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WHEREAS, German-born artist Hans Meyer-Kassel and his wife Maria fell in love with Nevada at first blush, adopting Northern Nevada as their home in 1936, moving first to Reno then to Carson City before settling in Genoa in 1945, where the Meyer-Kassels became an integral part of the community, residing there until their deaths; and

WHEREAS, over two decades Mr. Meyer-Kassel built his reputation as one of the most prolific and successful artists in the region, painting Nevada’s vast desert expanses, mountains, river valleys and cloud-filled skies; vividly colored floral still lifes; and numerous portraits; and

WHEREAS, through his career he painted portraits of four Nevada governors, Fred Balzar, Richard Kirman, Edward Carville and Vail Pittman as well as three California governors and one United States Senator from Nevada; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Meyer-Kassel’s paintings have hung in the castles of kings and the homes of presidents, and decades after his death, his artwork can be found in state capitols, university campuses, historical societies, courthouses, government buildings and museums across the United States and Europe; and

WHEREAS, Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada, a major publication and exhibition, featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings, photographs, ephemera and artifacts will be on display at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno through September 2, 2018; and

WHEREAS, on the occasion of the exhibition, a permanent monument will be commemorated on the grounds of the Genoa Courthouse Museum to recognize and remember Mr. Meyer-Kassel’s legacy; and

WHEREAS, Hans Meyer-Kassel was German by birth, American by law and Nevadan by choice, and he was embraced, adopted and continues to be celebrated as a Nevada artist;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  May 19, 2018 as a day in honor of

 Hans Meyer-Kassel

 

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