The Clark County Museum will host a new exhibit called "The Beauty of Purpose: Utilitarian Arts of the Paiute People" from Friday, April 5 through Aug. 25, inside its Heritage Gallery at 1830 S. Boulder Highway.
The exhibit features baskets, arrowheads, stone artifacts and other native Paiute crafts that are admired for their beauty and artistry today but were created with for specific uses. The public is invited to attend a free opening night reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 5. Light refreshments will be provided by the Clark County Museum Guild., and exhibit tours will be conducted by Exhibit Curator Malcolm Vuksich.
"The items selected for this exhibit were created out of necessity, not aesthetics," Vuksich explained. "They were intended to be used every day, and represent a way of living with the land from what it provided, even when the resources of the desert Southwest were not so obvious."
The Paiutes, a tribe that occupied the territory encompassing part of the Colorado River, most of Southern Nevada and parts of Southern California and Utah, made baskets from plants and other materials that were available in the area and used them for a variety of purposes including harvesting and planting, storing food and water, and trapping fish and birds. Stone was carved into points for arrows, or metates for grinding, or bowls, shaft straiteners, and many other items.
To learn more about "The Beauty of Purpose" exhibit, call the Clark County Museum at (702) 455-7995 or visit the museum at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/museum.
The Clark County Museum's indoor exhibit hall features displays about Southern Nevada history from prehistoric to modern times. The 30-acre property also has an outdoor collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from important periods in local history. Offerings include a wedding chapel, print shop, railroad cottage and several homes all open for self-guided tours. Admission is $1 for children and seniors and $2 for adults. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is part of Clark County's Department of Parks and Recreation, which may be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. You can find them here: http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea.