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Minden woman’s art hangs in Legislature

Staff reports

Minden artist Nancy Clarke will have her work on display at the Nevada Legislature this session.

Husband Ron Clarke said Nancy gave eight paintings to the Legislature for display during the session.

“She was rubbing elbows with the governor, but she didn’t know it because he is way up here and she is way down there,” Clarke said describing the difference in height between his wife and Gov. Kenny Guinn.

This is the second session Clarke has displayed her paintings at the Legislature.

Ron Clarke said the paintings are supposed to go up in a more prominent place than last year.

“They said they will be rotating paintings around the Legislature,” he said. “They will be up until the middle of June.”

In addition to paintings of barns, other oil landscapes on display will be the Old Mammoth Corral and Bodie.

Nancy Clarke is a member of the Carson Valley Artists Association, CVAA, the Nevada Artists Association, NAA, and an Associate Member of both the Women Artists of the West and the Oil Painters of America. She regularly hangs her oil landscapes in the Brewery Art Center Gallery in Carson City and the East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville.

Clarke majored in art at the University of Illinois, studying a combination of painting, drawing, sculpture, and graphic arts. She left college to marry and start a family, continuing to take art classes and paint at home.

In 1994 she started taking painting classes at the California Arts Institute in Westlake Village, Calif.

In 1995, after one year of classes and non-stop production, she entered her first juried show, winning awards and continuing to do so to the present.

In 1996, she entered into the commercial art show circuit, showing in a gallery or two and she has sold 95 paintings to date.

Clarke will have her landscapes in the Women Artists of the West show at the Hart Ranch in Newhall CA. This will be in conjunction with the Cowboy Poetry and Music event April 29 – May 1.

She will be the featured artist at the NAA Brewery Art Center Gallery May 2 – June 11.

Her oil landscapes will be hung across the back wall.

Clarke will participate in the Tahoe Tallac Association Festival of Arts & Music again this year. The Art Exhibition will have a new format.