Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

Carson City’s arts and cultural community captures the Carson City experience.  The Coalition, founded in 2001, is an informal group of Carson City artists and arts organizations that convene to support each other and advocate for arts and culture.  We recognize that a creative environment is essential to an energetic, engaged, and economically robust community.

The Coalition strives to strengthen the area’s arts and culture groups through funding, visibility initiatives, access to new resources, and political voice.  We provide umbrella support and advocacy for arts and culture entities within our community. With this intent and a vision to secure Carson City as the region’s hub for celebrating creative and cultural experiences, the Coalition moves forward.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Henry David Thoreau
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle

ART GALLERIES



 Exhibit at the Court House

Writing from Mars

 

Reception: Friday, February 2, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: February 2 – May 23, 2018

at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery
885 E Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, Writing from Mars, by artist Rick Parsons at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, February 2, 5-7pm. The exhibit will be in the gallery from February 2 – May 23, 2018.

The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The reception and the exhibition are free and the public is cordially invited. The gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Parsons’ current work has been exploring automatic writing, jazz thinking, and three-dimensional forms while also addressing the environment. He was born and raised along the briny shores of Galveston Bay, Texas, where he found himself nestled between the salt marsh and chemical refineries. Parsons’ older work focused on the effect of environmental pollutants on the body using three materials as metaphor (clay, steel, salt). The concepts still live in the current work but have taken a turn. He has introduced the process of automatic writing to his work to help deconstruct his own thoughts and to break from a formulaic behavior. Automatic writing is the act of sitting and writing from the subconscious with no narrative directing the thought process and is the origin for the show’s title, “Writing from Mars”. For the artist, the practice of automatic writing is a place of reflection.

As another element for the exhibition, Parsons has used an old Physics lab book from 1922 that belonged to his grandmother to build a platform for this exhibition. Two lab tables sit in the center of the gallery with a large drip painting flanking the exterior. Elements of his older metaphors drift in and out of the work. Clay is the body and biology; saltwater heals, preserves and destroys; and steel is the social and spiritual structure that we build our lives around. The clay forms are first soaked in saltwater to absorb the salt as the body absorbs the chemicals in its surroundings. He then places the clay objects on to steel plates where the salt causes the steel to oxidize. Steel is a material that is perceived as having great strength yet can be weaken by a material as simple as salt. The irony of the sculpture is that the same material that is used as the healing agent is also the catalyst for destruction. In the center of the gallery between the two lab tables sits a large Buddha on a dining table. All these elements come together to create space that mimics the mind in a place of lucid contemplation.

Parsons said, “My ultimate goal as an artist and educator is to create art and environments that generates questioning and discovery, for within this framework of learning and expression, a shift in perception can take place, and a new understanding of life can be revealed.”

Parsons has been teaching at Sierra Nevada College for eight years and was named the 2012/2013 Faculty Member of the Year by the SNC student body and was awarded the Nazir and Mary Ansari 2014/2015 Excellence in Teaching Gold Metal Award. He has also served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He was a visiting artist at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of North Carolina-Asheville, San Jose State University, Colorado College, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show Santa Clara University. The work was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine and published in the book Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic by Judith S. Schwartz and was featured in the documentary film Questions of Art by Zach Jankovic.

Parsons earned his BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1992 and an MFA in Sculptural Ceramics from the University of Dallas in 1996.

Artist and writer Chris Lanier has written the exhibition essay for Writing from Mars. He has a background in both traditional and digital media, and has worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. Mr. Lanier is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada. Lanier earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of California, Davis in 2007 and his B.A. in Art and Society at the New College of California, San Francisco in 1994. He lives in Reno with his family.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: work in progress, studio view, 2018; photo credit: Chris Lanier
center image: painting detail, house paint on board, 2018; photo credit: Chris Lanier
bottom image: Writing from Mars exhibition flier

CCAI Courthouse Gallery

Reception: Friday, June 1, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: June 1 – September 27, 2018

at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery
885 E Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada

Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth
Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its group show, Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host an opening reception on Friday, June 1, 5-7pm. The exhibition with art by 17 artists will be in the gallery from June 1 – September 27, 2018.

The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The reception and the exhibition are free and the public is cordially invited. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA, describes itself as “the oldest and largest nonprofit art center for adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. Since 1974, Creative Growth has played a significant role in increasing public interest in the artistic capabilities and achievements of people with disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibitions and representation, and a social atmosphere among peers.” Learn more about CGAC at www.creativegrowth.org/

CGAC’s large multi-room studio serves over 140 client artists weekly with instruction by professional artists in fiber arts, sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, photography, and video animation. The Center’s gallery presents eight group shows annually making the prolific artists’ work available to the public year-round. CGAC continues to contract with Target stores for product design.

Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth includes mixed media and 3-D art by: Jo Beal, Susan Glikbarg, Cedric Johnson, John Martin, Paulino Martin, Donald Mitchell, Julie Swartout, Christine Szeto, and Ed Walters. Mixed media and 2-D works include pieces by Marion Bolton, Kerry Daminanakes, Joseph Fagnani, Franna Lusson, Miguel Palacios, Tony Pedemonte, Ruth Stafford, and Merritt Wallace. Three of these artists’ bios follow.

