Skip to main content
Add Me To Your Mailing List
Home Artist in Residence

2023 Artist in Residence Grant Recipient: Debbie Lambin


Sponsored by Nevada Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts

 February 12 - February 18, 2023



Artist in Residence Program with Deborah Lambin

Through grants received from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the arts, the Artist in Residence program allows the Virgin Valley Artists Association to bring in artists from all over the country to stay a for week in Mesquite sharing their knowledge and expertise. They do this through a series of free workshops and classes.  

This year VVAA is very excited to announce that we received another grant from Nevada Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts to host another Artist in Residence in Mesquite.  

Artist in Residence Deborah Lambin, from Carson City will be here from Sunday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 18th .   Debbie is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a paper sculptor with over 40 years of art experience. She also specializes in acrylic paint, watercolors, wood, metal and recyclable materials. She has won various awards throughout the state of Nevada. Her work has been on exhibit in the Clark County Government Rotunda, and she was selected to exhibit in the 2021 & 2022 outdoor art walk at the Clark County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas. In 2021 Debbie was accepted as a Teaching Artist with Nevada Arts Council and she travels throughout Nevada to conduct book art workshops for all ages. She has an online studio which showcases more than 100 fine art book sculptures created by herself and her artist children.  She is also an author who published a children's book in 2020 during the pandemic and is currently working on writing a memoir and a how-to book about book art.

Debbie will be here to teach Virgin Valley residents how to repurpose, recycle and reuse books to create art. 

The workshops will take place in our classroom located at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center, (15 W Mesquite Blvd) next door to our gallery. Deborah's work will be on display in the Gallery.   

Who can attend the workshops? Are they only for the members of VVAA?  The workshops are for all the residents of the Virgin Valley whether they are members of VVAA or not. This includes people who live in Bunkerville, Littlefield and Beaver Dam as well as Mesquite.

Where can you go to see some of Debbie’s work on-line?

You can google her name or go to My Thousand Words. com. The Nevada Arts Council also has a link for her on their page.


This is an incredibly hot art form and we feel lucky to have Debbie as our next Artist in Residence.  

How do we register for her free classes?  

You can register on-line on our website,  

Workshop Sessions:

Tuesday, February 14 - Workshop: Discover the 3 "R's" and some Folds. Participants will have a short description about landfills, waste and recycling needs for their community. They learn how beautiful art can be made by using books, bottles, cans and other recyclable products. Then they learn three basic folding techniques while relaxing and having fun together. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Public invited (4 hours). 
Register Now

Wednesday, February 15 - Workshop: Paper Flowers and More.

Participants learn about taking pages of books, magazines and colored paper to create paper creations like flowers and more. Participants work in a group setting to roll, shape, cut and use other methods to make flowers and other objects. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Public invited (4 hours).
Register Now

Thursday, February 16 - Workshop: Putting it all together! Participants learn how to create centerpieces and wall hangings. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. public invited (4 hours).
Register Now

Artists’ Reception at the Gallery 4:00- 6:00 – public invited (2 hours)

Friday, February 17 - Deborah visits Virgin Valley High School Art Classes.