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Built in 1875, St. Mary’s Art Center is the Grand Dame of Virginia City and is a National Historic Landmark. High up in the Virginia Range mountains, perched near old gold and silver mine shafts, in the lost in time mining town of the Comstock Era, is St Mary’s Art Center. Originally a Hospital for the Comstock miners, left empty and abandoned for many years after the Gold and Silver Rush declined, only to be saved in the 1964 by Father Meinecke and Louise Curran, who had great foresight and a plan. The property was dedicated to the Arts and Culture, by Father Meinecke, and the abandoned building became a living, vibrant Art Center.
St. Mary’s Art Center is a place where creativity can be explored in an atmosphere of quiet beauty and isolation. With 15 guest rooms, art studio, print room, darkroom, galleries, library, theatre, and more...it is a unique gem on the Comstock and Northern Nevada. Just far enough off the beaten track to be peaceful but close enough to the eclectically, vintage town of Virginia City to find atmosphere, eccentric characters and fun things to do, along with some lovely places to eat…. This four-story, gabled, red brick structure with Doric columns sits on land donated by Mary Louise Mackay, wife of one of the four Bonanza Kings. The Center is available for rent year round for creative workshops, artist retreats, functions, private events, weddings and groups.
Let us take you on a magical journey into the world of St Mary’s, Virginia City then and now, surrounded by the artworks of established and emerging artists.
Why Visit St. Mary’s? St Mary’s is situated approximately 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe and 20 minutes from Reno and Carson City. Take a class or wander through our 7 galleries, our fantastic historical exhibition, and view original art works by established local and regional artists.
Title image by Pura Vida Sierra Art, LLC.
Photo Credit: Joe Curtis