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Quilts to highlight art show at Carson Valley Days

Staff reports

Highlighting this year’s art show at Carson Valley Days is a special showing of Reno artist Beverly Byington’s interpretation of a poem done in 12 quilted panels.

The poem, “The Creation, A Negro Sermon,” was by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938).

“We all live lives fraught with crises small and large and joy small and large,” said Byington, whose daughter is Sheila Byington, Town of Minden office manager and long-time Valley resident.

“We each choose our way through the maze of life. I have chosen creativity. In the hardest of time, it has taken me through the mightiest of storms.”

Byington said the work was inspired by the television show “Creativity or Crisis” and the poem.

“I began asking people what God looked like,” Byington said. “Their interest and thoughtful answers add much more meaning to the art pieces.”

The Carson Valley Days art show is sponsored each year by the Carson Valley Art Association and is held at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Artists from Nevada and nearby California communities may enter June 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hall. A reception is Friday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m., and the show continues through June 13. Admission is free and all art is for sale.