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Marta Becket's Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket's Amargosa Opera House Review

An artist and dancer from New York, Marta Becket first visited the former railway town of Amargosa while on tour in 1964. Three years later she returned to town and bought a boarded-up theater that sat amid a group of rundown mock–Spanish colonial buildings. To compensate for the sparse audiences in the early days, Becket painted a Renaissance-era Spanish crowd on the walls and ceiling, turning the theater into a trompe l'oeil masterpiece. Now in her late 80s, Becket occasionally still takes the stage. After the show you can meet her in the adjacent gallery, where she sells prints of her paintings and autographs her books. Reservations are required. Guided tours are available year-round for a suggested $5 donation per person.

Updated: 02-24-2014

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