“I am an artist. That is what I am and that is what I do. It feels like I have no choice,” laughs Las Vegan, Gina Quaranto, when asked why she wanted to become an artist.
Her new show Irreverence and 100 Year Old Day Dreams marks another chapter in her exciting art career. “There’s a lot of new stuff inspired by music and a palate of colors I’ve never really used before.”
The show consists of altered 100 year old books plus mixed media paintings on canvas, wood, and found objects. Quaranto says she worked on the exhibit for about a year in between her job as curator and director of Place Gallery.
Place Gallery opened its doors in October 2009. Quaranto says it is her goal to make the gallery everyone’s place. “I want it to be a destination for people when they come to visit the Arts District.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Quaranto moved to Las Vegas with her family in the early 90’s. “I went to Bonanza High School and spent my senior year avoiding all of my other classes except art.”
Quaranto’s big break came after a visit to First Friday, Las Vegas’ monthly art festival, in 2002. “Being down there reminded me of why I am an artist. So, I applied for the next First Friday, got in, and have been showing there ever since.”
You can get a first look at Quaranto’s show at a pre-First Friday reception, Thursday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Place Gallery. The show officially kicks off Friday, May 7, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and runs until the end of the month.
Place Gallery is located at 1054 South Main Street in the Arts District. Business hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 702-782-0319.