Kerry Daminanakes’ uses pastel on paper to create her energetic, expressionistic, and compelling drawings of food with accompanying text/recipes. Her work has been shown widely in the Bay Area and in Korea. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Wynn Newhouse Award, a grant awarded by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation to artists of excellence that happen to have disabilities.

Merritt Wallace’s shares his vision of busy and crowded city life with his imaginative urban maps including numbers, arrows, coffee monsters, and more. Merritt’s drawings served as inspiration for fashion designer Erica Tanov’s 2013 Spring/Summer collection of clothing and home goods. His art has been exhibited internationally in New York, Berlin, Paris, and Korea.

Tony Pedemonte works with wooden armatures or repurposed items like bicycle wheels, wrapping with one spool of thread after another until the structural frame is nearly concealed. Distinguished by their smooth texture, a monochromatic palette, and geometrically-driven configurations, Pedemonte’s sculptures exude a presence that is both tactile and enigmatic. His work has been shown in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Paris.

Essay writers Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz are co-founders of Disparate Minds, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to increasing visibility and discussing the work of marginalized self-taught artists. They are co-authors of the multiple essays discussing work by people with disabilities published at their site, disparateminds.org. Through their research, writing, lectures, and curatorial projects, Donahue and Ortiz share their insights informed by extensive experience in this field as practicing artists, artist facilitators, and dedicated disability rights advocates.

Donahue was awarded a Fellowship in Visual Art from the Nevada Arts Council in 2018. She shows her art nationally and lives in Las Vegas. Ortiz works as a home/community-based personal care provider for adults with developmental disabilities; he exhibits his art nationally and lives in Grinnell, Iowa.

This exhibition is supported by lead donations from Carson Miller and from Nancy Raven.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City Cultural Commission, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Kerry Damianakes, “Cream of Tomato Soup for Lunch”, pastel on paper, 15″x22″, 2012
bottom image: exhibition flier



 

 

 

 

Reception: Friday, March 2, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: March 2 – June 30, 2018

at the Sierra Room, Community Center
851 E William Street, Carson City, Nevada

Works: Some Water Some Welded
Exhibition at the Sierra Room

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Works: Some Water Some Welded, with artwork by artists Susan Glaser Church and Stephen Reid at the city’s Sierra Room located in the Community Center, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition is available to the public from March 2 – June 30, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Friday, March 2, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.

Susan Glaser Church, a native Nevadan, was raised on her family’s ranch East of Elko. The junkyard was her playground, and it was there that she developed an interest in rusted and repurposed metal. She learned to weld while helping her father repair damaged machinery during the haying seasons. She studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and joined the California Blacksmith Association and expanded her tools to include some metal forge work. Now that she’s living back on the ranch in eastern Nevada, found objects and fabricated metal have become the basis of most of her work with a theme of rural issues often running through her sculptures. To create her art, Church uses traditional forging, plasma cutting, and MIG welding.

Church says of her art, “The history and evolution of rural America is chronicled in junkyards throughout the West, and the relics I find there are the basis for many of my sculptures. Like a magnet to iron, I seem to have an affinity for anything rusty. The patina of time gives obsolete machinery and broken tools a second life in the work I create. I use this medium to depict many of the elements of living with the land and enjoy the serendipity and whimsy of using found objects to compose my artwork. It is a way of honoring the past while contemplating the future.”

Stephen Reid is an artist living in Dayton, Nevada. His work spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation, and printmaking. While living in Japan, 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. This body of work is further influenced by Reid’s exposure to various physical and psychological traumatic occurrences, experiences that have fueled an exploration of competing concepts: vitality and mortality, beauty and repulsion. Through abstraction, these images provide an interesting minimal space for inquiry.

Reid received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While pursuing a career in art he has held numerous positions including the military, aerospace, teaching, and currently, working for the Nevada Arts Council. Reid’s work has been shown in the U.S. and Japan. His paintings reside in the VCU Medical College as well as several private collections.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including the first/third Thursdays, 8am – 5pm, and many weeknights Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 8pm. For Sierra Room access, call 775.283.7421 or check meeting schedules online at www.carson.org/government/meetings-and-events

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City Cultural Commission, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Church welding at the ranch
center image: Stephen Reid, untitled, ink and watercolor on paper, 4″x6″
bottom image: Works: Some Water Some Welded exhibition flier

 


                   

High School Pic[ks] 2018

Exhibition: April 15 – July 9, 2018
Reception: Tuesday, April 24, 5-7pm

at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada

High School Pic{ks] 2018
CCAI Student Art Exhibition at the Brick

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, High School Pic[ks] 2018, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Over three dozen artists from Carson, Dayton, Douglas, and Pioneer high schools will have work in the exhibit. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Tuesday, April 24, 5 – 7pm. The free exhibition is open to the public from April 15 – July 9, 2018, Mondays – Fridays, 8am – noon and 1-4pm.

