The mural is an illustration of the words, “Welcome to Carson City,” featuring an attribute of Carson City depicted within each letter, highlighting the City’s and Nevada’s history and many offerings. The illustrations were painted in monochromatic blues, outlined in a silver border adding dimension to the mural. Beneath the city’s namesake, is a photo of Abraham Curry, founder of Carson City, including the year the city was founded in 1858. The Brewery Arts Center was responsible for the installation of the mural on the north wall of the building.
This mural was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carson City, Carson City Cultural Commission, Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, Kaplan Family Trust and Visit Carson City.
Abner Rivera is an award-winning freelance artist/muralist producing quality art that has encompassed a wide variety of subject matter. His art can be found in both public and private venues across the country. Abner’s versatile ability to work in a broad variety of media such as acrylic, oil paint, airbrush and aerosols has allowed him to use his artistic expression, imagination, and initiative to develop new approaches to meet the needs and aspirations of his clients and gathers direct input from the community and its leaders. Abner’s murals typically involve a display of the area’s history, historic landmarks. The artist's imaginative approach reaches and inspires the younger generation of the country’s future leaders. The public benefits from the development of community pride from the visual and educational experience of his well-crafted, colorful murals. They also have a subtle long-term benefit by inspiring a sense of community as well as an appreciation for the beauty of the natural environment extending well beyond the walls that displayed them.
For many years after its 1870 construction, Nevada’s Capitol Building stood a lonely vigil in the center of Carson City. Now, more than 130 years later, the building is still used, standing as a testament to the foresight of Nevada’s founders.
Often considered the father of Carson City, Curry was born in New York in 1815 and arrived in Carson City in 1858. With partners John J. Musser, Benjamin Green, and Frank Proctor, he purchased about 1,000 acres in Eagle Valley and laid out the community of Carson City, which he tirelessly promoted.
1858 was a significant year in Carson City’s history, as the city was founded as a community in 1858, seven years after the first settlement of Eagle Station trading post in 1851.