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Episode 3:  Meet Kathleen Birkholz
Released June 19, 2022

Kathleen is part of the VVAA executive committee and currently serves as treasurer.  She also serves as the director of the pottery studio and store.  She has been a part of the VVAA since it's inception and was integral in it's creation, helping it to evolve into the center it is today.

Join us as Kathleen tells us about her extraordinary life, her commitment to the arts for children, and the amazing history of Virgin Valley Artists' Association.



Pottery Studio

Pottery Classes






Episode 2: Meet Dana Long
Release June 14th, 2022


Love Family is a local LGBTQIA+ nonprofit organization focused on UNITY and EDUCATION to help make the Virgin Valley and the world around us a better, happier place. With the efforts of our founders and volunteers, we organize fundraisers and exciting community-building events.
Source: https://lovefamilynv.com/about-us

Love, Family Nevada 

2022 Pride Weekend

Love Family is proud to present Mesquite Pride Weekend, 3 days of events for the entire community as apart of our 2022 Mesquite Pride Weekend.  

Friday - Let Love Family be your DD, and park your car at Envy Nightclub & Lounge (792 W. Pioneer Blvd. Mesquite, NV. 89027)  for a fun-filled Bar Crawl and Drag Show (21+)

Saturday, we invite you to join our entire community at the Mesquite Rec. Center Pool & Field

(100 W. Old Mill Rd. Mesquite NV, 89027) for a completely FREE Family Pride Night with food and beverages, along with activities for kids and adults alike.

Sunday, after church, or sleeping in (we don't judge) wrap up your Pride weekend with a little Drag Bingo Brunch (21+ Event, Free Admission!) 

We hope that you'll join us, and learn a bit more about what Love Family has in store for the upcoming year. We're excited to get to know you better!! 

*If you plan on going to our Free Events, we still ask that you 'purchase' your ticket through Eventbrite

so that we can track our numbers and make sure we have all necessary accommodations in place!*   Source: https://lovefamilynv.com/about-us)



June 1-24:  Youth Art Contest:
WE want to celebrate YOU this Pride season! Submit a self-portrait on 8½" x 11" paper and a winner will be selected to display their work at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center!
Your self-portrait doesn't have to look like a mirror image of you, rather show Mesquite how you see yourself!
ALL submissions will be displayed at Mesquite Pride Family Weekend on June 25th!


June 24:  Bar Crawl and Drag Show

4:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Bar Crawl
9:30 PM - MIDNIGHT - Drag Show at Envy Nightclub and Lounge, 792 W Pioneer Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027, USA


June 25:  Family Night and Pool Party:
 Pool Party, Crafts, Artists, Vendors, Raffles, and more!!!
Join us for this FREE event at the Mesquite Recreation Center.
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

June 26:  Drag Bingo Brunch
Join us for Drag Bingo Brunch, hosted by the lovely Iona Trailer at Envy Nightclub and Lounge
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2022 Pride Event Tickets


Youth Programs:
Pivot Parent and Youth Program

PIVOT (turning points for LGBTQAI+ children and families is a program created and facilitated by The Center. The goal of PIVOT is to provide a SAFE SPACE that provides community education and support for every member of the family.

Join us, groups are free at meet at The LGBTQIA+ Center (401 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89101). Groups run for 6 consecutive weeks. You must sign up to participate. Family participation is encouraged. Youth may NOT join without active participation of a caregiver.

Mesquite Library Diversity Events



History of Pride:

The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. 
Source: https://www.history.com/topics/gay-rights/the-stonewall-riots


Photos:  Steve Dudrow


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Episode 1: Meet Tyler Roylance 
Released: June 13, 2022


Welcome to first episode of The Art Box, brought to you by Virgin Valley Artists' Association and hosted by Rachelle Knight and Steve Dudrow. In our opening episode we introduce you to Tyler Roylance.  Tyler is an art and photography teacher at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nevada.  Tyler has taught art here for 6 years.  He is a native of Idaho and has 2 children.  Listen as Tyler tells us about his art truth, becoming an artist from a small child, and how he has become friends with Bruno, the critic in his head.  We have a lively discussion about other topics including: teaching art, meditation as a tool, self-portraits and most importantly, what Tyler does with his first pancake.


More about Tyler:

One of Tyler's favorite artists:
Chuck Close
http://chuckclose.com/

Tyler teaches drawing at the gallery every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

His last class of the summer: June 21st.  Classes will resume in August.


Best quotes from the interview:
Be Daring
Consequences are Your Best Teachers
Take Advantage of Every Opportunity
Be Willing to Try New Things

Photo: Steve Dudrow

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This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.