"Soft Focus," 24 Quilts Created by Local Artists

From March 19 through June 21, the Clark County Museum will display “Soft Focus,” 24 quilts created by local artists based on photographs from the Clark County Image Library of Southern Nevada Photographs.  Regional fabric artists were invited from various clubs and organizations to create the original fabric art works to be displayed.

The exhibit was inspired by one of the museum’s volunteers who created a fabric art piece based on an item in the collection. “Museum staff thought it was a great way to connect modern art to history,” said Mark Hall-Patton, Museum Administrator, “it will be a unique way to feature items from one of the museum’s largest collections.”

Photographs for the artists inspirations were pre-selected based on their representation of the history, community, and artistic value to Southern Nevada.  The Clark County Museum Library of Southern Nevada Photographs is a collection of more than 50,000 images that covers 120 years of Southern Nevada history.  The Image Library is the most utilized collection in the museum.  Images from this collection are used for museum exhibits, educational programs, researchers, authors, local businesses, residents, and local and national media.  Approximately 36,000 images have been scanned and catalogued, making them easily accessible.  

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks must be worn on the museum grounds at all times.  Museum goers are also required to keep a minimum of six feet distance away from others enjoying the exhibits.  Groups are requested to be no more than ten people.  The Clark County Museum is located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway and has an indoor exhibit gallery featuring displays about Southern Nevada history from prehistoric to modern times. The outdoor Heritage Street area is open for self-guided tours and contains a collection of about two dozen historic buildings including a wedding chapel, print shop, railroad cottage and several homes. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults. The phone number is: (702) 455-7955. More information can be found at: www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/museum and on Facebook with the handle @ClarkCountyMuseum.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the nonprofit Clark County Museum Guild can contact the museum or visit the guild’s website at www.ClarkCountyMuseumGuild.org

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.