A niche in wildlife
The work of photographer and Plumas National Forest employee Thomas Honeycutt is on display in the lobby of the Mount Hough Ranger District in Quincy until March 30. Honeycutt found his niche in wildlife and macro photography. He pursues both outdoor sports and any other moments of opportunity that may suddenly appear during his travels, including a pair of muskrats hitchhiking on his kayak as he floated down the Tennessee River. | (530) 283-0555
“Elements” defining the region
“ELEMENTS: Our Region,” an art installation inspired by the natural elements of the Eastern Sierra, is at Truckee Community Recreation Center through June. Hosted by the Truckee Public Arts Commission, the exhibit will feature art in a variety of mediums, 2-D and 3-D: paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography. The theme of the exhibit draws on the rivers, mountains, snows and winds and even the road signs and grocery store lines that define the Truckee-Tahoe region. | facebook.com/truckeepublicartscommission
Smithsonian features Carson City artist
Carson City artist Mischell Riley’s sculpture “Maya’s Mind” will be featuring in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” will be at the Smithsonian from March 30 through Jan. 21, 2019.
The exhibition features a curated collection by some of the more reputable artists who have created works at the 70,000-person arts celebration held every year in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Temple designer David Best, Bliss sculptor Marco Cochrane, digital illustrator Android Jones and collage artists Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti are a few of the other artists with selected work. | bronzesbymischell.com
Celebrate high school art
North Tahoe Arts hosts a Closing Gallery Reception for the High School Art Exhibit on March 31 featuring artwork created by North Lake High School students. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in NTA’s new gallery space between the artist’s shop and the old firehouse. Light snacks and beverages will be offered.
The new gallery space will be open in April on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with hopes of expanding gallery hours in the coming months. The next exhibit showcases art by NTA’s member artists. | northtahoearts.com
“Pioneers of Clean Energy” on exhibit
Incline Village, Nev.
“The Pioneers of Clean Energy” exhibition will be on display at the Garage Door Gallery at the Holman Arts & Media Center at Sierra Nevada College through April 20. The exhibit is part of a larger on-going portrait project by photographer Rick Chapman. The goal of the Pioneers of Clean Energy Portrait Project is to create a collection of photographic portraits and video interviews of the top scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs leading the clean energy revolution in the United States.
Our deeper interest is in illuminating the specific individuals leading the charge, their personal stories and motivations,” says Chapman. “We believe that intimate portraits and interviews will inspire viewers’ curiosity, inspire questions and deeper inquiry, as much as they may entertain or delight.”
The exhibition will feature photographs, interviews and documentation of this growing project. | sierranevada.edu
Art of the Basin and Range
Incline Village, Nev.
“Basin and Range” features 18 Southern Nevada artists who were invited to create as a response to and in honor of a tract of Nevada land covering 700,000 acres, now identified as the Basin and Range National Monument. This area not only includes wildlife and desert landscapes and formations, but also ancient and contemporary artwork: petroglyphs carved an estimated 4,000 years ago and Michael Heizer’s mile-long “City.” The exhibit will be at the Tahoe Gallery until March 23.
Tahoe Art League members’ show
South Lake Tahoe
The Tahoe Art League, in conjunction with Lake Tahoe Community College, will host its second annual art show, “The Tahoe Art League Presents,” through March 25 at the college. | talart.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.
Join fiber art group
South Lake Tahoe
The South Lake Tahoe Library hosts a fiber art group meeting on the first Friday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m. The group is open to those who enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery, hand sewing and other fiber arts. Participants will learn new tricks and are encouraged to share projects, ideas and stories. Bring current projects or start a new one. All skill levels are welcome. | (530) 573-3185
“The Body of a House: Paintings by Robert Beckman” is on display at Nevada Museum of Art’s Earl and Wanda Casazza Gallery until April 1. This series of eight, large-scale paintings by Beckmann reveals the potential effects of a nuclear detonation on an American-built, single-family home. The series is based on real-life, Cold War-era testing undertaken on the Nevada Test Site. The deep-red images are based on footage from a 1953 documentary film about the detonation of a 16-kiloton nuclear bomb nicknamed “Annie.” The artist remembers watching the film as a young boy growing up during the Cold War era. | nevadaart.org
Vibrant and expressive
Northwest Reno Library presents “Bold Impressionism,” a collection of contemporary, landscape, oil paintings by Truckee artist Jane Lufkin. She is known for her vibrant palette and expressive impasto brushstrokes. Lufkin has created a series of paintings inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Truckee-Tahoe and her travels in the West. The exhibit will be on display until April 28. There will be an artist’s reception on March 24 at 2 p.m.
| (775) 787-4100
State of the state
Nevada Fine Art Gallery presents “Landscapes of Nevada,” a benefit for Nevada Land Trust until March 30. This collaborative show features many local artists and photographers honoring the many wonders of the state. | nvfinearts.com
Juried art show
Carson City, Nev.
