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.

33rd Annual Pops Party Concert

33rd Annual Pops Party Concert

June 11 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players

June 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm

Carson Comedy presents Jason Rivera

Carson Comedy presents Jason Rivera

June 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

July 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

The Secret Garden (Spring Edition)

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:10 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

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

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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

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 gilmartinpaintings.com

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: artbeatbayarea.com. 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

Exhibition: March 1 – July 6, 2017
at the Community Center’s Sierra Room
851 E William Street, Carson City, Nevada

Smaller Works
Exhibition at the Sierra Room

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, Smaller Works, by artist Gil Martin at the Community Center’s Sierra Room. The exhibit will be in the gallery from March 1 – July 6, 2017. The Community Center is located at 851 E William Street, Carson City.

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 gilmartinpaintings.com

Chérie Louise Turner wrote the essay, Plain Ole Dirt? for Martin’s exhibition; click HERE to read it. Turner 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: artbeatbayarea.com. 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 talks about his work to art students at Dayton High School in Dayton, Carson High School in Carson City, and at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

High School Pic [ks] 2

CCAI Exhibition at the Brick

Exhibition: April 3  – June 30, 2017
at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada

ART from Carson High, Dayton High, Douglas High, and Pioneer High
Exhibition at the Brick

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its exhibition, High School Pic[ks] 2, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Over forty artists from Carson, Dayton, Douglas, and Pioneer high schools have work in the exhibit. CCAI will host an artists’ reception on Wednesday, April 12, 5 – 6:30pm. The free exhibition is available to the public from April 3 – June 30, 2017. The building is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – noon, 1-4pm.

High School Pic[ks] 2 presents fifty art works in a wide variety of media including ceramics, collage, drawing, graphic design, painting, and photography that show the diversity of the students’ creativity.

The participating Carson High students include Ashley Britt, Brandon Browning, Ellen Cherpeski, Shelby Kuhlman, Karsen Law, Diana Lobato, Jessica Mathiesen, Destiny Mcgilray, Kyle Papke, Alexis Paradas, Emily Richardson, John Rupert, and Cheyenne Straw.

Dayton High is represented with art by Cameron Ansart, Cameron Banker, Alyssa Bispo, Sydney Cates, Hannah Gray, Nick Hein, Kali Lampshire, Sydnee Soderborg, and Kassie Strong.

Douglas High students are Abbie Baxter, Connor Brown, Maira Garcia, Vince Gonzales, Liam Holman, Talyn Jackson, Tabitha Keating, Logan Kyle, Annaliese Muth, Leslie Rea, Maggie Rich, Lindsey Salie, and Taylor Sullivan.

Pioneer High students include Miriam Rodriguez Diaz, Ceanna Fletcher, Trenton Lynn, Kayla Phillips, Garrett Watkins, and Isaiah Zacarias.

Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said “CCAI is delighted to encourage the students’ with an exhibition. We are proud of the professional level of their work and of their teachers who encourage and nurture their imaginations and skill levels. People with confident imaginations are a cornerstone of American society and workforce.”

The Initiative is grateful to all the schools’ faculty who helped with the exhibition and inspired their students: Kara Ferrin, Mike Malley, and John Martin with Carson High; Malaynia Wick from Dayton High; Kelley Yost, KC Brennan, Zoe Short, and Rita Borselli with Douglas High; and Paul Lorion from Pioneer High.

This show is the fifth show in CCAI’s 2016 – 2017 series of student exhibitions in the Brick. Enjoy photos of the student gallery shows at www.arts-initiative.org/photo-gallery/ccai-student-gallery-2016-2017/ CCAI will present a group exhibition of UNR students’ art July – August.

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

top image: Maggie Rich, Craters, glazed earthenware, 11″ circumference x 1″, 2017, Douglas High School
bottom image: High School Pic[ks] 2 flier

 

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.

                                           Nevada Artists Association

http://nevadaartists.org/

Nevada Artists Association Gallery

 Brewery Arts Center

Spring Has Sprung

Show runs from  May 2-13

 

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.


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Nevada Arts Council OS X Gallery

 

High Desert Alchemy
Elaine Parks, Los Angeles and Gail, Rappa, Tuscarora
Curated by Meg Kay, Reno

March 27 — June 2, 2017
Reception & Artist Talk:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 5-7:30 pm
Artist talk at 6:15pm

Alchemy can be defined historically as the medieval practice of attempting to turn base metals into gold and to harness natural elements for the creation of elixirs that would cure disease and prolong life. It is an ancestor of modern chemistry, entangled in a philosophical and magical context. More broadly though, Webster’s dictionary also defines alchemy as, “a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.”

High Desert Alchemy features the work Gail Rappa and Elaine Parks, two Nevada artists who transform raw and found materials in mysterious and impressive ways. In their current and on-going bodies of work featured here, Rappa and Parks explore time, transformation, and death.

Gail Rappa’s work is part of the series Lung, which she began after her mother passed away from lung disease.

“The image of the lung has become an important touchstone for me as a reminder of the precious and precarious gift of breath. I continue to explore and experiment with variations on the lung silhouette, along with the bird and thorny vine image which morphed from one of my lung drawings. I started with metal, but continue to find myself drawn to softer materials as well as poetry. Like my grieving process, this series continues to unfold in unforeseen ways.”        —Gail Rappa

In Constellations, Elaine Parks explores the awe-inspiring high desert sky of northern Nevada.

“This spectacle is something we share with ancient people – the same light from distant stars stirs our imagination, then as now. I am contemplating the awe of nature, imaging the night sky as a powerful phenomenon that is transformative in some way. In this series, I work with various materials that feel aged or enduring and search for a commonality in disparate ideas and materials, metaphorically connecting what has become lost or detached.”       —Elaine Parks

Gail Rappa creates one-of-a-kind wearable art and sculpture from precious metals, hand-carved elements, and semi-precious stones. In 1997, Rappa and her husband, plein-air painter Ron Arthaud, moved to the small northeastern Nevada town of Tuscarora where they live and work year-round in a restored brick house and assay office from the 1870s with their two young children. Rappa is the founder and president of Friends of Tuscarora & Independence Valley and has served on the boards of Elko Arts and Culture and the Elko Family Resource Center. She has taught for Very Special Arts and currently teaches metal fabrication at Great Basin College in Elko, where she helped to create the art gallery and held the positon of gallery curator. Rappa currently serves on the board of the Nevada Arts Council.

Elaine Parks, a native of Los Angeles, received her MFA from California State University, Los Angeles in 1999. Feeling the need for a very different life experience, she relocated to extremely rural Tuscarora, Nevada, where the sparse landscape’s elusive beauty shaped her ideas about the human relationship to the environment. During a decade in Nevada, Parks has exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Oats Park Gallery, Fallon; Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; and the DIY art exhibition Nada Dada Motel. She taught for seven years at Great Basin College and twice received the prestigious Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council.

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


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