Jim McCormick

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh established his artistic reputation in Nevada with one painting. "Las Vegas Ranch," executed in 1876, was painted as the artist was resting on his way to a mining camp in Southern California. It has the distinction of being the first known painting of the Las Vegas Valley. Dellenbaugh studied art in New York, Munich, and Paris. However, it is his career as a topographer and writer that is highly regarded to this day.
Below is reprinted with permission from the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly.

Fred Maxwell

Fred Maxwell was born in Denmark and spent part of his youth in the care of an English sea captain and his wife–sailing around the world, eventually becoming a merchant seaman. Maxwell arrived in San Francisco in 1890 and traveled over the west, prospecting and painting landscapes. He settled in Yerington, Nevada, in 1912 and entrusted a number of his paintings to the Nevada Historical Society. He disappeared in the central Nevada desert in 1932; a prospector named "Burro" Smith discovered his body four years later.

Thomas Jasper Summers

He proudly proclaimed, "I'm the ultimate Renaissance Man–if there's ever a renaissance in Verdi, I'll be in the forefront." For several decades, Thomas Jasper Summers (1924-2002) divided his time between teaching and art. His self-published pen and ink drawings of regional landmarks were reproduced on notecards and posters and became familiar images in galleries and bookstores around Reno, Nevada.

Thelma Davis Calhoun

In 1944, Thelma Davis Calhoun (1913-1998) and her husband, James W. Calhoun (1903-1993), drove from the couple's home in Seattle, Washington, to Virginia City, Nevada. Thelma often said their relocation to the Comstock was literally determined "by the toss of a coin." One year later, the Calhouns settled in Carson City–James would become the director of the Nevada State Museum in 1951, and Thelma would be recognized as one of the foremost painters in northern Nevada.

Ted Drummond

Theodore H. "Ted" Drummond (1908-1993) was a versatile Nevada artist who not only specialized in drawing and printmaking, but also sculpture in wood—all on a decidedly western theme. Drummond was featured in many exhibitions in Reno before departing for Los Angeles in 1943.

Sybil Rinehart Huntington

Sybil Rinehart Huntington epitomized the spirit of the Nevada outback artist. Beginning in the 1930s, she lived with her surveyor husband in Sawtooth Knob, a remote mining camp fifty miles west of Winnemucca, Nevada, and created colorful oil paintings of vistas in Humboldt County. Huntington was often featured in solo and group exhibitions in Reno.

Ron Kwiek

For those who believe that art is simply a by-product of leisure, consider the extraordinary career of Nevada painter Ron Kwiek (1943-1996), who faced debilitating multiple sclerosis for the last thirty years of his life. Kwiek's watercolor landscapes were featured in numerous exhibitions, many sponsored by Very Special Arts Nevada (now VSA arts of Nevada) and the national VSA organization in Washington, D.C.

Robert G. Schofield

English-born Robert G. Schofield (1838-1915) regularly placed advertisements in the Pioche Record that touted his skills as a watchmaker, jeweler, engraver, housepainter, and signmaker. In addition, there was a constant thread throughout Schofield's life—his love of art, mostly expressed in watercolor paintings that painstakingly recorded vistas and mining camps along the eastern flank of Nevada.

Nevada Wilson

Nevada Wilson (1877-1961), a native of Elko, spent the first forty years of her life in Nevada, after which she settled in Los Angeles where she established a modest reputation as a painter of desert and mountain landscapes.

Minerva Pierce

Minerva Lockwood Pierce was one of a coterie of Reno watercolorists who was motivated by California painter Lorenzo P. Latimer (1857-1941). She was instrumental in founding the Latimer Art Club in 1921, and went on to a long career painting landscapes and supporting local arts organizations, notably as a charter member of the Nevada Art Gallery (now Nevada Museum of Art). 


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