Silver and gold represent the new and the old as well as the precious mineral resources of Nevada. The years 2013–2014 mark the Silver Anniversary of the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which acknowledges one of the Silver State’s golden resources—its breadth of traditional artists, performers, and craftspeople that make Nevada home.
The exhibit, One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships, features the work of twenty-two 20th and 21st century Nevada visual artists of the Apprenticeship Program who have passed on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries, but which are still vital and dynamic today. Art forms represented in the exhibit include: Polish wycinanki (papercutting), Oaxacan embroidery for traditional dance costumes, twisted horsehair rope and horse tack, Washoe basketry, Ukrainian pysanky (egg painting), and saddlemaking.
The Folklife Apprenticeship Program supports the preservation of Nevada’s cultural heritage and continuation of its traditional arts. While honoring the state’s master folk artists, apprenticeship grants encourage the “handing-down” of traditional art forms, such as crafts, music, food preparation and dance, to […]