Sponsored by the Nevada Arts Council, "Stop the Car, Dad" is this month's featured exhibit in the museum's changing gallery. Photographs taken by Sparks artist, Erik Lauritzen, show Nevada's overlooked desert landscapes and buildings, abandoned roads, motels and shops along US 95 and US 80.
“We’re incredibly excited to have this collection,“ said Anthea Humphreys, coordinator at the Sparks Heritage Museum. “We try to get different mediums in the changing gallery each month and this one is really unique.”
"Stop the car, Dad" runs through September 3.
Along with the photographs, this exhibit also features over 40 vintage cameras on display, some dating back to the 1800s. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Reno Photo Club’s Jerry Fenwick will deliver a lecture titled “the Beauty Around Us,” highlighting that anyone can be an amazing photographer and can take a beautiful picture of anything.
The second floor Cultural Center is the newest addition to the Sparks Heritage Museum. Since opening in November 2011, Sparks residents can enjoy lectures and benefits hosted by the Sparks Museum. The Cultural Center is also available to rent and is able to host parties, weddings and other festive gatherings. In the Cultural Center Gallery this month, select photos from the museum's archives -- photos featuring Nevada's ghost towns and railroad history -- will be displayed.
Last month, the museum launched its first smart phone application. Using GPS navigation, users can point phones at a building found on the application maps and get photos and information on the building's past. The Historic B Street Photo and Sparks Nevada Historic Tours applications are available at no cost at the Apple Store and Google Play.
The Sparks Heritage Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price of admission is $5 per person. Museum members and children under 12 are free. For more information, visit sparksmuseum.org. The Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is located at 814 Victorian Avenue in downtown Sparks.