Ely’s Art Bank
Grand Opening

After months of refurbishing, Ely’s Art Bank
opened its doors on Friday, November 29th,

The Art Bank is located at 399 Aultman Street
in downtown Ely.

The Art Bank is a Gallery and
Cultural Center with a permanent
art collection of painting, sculptures,
and photos that depict the Great
Basin area and White Pine county.
These pieces represent  art work that
spans over 70 years and showcases
the natural elements that people
have used for generations to express
life in the Great Basin.

Local artists’ work is also on display
and for sale. Many of the local artists
will be at the Grand Opening ready
to show their work and explain their
techniques. This is a great
opportunity to meet and talk with
the artists while you enjoy the
atmosphere of the Art Among the

Local craftsman Mark Caylor has did
much of the restoration work
transforming the old bank into a
beautiful art gallery.  Real
aspen trees are mounted to the walls
to give the impression of being able
to walk among the trees to
enjoy the art work.

Come discover Ely’s newest
The original vault is in "mint" condition! Even many of the
safe deposit boxes are still lying in wait for limitless
Featuring the permanent display, "Art Among the Aspens".
The Ely Art Bank presents ―Wally’s World: The
Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada”, featuring 35 pieces
of art from Wally Cuchine’s collection.

In 1987, Life Magazine described US HWY 50 across the
center of Nevada as the ―The Loneliest Road in
America.‖ The magazine particularly mentioned the 287-
mile stretch between Fernley and Ely as ―remote with
few points of interest‖ and it urged travelers to have ―
survival skills‖ to make the journey. Exhibit curator, Jim
McCormick titled this NTI-Traveling Exhibition, “The
Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada” because Wally
Cuchine’s art collection is located in Eureka, Nevada on
HWY 50’s route.   

For more than two decades, residents in this part of rural
Nevada have experienced a breadth of quality cultural
events thanks to Wally Cuchine’s personal passion for
the arts. As director of the Eureka Opera House for over
18 years, Cuchine consistently presented first-class
entertainment to residents and visitors. Known for his
unflagging commitment to and support of artists, and his
unswerving faith that the art and artists of Nevada are a
valuable resource, he has acquired an unparalleled
personal collection of Nevada art.   

Cuchine brought a unique pursuit with him to Eureka
insofar as conservative, down-to-earth ranchers and
business folks were concerned—Art. And he arrived
with his own gallery. Beginning in 1978 with an 18’
travel trailer, expanding to a 26’ model after that, and
finally moving his 14’ x 60’ Charter Mobile Home from
Ely to Eureka, Cuchine hung art in every available nook
and cranny in each of them.   

Cuchine estimates his art collection at 1,500 to 2,000
works. A small fraction of the collection is represented in
Wally’s World—35 works, about one percent of his
collection. ―Wally’s World” is a testament to one
individual’s tenacity in expressing his passion for art.
His collection and this exhibition are a generous gift to
the state he so deeply cherishes.   

Exhibit artists include: Ron Arthaud, Lyle V. Ball,
Cheryln Bennett, Ralph Bennett, Max Bunnell, Thelma
Calhoun, Robert Cole Caples, Mary Chadwell, Diane
Dunn, Mary Lee Fulkerson, Ruth Hilts, Larry Jacox,
James Lawrence, Jean Legassick, Laverne Lightfoot,
Gary Link, Barbara Maclean, Sharon Maczko, Jack
Malotte, Jim McCormick, Marilyn R. Melton, Jeff
Nicholson, Ron Oden, Dennis Parks, Mimi Patrick,
Nancy Peppin, Brent Perkins, Roy Powers, Barbara
Prodaniuk, Shirley Shaft, Annabelle Shelly, Craig
Sheppard, Sidne Teske, Wally Wallace and Larry
Williamson. Gallery Notes essay by exhibit curator, Jim

ABOUT Curated and Gallery Notes by Jim McCormick
and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, ―Wally’s
World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada” is part
of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition
Program, and is funded by the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Nevada Humanities, and the Nevada State
Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the
Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. -###- For
more information please contact: Fran Morrow, Artist
Services Coordinator, Nevada Arts Council
775.687.7106 or fmorrow@nevadaculture.org   
Jim McCormick, Exhibit Curator mclizzi@pyramid.net   
Wally Cuchine, Collector cuchine@sbcglobal.net  
Ely Art bank Presents "Wally's World:
The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada
Ron Arthaud: Late Morning Eureka, Nevada
Mimi Patrick: Box Boy
Robert Cole Caples: Tonopah Houses.