Autumn art on display
Nevada Artists Association opens its fall art exhibition, “Autumn Show,” at the gallery located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center on display until Oct. 20. The association has a membership of 94 local and regional artists with wide and diverse art interests: painting, sculpting, glass and other fine crafts and jewelry. Admission is free and all art is for sale. | nevadaartists.org
The artwork of Hannah Viano is on exhibit at Riverside Studios through October featuring original papercut works from her new weathering journal.
This exhibit features images from her recently released illustrated journal “Weathering,” that plays with themes of storm and sky in different landscape and encourages the idea that the written word can help one through times of tempest and also document the wonders of every day.
“In my artwork, I cut pieces away from a sheet of black paper to reveal an image,” says Viano. “Using a dance of positive and negative space I carve out the organic curves of water, mountains, sky, and try to capture the things that make a place and time unique. Working with simple tools allows me to keep the work in my own hands while creating modern, graphic images.” | riversidestudios.com
No secret anymore
The Truckee Public Arts Commission will host “Hidden in Plain Sight, Uncovering the Work of Truckee’s Secret Artists” with an opening reception on Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. The exhibit runs through early February.
This unique exhibit features artists who haven’t otherwise shown their work – whether they consider themselves hobbyists or are working in a new medium, including two local student artists. Music from select members of the Truckee High Jazz Ensemble and refreshments will be part of the evening’s festivities. The event is free to the public. | tdrpd.org
The fifth annual Create.Explore.Discover, a women’s art retreat, will be at Cedar House Sport Hotel from Oct. 20 to 22. The event provides an opportunity for women of all ages, skills and interests to discover their inner creative muse and explore their talents. This year’s retreat, “Empower,” features textile artist Anne Weil, jewelry designer Amy Ambroult, health and wellness coaches Lauren Evans and Morgan Rubenacker and other special guests. | createexplorediscover.com
Day of the Dead crafts
Día de los Muertos is just around the corner and the Family Resource Center of Truckee is gearing up for a big celebration on Nov. 3. Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — is a Mexican holiday that dates back to pre-Columbian cultures. It celebrates and honors deceased friends and family members with offerings of food and drink, dancing and visits to gravesites.
To prepare for the event, the Family Resource Center is offering free interactive workshops to learn more about the tradition and create Día-themed decorations and crafts. Learn face painting, papier- mâché puppets, flower headpieces or mural painting. Workshops are every Tuesday through Oct. 31 at the Family Resource Center of Truckee with sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. All materials are provided and there is no charge for the workshops. | (530) 587-2513
The art of Vegas culture
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative hosts Michele Quinn, who will present an illustrated talk, Vegas Culture on the Rise, as part of the ongoing Nevada Neighbors series on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Brick, Community Development building.
Quinn will give an overview of Las Vegas’ vibrant art scene. Since 2003, Las Vegas has had tremendous growth in the visual arts. She will discuss the progress Las Vegas has made in public art over the past 10 years and current developments, both public and private. There will be an informal reception at 6:15 pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is invited. | arts-initiative.org
Arts in Wellness presents the Fall Creative Group, which will be working on “The Four Agreements,” by Don Miguel Ruiz, on Thursdays from Oct. 12 to Dec. 14 at For Goodness Sake. Susie Alexander will be facilitating the group. The four agreements are interwoven on a conscious level into personal, family and community lives. As participants read and discuss each chapter, they will be doing creative processes on the weekly topic through drawing, painting and collage. All supplies are provided and no prior experience is required. It is $20 per meeting or $150 for the session. Scholarships are available. | Register artsinwellness.org
Fall letterpress sessions
Bona Fide Books offers the fall sessions for Introduction to Letterpress with Steve Robonson on Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Students will learn how to use a composing stick, set type and print cards or broadsides. The class includes materials and open studio hours at Tahoe Letterpress to work on projects. The four-hour sessions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $50 each. Class size is limited. | bonafidebooks.com
Take time to reflect
South Lake Tahoe
Make Tahoe presents “Make Tahoe quantum,” an art show by Shirley Hackett at Benko Art Gallery. Hackett is a local resident and emerging artist- photographer. Her work includes landscapes, animals and thought-provoking compositions. With a natural and unpretentious eye focusing on the beauty of emotions experienced from visual energy in our everyday lives, Hackett shows that profound reflection often happens in moments too brief to measure. This installment will be on display until Oct. 19. | maketahoe.com
Light is power
Carson City, Nev.
