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 Beatles Flashback at the BAC

The Beatles Flashback at the BAC

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Valerie Rose Band at the BAC

Valerie Rose Band at the BAC

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Concert with Cellist, Stephen Framil

Concert with Cellist, Stephen Framil

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Alan Reid at the BAC

Alan Reid at the BAC

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fortunate Strangers at the BAC

Fortunate Strangers at the BAC

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at the BAC

Junie B. Jones The Musical at the BAC

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Concert with pianist, Alexander Tutunov

Concert with pianist, Alexander Tutunov

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

New World String Project  at the BAC

New World String Project at the BAC

May 14 @ 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.
Aristotle

ART GALLERIES



 Exhibit at the Court House

Wish You Were Here
Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery


Exhibition: October 6, 2017 – January 18, 2018

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

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, Wish You Were Here, by artist Susanne Forestieri at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, October 6, 5-7pm. The exhibit will be in the gallery from October 6, 2017 – January 18, 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.

Painter Susanne Forestieri focuses her work on the figure and abstract images. She applies her expressive, impressionistic style to diverse subjects including showgirls, dancers, family portraits, New York City street scenes, and landscapes. Oils, charcoal, pastels, and pencil are her media of choice.

Of the small figurative paintings that she’s created over the last decade, Forestieri said: “I began the series in 1995 based on photographs that I took more than twenty years ago of my daughter and her friends while they were playing dress-ups. My work gradually evolved from painting depictions of children’s fantasy play to painting everyday intimate moments in people’s lives when they reveal something about themselves that is real and precious. Small gestures and facial expressions reveal individuality. Pictorial spaces between and around figures describe emotional relationships as well as individual isolation. Each painting depicts a small drama that leaves something to the viewer’s imagination.”

About her abstract pieces, Forestieri said: “Where I grew up the infinite 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 NYC I said ‘there’s so much sky.’ I loved it.

Forestieri studied at the Art Students League in New York City from 1971 – 1974 and earned a M.A. in Education in 2001 and her B.F.A. cum laude in 1995, both from UNLV. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1996. The Las Vegas Art Museum presented her work in a retrospective exhibition in 2003. The Las Vegas City Hall, Bellagio Hotel, Girl Scouts of America, and the McCarren International Airport have her art in their permanent collections. She teaches drawing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and shows her work nationally.

Forestieri gave a talk about her work to Carson High art students while her exhibition was in the gallery.

Arts writer Kristen Peterson wrote the exhibition essay, Light and Shadow — a Las Vegas Palette, click HERE to read the essay. Peterson has been chronicling the Las Vegas arts scene for the past 18 years, winning first place awards for her coverage of its artists, galleries, museums, organizations, exhibits, public art and academic institutions. Her work has appeared in various local and national publications, including KNPR’s Desert Companion, Vegas Seven, Las Vegas Sun,Las Vegas Weekly, Vice Munchies and TheGuardian.

This exhibition is supported by a lead donation from the NV Energy Foundation.

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, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, City of Carson City, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Pale Fire, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″, 2011
2nd image: portrait of Susanne Forestieri
3rd image: Birthday Party I, oil on canvas, oil on board, 12″ x 12″, 2016
bottom image: Wish You Were Here exhibition flier

Reception: Wednesday, December 6, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: November 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018

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

Inside and Outside the Lines
Exhibition at the Sierra Room

Exhibition: November 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018
at the Sierra Room, Community Center
851 E William Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Inside and Outside the Lines, with artwork by artists Jonathan Farber and Susan Kotler 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 November 13, 2017 — March 1, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.

Kotler creates works using acrylics or watercolors that allow for spontaneous and direct expression. She finds inspiration for her art in natural phenomena, such as water, rocks, trees, light, and concepts from quantum physics and consciousness studies. In each work, she aims to inspire in the viewer an appreciation of the physical beauty and a sense of spirituality and mystery in the world around and within us.

Farber bases his drawings on a specific mark-making style. He uses patterns of redundant, diminutive marks that are evident on an individual basis and also combine with other marks to form a larger whole or image. He approaches his drawings as an intellectual amusement of the infinite, a meditation on time, space, and thought. His current artworks focus on abstraction, science, and cartography.

Kotler earned a MFA degree in Graphics/Printmaking at Claremont Graduate School and a BA in Fine Arts and Psychology at Pitzer College. She exhibits her work locally through Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery in Carson City and ArtIndeed! in Reno. The Nevada Arts Council awarded her a Jackpot Grant in 2009. Before moving to Nevada, Kotler taught printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and exhibited her work in Louisiana and Massachusetts. Kotler lives and works in Carson City.

