Miniature paintings characterize 94-year-old Latimer Art Club in Nevada Historical Society Show– Reception and opening Friday

The oldest active art club in Nevada was founded in 1921 by students of artist Lorenzo Latimer, a noted watercolorist who came to Fallen Leaf Lake every fall for 19 years to capture the season. Ever since, members of the Latimer Art Club have worked to support Reno area artists. The club’s 2015 exhibition at the Nevada Historical Society is a show of more than 100 miniature paintings sized 36 square inches or less, debuting Friday, Oct. 9.

Capturing the state in such a small canvass is a genuine challenge. “All Nevada artists age 18 or older are invited to participate in the show and sale. It is highly successful every year,” said the club’s Eileen Fuller. The exhibit kicks off with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the Society. A closing reception is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Society’s History for the Holidays sale. Both receptions are free.

New for 2015, judging is by David Lobenberg, a water media artist with more than 30 years of painting experience and a passion for portraiture. He teaches acrylic, watercolor, and drawing workshops in California as well. Lobenberg’s work has been published nationally and internationally.

“The Silver State – The Beauty Within,” is the 2015 theme that gives a wide range of subject matter for the small paintings. Entries are judged in five categories: oil/acrylic, water media, pastel, graphite/ink drawing, and mixed media and all other media except photography. Prizes and ribbons are awarded at the opening reception. Special awards will go to “Best of Show”, “Best Historical Theme” and best “The Silver State – The Beauty Within” theme.

Much of the collection is sold each year. “This is a perfect time and place to buy affordable original art as gifts for the holidays or for your own collection,” Fuller said.

For more information about the Nevada Historical Society, go to the new website then choose the Historical Society option. For the Latimer Art Club, go to For show information, contact Fuller at The Society is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 1650 N. Virginia St., and closed on some Saturdays for UNR home games. Free parking passes are available inside. Regular admission is $5 for adults, and free for members or ages 17 and younger.