Open late: Thursday nights in the Arts District

The Arts Factory at Charleston Boulevard and Art Way.

Seated inside the dimly lit Trifecta Gallery, artist Anthony Bondi talked about Las Vegas’ renaissance of light, an LED-emblazoned city illuminated like never before, out-blasting even the rays of its neon past.

That Bondi’s exhibit with Ginger Bruner was actually in a gallery across the street in ArtSquare wasn’t an issue with Trifecta Gallery owner Marty Walsh. Thursday evening’s Late Til 8 event Downtown in the Arts District is all about connectivity between the participating galleries—a staggering of events that begin with a stroll through the Contemporary Arts Center, then conversations with artists at Trifecta at 7 p.m. and a visit to Brett Wesley Gallery across the street.

The weekly event, which began informally in March at Trifecta (then gained momentum in July), is a bit more low-key than Preview Thursday or First Friday.

“It’s a place to talk about art on a Thursday evening,” Walsh says, referring to the Trifecta conversations, set up cabaret style with tables and chairs and a sofa and most often involving an exhibiting artist at her gallery.

There was a movie event one night with a showing of artist Jennesa Kenway’s "Woman With a Movie Camera," in which guests lounged around nibbling popcorn while watching the arty flick of Las Vegas artists, studios and galleries. Twice, artist Abigail Goldman sat in the living room-style set up talking about her process in making crime-scene dioramas and ideas of violence in American culture. This week, Kentucky artist Tom Pfannerstill—whose More ‘From the Street’ is on exhibit at Trifecta this month—will talk with guests via Skype. (Brett Wesley is open until 8 p.m. but hosts its artist conversations on the Third Thursday of the month.)

At Late Til 8, there’s always something to discuss in a casual environment, says Walsh—which is why you’ll see a small crowd rolling in at what used to be closing time and often with a cocktail from Bar+Bistro in hand.

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Trifecta Gallery

Las Vegas CAC

Brett Wesley

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