Local artists Deborah Stevenson and Deborah Foster collaborate to bring a vibrant new exhibit, “The Power of Light,” to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery until Oct. 20. Offering a fresh perspective and dazzling light, this exhibit showcases popular scenes such as Death Valley, Emerald Bay and Pyramid Lake.
Stevenson has always been inspired by nature; her style is mature and deeply spiritual. Foster enjoys the look achieved by using a palette knife. She believes there is no better way to create vibrant color, depth and texture on the canvas or on a board. | nevadaartists.org
Art is second nature
Carson City, Nev.
Las Vegas artist Mary Warner, the winner of the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellent in the Arts, takes a fresh approach in her current exhibition, “Second Nature,” which is featured at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery through Nov. 10.
A former art professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Warner has a lifelong passion for botany, often focusing her artwork on flowers, trees and other plants that catch her eye. Her work has been featured in 55 exhibitions across Nevada and 43 solo exhibitions nationally, including the Whitney Museum, the Drawing Center and the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York. As part of the OXS exhibition, an artist’s reception and talk will be held on Oct. 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil
To honor Nevada Day
Carson City, Nev.
Nevada Artists Association is inviting local and regional artists, sculptors, painters, photographers and potters to join in the Nevada Day art exhibit at the NAA Gallery in the Brewery Arts Center. This is the 67th year that the NAA has opened this exhibit in honor of Nevada’s admission to the Union on Oct. 31, 1864. Any Northern Nevada or California artist may enter. The Nevada Day Show will run from Oct. 22 through Dec. 24.
Art will be judged in nine media categories; first, second, third and honorable mention will be awarded ribbons. In addition, there will be Best of Show, People’s Choice and The Pat Holub Choice. Although this exhibit does not have a theme, artists who enter art with Nevada scenes will be judged by the NAA show committee and one will be awarded the “Spirit of Nevada” award. Enter submissions until Oct. 21. | nevadaartists.org
Gathering of Artists
Gathering of Artists is every first and third Wednesday of the month at North Tahoe Arts Center. Artists are welcome to drop in and share studio space from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | northtahoearts.com
Compositions in B & W
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative announces its student exhibition, “ART from UNR,” at the Community Development Building, aka The Brick, through Oct. 19. This past semester, 36 University of Nevada, Reno students collaborated to create two large sculptures inspired by Louise Nevelson, one of America’s most distinguished artists. Each student built a wood box and created his or her own composition of gathered found-wood pieces. The boxes were combined into large sculptures: “Composition in White” and “Composition in Black.”
Nevelson provided the inspiration for students to explore formal elements of sculpture with compositional elements, including positive and negative space, directional quality and repetition. The project also gave students the opportunity for hands-on experience in the wood shop and general sculpture studio. | arts-initiative.org
Rat artist on the loose
Among the profiteers and outlaws, one man tries to preserve a piece of street art for the public’s benefit, and the controversial “Haight Street Rat” will make an appearance in Reno. Sierra Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and Whitney Peak Hotel, present an exhibition until Oct. 17 featuring the work of the elusive artist, Banksy. | Catch Banksy in Reno Facebook page
Art Spot Reno announces the inaugural Reno Mural Expo from Oct. 13 to 15 in downtown Reno, Nev. Art Spot Reno is partnering with Whitney Peak Hotel, Orchard House Foundation and the City of Reno to bring two international artists, 12 national artists and 14 local artists to create new murals. The artists will cover approximately 20,000 square feet of wall space in a diverse array of styles, including abstract, photo realistic, illustrative, graffiti, paintbrush, airbrush, roller brush wheat paste and stencil.
