CARSON CITY – The Nevada Arts Council will host a free reception and artist talk with Las Vegas artist Donald Corpier Starr on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
An exhibit of Starr’s artwork is on display at the Arts Council’s OXS gallery through Nov. 9. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with the artist talk scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Nevada Arts Council, 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, in Carson City.
Titled, “Color the Emotion,” Starr’s exhibit consists of people who have piqued his interest over the years. His loving, character-infused portraits provoke a variety of reactions from the viewer. Starr uses positive/negative space to portray emotions in his portraits.
His philosophy for connecting with his audience is a simple one: “If I can create a pleasing image that creates a mood or emotion in the viewer and causes them to wonder ‘Who is this person?’ then I have accomplished my goal,” said Starr, a Kansas native who now makes his home in Henderson.
Starr’s mother recognized his artistic abilities early on and his formal arts education began with a summer scholarship to the Belmont Art Studios in Wichita, Kan., after his 6th-grade year. He received an Associate Degree from Coffeyville (Kan.) College and later studied art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before enlisting in the Air Force. During his years of service, he worked as an administrative clerk and graphics specialist.
Starr received an honorable mention for his submission for a Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant in 2017. He was selected as a featured artist at the 2018 PopArt Street Gallery in Las Vegas.
The OXS Gallery, managed by the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Services Program, is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.