Critical pieces of American art history hang in a corner of the Lone Tree Gallery in Minden.
When one-third of the American people were jobless during the Great Depression, Gardnerville resident Gayle Laurel's father, Seymour Fogel, was painting murals under the Works Progress Administration.
The WPA employed millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and provided thousands of unemployed artists the opportunity to decorate hundreds of post offices, schools, and other public buildings with murals, canvases, and sculptures.
"He was one of the figures in it. He wasn't somebody …