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Join us for a weekend celebrating Mothers: those with us, those we miss, and those special people who help fill the role, including a celebration of Mark Twain Days and his rich history in Virginia City and Carson City.  Spend the day wandering the exhibitions, enjoying the library or parlor, and creating art.

Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2024 11am-4pm


Admission:  $15/Person*, Non-Members

$10/Person*, Seniors & Children Under 10

*includes Art Lab supply fee

Complimentary Admission for SMAC Members**

**Art Lab Supply Fee:  $5/Person, SMAC Members 


Five Art Gallery Exhibitions:  Pam Brekas, Artisan Gallery, & More

Self-Guided Historical Tours

Art Lab:  Miniature Paintings

Theatre Screenings



Enjoy a beautiful and expansive exhibition of Pam Brekas' abstract work throughout the first floor galleries.  This body of work is full of color, layers, texture, and movement.  

Pam has a long history with the art center, including artist retreats and collaborative pieces hung in our permanent collection.  

Opens March 31, 2024

Exhibition Closes:  July 8, 2024

Reception:  May 18, 1-4pm


St. Mary's Art Center has been an artistic and cultural staple of Virginia City and the Comstock since 1964.  Thousands of artists and makers have taught, learned, created, and collaborated within our walls.  As an 1876 historic cornerstone and former hospital, the property is often a favorite subject for artists, or as a prized location to view and paint Virginia City.  

Throughout the years, artists, makers, photographers, and writers have donated their work to our permanent collection.  This is an outstanding exhibition that artistically represents the state of Virginia City throughout the years, as well as the restoration evolution of the art center.  This exhibition is displayed throughout the 3rd floor gallery, guest rooms, studios, and more.

Our latest acquisition is this magnificent sculpture by the late Larry Williamson, titled "Great Basin Cookie Jar Cage".  Larry's work has been represented by Stremmel Gallery, collected for decades, and is pure genius. 


View the permanent collection and experience a diverse showcase of Comstock Art.

Open for Viewing Now

Larry Williamson Great Basin Cookie Cage 2006.jpg


Virginia City is proudly known for its unique residents, merchants, and "characters".  Several of these unique individuals are well known by locals and visitors alike.

Danette Steele's watercolor exhibition of her chosen subjects draws viewers in to see the personalities of some of our great residents, former and present-day.  View her body of work on the fourth floor, between the arts library and theatre.  These characters are the perfect group to welcome guests to the top floor of this historic former hospital.

Open for Viewing Now

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