Jazzy opening planned for new art exhibit

Southern Nevadans can meet artist Thurman Hackett during the opening of his new exhibit, "Historical Journey into Jazz," Saturday at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Hackett will greet visitors and the Adelaide Robbins Trio will entertain with jazz music when the exhibit opens at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The exhibit continues through Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. The center is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For more information, call 229-4800.

Hackett was born in Fresno, Calif., in 1936. While living in Los Angeles during the 1960s, he performed as a jazz musician for a hobby. An alto saxophonist, he sat in with older musicians at local jazz clubs and learned from them. He worked most of his adult life as an interior designer.

Now retired, he is using his artistic skills for paintings, many of which depict jazz artists. Most of his paintings are filled with bright colors and bold, jagged shapes.

In addition to jazz artists, Thurman also paints American Indians, Egyptian figures, people engaged in sports, cars, and most things to do with American culture and history.

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