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January 31, 2015

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Kristen Peterson

Las Vegas Weekly Staff Writer

Kristen Peterson joined the Las Vegas Sun in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. In 2003, she turned her focus to the visual and performing arts and is now a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. She's won seven first place awards through the Nevada Press Association: Best Entertainment Writing in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2007 and 2005. Best Feature Story in 2011 and Journalist of Merit in 2003.

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Story Archive

Artist Laurie Simmons finds a place in the Strip’s bombastic visual chatter
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Simmons has us rethinking the “ideal.”
The Art of Dialogue: Cappuccino potato chip inventor opens Downtown art gallery
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Undoing boundaries, opening discourse.
Dear Santa, I have sinned--Cosmo’s P3Studio announces its 2015 artist lineup
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Residencies combine some form of installation, studio practice and display, and began January 7 with an immersive meditation nightclub experience.
A community garden in the Las Vegas Arts District? Maybe
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Art and arugula and maybe a little Bloomberg money.
Vegas for Real: Yes, people live here
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Catherine Borg's Scouted aims to present a more dimensional view of Las Vegas.
Joanne Goodwin on women in Las Vegas—perception and reality in the 20th century
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Putting women back into history.
Bye, Blue Angel: Motel comes down, but the iconic figurehead will remain
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Demolition has begun.
Will artist Michael Heizer’s ‘City’ become a national monument?
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
A push to have “City” designated as a national monument has begun.
Trifecta owner Marty Walsh reflects on her gallery and the local arts scene
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Trifecta owner Marty Walsh closes her Arts Factory space, which became a staple of the arts scene for its consistency and quality, at the end of January.
Art, history and politics collide in an exhibition at the Mexican Consulate
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Past on paper: The exhibit features political cartoons from 19th-century Mexico.
Liberace to return to Las Vegas as a hologram
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Welcome back, Mr. Showmanship.
Artist JK Russ and the bird women of Cosmo’s P3Studio
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Leggy and feathered bird women, chic and defiant on the harsh landscape.
Celebrating Christmas, Vintage Vegas style: The Blue Angel of Glen Heather
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
“We wanted to do a Las Vegas Christmas."
Artist Justin Favela’s piñata-inspired Nativity—Vegas, Mexico and Bethlehem
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Justin Favela at the Mexican Consulate
‘Twenty Years of Design Excellence’ at Barrick highlights Nevada’s award-winning architecture
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Reflecting and Projecting is as much about the process as it is about the end result.
Pushing color to the cusp of recognition: Three questions with David Ryan
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Balancing discrete shapes with analog sensibility.

