On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, the Neon Museum will host its second-annual parent-artist in residency program, featuring Las Vegas artist Elena Wherry.
Funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, this residency represents a partnership between the Neon Museum and the Barrick Museum. The residency calls for parent-artists to create work inspired and enjoyed by their children—and, by extension, children of all ages.
During the two-day event, participants will collaborate on an artwork Wherry calls “Neon Playground,” a quilt of paintings and drawings created in conjunction with area children and parents.
The free public program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in the Neon Museum’s North Gallery. On Monday, March 28, the installation will move to the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, where it will be on display through April 30.
Participants in the free program will have the opportunity to use drawing, painting and collage techniques on individual 18-inch-by-20-inch sheets of paper. Wherry will provide hand-made linoleum stencils featuring iconic neon images, which she describes as “easy and fun to use” for younger participating artists. Once each artist in the family has completed their masterpiece, Wherry will mount it on foam core. Each completed work will be connected to another to form the quilt, resulting in a varicolored patchwork of neon-inspired imagery. The size of the installation will depend upon the number of participating artists.
“My goal with this art event and installation is to increase awareness of Las Vegas’ history, as well as create an aesthetically pleasing work of art that will spark conversation and cultural appreciation in our community,” explains Wherry. “I’m especially delighted to have the chance to engage children and families by providing them an opportunity to join in the creative process.”
Elena Wherry was born in Russia in 1967. Art and creativity have been a part of her life as long as she can remember, having grown up with a father and grandfather who were both great musicians, painters and photographers. After moving to the United States in 2000, she took college-level art classes and began working professionally as an artist. Especially interested working with water media on paper, Wherry has studied with prominent national and international water media artists. She has earned ample recognition for her work, including “Best of Show” in the 2014 Nevada Watercolor Society Fall Show and the Memoriam Award in the 2015 40th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies’ Exhibition. Her work may be seen at The Corner Gallery in Las Vegas.
Reservations are not required for this free public event. For more information, go to www.neonmuseum.org/happenings or call (702) 387-6366.