weldon, Chantal Menard, Chet Zar, Chris Mars, Christine Wu, Colin Christian, Damien Echols, Dan Quintana, Dave Kinsey, David Stoupakis, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Elisabeth Anisimow, Eric Joyner, Erica Flannes, Frances Bean Cobain, Gillean Clark, Giovanni Morales, Glenn Barr, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Gretchen Lewis, Heidi Taillefer, Isabel Samaras, Jaclyn Presant, Jasmine Worth, Jeff Gillette, Jennybird Alcantara, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerry Misko, Jessica Joslin, Jessicka Addams, Joe Ledbetter, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Josh Keyes, Juan Muniz, Keith Weesner, Kukula, Laurie Hassold,  Lindsey Way, Lori Nelson, Lorri Davis, Luke Chueh, Mab Graves, Martin Wittfooth, Matt Dangler, Menton3, Michelle Valigura, Mike Leavitt, Mike Stilkey, Naoto Hattori, Nicomi Nix Turner, Nouar, Panik Collective, Ray Caesar, Redd Walitzki, Ron English, Ryan Alosio, Scott Hove, Scott Musgrove, Selena Wong, Shag, Shepard Fairey, ThankYouX, Tim Biskup, Trav, Travis Louie, Troy Brooks and Zoey Stevens.

 

Art fans will have the opportunity to purchase these original pieces and have them shipped from the festival to the location of their choice. Pieces will range from approximately $100 to $50,000. In addition, there will be two pop-up stores, The Shag Store and M Modern Store, where festival goers can purchase pieces as well.

 

Tickets for the fourth annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival are currently available at LifeisBeautiful.com. General Admission 3-day tickets are available for $285; and VIP 3-day tickets are available for $655.

 

For highlights from last year’s festival, check out the Life is Beautiful 2015 Recap video. For more information on Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival, please visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com.

 

 

About Life is Beautiful:
Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival is an annual celebration where people from all walks of life (generations, orientation, race, religion, and nationality) come together and create an experience centered in music, art, taste and ideas. That gathering of people, by very nature, becomes a platform in which positivity prevails, culture and creativity thrive and transformation occurs.

 

Life is Beautiful launched in October 2013 featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful attracted more than 100,000 attendees in 2015. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.