The Eureka Courthouse Gallery Hall
The Eureka Court House Gallery Hall is a hall on the South side of the Eureka County Court House
in Eureka. The hall was created as a result of rennovations to the courthouse and is now being used as an art space. Traveling art shows
are hung in this gallery for varying periods of time. We invite you to come enjoy the exhibits as they travel through the historic courthouse.
We are also in the process of assembling a permanent Courthouse Collection.
Permanent Courthouse Collection
Schedule of Upcoming Galleries
Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great Basin
Art Samples: [click on image to expand]
Wild horses conjure up an image of mythical proportions. Not only are they a reminder
of our country's emergence as a nation, their role in the evolution and history of the American West and their impact on Native American culture is profound. As a cultural
icon enshrined in our collective imagination, the mustang remains as mysterious and enduring as the bald eagle, the grizzly bear, and the wolf.
Over fifty-percent of this country's wild horses live in Nevada's Great Basin - a vast high desert etched by more than 160 mountain ranges stretching from Utah's Wasatch
Range to California's Sierra Nevada. Sometimes called the "Big Empty", the Great Basin is a stark and fragile region rich in minerals, plants, and animals. However,
unlike livestock, which are harvested, or wildlife, which are hunted, there are no natural predators to control wild horse populations. Overgrazing and lack of water
can make large herds of horses a threat to this fragile environment - a danger to themselves, as well as th the wildlife and livestock that share the open range with them.
Although wild horses are protected by federal law, the problem of how to humanely care for and manage excess numbers of these animals remains unresolved and often misunderstood by
Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great Basin presents an uncommon view of the significance of the wild horse to the entire region. The original
photographs and narratives were made during 1999-2001, during which time Paula Morin photographed wild horse herds in their natural surroundings and recorded her discussions with people
whose lives are most intimately connected with them. These impressions are complemented by excerpts of her conversations from the field and are accompanied by traditional
poems about the wild horse compiled by Idaho folklorist Andrea Graham. A synergy of image and word portrays the intricate relationship of wild horses to the culture and
landscape of the Great Basin - from yesteryear to the present.