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

Capital City Arts Initiative Exhibitionshttp://www.arts-initiative.org

 

 

Silver State Swimmer Exhibition
in the Sierra Room

Reception Sept 9, 5-7 pm

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Silver State Swimmer, with IMG_7206.JPG copyartwork by Michael Malley at the city’s Sierra Room located in the Community Center, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The free exhibition is available to the public from July 11 – November 10, 2016.

The wilderness, and the Sierra in particular, have always been a paramount source of inspiration for Malley as an artist. Using the Lahontan cutthroat trout as a muse, he focused his sculptures and drawings on this iconic and threatened species.

For Malley, the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Nevada’s State Fish, represents the wilderness and the resources that Westerners treasure. This freshwater native lives land-locked in the driest state in the union. Honoring heroes is an ancient role for an artist. Malley feels that often our heroes are human, sometimes they are other spirits, which he honors through his art.

Malley illustrates this reverence through his drawings, paintings, and sculptures. He uses graphite, ink, gouache, and oils to create his drawings and paintings, and uses woodwork, ceramics, leather, and oxidized copper to build his sculptures.

Malley has taught Art at Carson High School since 2006. In 2000, he earned a B.A. in Art/Painting from the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned a teaching credential from Sierra Nevada College in 2006. His show, Fifty-Seven Saints, with historically-based mixed media pieces, was in UNR’s McNamara Gallery in 2000. Malley lives in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Previously, Malley studied Illustration at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and did special effects work for Disney Animation on feature films The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules, 1996-1997.

During his active military service [1986 – 1990] and reserve service and activated reserve deployments [1994-2010] with the U.S. Navy, Malley served as a Draftsman/ Illustrator for the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet and worked with the Public Affairs Officer in Philadelphia. Locally, he has worked as a portrait and sketch artist in Lake Tahoe on the M.S. Dixie, Tahoe Queen.

malley studioThe 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 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, NVEnergy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

Exhibition: July 11 – November 10, 2016
at the Sierra Room, Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada
Open to the public during all City meetings, most M – Th evenings

 

• top image: Mike Malley in his Carson High classroom, 2015
• center image: Mike Malley in his barn studio, 2016
• bottom image: Silver State Swimmer flier, summer 2016

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Pocket Ziggurat Exhibition
at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its exhibition, Pocket Ziggurat, by artist pegram-23may16Chelsea Pegram at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery from October 7, 2016 – January 19, 2017. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, October 7, 5-7pm and will have an artist talk at 5:30pm. 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.

In her sculptures, Pegram explores materials, context, and collaboration through simple gestures and constructions, transforming common building materials into simple and elegant forms. For the exhibition, Pocket Ziggurat, Pegram imagined the gallery space as a desert vista with ancient religious structures emerging from the sand and dirt. The pedestals and shelving recede and hover off the walls and floor, and display small sculptures and gestures bringing art-making into even the grandest of designs or buildings.

The standard industrial building materials she used in the exhibition explore the built environment’s relationship between interior and exterior: concrete; basswood, an architectural model-making material; and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), a material used in constructing interiors and furniture. She enhanced these with hot glue – a craft adhesive, and then added nail polish, decorative sands, seashells, and an egg.

There were three exhibitions that Pegram saw when she was in her late teens and early twenties that she said, “exploded my preconceptions of art.” The first was an Ed Kienholz retrospective, and later two surveys, one of Arte Povera and the other of Surrealism.

pegram_01In 2011, Pegram earned a MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. After graduating, she taught several sculpture courses at Mills, and last year became the college’s Sculpture and Ceramics Shop Technician where she trains undergraduate and graduate students on the equipment, and assists with fabrication for their projects. Managing the shops also means having the privilege of working closely with Art Department faculty and staff. She has exhibited her work around the San Francisco Bay Area including Montalvo Center for the Arts, di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Swarm Gallery, and Pro Arts. She lives in Oakland, California.

Aaron Harbour, who wrote the exhibition essay for Pocket Ziggurat, says he “does a few too many things”: he is an artist, curator, writer and DJ operating out of Oakland. As an artist, his work concerns identifying “misbehaving” objects, words and things acting against expectation with which he attempts to collaborate. He has shown work and or performed at The Luminary in St. Louis, Windo Space in Los Angeles, Gaylord’s in Oakland, and at City Limits, Southern Exposure, Asian Art Museum, and New Langton Arts, all in San Francisco. He has upcoming curatorial projects at Sardine (NY) and Holiday Forever (Jackson Hole, WY). He runs Curiously Direct, an art criticism website and blog at curiouslydirect.com and on Facebook, and has additionally written for Fillip MagazineSan Francisco Arts QuarterlyArt PracticalDecoy MagazineArt Cards, and several small publications/artist catalogues.

During the exhibition, Ms. Pegram will give a talk about her work to art students at Dayton High School in Dayton, Nevada.

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

top image: Chelsea Pegram in her Oakland studio
center image: Untitled, cast concrete and decorative shell, 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 11″, 2016
bottom image: Pocket Ziggurat exhibition flier

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High School Picks [1]

Exhibition: September 1 – November 29, 2016
Reception: Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 7pm
at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada

High School Pic[ks] 1
CCAI Exhibition at the Brick

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, High School Pic[ks] 1, at the m wick 25aug16Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Sixteen high school student artists from Carson, Dayton, and Douglas high schools have work in the exhibit. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30-7pm at the Brick. The exhibition and reception are free and the public is cordially invited.

High School Pic[ks] 1 includes a wide variety of two-dimensional art: painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media pieces that show the depth and breadth of the students’ creativity.

The participating Carson High School student artists include Charley Andrews, Maeve Hoerth, Katy Liemandt, and Jessica Mathiesen. The Douglas High students are Abbie Baxter, Shelby Casaus, Vincent Gonzales, Liam Holman, Tabitha Keating, Leedi Martinez, Jasa Villaneuva, and Jessica Withrow. Dayton High is represented by artists Hannah Gottschalk, Schyler Manley, Kamryn Stevenson, and Oakley Workman.

chs group 29aug16These talented artists are students of Mike Malley at Carson High, Malaynia Wick at Dayton High, and Rita Borselli and Kimberly Brennan at Douglas High. Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said “We are delighted to present this exhibition to showcase the artists’ work and to thank the teachers for nurturing our young artists’ skills and imaginations.”

Enjoy photos of the student gallery shows at www.arts-initiative.org/photo-gallery/ccai-student-gallery-2016-2017/

The Brick is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – noon, 1-4pm. The show will remain in the building’s lobby exhibition space through November 29.

This show is the second in CCAI’s 2016 – 2017 series of student exhibitions in the Brick. The following group exhibitions will present art by students from Sierra Nevada College in December, Western Nevada College in February; and from Carson, Dayton, and Douglas high schools again in the spring.

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

top image: Dayton High art teacher, Malaynia Wick, framing a piece
center image: Carson High students Charley Andrews, Maeve Hoerth, and Jessica Mathiesen with teacher Mike Malley [in front]
bottom image: exhibition flier

 

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.

                                           Nevada Artists Association

http://nevadaartists.org/

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Nevada Artists Association Gallery, Brewery Arts Center

Show runs from  Sept 12  through Oct 22maxresdefault-1-e1472153820579

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