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Native American artist Melissa Melero-Moose finds inspiration for her mixed media creations from the landscape and culture of the Northern Paiute of the Great Basin. “Willows, tules, cattails, and pine nuts are all very important staples to the Paiute people, being sources of food, shelter, and implements made with artistic intention,” she said. “I consider these works to be a perspective of my tribe and culture through the eyes of a Native woman, mother and artist.”

Melero-Moose’s work is featured in the exhibit, “Translating Paiute,” which goes on display Monday, April 8 at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists is being featured. Melero-Moose, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe who lives in Happy Valley, is the fourth of the six artists and her display will remain in place through April 26.

The process of Melero-Moose’s works evolves from painting abstract figures and landscapes to the experimental combining of mediums and objects to create her current mixed media work. Her ideas of applying willow and other objects to the canvas came from her family coming together to make each part of her son’s cradleboard. “From the willow alignment to the beadwork for his cradleboard hood, I saw each part separately before it was assembled and wanted to document that series of creation,” she said. Click here to read more

Other Nevada artists scheduled for exhibition during the session include:

  • April 29-May 17: Lolita Develay, Las Vegas, “Facts and Figures,”Painting
  • May 20-June 7: Patricia Wallis, Reno, “Bits and Pieces of the Silver State,”Painting

Managed by Nevada Arts Council, the Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery space is located on the first floor across from the Caucus Deli in the Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street, Carson City. Since 1985, LXS has displayed artwork by 140 Nevada’s visual artists during the biennial legislative session. LXS Schedule