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Lost City Museum Announces Art Collaboration For April Lost City Museum Announces Art Collaboration For April


Old Glory Necklace by Jana Ward

"Three Artists – One Necklace" brings the work of Jana Ward, J.D. Challenger and Janet Weaver to the Lost City Museum in April. Challenger is known internationally for his beautiful and moving Native American portraits found in museums, magazines and galleries across the country.

Las Vegas artist Janet Weaver, a painter of realism and portraiture is also featured in the exhibit. A member of the International Guild of Realism, Weaver has been featured in International Artist Magazine and created art for book covers. Jana Ward joins the show, primarily working in gourd designs and unique artisan jewelry. Her work has been featured in southwest magazines, won several awards and been accepted into international juried art competitions.

"This will be the first showing of J.D.’s art in the area, and we are happy to host the exhibit here at Lost City," said Jerrie Clarke, museum director.

Ward and Challenger collaborated on a project to use necklaces and other elements from Challenger’s paintings as inspiration for artistic jewelry with a combination of metals, semi precious gemstones and historic trade beads.

One of Weaver’s paintings depicts people dressed in authentic mountain man apparel. Seeing one of the portraits, Ward asked Weaver to paint a portrait of her husband while he was wearing clothing reminiscent of his early ancestors. He is shown wearing the necklace that connected the artists— painted by Challenger and recreated by Ward. Items by the artists will be available for purchase at the show. A percentage of the proceeds from those purchases benefit the museum.

The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. It is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The museum is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Children and members enter free. The museum is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton. Take Interstate 15 to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park.

For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193.

721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd.
Overton, NV 89040

Open Daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm
(closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day)

ADMISSION: $5 per person. Museum members and children are free.

702-397-2193
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The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. It is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

About the Museum

The Lost City Museum was built in 1935 by the National Park Service to exhibit artifacts that were being excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada. These Anasazi Indian sites were being threatened by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up behind the newly built Hoover Dam. Eventually, when the lake was filled to capacity, about five miles of sites had been inundated or undercut by the water.

The Civilian Conservation Corps assisted in the excavation of the sites and the construction of the museum building. The building was constructed of sun-dried adobe brick in a pueblo- revival style. The museum also served as the park headquarters for the Boulder Dam State Park that was established at Lake Mead.

The museum is currently owned and maintained by the State of Nevada as one of its six state museums. Program include ongoing archaeological research on the remaining Lost City sites, school tours and outreach programs, changing exhibits and archival library and collections research capabilities. Special public programs are held throughout the year.