Who or What is PVPAC? If you guessed Pahrump Valley Paper and Craft, you’d be close, but not quite right. It’s the Pahrump Visual and Performing Arts Council. The PVC was established in 1993 by an amazing group of people who said “ We’ll bring culture to Pahrump if it kills us!” and they did! Since then, each Board of Directors has continued to work hard to keep the arts alive and thriving. On the 1st of July, a brand new board started working together on new ways to bring a lot more life back into the art world of Pahrump.
Kristin Swan President – Kristin brings her vast knowledge and experience in culinary arts, catering, event planning, and organizational skills, as well as her incredible way with people, to the board. She does an amazing job of keeping the rest of the board altogether as a team.
Ginger Forbes- Vice President, Choir Director – Ginger’s talents lie in the music side of the arts. She also helps plan and put together Music & Art in the Park, Art and Soul, and other events. Her love of music and theater is what keeps her looking for more ways to bring the arts into the community.
James Wilson Secretary, Band Director – James is the resident musician and the sound and lighting engineer for all events and concerts. His knowledge of today’s technology, his creative mind, and lover of all things music, make him an asset to the board.
George Gholson Treasurer – Former Chairman for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe in Death Valley for the past 10 years. Toiyabe Indian Health Project Board of Directors in Bishop, CA for the past 9 years, and Chairman for the past 2 years, George brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this board.
Gina Wilson Assistant Treasurer – Gina has lived here in Pahrump for over 25 years. She was a past treasurer for the Pahrump Master Gardeners. She currently works as a bookkeeper and was encouraged by family to share her skills with the P.V.P.A.C. She enjoys creating 14th-century clothing, and other fiber arts, as part of the reenactment group to which she belongs.
Denise Gholson Grant Writing and Fundraising – Denise is an incredible fundraiser and has great knowledge in grant writing. She loves working with the community and brings a unique perspective to the board.
Steve Howard Media Specialist – Steve is our Facebook, website, YouTube, and Social Media man. He makes sure that all of the events, classes, concerts, installations, and activities are filmed, or photographed and posted. Steve is also a writer and plays many instruments.
Judy Brady Events Coordinator – Artist Judy’s skills at Arts & Crafts, Floral Design, Sewing, Jewelry Making, and Wreath Making are a huge help when it comes to planning and creating different types of art classes. She also loves to teach these crafts to kids which will come in handy when our youth arts program starts again.
While each member has our own individual talents and skills, we all work very well together for a common goal. We definitely want to kick things up a notch and bring PVPAC into the 21st century, while still bringing back some of the original programs that made it great in the first place. How do we plan to do that? We have quite a few plans in the works for the rest of the year. We will be holding an art auction sometime this fall. We are going to start offering classes taught by some of our local artists in the office. We’ll have things like cake and cookie decoration, wax on glass ornament making, different kinds of art techniques, ceramic painting and more! Look for the classes and schedules on the website calendar as well as the facebook page. It will be subject to change as artists add or change classes. If you are interested in teaching a particular type of art class, please get in touch with us.
Pahrump Community Choir will begin fall rehearsals on September 4th at 6:30 pm. We will be practicing for the Christmas concert which will be the first week of December. Rehearsals are every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 at the LDS church building on the corner of Wilson & West. We rehearse there because it allows us to have the use of multiple rooms with pianos, and it’s free. We also like to include songs that have strings and other instruments. Those pieces are my favorite to do!! I am excited for this season to start. I have quite a few traditional pieces with a few new and fun ones picked out. If you sing or play an instrument, please come and join us!! We will also once again be singing for the Christmas Tree Lighting, as well as having small groups go out into the community to do caroling. We had a lot of fun this spring doing Singing Valentines and we were asked if we could do the same for Christmas. So, look for more information closer to Thanksgiving to order and book your Carol-grams!
The Happy Stitchers Quilting club is super talented and makes the most amazing quilts and projects. You might have seen some of their work hanging up over the summer in the Bank of America! They are currently making 40 pencil bags for kids, 20 bags for the veterans as well as their beautiful Quilts of Valor, and one special Stitcher is making Christmas gifts for one of the nursing homes. If you look around town you will see some amazing art displayed. Members of PVPAC have the honor of having original art pieces in 4 places: The Court House, Bank of America, the Library and the American First National Bank. Each rotation has a different theme. We have some amazingly talented artists here in this community! Take time to see what they have to offer. We are always looking for new artists who would like to display their pieces. The schedule and information are on the website. The next one will be at Bank of America on September 24th. The theme is The World: People/ Culture/Agriculture
The Desert Squares square dancing club are in full swing! They have new classes for beginners and some fun dances coming up. A full article with all of their information is also in this issue. We will be sharing a booth in the fall fest with Cookies, Cakes & Creations, as well as doing a float for the parade. Come by and talk to us! We’d love to get to know you! We will be organizing a Winter Festival of Trees. Businesses will have an opportunity to buy, decorate and donate a tree that will be auctioned off during the 2nd week of December. These trees will be on display on our website and at Sanders Winery in a Winter Wonderland for all to view and bid on. You can see all of this and so much more on our website at www.pvpac.org.