Embracing History: The stories in and of the F Street underpass
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A public nod to Las Vegas history like none other in this town.
Depicting death: Artists take on the great inevitable
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
In our leftovers we all look the same.
The Cosmo’s giant fortune-telling cat wishes you well
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Here tourist, tourist...
43 Days: Artist Javier Sanchez in solidarity with Mexico’s missing students
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
“In Mexico every day is the day of the dead, and the day of the disappeared, and the day of the mutilated, and the day of the bereaved. "
Smoke my hookah, caterpillar -- more tales to live out at Skin City
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Las Vegas artists take on the nonsensical underworld of Lewis Carroll.
Treasure chest: Secret artwork hidden behind breasts at the Venetian revealed
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
"They were trying to re-create Renaissance Venice, and I was giving them contemporary art.” --Toland Grinnell
Weekly Q&A: Photographer Shelbi Schroeder focuses on the naked—and real—female form
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
“I just started being obsessed with who I am and able to love who I am without having to hide behind clothing and hide behind my cellulite and hide behind my rolls.”
Gig Depio’s ‘A Brief History’ tackles immigration, politics and social media
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
His decadent paintings are almost operatic.
Fremont East before and after—a local’s story in images
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Fascinated with the speed of the changing landscape Downtown, photographer Richard Brian captured his neighborhood.
Big changes for Downtown’s Modern?
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
"It's time to refresh the project, look at options of location and ensure that our communication about the project is more clear than it has been in the past."
Hot glue, anyone? Art Bar at UNLV’s Barrick Museum is a creative respite for everyone
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Even professional exhibiting artists have sat down at the space, creating works that eventually went into gallery shows.
More than Pretty Eggs: Bellagio’s ‘Faberge Revealed’ looks at Russia’s designer to the tsars
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Opulence, decadence, excessive ornamentation and extreme wealth.
Not your grandma’s slots: The art and technology of today’s multisensory machines
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The gaming machines of the future are built by teams of video-game caliber animators and artists—and they’re hitting casino floors today.
Olivia Gatti’s ‘The Motherlode’ at TastySpace looks at family
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The moments between the moments, the experiences that slip away and the “beauty in the ordinary.”
This is your life, TastySpace: Saying goodbye to a Downtown gallery
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Thanks for the memories, TastySpace.
Welcome home, Helen: A Las Vegas literary magazine is born
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Designed to capture the spirit of Southern Nevada through art and literature, Helen launched this month with a 56-page issue.
Screening at Inspire: Documentary 'The Space Between' looks at healthcare in Kenya
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Catch the flick (and a Q&A with the filmmakers) at Inspire Theater this week. Find all the details here.
‘Home Sweet Home’ dioramas illustrate America’s obsession with violence
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
The exhibit features scenarios so over the top you want to laugh—and so real you want to cry.
Geoffrey Ellis’ photo exhibit blends Las Vegas’ present with its past at Brett Wesley Gallery
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
It's inspired by the '70s and '80s Mob era.
Weekly Q&A: Storm Large on feminism, fringe pioneers and why you don’t touch Lou Reed
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Q&A: Storm Large's act works with both punk-rock and symphonic audiences. She brings it to the Smith Center this weekend.
New gallery Satellite Contemporary opens in Emergency Arts this month
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
The new space is a joint effort by a trio of artists and faculty at Northern Arizona University.
Downtown's First Street Art Trail is coming to life
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Even as the gallery scene is slowing, the Arts District is getting some attention.
Punks with heart: Hammer & Cycle’s art auction brings in the wheels
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Art and bikes and kids, topped with a Slayer-based success story.
The Arts District: Where have all the galleries gone?
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
With galleries closing, creative spaces in the Downtown neighborhood have hit a low note.
Life is art inside the Western Hotel at LIB
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The art component of Life Is Beautiful hit visitors with a multi-sensory wallop, the kind of one-two audio/visual punch taking over the streets outside.
Art couture: Bellagio exhibits one of artist Nick Cave's wearable sculptures
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The artist's button-covered "Soundsuit" is now on display.
Downtown’s TastySpace Gallery to close December 1
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
It’s another big loss for an arts scene already without CAC exhibits and preparing for Trifecta’s end.
What’s with the giant slides? Artists take over Western Hotel at Life Is Beautiful
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
“Freefall” is a vertical move from Tillinghast’s courtyard water installation (a 30-by-60-foot reservoir) last year at the Odyssey,
Lady Rizo brings her irreverent cabaret show Downtown
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
It's renditions of well-known songs, but she makes them her own.
The birthday party machine: Artist Justin Favela’s Arkansas fiesta
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Who wants cake, cake and more cake?
Cat, deconstructed: Everything to know about Jesse Smigel's oversized feline
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Photo op! The local artist's "Snowball in Vegas" sculpture is now Downtown—and ready for your next selfie.
Sush Machida on fish, air fresheners and his mural with Tim Bavington
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
"Art doesn’t choose anybody. It’s for everybody."
Jesse Smigel’s giant cat head is ready for its close-up
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Be the paw. Just be the paw.
The beauty of strange circumstances and iconic stewardesses in Sam Davis’ ‘Jettison’
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Here, the women are on an adventure of another kind, regardless of the bleak and sudden surroundings.

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