Artist educator Peter Whittenberger will be featuring a special digital projection for the event. The weekend’s festivities include free, daily, docent-led mural tours and nightly live music and dancing at Lincoln Lounge and The Bluebird Nightclub. Meet the artists at Pignic Pub & Patio with the official event after-party on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. | artspotreno.com
Art + Environment
Nevada Museum of Art will present the Art + Environment Conference from Oct. 19 to 21. Guests will traverse time and space across the unsettled terrains, shifting frontiers and limitless horizons of the Greater West, the last part of the planet to be explored and settled. | nevadaart.org
The hills are alive
“The mountains are calling and I must go,” original artwork by Carol Grigus is on display at South Valleys Library Art Gallery until Oct. 31. “Anyone who has ever walked through a forest, especially in winter, has felt its dignity and monumentality. Painting is my way of preserving that experience and sharing it with others. It’s my poetry, passion and my true north,” says Grigus of her contemporary oil paintings. | (775) 851-5190
Seeing the unforeseen
Artist Melvin Brown is at Copeland Gallery until Nov. 8. Brown’s artwork has been described as contemporary Native American. To a certain degree this might apply because his artwork is continually unfolding with serendipitous connections. | cvartscouncil.com
Art in the miniature
The 10th annual Miniature Juried and Judged Art Exhibit “Nevada: Beauty in All Seasons,” presented by the Latimer Art Club, will be at the Artists Co-op Gallery until Nov. 8. This statewide invitational was judged by Jack Bacon. | artistsco-opgalleryreno.com
What’s on at SNC
Incline Village, Nev.
“Cabin-Time,” a roaming creative residency in remote places took 14 artists from around the United States to the Eastern Sierra Nevada for nine days in April 2017. Their artwork, “Cabin Time: Eastern Sierras,” will be on display at Garage Door Gallery until Nov. 17. | sierranevada.edu
Witness inner workings
University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts Galleries welcomes visitors to observe museum staff preparing the museum collection to move into a new facility. Part of Sheppard Contemporary has been transformed into a working lab where the inner workings of the museum will be shared with the community. Questions are welcome and frequent visits will yield opportunities to observe many objects never-before seen in the museum. Free to the public until Dec. 9. | unr.edu/art
The history & art of Burning Man
The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nev., presents two exhibits until Jan. 7, 2018, that focus on Burning Man. “City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man” explores the remarkable story of how the legendary Nevada gathering known as Burning Man evolved through collaborative ritual from humble countercultural roots on San Francisco’s Baker Beach into the world-famous desert convergence it is today. Never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, journals, sketches and notebooks reveal how this temporary experimental desert city came to be and how it continues to evolve.
Also on display is “View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger.” Highlights of this Incline Village-based photographer’s work will be on view in the Nightingale Sky Room. | nevadaart.org
Narrow focus on Burning Man
Truckee Public Arts Commission presents “The Pinhole Project: a Collaborative Photographic Project From Burning Man” at Truckee Community Recreation Center. This photographic retrospective of the events, art and people of Burning Man since 1999 was captured by the 100-year- old technology of the pinhole camera. Twelve pinhole cameras were created out of 50-gallon cardboard barrels. This size is uniquely suited for capturing the incredible scale and immense diversity of art and culture at Black Rock City. The subjects look familiar and at the same time completely foreign because the pinhole can extract an essential stillness through a primitive apparatus of reflected sunlight passed through a minute opening. The show will run through October. | tdrpd.org
Carson City, Nev.
The Capital City Arts Initiative presents “Tahoe Clarity” by Dylan Silver at the Community Center’s Sierra Room. The exhibit will be in the gallery until Nov. 9. Silver is a Lake Tahoe-based journalist and photographer. He first started exploring underwater at age 8. As a reporter for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, he picked up photography, documenting the people, environment and businesses of the basin. He always knew he wanted to take his camera into the water to photograph the beauty of the lake’s clarity. | arts-initiative.org
Trio of exhibits
South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Community College hosts three art exhibits until Dec. 1. Frances Melhop’s “Comstock Portrait Project, 2013-2017” will be featured in the Haldan Art Gallery. Since moving to Nevada, Melhop has worked with people from frontier mining towns such as Silver City, Gold Hill and Virginia City, capturing these capsules of the old American Wild West.
