Traveling Exhibit - Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada
Traveling to locations all over Nevada through 2015, Wally's World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada is a unique exhibit of Nevada art by Nevada artists. Wally Cuchine, a long-time Nevada resident and avid supporter of local artists, has been collecting pieces for more than 30 years. His collection has been described as the largest in Nevada.
From the Nevada Arts Council Traveling Exhibition Program:
In 1987, Life Magazine described US Highway 50 across the center of Nevada as the “The Loneliest Road in America.” The 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, Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada because Wally Cuchine’s art collection is located in Eureka, Nevada on Highway 50’s route.
For more than two decades, residents in this part of rural Nevada have experienced a breadth 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 Eureka residents and visitors. Known for his unflagging commitment to and support of 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 available nook and cranny in each 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 percent of his collection. Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada 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.
Exhibit artists include: Ron Arthaud, Lyle V. Ball, Cherlyn 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.
Wally's World will travel to various locations throughout the state of Nevada through 2016:
Jun 24-Aug 16, 2013 – Comstock History Center, Virginia City
Aug 26-Oct 18, 2013 – Eureka Courthouse Gallery, Eureka
Oct 28-Dec31, 2013 – Beatty Museum and Historical Society, Beatty
Jan 6-Feb28, 2014 – Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
Mar 10-May 2, 2014 – Northwest Reno Library, Reno
May 12-Jul 4 – Fernley City Hall Lobby Gallery, Fernley
Jul 14-Sep 5, 2014 – Austin Museum, Austin
Sep 15-Nov 7, 2014 – Great Basin College Gallery, Elko
Nov 17, 2014-Jan 9, 2015 – Art Bank, Ely
Jan 19-Mar 13, 2015 – Pershing County Library, Lovelock
Mar 23-May 15, 2015 – Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko
For more information, visit the Nevada Arts Council website at http://nac.nevadaculture.org/