Farber attended the University of Nevada, Reno earning a dual Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Art/Sculpture in 2006 and a BFA in studio art in 2009. He found a second calling as a Registered Nurse and currently works in ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno. He continues to actively make artwork for exhibitions across the country. When he is not in the studio or at the hospital, Farber spends his time hiking, fishing, skiing in the Sierra, and traveling the globe whenever possible. Farber lives and works in Reno.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including every other Thursday 8am – 5pm, and most 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, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, 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: Susan Kotler, The Singularity, watercolor on paper, 16″x20″, 2017
center image: Jonathan Farber, Tahoe, ink on paper, 36”x28”, 2016
bottom image: Inside and Outside the Lines’ exhibition flier



 



Exhibition: October 23, 2017 – January 11, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 5-7pm

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

Inspirations
CCAI Art Faculty Exhibition at the Brick

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its faculty exhibition, Inspirations, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. The Brick is open to the public daily, 8am – noon, 1-4pm. The exhibition will remain in the building’s lobby exhibition space from October 23, 2017 through January 11, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Wednesday, November 15, 5-7pm in the Brick.

For this exhibition, the Initiative presents work by the art faculty members from Carson, Dayton, and Douglas high schools. The artists include: Rita Borselli, K.C. Brennan, Kara Ferrin, Michael Malley, John Martin, Zoe Shorten, Malaynia Wick, and Kelley Yost. The exhibition includes photography, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, painting, and mixed media.

Sharon Rosse, CCAI’s Executive Director, said, “CCAI presents Inspirations to thank these dedicated teachers and to honor their ongoing, committed, and enthusiastic work they do inspiring their students’ imaginations and creativity — capabilities that underscore students’ learning and, eventually, to becoming strong employees. These teachers are amazing assets for our communities.”

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, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

image: Inspirations exhibition flier

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.



                                           Nevada Artists Association

http://nevadaartists.org/

Nevada Artists Association Gallery

 Brewery Arts Center

The Gallery will be Closed from December 25-January 12

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

Andreana Donahue

November 20-January 12, 2018

Wintering Over
Andreana Donahue, Mixed Media

November 20, 2017 — January 12, 2018
Reception & Artist Talk:  Thursday, January 11, 5-7:30 pm (Artist talk at 6:15 pm)

To “winter over” means to spend, endure, or survive a winter. The artwork in Andreana Donahue’s series Wintering Over relates to time she spent in a residency in Iceland. Donahue is making work that responds to extreme environments including Antarctica and Alaska–where she spent a year making work–and how individuals adapt to these conditions.

Donahue has an ongoing interest in site-specific narratives and culture, as well as the history of abstraction and textile art–specifically quilt-making. The textiles, patterns, natural dyes, and other materials she uses are locally sourced, often reflecting season and landscape, as well as possible romantic and/or utilitarian uses of each quilt. Her recent work re-imagines traditional Amish abstract quilts and the improvisational patterns typified by the African-American quilters of Gees Bend.

The Lone Star (Remembrance Quilt) was installed during a residency in Corsicana, Texas. The quilt is composed of denim and used mechanics’ rags sourced in the town. It references the history of the studio she worked in, a building constructed in 1890 where seamstresses once worked.

For her previous project, completed during a year-long residency in Alaska, she drew inspiration from the extreme Arctic season and used the landscape as a resource for materials. The centerpiece of that installation was Sunshine and Shadow (Winter Quilt), hand-dyed using Alaskan wildflowers and berries she had gathered during the summer months. The quilt is illuminated by using a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) light as a surrogate for sunlight, referencing the tradition of “sunning” quilts. The materials and pattern (Sunshine and Shadow) directly highlight the tenacious desire for sunlight and flowers during the long, dark Alaskan winter.

All of Donahue’s work emphasizes the hand-craftsmanship. Every object is constructed, sanded, dyed, pieced, or quilted entirely by hand. The sculptures are made using a process she invented, constructing realistic-looking tools by layering paper and glue to mimic their usual materials (bone, wood, etc.). These hand-made tools are then used to make other objects or collect raw materials, providing documentation of this part of the process.

Andreana Donahue is a visual artist, independent curator, and art handler from Chicago who is currently based in Las Vegas. She has organized and exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Alaska, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, South Carolina, New York, and Nevada. Her project-based practice engages a wide range of methods and concepts, such as transforming everyday materials through labor-intensive processes. Her site-attentive installations highlight connections between outwardly unrelated narratives and disciplines while transmitting a sense of loss, longing, and superstition. Heavily informed by locality, her objects often reference vanishing regional traditions and the history of the spaces they inhabited. Artist’s residencies include the Wagon Station Encampment at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, 100 West Corsicana in Texas, the Vermont Studio Center, Textilsetur Islands (The Icelandic Textile Center) in Blonduos, and SIM in Reykjavik. Donahue has been the recipient of grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Puffin Foundation, and a 2018 Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council.

In addition to her studio practice, Donahue has maintained the interdisciplinary advocacy project Disparate Minds with collaborator Tim Ortiz since 2014. The scope of this ongoing endeavor includes curatorial projects, exhibition reviews, essays, and research dedicated to discussing the work of marginalized artists with disabilities in the context of contemporary art. Recent curatorial projects include group exhibitions at LAND in Brooklyn and The Good Luck Gallery in Los Angeles.


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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.

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