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10

years strong

TASTEMAKER, ARTIST, PHILANTHROPIST & FRIEND

astemaker and philanthropist Marty Walsh will close Trifecta Gallery after 10 years of artistic splendor. Voted best gallerist in Las Vegas, Marty showcased groundbreaking monthly exhibits and innovative work by emerging and mid career artists, exposing Las Vegas audiences to alternative, well-made, and provocative work including Abigail Goldman’s innovative dioramas lauded by National Public Radio. A one of a kind creative powerhouse, Marty was able to facilitate artistic ingenuity and respect and nurture artistic vision as well as take risks.

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Marty’s commitment to the art world of Las Vegas have marked her as true tour de force of the artistic scene. She is the founder of Preview Thursdays in the Arts District; founder of the Artist Council to The Modern, Las Vegas; advisory board member to The Modern; founder of the Art Scene Discussion Group; advisory board member, The Barrick Museum, UNLV; volunteer, donor, and former board member, Contemporary Art Center; donor to Nevada Humanities; contributor and host for the Late Until Eight Thursday’s roster of arts-related events that include exhibits and artists talks. As well, Marty’s unfailing emphasis on partnership, community support, and involvement has engendered so many wonderful collaborations. Perhaps the

Written by Laura Henkel

key to this passion, energy, and insight is due to the fact that Marty herself is an accomplished artist of luminous landscapes and distilled paintings of everyday objects—including food—in a beautiful, lyrical naturalist style. Her influence on other artists has been significant; she has fostered, supported, and created a lively community of exchange, creative energy, and openness. And so it is with great sadness, we must say goodbye. Marty will be closing her iconic gallery and returning to Ireland with her husband, Pete. Her presence in Vegas has meant a transformation of the art scene, a legacy that shall continue to influence and inspire.

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