The Joseph Watson Collection features several guest artists within our gallery and online. Artists such as Sharktoof, Lucky Bunny, Joseph Watson, Mark and Vaughn Bode, Dray, Angu Walters and many others have showcased their art at our gallery. Once a month, we have First Friday art night which attracts hundreds of art enthusiasts. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists as well as get inspired.

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Dray is best known for his colorful portraits of beautiful women, musical themed abstract canvases and large scale murals. Two of Dray’s murals are now in the permanent collection of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada and the Erotic Heritage Museum in Nevada.

He is currently working on a historic mural commissioned by the City of San Francisco that dates from 1906 to the present. In the past he has been commissioned by the Clark County Cultural Affairs Department and the City of Las Vegas Leisure Services on several significant public art projects throughout the city of Las Vegas. Through 2004-2006 he served on the First Friday Advisory Committee, a 15 member board that plans and implements First Friday, downtown Las Vegas’ monthly event that draws as many as 10,000 visitors at a time to the Arts District.

Bio by Vikki Warner Torn, disused billboards, distressed industrial objects, street posters, and everyday uses of graphics, logos, and letterforms fuel constant idea generation for Rich DeSimone. Ideas come 24-7. They roll around in his mind, combine, and are tossed out and re-imagined. A few percolate to the outside where they become art prints, works on panel, and posters. Middle-class Italian altar boys from Boston donít usually see a clear-cut path to creative freedom. Rich’s upbringing, typically strict for the area, saw him looking more deeply into simple objects than other kids did. Church was a drag sometimes, but he found some interesting images there, from little dove drawings and typography on the psalm book to the priests’ robes and the graphic power of the cross. It wasn’t zealousness he found in Catholicism, but a first inkling that he would make art.

After not quite graduating from the Art Institute of Boston, Rich took a spin through the advertising world, where he created icons to assist a religion of a very different kind. Turns in Atlanta and Minneapolis, and always back to Boston in between, gave him insight into the ad world. From huge, stifling agencies to smaller, edgier ones. Wherever he was, the ad business was full of egotism and limitation, though, and Rich wanted to realize his ideas without having them diluted.

Today, he’s shaken free of the ad race and runs his own art and screen printing business, Lucky Bunny Visual Communications, out of Los Angeles, California. In his workspace he gets complete control over the process, and the satisfaction of a hands-on craft. His work is often simple and purely graphic, with a tongue-in-cheek slyness that belies a deeper conceptual background. The idea of duplicity and expendability of printing multiples that end up scattered and potentially thrown aways key. It’s branding, only with cleaner goals. There’s no smoke and mirrors, no smug secret, to what Rich does: it’s just a million ideas, combined, altered, thrown out, and executed with a little humor and cunning.

The Lucky Bunny name, by the way, comes from his pet rabbit, who coincidentally is adorable yet destructive, smart and sensitive.

Montana Black has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Montana is a Nevada native and currently a Boulder City resident.
Angu Walters was born in 1980, native of Nsongwa in the Mezam Division of the North West Angu Walters dwells mostly on abstract and surreal paintings which focus mostly on the painful side of life like poverty and disease. He also paints music which he claims reflects the happy side of life. His works express surrealism because he believes that his dreams are inspirational to his life and works.