Award-winning artwork by LTCC students of the 2017 Student Winners Exhibition will be on display in the main building.
A collection of photographs in the exhibit “Jessica Heath: Left Behind” will be on display in the Foyer Gallery in the Fine Arts Building. Heath is a photographer based in South Lake Tahoe whose work showcases a strong sense of composition, focusing on abstract shapes, close-ups, textures, lines, and shadows. | ltcc.edu
Get that glazed look
Wheel/Hand Building Ceramics led by Susan Dorwart is at Truckee Community Art Center for ages 16 and older. The class is ongoing on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is a more advanced class with use of the wheel and hand-molding projects. Learn to use coils and slabs and sculpture techniques. Pieces will be glazed with safe, lead-free glazes. The fee is $12 per class if you pay monthly or $13 for drop-ins. There is a $3 materials fee due to the instructor at each class. | tdrpd.org
So much sky
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative presents “Wish You Were Here” by painter Susanne Forestieri at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery until Jan. 18, 2018. Forestieri focuses her work on the figure and abstract images. She applies her expressive, impressionistic style to diverse subjects including showgirls, family portraits, New York City street scenes and landscapes. Oils, charcoal, pastels and pencil are her media of choice.
“Where I grew up, the sky was usually glimpsed between tall buildings, not the dominant feature of the landscape, but a column of blue. When I moved out west from New York City, I said, There’s so much sky.” I loved it,” said Forestieri. | arts-initiative.org
Art with super-regional focus
“Unsettled” at Nevada Museum of Art amasses 200 artworks by 80 artists living and/or working in a super-region called the Greater West, a geographic area that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia and from Australia to the American West. Though ranging across thousands of miles, this region shares similarities: vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist.
The specific geographic focus of “Unsettled” begins in Alaska and continues down the West Coast of North America, through Central America, concluding in Colombia. Works included span 2,000 years, ranging from Pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art. The exhibition, on display until Jan.
21, 2018, makes connections among the diverse cultures and artistic practices of this super-region. | nevadaart.org
Skaff exhibits works in oil
Wolfdale’s Restaurant is featuring oil paintings by Andy Skaff through January 2018. Skaff’s love of the West provides the inspiration for his light-filled, vibrant landscapes and cityscapes. His work ranges from classic, impressionist paintings to abstract distillations of familiar subjects. His paintings have been exhibited at the Napa Valley Museum, the Oil Painters of America Western Regional exhibit in Santa Barbara and are part of the permanent collection of Martis Camp Lodge, the Ritz- Carlton Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. He is a member of the California Art Club and North Tahoe Arts. Locally, he is represented by Alpine Home and Pablo’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Tahoe City and Spirit Gallery in Truckee. | askaff.com
Exhibit runs skin deep
Tahoe Maritime Museum introduces “Ink & Ivory,” an exhibit featuring two nautical art forms on display until April 2018. Scrimshaw, attributed to American sailors, is the art of intricate carvings on bone ivory and other found objects. These works of art capture visuals of the past and tell the story of environmental impact, laws and regulations. “Ink & Ivory” will trace the nautical tradition of tattooing. Discover tattoos that were meant to bring sailors luck, see skin-deep evidence of their travels and feel the sense of longing behind sentimental tributes to wives and sweethearts back home. Best of all, “Ink & Ivory” will feature modern-day tattoos which are specific to nautical tradition or deep Tahoe connection. | tahoemaritimemuseum.org
Boat names focus of exhibit
Tahoe Maritime Museum announces an exhibition that explores the stories behind the names of familiar Tahoe places and beloved Tahoe boats. “What’s in A Name?” will be on display until April 2018. Choosing a name for a boat is a personal choice and not arbitrary. Many boat owners choose names that reflect a part of their life or family. Names are expressions of the owner’s personality and sense of humor. Other boat names pay homage to the tradition of the boat as a gendered object.
Visitors can also expect to delve into the complex nautical history behind the female persona of ships and boats. | tahoemaritimemuseum.org