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Cinco de Mayo Art Exhibit Opens with Reception Friday, May 3

The Rotunda Gallery at the Clark County Government Center will host a free art exhibit and reception in recognition of Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. with Mexican artists Olegario Hernández Mendoza, Alejandro Vera Guzman, and Isabel Mendoza. The event will feature cultural performances and food. While free to attend, one may RSVP by calling (702) 455-4259 or emailing


The event is sponsored by Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II, the Federacion de Poblanos en Las Vegas, the Mexican Consulate, Escaramuza Charras Colibries de Nevada, and Federacion Hidalguense en Las Vegas.


The gallery is free to visit and is located in downtown Las Vegas at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. The exhibit will be open to the public only on Friday, May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. 


Olegario Mendoza is from Pinotepa de Don Luis Distrito de Jamiltepec, Oaxaca. Dedicated to his craft, Mendoza began doing traditional designs on his gourds, but soon felt the need to give them his own label. So at age 19, he left Pinotepa to learn Spanish. He then entered an art school in Mexico City, where he learned printmaking, sculpture, oil painting, watercolor, and murals. Mendoza returned to his village to apply the techniques he learned with gourds, combining colors, inks, gold leaf, silver and copper.


The iconography of Mendoza’s recreations features both flora and fauna in traditional and contemporary designs, mainly geometric. His work possesses great creativity and innovation and has even been turned into jewelry adorned with gold leaf, silver, and copper. He also produces napkin rings, cups, balls, key chains, necklaces, rattles, souvenirs for weddings, and more.


Guzman will share his creative mask works, which reflect the traditions and culture of Santiago Juxtlahuaca in Oaxaca, Mexico. Isabel Mendoza creates enchanting works of art by painting with straws. Following the procedures developed by her grandfather, she uses natural wild straw to create scenes of Mexican life. Among the subjects of her paintings are bullfighters, mariachis, churches, and landscapes.

 Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect, and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county. It provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2023). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.



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