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.

Wine Walk

Wine Walk

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Carson Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Carson Chamber Singers Spring Concert

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Annie, Jr – Wild Horse Theater

Annie, Jr – Wild Horse Theater

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Carson Singers Spring Concert

Carson Singers Spring Concert

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Annie, Jr.  Wild Horse Theater

Annie, Jr. Wild Horse Theater

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Annie, Jr.  Wild Horse Theater

Annie, Jr. Wild Horse Theater

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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.


Carson City Visitor’s Bureau Gallery


Great Basin Native Artists

 Carson City Visitors Bureau

February 3-June 19

Reception for the Artists Feb 3 rd @ 5 pm

Open from9:00 am6:00 pm


Featured Artists: Ben Aleck, Topaz Jones, Jack Malotte, Melissa Melero-Moose, Topah Spoonhunter

Great Basin Native Artists show opening in February at the Carson City Visitors Bureau.  Meet all of the artists during the reception at 5 pm.  Feb 3.

Capital City Arts Initiative Galleries

Glyphs and Houses – Monoprint Exhibition by Amelia Currier

Exhibition: November 16, 2016 – February 24, 2017
at the Sierra Room, Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada
Open to the public Fridays, noon – 5pm, and during all City public meetings



As a youngster growing up in the suburban 60’s my ultimate, secret fantasy was to be
a cave dweller. Just me, my leopard skin jumper, a campfire and some critters to keep
me company. Perhaps this long dormant fantasy has revealed itself in my recent
work. By utilizing glyphs and exploring the different aspects of home, I am realizing a
connection and continuum with the artists in the Lascaux caves and the Aborigines
who created the Songline paintings. We are both making images that will tell the story
of our experience in the most articulate way we can.

My cave paintings have two tributaries that merge in their primordial expression,
yet diverge in their focus; houses and glyphs. The circle/glyph as my ‘mark’, is an
ancient, primordial symbol that was possibly used to depict a journey or as a form
of measurement. If I existed in 15,000 BCE, perhaps I would have scraped or
smudged these images onto the walls of my abode.

For inspiration I have researched Etruscan tomb carvings and Chinese, Japanese
and Hebrew characters that mimic the door/home symbol. I see these letters as purely
poetic forms and have altered them into my own personal vocabulary of glyphs and
doorways. The result is a more complex, eroded mark than I have previously used,
yet one that remains fresh and alive.

The encaustic monotype is particularly suited for expressions of a humanistic
and poetic nature. Because it is possible to create multiple layers of nuanced color
and form, I believe it can articulate the human voice.

The Monotype Bloom Series
This new series is a blend of two components; a return to a more primal form of expression
and an homage to color.
Everyone recognizes the universal symbol of the circle. We think of seeds, planets, eggs,
cells, fruit, -which all carry growth, evolution and birth within them. Theirs is a world that
appears as a unified whole, evolving or devolving from nothingness. I have taken this
symbol and applied the simple act of ordered repetition within a grid format.
My search for a more direct creative path also brought me back to my own primal memory;
the exhilaration at age seven of opening a fresh box of 16 crayons. Two rows of color,
the warm yellow one catching my eye first- each color playing one off the other.
Like the crayons, each bloom is jostling with its neighboring color seeking its most flattering
compliment. These bloom images embrace the perception that truth is found in the observation
of nature; that life is evanescent and that simplicity is at its core.

From the Ground Up
Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

Reception: Friday, February 3, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: February 3 – May 24, 2017

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

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, From the Ground Up, by artist Gil Martin at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, February 3, 5-7pm; Martin will give a talk about his work at 5:30pm. The exhibit will be in the gallery from February 3 – May 24, 2017.

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.

Martin said that when he was first studying painting, an artist friend gave him a box of art materials and assorted tools that she no longer needed. In that box was a book on how to make paint from earth pigments. It sat around his studio for years until one day he picked it up and started reading. His interest piqued, he started driving around looking for colored dirt from road cuts.

For over 20 years he has made his own paint from natural earth pigments that he digs up from various sources in the western United States. He uses a starch paste made from corn meal as a binder and adds water to create a more or less viscous paint.

Martin describes his process: “I like to work my pieces outside, both on the ground and tacked to a wall. The paint pools up in the small depressions and flows over uneven surfaces of canvas and paper laid on the ground or drips down in furrows on the pinned pieces. There is always an element of chance to the painting process. The material speaks and I then react to the needs of the painting.”

His latest body of work has unmistakable references to Western landscapes. He neither foster those images, nor eschew them. They mainly come about by working horizontal bands of color against one another until the painting unifies. His goal is to create a provocative visual experience, first for himself, then, hopefully, for other viewers.

