A painting by Ron Arthaud titled “Lage morning Eureka, NV” featured in the Nevada’s Loneliest Art Collection exhibit coming to the Ely Art Bank. (Courtesy photo)

A painting by Ron Arthaud titled “Lage morning Eureka, NV” featured in the Nevada’s Loneliest Art Collection exhibit coming to the Ely Art Bank. (Courtesy photo)

The Ely Renaissance Society is pleased to announce “Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada”, featuring 35 pieces of art from Wally Cuchine’s collection. In 1987, Life Magazine particularly mentioned the 287-mile stretch between Fernley and Ely as “remote with few points of interest” and it urged travelers to have “survival skills” to make the journey. Exhibit curator, Jim McCormick titled this NTI-Traveling Exhibition, “The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada because Wally Cuchine’s art collection is located in Eureka, Nevada on HWY 50’s route.

For more than two decades, residents in this part of rural Nevada have experienced a breathe of quality cultural events thanks to Wally Cuchine’s personal passion for the arts. As director of the Eureka Opera House for over 18 years, Cuchine consistently presented first-class entertainment to residents and visitors. Known  for his unflagging commitment to and support of the artists, and his unswerving faith that the art and artists of Nevada are a valuable resource, he has acquired an unparalleled personal collection of Nevada Art.

Cuchine brought a unique pursuit with him to Eureka insofar as conservative, down-to-earth ranchers and business folks were concerned – Art. And he arrived with his own gallery. Beginning in 1978 with an 18’ travel trailer, expanding to a 26’ model after that, and finally moving his 14’ x 60’ Charter Mobile Home from Ely to Eureka, Cuchine hung art in every nook and cranny in each one of them.

Cuchine estimates his art collection at 1,500 to 2,000 works. A small fraction of the collection is represented in Wally’s World – 35 works, about one per cent of his collection. “Wally’s World” is a testament to one individual’s tenacity in expressing his passion for art. His collection and this exhibition are a generous gift to the state he so deeply cherishes.

A piece by Robert Cole Caples called Tonopah houses. (Courtesy photo)

A piece by Robert Cole Caples called Tonopah houses. (Courtesy photo)

Exhibit artists include: Ron Arthaud, Lyle V. Ball, Cheryln Bennett, Ralph Bennett, Max Bunnell, Thelma Calhoun, Robert Cole Caples, Mary Chadwell, Diane Dunn, Mary Lee Fulkerson, Ruth Hilts, Larry Jacox, James Lawrence, Jean Legassick, Laverne Lightfoot, Gary Link, Barbara Maclean, Sharon Maczko, Jack Malotte, Jim McCormick, Marilyn R. Melton, Jeff Nicholson, Ron Oden, Dennis Parks, Mimi Patrick, Nancy Peppin, Brent Perkins, Roy Powers, Barbara Prodaniuk, Shirley Shaft, Annabelle Shelly, Craig Sheppard, Sidne Teske, Wally Wallace, and Larry Williamson. Gallery Notes essay by exhibit curator, Jim McCormick.

Curated and Gallery Notes by Jim McCormick and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, “Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada” is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Humanities, and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Exhibition Run will be from November 14 through December 28, 2014 at the Ely Art Bank, located at 399 Aultman Street. For more information please contact Fran Morrow, Artist Services Coordinator, Nevada Arts Council at 775.687.7106 or fmorrow@nevadaculture.org.