New art exhibit at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

April 20, 2013

On Wednesday, April 24th at 5 p.m., the Sparks Museum will be opening the first art exhibit ever in its recently completed Cultural Center. Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada features 35 pieces of Nevada art from the unparalleled personal collection of Wally Cuchine, a man whose passion for the arts transformed the cultural scene in Eureka. It is fitting that Wally’s art will be kicking off a new era at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center.

In 1987, Life Magazine described US 50 across the center of Nevada as “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.” When Cuchine arrived in this part of rural Nevada more than two decades ago he brought with him what he thought was needed for survival – art.

Wally Cuchine will be at the Sparks Museum to discuss his collection and to share in the celebration. Providing the citizens of Sparks with an Art Gallery featuring rotating exhibits was a cornerstone of the Sparks Museum’s long term plan that was adopted eighteen years ago thanks to a Nevada Humanities planning grant.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center is located at 814 Victorian Avenue, on the corner with Pyramid Way and just off of I80. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Train tours are also available on Saturdays. Wally’s World will be on exhibit at the Sparks Museum through June 14. For more information, call (775) 355-1144.

Source: Sparks Museum press release.

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