Martin earned B.A. degrees in Art History and English Literature at the University of Washington. Later he studied painting under Richard Pousette-Dart at the Art Students League in New York and with Frank Okada and Ron Graff at the University of Oregon where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 1994. Martin has received Visiting Artist Fellowships at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Yangzhou University (People’s Republic of China) in 1999, and at the Morris Graves Foundation.

Martin has shown his art at the Work Place Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; and St. Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, Nevada. He teaches painting and drawing at Western Nevada College in Fallon and lives in Fallon, Nevada. See more of Martin’s art online at

Chérie Louise Turner wrote the essay, Plain Ole Dirt? for Martin’s exhibition. She is a Bay Area–based freelance writer, art critic, and copy editor. Her writing has appeared online at Art in America, The Huffington Post, Visual Art Sourceart ltd, ArtNewsletter, ArtNews, and Tahoe Quarterly, among other publications. She has written exhibition catalog essays locally for Stremmel Gallery, Churchill Arts Council, and CCAI. She also produces an art-focused blog: She has written four teen nonfiction books including: Extreme Careers: Life as an Adventure Travel Guide (Rosen Publishing Group, 2003); Everything You Need to Know About the Riot Grrrl Movement (Rosen Publishing Group, 2001). Turner earned a Copyediting Certification from the University of California, San Diego, in 2013 and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1992.

During the exhibition, Mr. Martin will give a talk about his work to art students at Dayton High School in Dayton, and at Carson High School in Carson City.

CCAI has a companion exhibition of Martin’s, Smaller Works, in the Community Center’s Sierra Room, 851 E William Street, Carson City. This show will be open from March 1 – July 6, 2017, during all Sierra Room public meetings, and on Fridays, noon – 4pm.

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.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Gil Martin, November 2016
center image: Gil talking with Chérie Louise Turner in his outdoor studio, Fallon, Nevada
bottom image: From the Ground Up exhibition flier

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.

                                           Nevada Artists Association

image003Nevada Artists Association Gallery

 Brewery Arts Center

Show runs from  January 8 -February 18,2017

                 Road to the Future

The NAA gallery is located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center complex. The exhibition opened Oct. 23 and will run through Jan. 6, 2017. 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 for more.


Nevada Arts Council OS X Gallery

Negotiating the Influence of Culture
Gig Depio, painting, Las Vegas

January 9 – March 17, 2017
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5-7:30 pm










In his series Negotiating the Influence of Culture, Gig Depio focuses on the convergence of cultures within the diverse population of Las Vegas. His paintings highlight the unique role of the individual and the collective efforts of the people who continually reshape the cultural and economic landscapes of Las Vegas.

Depio is a figurative painter, strongly influenced by his father’s style of portraiture. His emphasis on the use of broad and heavy strokes, thick contour lines and a limited palette create a sense of brevity and urgency in his works. He believes that the grit and texture of the paint play an important role in the strength of form of his paintings.

His works revolve tightly around social realism, drawing heavily from his involvement with Downtown Las Vegas culture and from past experiences in the Philippines as a socially active volunteer in the community youth council, university outreach programs, and the Philippine Red Cross. He is currently an active member of the Las Vegas Artist’s Guild and an advocate for the arts in the Las Vegas community

After graduating from the Ateneo de Manila University, he worked as an apprentice under his father, Gig C. De Pio, a Fine Arts professor in the University of the Philippines. He was awarded the NAC Fellowship Grant in Visual Arts in 2016. He has worked on various exhibitions and projects with the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Clark County’s Winchester Cultural Center Gallery; Clark County Library Galleries; the City of Las Vegas Galleries; the Nevada State College Galleries, and the UNLV Healy Hayes Gallery. Depio volunteers at non-profit organizations such as the Las Vegas Arts Guild and Guerrilla Kage at the 18b Arts District, Tiagon Filipino Artists Group, Blackbird Studios and Nevada Humanities.

Managed by the Artist Services Program, the Office eXhibition Series (OXS) Gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St., Carson City and is open Mon. – Fri., 8am – 5pm. The OXS Gallery features artists who have been recognized by NAC through its Artist Fellowships, GAA Visual Arts Commission, and exhibits from the agency’s NTI-Traveling Exhibition Program.

CURRENT OXS EXHIBITS on display in OXS Gallery
a list of  exhibits from 2016 through 2010

  • Artist Services Program Coordinator, Fran Morrow, 775.687.7106 or email
  • Artist Services Program Associate/Art Installer, Bill Ware, 775.687.7108 or email 

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The Carson City Arts and Culture Coalition supports a vibrant cultural life for our community by promoting and advocating on behalf of the area’s artists and cultural institutions. The Coalition recognizes that a creative environment is an essential component of energetic civic life and sustained economic growth in the community.