PARADE: THE COLLECTIVE - Cirque du Soleil's 13th Annual Employee Art Show
From Dec. 1 – 30, Cirque du Soleil will host its 13th annual art exhibition, PARADE The Collective, at Core Contemporary Gallery. The annual exhibition is a specially curated collection of art designed to showcase the unique creativity and talent of the entertainment group’s performers, technicians and staff, and will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
To welcome another year of the locally-acclaimed exhibit, PARADE The Collective will kick off with a welcome reception from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Dec. 6, which will allow the community to get to know the artists behind the creations and revel in the exclusive pieces on display made by employees from all Las Vegas resident shows, including Blue Man Group. During the month-long exhibition, visitors can stroll through the contemporary gallery and marvel in 25 original pieces highlighting a variety of mediums including painting, photography, costuming, sculpture and multi-media work.
“PARADE The Collective serves as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for locals to discover the unique, and sometimes hidden, abilities of our extremely talented cast and crew,” said Jerry Nadal, Senior Vice President of Cirque du Soleil.
New this year, PARADE The Collective will feature an original piece created by a youth artist from WHALER’s Creation. Part of Cirque du Soleil’s Social Action program, WHALER’s Creation offers fostered and adopted youth the job skills training and knowledge needed to obtain entry level positions in the arts and media.
Brooke Wahlquist, Community Relations Project Manager for Cirque du Soleil added, “Creating an innovative outlet for our Social Action Grantees, using art as a common language, is part of our wraparound approach to encourage community action and societal engagement.”
"Use Other Door" - National Juried Art Exhibition
From January 11-March 16, 2019, Core Contemporary Gallery hosts its inaugural national juried art exhibition, Use Other Door, at Core Contemporary Gallery. This new exhibition is a judged collection of contemporary art submitted by talented artists from across the country. The exhibit is free and open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with an opening reception to be held Friday, January 11th, 6:30-8:30pm.
Use Other Door invited artists to submit contemporary work that represented their interpretation of what their “other door” might be. As the call description stated, this “other door” might be something as literal as choosing between two or more physical doors to gain access to something. Or, it could represent something intangible, such as a missed opportunity, conquering a fear, pursuing a dream or abandoning a goal.
“Use Other Door provides an opportunity for artists to use their creative skills in a way that maybe they haven't in the past,” said Nancy Good, juror, professional artist, and owner of Core Contemporary. “Additionally, many artists are submitting to their first call, which requires courage to put themselves out there, facing the possibility of rejection. Oftentimes, artists are hoping to exhibit their work for the first time and are facing fears of failure, especially when submitting to juried shows.”
Kim Johnson, a long-time professional in the arts and native to Las Vegas, is the second juror for this exhibition and shares, “Being an artist is often about taking a leap of faith in order discover new meaning and expression to connect with the world. This is a perfect opportunity to stretch concepts and medium in a new direction. I am honored and excited to be a part of that journey with these talented artists.”
Selected from 65 separate submissions, Use Other Door is a vibrant, dynamic and expressive exhibition featuring sculpture, photography, assemblage, painting, and mixed-media by artists from around the country.
Suitable for all ages, Use Other Door is on display January 11 – March 16, 2019, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.