Nevada Artists Association has recently reopened its gallery following a complete remodel and is showing a new juried exhibit, “The Winter Show,” which will be on display through March 30. Awards were presented for first, second, third and honorable mention in seven categories. The public is invited to view the art and enjoy the newly remodeled gallery. | nevadaartists.org
North Tahoe Arts will present North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open from June 12 to 16. Artists of all levels from all over the country will gather to paint the breathtaking scenery of Tahoe in the open air. The event includes the Farmers’ Market Quick Draw Competition and a public exhibit that coincides with Wine Walk Saturday. Pre-registration for the event is until April 1 with a discounted fee of $95. From April 2 to May 1, the registration fee is $125.
Bona Fide Books offers classes and workshops. Introduction to Letterpress with Steve Robonson on April 7 and May 5. 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 sessions are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $50 each. Class size is limited. | bonafidebooks.com
Grants for Nevada arts
Nevada arts organizations can begin submitting applications for Nevada Arts Council grants for fiscal year 2019 now. These annual awards include Arts Learning Project Grants, Partners in Excellence Grants and Project Grants. In addition, individuals can submit nominations for the Nevada Heritage Award. Grant applications and award nominations for NAC grants and awards must be submitted through “GO Smart,” the new online grants system available at nevada.gosmart.org. Applications for Artist Fellowship Grants and the Fellowship Project Grant are available now. | nac.nevadaculture.org or (775) 687-7102
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 paid monthly or $13 for drop-ins. There is a $3 materials fee due to the instructor at each class. | tdrpd.org
Student work featured
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, “ART from WNC,” at the Community Development Building [the Brick]. Eleven student artists from Western Nevada College have work in the exhibit until April 12. The exhibition presents poster designs by Professor Conkey’s Graphic Communications students including Neil Anderson, Christian Cooper, Jesus Fernandez Garcia, Robin Johnson, Michelle Keele, Suzanne Pipho, Stacia Woomer and Amanda Yau. Three additional students are Sharon Carter, who submitted a large watercolor landscape for the show; Bailee Barber, who has two series of photographs and Tracy Mendibles with a pencil drawing. | arts-initiative.org
Art from the heart
Moments of Memory, a Northern Nevada nonprofit, presents a visual treasury of art expressed by individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at the depARTures Gallery in Concourse C at Reno-Tahoe International Airport until April 18. All masterpieces were created in one 90-minute art session. Included in the depARTures Gallery are display cases highlighting the specially designed techniques that inspired the artists.
| (775) 848-4757
Ritz-Carlton sports winter art
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, has joined with SLATE Art Consulting of San Francisco to feature a new winter exhibition of Northern California artists’ works throughout the hotel’s lobby and public areas through April. The exhibition of 20 contemporary works of art, both sculpture and painting, include landscapes and abstract works. | (530) 562-3000
Exhibit runs skin deep
Tahoe Maritime Museum hosts “Ink & Ivory,” an exhibit featuring two nautical art forms on display until April. 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.
Boat names focus of exhibit
Tahoe Maritime Museum hosts 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. 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
Representing emotion in art
Incline Village, Nev.
Carolyn Guerra’s sculptural subject is emotion – the feeling of being human expressed in visual images of men and women – in her next exhibit “Face Your Feelings” in the Community Gallery at the Holman Arts & Media Center at Sierra Nevada College. The media is interchangeable – clay, wood, bronze, fiberglass – and faces are her fascination. The exhibit is on display until April 20. | sierranevada.edu
Proud, assertive Australian artists
“Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia” presents nine women at the forefront of international contemporary art. Featuring 70 works in media ranging from paintings on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark, to woven installations and video projections, the show is both culturally specific and globally alert.
Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, Marking the Infinite will be on view through May 13. Although hailing from some of the most remote communities on the planet, the work of the nine women artists speaks loudly and clearly to the contemporary age.
The artists are Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angeline Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. While these women are some of the most acclaimed Australian artists working today, for many it is their first exposure to American audiences. Their artworks are proud assertions of who they are and their pride in their communities.
