FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2014
Jay A. Alpert, Message PR & Communication
(702) 748-9844 [email protected]
Iconic Las Vegas Tapestry to be displayed at the Center as it seeks Permanent Home
LAS VEGAS, NEV: One of the most recognizable pieces of art in Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Tapestry, will gain greater visibility when it moves to The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, also known as The Center, on May 30. Should the piece sell while on display, a portion of the proceeds will go to The Center. The Las Vegas Tapestry, created by globally known artist Sola Fiedler, depicts Las Vegas of old and new. The Tapestry will make its way to The Center and serve as a centerpiece for one of the organization’s premier fundraising events of the year, ARTrageous, which will be held on June 14 and is themed “Artists in Wonderland” for 2014.
“I’m thrilled that Las Vegas Tapestry will be on display at the Center,” said Sola. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the Tapestry with the community of Las Vegas and support The Center’s work.”
Sola spent years weaving her vision of the Las Vegas Boulevard into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Following completion in 2007, the Tapestry, which features a 3D effect, turning observation into engagement and interaction, was on display at Trifecta Gallery in Downtown Las Vegas.
“We are thrilled that Sola is choosing to display the Tapestry at The Center,” said Tom Kovach, interim CEO of The Center. “Sola created a piece that captures the spirit of community inclusion, which is consistent with The Center’s mission.”
The Las Vegas Tapestry is literally a creation of its community, Sola sourced nearly everything for the 7′ x 11′ piece from local thrift stores. Materials used include silk, cotton, wool yarns, beads and metallic thread.
Sola’s approach began simply. She found a residence near the Hard Rock Hotel and lived modestly in order to put all of her energy into the Tapestry, capturing every detail from a single street lamp to the tallest building. Over a three year period, she spent thousands of hours observing The Strip from countless angles. Without taking a single photograph, she then spent over 8,000 hours weaving the Tapestry.
The setting of the Tapestry is 2007 when Las Vegas was at its peak of excitement, shortly before the city experienced its crash. The Tapestry pays homage to some of the best times in the city. Mesmerized by the sparkle that is only found on The Strip, Sola felt a sense of urgency to document Las Vegas when she learned that many iconic Strip properties were ready for implosion.
The Las Vegas Tapestry may be viewed at The Center during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information and directions may be found at www.TheCenterLV.com. More information about Sola in addition to an extraordinary video about her tapestry creation process may be found at www.SolaFiedler.com.
Sola Fiedler, simply known as Sola, is a senior Canadian fiber artist, best known for her large-scale tapestry tributes to the cities that have hosted the Olympic Games. Since 1973 Sola’s work has been collected by notable corporations and individuals, exhibited in numerous galleries across Canada and the U.S. Sola currently resides in her hometown of Vancouver, finishing the Vancouver Tapestry (to be completed in 2014).
For more information please visit www.SolaFiedler.com. Hi res images and interviews with the artist available on request.
About The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
In 2014, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) celebrates 20 years as a community-based organization supporting and promoting activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada. For more information, call (702) 733-9800 or visit www.TheCenterLV.org. Keep up with the latest news and updates on The Center via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.