High School Pic[ks] 2018 includes a wide variety of art media including ceramics, collage, drawing, painting, and photography that show the diversity of the students’ creativity.

The Pioneer High students include Julia Albiter, Summer Cardwell, Maya Conner, Monica Reyes, and Raianne Vega. The Dayton High students are David Delfin, Faith De Pasquale, Hannah Gray, and Roberto Mancilla.

The Carson High students are Ashley Britt, Gina Castillo, Tabitha Dodd, Emily Harper, Emma Lippincott, Sefora Marquez, Sam Pilgrim, Amberlee Rangel, Emily Richardson, Kylie Schlapkohl, Jessica Stine, and Sarah Woods.

The Douglas High students include Leslee Alaniz, Gerridwen Bergren, Mason Bornt, Shannon Elaina Bunn, Olivia Colella, Chloe Cutter, Luke Gansberg, Brian Hernandez, Arielle Hesse, Savannah Sabo, and Riana Testa.

Rita Borselli, KC Brennan, Zoe Shorten, and Kelley Yost teach art at Douglas High. Malaynia Wick teaches the art classes at Dayton High and Paul Lorion teaches art at Pioneer High. The Carson High art teachers are Kara Ferrin, Mike Malley, and John Martin.

Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said “CCAI is proud of the professional level of the students’ work and of their teachers who encourage and nurture their students’ imaginations and skill levels. Innovative people with confident imaginations are a cornerstone of America’s workforce. CCAI truly appreciates all the students and teachers’ participation.”

We are delighted to announce that the Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition [CCACC, also known as “the Coalition”] is providing a $500 college scholarship to a high school artist/a graduating senior who is going to college. CCACC will select the winner from the work submitted for the show and will be announced at the reception about 5:45pm. Dayton High student, Hannah Gray, was awarded the scholarship for her “Bellow Yike” photograph.

This show is the eighth show in CCAI’s ongoing series of student exhibitions in the Brick.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Dayton High teacher, Malaynia Wick, with her student, Hannah Gray
bottom image: exhibition flier

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.



Nevada Artists Association

Nevada Artists Association Gallery

 Brewery Arts Center

Regular Members Show

New Years Show runs from January 14-February 16

Winter Show Runs from February 18-March 30

Spring Has Sprung show runs from April 1-May 4

Landscape Show runs from May 6-June 15

Photography Show runs in July

Autumn Show runs in August

Nevada Day Show runs in September-October-November

 

 

The NAA gallery is located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center complex.  The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all art is for sale. Go to www.nevadaartists.org for more.




Nevada Arts Council OS X Gallery

Vistas and Viewpoints
Bobbie Ann Howell, Mixed Media

March 19 — May 11, 2018
Reception & Artist Talk:  Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 pm (Talk at 6:15 pm)
Sponsored by Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Inc

Vistas and Viewpoints is an exhibit derived from influences found within the Nevada landscape; the places of intersection between landscape and urbanization, the edges of the desert and the sweeping lines of progress. Patterns and symbols are created to form compositions inspired by the naturally built environments and the range of things that impact human perceptions.

Bobbie Ann Howell, a native Nevadan artist grew up in beautiful Lee Canyon, a mountain community northwest of the Las Vegas valley. Born in a state that has dramatic contrasts from the desert valleys to high mountain vistas, from crowded urban centers to the open windswept spaces, each having long been a part of her life and in turn her art. According to Howell, “The array of vistas before us is continually inspiring as is the use of literal and figurative points of view. Exploring, drawing, and photographing the textures and colors that fall across the landscape while also taking note of places where intersections between our natural landscape and urbanization seep together. Patterns that evolve in contrast to organic forms that lead me into to my slight obsession of cutting snowflake and mandala patterns that become symbols within my compositions inspired by the world that surrounds us, the range of events, people, and places that impact our perceptions, elements and ideas to create works that may alter a viewpoint, and possibly to make us look twice to see or feel something more.”

Various points of view happen simultaneously in her work, the actual horizon she sees as well as the concepts and conflicts that end up together in one place. The work in this series is a contrast between the beauty of the landscape and distressing subject matter constantly in the news, a world where women and children are caught in conflict. Opening up the forms creates a sense of vulnerability, exploiting the strength and fragile nature of the paper. In some instances to make the work feel as if it were disappearing or shattering. Through this manipulation of form, it is Howell’s hope that the art become a prayer to honor the lives shattered in an instant and taken from us.

Howell attended school in Indian Springs and Las Vegas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, and her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Drawing from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. She has previously served as faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; University of Nevada Las Vegas; and the College of Southern Nevada, teaching drawing, sculpture, design, and painting. Howell currently lives in Las Vegas and is working for Nevada Humanities as program manager for Southern Nevada, as well as consulting for a number of regional cultural and arts organizations. Her artwork is held in public and private collections across the United States. In 2017, Howell received an Artist Fellowship Grant in Visual Arts from the Nevada Arts Council


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