Making art public
Tahoe Public Art (TPA) has an open call for artist proposals for Temporary Environmental Art Installations along the new Tahoe Public Art Trail. One of the most important milestones TPA achieved in 2017 was securing a lake-wide permit from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for temporary environmental art installations on both the California and Nevada sides. TPA is seeking artwork that engages audiences in contemplating their civic responsibility as it relates to the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The deadline to submit proposals is June 1 at callforentry.org. | tahoepublicart.com
Honoring a great American
“Only Light Can Do That: Remembering MLK, Jr.” is at University of Nevada, Church Fine Arts until May 10. The exhibit includes work from a half dozen contemporary artists and also new additions to the collection by artists Elizabeth Catlett and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The display explores the visual cultures of Black America inspired by the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. | eventsunr.edu/event
Carpets as art
University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts presents Faig Ahmed, an internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan. Ahmed represented Azerbaijan in the 2007 Venice Biennale; he is well-known for his conceptual works that use the traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art. The exhibit will be on display at Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts until May 10. | unr.edu/arts
Winter art featured
South Lake Tahoe
A new Tahoe Arts League art exhibit is on display at A Cup of Cherries Coffee Café. It features the winter art of Rick Espinor, Claudia Garza, Barb Gustafson, Lois Loveless, Donna Reid, Devon West and Tommy Walker. The next exhibit will start in the summer. All the artwork is for sale. | talart.org
Out of this world
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition “Writing from Mars” by artist Rick Parsons at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery until May 23. Parsons’ current work has been exploring automatic writing, jazz thinking and 3-D forms while also addressing the environment. Parsons has been teaching at Sierra Nevada College for eight years and was named the 2012-13 Faculty Member of the Year by the SNC student body. Artist and writer Chris Lanier has written the exhibition essay for the exhibit. | arts-initiative.org
Ink and metal
Carson City, Nev.
Capital City Arts Initiative announces “Works: Some Water, Some Welded” with artwork by artists Susan Glaser Church and Stephen Reid at the Carson City Community Center until June 30.
Glaser Church, a native Nevadan, was raised on her family’s ranch. The junkyard was her playground and it was there that she developed an interest in rusted and repurposed metal.
To create her art, Church uses traditional forging, plasma cutting and MIG welding. Reid’s work spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation and printmaking. He became aesthetically drawn to Sumi-e drawings and their humble figure/ground compositions. This led to the use of ink and watercolor to investigate the self through viscera and absurd conditions. | arts-initiative.org
Fascinating new world
“Enrique Chagoya: Reimagining the New World” is at Nevada Museum of Art’s Feature Gallery North until July 8. Chagoya’s provocative works incorporate diverse symbolic elements from pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography and American popular culture. Chagoya often appropriates the visual tropes of Western modernism in his works, just as the masters of modern art cannibalized so-called primitive forms without properly contextualizing them. This exhibition highlights some of Chagoya’s most fascinating pieces. | nevadaart.org
Seizing the moment
“Randolph Sims: On the Spur of the Moment” is at Nevada Museum of Art CA+E Research Library and Archives until July 15. Sims helped American land artist Michael Heizer use land-moving equipment for the first time on Nevada’s Coyote Dry Lake in 1968. Sims became an early Earthworks artist in his own right when Heizer encouraged him to use a backhoe on the playa “on the spur of the moment.” This archive exhibition includes drawings of Sims’ earthworks that were both proposed and fully realized between 1968 and 1991. | nevadaart.org
TAL announces Artist Studio Tour
South Lake Tahoe
The Tahoe Art League’s will host the 12th Annual Artist Studio Tour on July 27, 28 and 29 and Aug. 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tahoe’s South Shore, as first reported at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
Artists open studios to the public to watch artists at work and to discuss his or her artwork, as well as offering artwork for sale during the two-weekend event.
Artists may apply to participate in the tour until March 30. Artists have the option of participating for both weekends or only one of the weekends. All mediums are welcome. Those who are new to the tour will be juried into the event. Applications are available at the Art Center in South Lake Tahoe or e-mail email@example.com. | talart.org
Prolific artist presented
The paintings of German émigré artist Hans Meyer-Kassel (1872-1952) have hung in the castles of kings and the homes of presidents. His artwork can be found in state capitols, university campuses, historical societies, courthouses, government buildings and museums across the United States and Europe. Now, this prolific but under-appreciated artist’s work will be presented for the public. “Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada” will be on view through Sept. 2 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery.
Classically trained as a painter at the University of Munich in his native Germany, Meyer-Kassel immigrated to the United States at the end of World War I to escape the post-war tumult and became enamored with the American West. Within a year, he and his wife, Maria, moved to Reno, Nev., later relocating to Carson City, and eventually settling in Genoa, where he worked from his small studio at the base of the Carson Range.