The Ely Art Bank presents “One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships” featuring 22 visual artists who have received grant support as master or apprentice artists in a variety of folk traditions. Each recognized master is encouraged to work with one or more dedicated apprentices so that their traditional art forms and personal contributions endure. The artists come from a range of tribal, ethnic, cultural, and occupational groups found throughout Nevada in both rural and urban communities. They include artists from among the indigenous Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe peoples and the skilled ranchers, miners, loggers, and railroad workers long a part of the state’s history. They also include more recent immigrants from all parts of North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia–some who sought new lives and economic opportunities in the early part of the 20th Century, and others who arrived much more recently. All contribute to the vibrant face and culture of Nevada today.

The exhibit highlights the work of 20th and 21st century Nevada folk artists involved in passing on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries, but which are still vital and dynamic today. In celebration of the Silver Anniversary of Nevada’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, the Nevada Arts Council salutes all 160 master artists and 243 apprentices who have participated in the program and maintain the heritage of their communities.

Exhibit artists include Hasna Akbas, Eddie Brooks, Fred Buckmaster, Clara Castillo, Sue Coleman, Florine Conway, Bernadine DeLorme, Wesley Dick, Charles Herring, Donald “Ike” Hicks, Linda Johnson-Comas, Barbara Lierly, JoAnn Martinez, Virginia McCuin, Edward McDade, Angie McGarva, Adam Nordwall, Vilma Parra, Maria Sanchez, Larry Schutte, Romeo Siguenza and Zoria Zetaruk.

Exhibition runs Dec. 21 through Feb. 12, 2015 at the Ely Art Bank, 399 Aultman St. A reception will be held Dec. 18, 4pm to 6pm.

ABOUT Curated and Gallery Notes by Patricia Atkinson and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, “One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold,” is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The exhibit has also been selected to be a Nevada Sesquicentennial (Nevada 150) Program and Exhibit. For more information about Nevada 150, please visit:

For more information please contact:

Pat Atkinson, Folklife Program Coordinator Nevada Arts Council  775.687.7103 or