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The Arts
by Darrell McGarvey
Boulder City Art Guild

Artist Profile - Claire Faraci
Claire was born in Bandon, Cork, Ireland. Her childhood was spent in Dublin, Ireland and when in her teens, the family moved to London, England. London proved to be the answer to her dream... to pursue her passion for ballet. In 1960 she danced her way to America.

Being in the dance and musical circles in New York, she met and married her late husband, Jimmie, a professional drummer. Eventually her life led her to Las Vegas in 1964.

Art has always been a part of Claire’s life and from the time she was a small child she drew things for fun. She was not thinking about drawing as an art but rather doing it for her own pleasure and relaxation. But in the late 60s she decided to try painting. Claire painted her first painting and liked it enough to frame it. She called it “Birthday Flowers.” The painting, depicted here, still hangs in her bedroom.

Raising a family became all consuming and art seemed to take a back burner until the Christmas of 1998. She volunteered to paint a backdrop for a Christmas display where she worked. It was of snow-covered peaks in the moonlight with trees and bushes. She liked it so well she has kept it through the years. She calls it “Winter Moon.”

From those two experiences she realized painting was meant for her. She loves to paint ballet performers, angels, Irish and English countrysides, architecture, and of course, flowers. Claire joined the Boulder City Art Guild and relocated to Boulder City in 1998. She has been active in the art scene and currently serves on the Guild’s Board of Directors as Treasurer.

Claire is passionate about continuing her art expression and activities in the Art Guild. Her work is on display in the Boulder City Art Gallery in the Boulder Dam Hotel, open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (12 to 5 Sundays).

Visit the Boulder City Art Guild at www.bouldercityartguild.org



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