Silver Springs, Nevada– Works by two Silver Springs artists, Darlene Grace Novy-Zuelke and Ben Klinefelter, are on display at the public library in Silver Springs during April and May. The artwork is on loan from the newly developing art collection of the Silver Springs Arts Hub.
Darlene Grace Novy-Zuelke (1931-2011) spent a lifetime as a working artist after completing the Gifted Artist program at the University of Illinois. For many years she worked and traveled around the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She took workshops with acclaimed artists such as John C. Pellew, Zoltan Szabo and Lucille Williams, who instilled in her a fascination with landscapes in watercolor. Her paintings were exhibited in galleries in Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Washington, California, and can be found in private collections in Europe, South America and Asia. She also worked in graphite, acrylic, mixed-media and pastels. A member of several art associations, she was honored with a lifetime signature membership in the West Suburban Artists’ Guild of Illinois. Her painting “When There Was Water” was purchased by the Resident Artist Program in Silver City as a gift for the Silver Springs Arts Hub and its newly developing collection of art by Silver Springs artists.
Ben Klinefelter was born in Barrington, Illinois in 1955 and moved to San Diego in 1967. In 1991, he moved to Silver Springs, Nevada. The piece on display at the library is called “The Trickster: Coyote.” It was generously donated to the art collection of the Silver Springs Arts Hub by the Charlie B Gallery in Carson City, a gallery which also carries additional artwork by Klinefelter, Novy-Zuelke, and other Silver Springs and Nevada artists. Klinefelter is described as “primarily a self-taught artist, who has been sculpting for many years and gained some of his art inspiration from the work of his father, who was both a professional and commercial artist. Ben Klinefelter’s work has highly detailed surfaces, where contrasting textures provide for powerful images. He typically uses a stoneware body with iron stains to create his sculpture. A portion of his exhibition history includes the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens Art Show and the La Quinta Arts Festival in California, as well as several other exhibitions in Arizona and Nevada.”
What Does the Silver Springs Arts Hub Do? The Arts Hub helps promote and celebrate craftsmanship, arts and culture locally. For instance, this year, the Arts Hub partnered with the Resident Artist Program of Silver City to bring Danish writer Peter Krogh Andersen to speak to high school and elementary school students about his international career in journalism and also his recent project to publish his creative writing. In a partnership between the Capital City Arts Initiative and the Arts Hub, ceramic sculptor Tom Drakulich of Reno gave a very popular ceramics workshop to 6th graders at Silver Stage Elementary last September. During the Fall of 2016, the Arts Hub sponsored a group trip for Silver Stage Food Pantry volunteers to see an exhibit of Darlene Grace Novy-Zuelke paintings in Gold Hill, Nevada.
Who are the artists, musicians, craftspeople, etc? The Silver Springs Arts Hub draws on the community’s own pool of visual artists, musicians, and artisans and also connects with regional and statewide groups to bring in public programming by nationally and internationally known artists, theater groups, authors, dancers, photographers, historians, musicians, artisans (those creating pottery, textiles, stained glass, ornamental metal work, fine jewelry, etc).
Mission and Goals: The mission of the Silver Springs Nevada Arts Hub is “to encourage the arts, build community, and share our unique community through free, public events, programs and displays.” Goals include expanding opportunities for Silver Springs residents to create, participate in, and view visual art, music, poetry, photography, dance, film, folk arts, theater, etc. The Arts Hub is also seeking a location for a Resident Artist Program for Silver Springs that could include temporary housing for visiting international artists who would share their skills with the community.
Where is the Silver Springs Arts Hub? The Silver Springs Arts Hub has “spokes” that include any place in Silver Springs where arts, fine crafts and cultural events and programs happen. Event venues that periodically share arts and culture events in Silver Springs include the schools, public library, senior center, various clubs, the airport, Lahontan Recreation Area, Buckland Station and Fort Churchill State Park, the Silver Stage Food Pantry, and others.
The Silver Springs Arts Hub is a branch of Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties, a nonprofit. For more information, see the Hub’s Facebook page at
About Silver Springs, Nevada: With regard to scenery and climate, Silver Springs receives a high federal ranking in “natural amenities” (scenery, climate, topography, waterways). In a drive through the area you might see bands of wild horses framed by beautiful sunsets and distant snow-capped mountain peaks. The region provides lovely views of rolling desert hills and includes picturesque spots along Lahontan Resevoir, the Carson River, and sage and tree-lined trails through Buckland Station and Fort Churchill State Parks. The excellent local school system receives universal praise from parents, students and local groups (documented in objective studies such as a 2010 Community Assessment by Nevada Rural Development Council). The elementary school has been repeatedly recognized statewide and nationally as “High Achieving” and “Distinguished”. The school system as a whole is at the heart of the community’s economic revitalization. In 2017, Silver Stage High was recognized by the Northern Nevada Development Authority for “Best Education Initiative” in a 5-county region. The award highlighted Silver Stage High School’s collaboration with Western Nevada College to launch an onsite manufacturing training hub so that students can graduate with a WNC Job Skills certificate, an OSHA 10 card and up to 20 college credit hours. High school students can also take English, history, math and science college courses through WNC’s Jump Start College program, which allows them to complete a two-year Associate Degree by the time they graduate from Silver Stage High. Silver Springs also has an airport, a community center, a busy senior center, an organic community garden, a year-round indoor farmers market (Jackrabbit Junction), a unique “volunteer powered” food pantry, and a popular public library.