25 years ago, Life magazine immortalized a stretch of U.S. Route 50 than runs through Nevada as "The Loneliest Road in America." The nickname stuck. Ghost towns, cemeteries, mountains, railroad tracks and remnants of the Pony Express Trail flash by drivers headed along Route 50. These images burned themselves into the brain of artist Lloyd Brown, who grew up traveling the highway on visits between his parents in Fillmore, Utah, and Reno, Nevada. The long trips on the lonely road as a child later influenced his artistic vision. "The long vistas taught me to see instability," Brown says. His landscapes, dominated by the intersection of expansive swaths of sky and concrete, bring to mind an old Robert Earl Keen song: "The road goes on forever, and the party never ends." The Loneliest Road in America runs through April 3 at the Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 6616 Spring Valley Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information visit valleyhousegallery.com.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: March 5. Continues through April 6, 2010