Lush landscape art takes over Bellagio’s Fine Art Gallery


Neil Welliver, "Gould's Hill," 1972. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Courtesy of Alexandre Gallery.

As a kid, I used to run and play for hours in my grandma’s huge garden in Seattle. Now I’m not exactly an expert with all the names of the flowers she had (all I can remember are sunflowers and rhododendrons), but believe me when I say she had a rainbow of them!

While it’s definitely not green and lush in Vegas like it is in my hometown, a trip to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art definitely brought me back to those memories at grandma’s. Through January 2012, see Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s latest exhibit, “A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney.” Organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this showcase includes more than 30 artworks ranging from paintings, photographs and mixed media. The variety keeps the gallery intriguing.

Artists for the new display include Claude Monet, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Therrien, Christo, Catherine Murphy and Neil Welliver, to name a few.

One piece that particularly caught my attention was Robert Therrien’s 1992 “No Title (blue cloud).  Here he incorporated enamel on steel. I really liked the idea of faucets. I imagined myself turning the faucets on and seeing the “rain” fall from the cloud. The cerulean-blue  gives the cloud a more cheerful appeal, as opposed to a flat, gloomy grey.

Robert Therrien, "No Title (blue cloud), 1992. Enamel on steel and mixed media. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Photo courtesy of Pablo Mason.

Nearby, you’ll see a completely different concept of  landscape with Roy Lichtenstein’s 1996 piece, “Seascape.” Popular for his comic strip style, Lichenstein captures your attention even though he only uses primary colors. In this piece, the different sizes of blue speckled dots he uses as water really messes with your eyes — in a good way. I kept blinking, taking a step back, then a step forward.

Another piece that caught my attention was David Hockey’s 1998 contemporary landscape piece, “Garrowby Hill.” I found my eyes wandering with the hills on the painting. The bright colors like the winding purple road and the downhill slope of the trees truly take your eyes for a roller coaster ride.

If you like to talk or ask questions about art, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art holds “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing” once a month hosted by master sommelier Jason Smith and the gallery’s art director Tarissa Tiberti. Enjoy wine and listen to how each selection pairs with art seen in the gallery. This event is available on the following dates: May 11; June 8; July 13; August 10; Sept. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, 2011 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The talk begins promptly at 6 p.m. Complimentary docent tours are available daily at 2 p.m.

This may not be grandma’s garden, but with all the interpretations of landscapes seen here it definitely makes it a bright, colorful and engaging visit. The gallery opens April 16th and will be on display until January 2012.

(Main photo: Alfred Sisley, “The Loing at Saint-Mammès, 1882. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Courtesy of William A. Coolidge.)


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. paula swaydan grebel at 8:33 pm

    Is there a catalogue to your landscape show? I would like to purchase it.

  2. Jeannie Borbe at 5:33 pm

    Hi, Paula! While they do not have a program/catalog for sale, there are a few specialty items like a reusable tote bag, mug and more along these lines for sale. You’ll find these in the Jeff Mitchum Gallery located adjacent to the BFGA. Thanks for writing!