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Brenneman/Drakulich Fast Lane/Slow Bake
Exhibition in the Sierra Room

Capital City Arts Initiative

   Exhibition: July 1 – October 24, 2019
Artist’s Reception: Friday, July 12, 5-7pm
in the Community Center’s Sierra Room
851 E Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents an exhibition, Fast Lane/Slow Bake, by artists Cyndy Brenneman and Tom Drakulich in the Community Center’s Sierra Room, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition runs from July 1 – October 24, 2019. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Friday, July 12, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room, and the artists will give a brief talk about their work at 5:30pm.

Brenneman’s narrative watercolors record images from her life of travel. From fast sketches to longer, thoughtful compositions, she selects moments and places that reflect her delightful world view. Drakulich’s ceramic sculptures are created with random folds, scratchy marks, and painterly glazes that allow the viewer to follow his processes.

Brenneman’s passions are art and travel. Child of a Navy father, she followed in his footsteps with a 20-year naval career that helped launch her love of travel. Life in the Navy included a variety of jobs while she continued to nurture her art. She is a Life-Time Member of the San Dieguito Art Guild and was active in the San Diego Watercolor Society. As a world traveler, she has been to dozens of countries on six of the seven continents. Since moving to Carson City, she was on the Capital City Arts Initiative’s board and created and managed three Arts & Culture Coalition projects. Brenneman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She lives in Carson City with her husband and their three dogs.

Brenneman said, “As I travel, I want to share my exotic destinations with friends who might never see these amazing places. I either sketch on site or use the photographs I took that day to do a small pen and ink and watercolor in my sketch book. I then use the PICCOLLAGE program to surround the painting with that day’s photographs, attach a note about the day’s events and share with friends at home. The sketches are very quick studies and I believe anyone could develop their own style of sketching to express their view of the world around them.”

Drakulich’s art practice navigates the play between the unusual and the familiar through process-based work in clay. He creates compulsively and physically. The force of spontaneity is the foreground, infinite variation is the framework, and direct action is the mode of operation. His ceramic sculptures begin with a set of guides that evolve from familiar classic techniques that he often distorts into almost uncomfortable abstraction — creating an elegant and distinctive look.

Born and raised in Reno, Drakulich is influenced by the physicality and form of the desert. He received his A.A. in Art History from Truckee Meadows Community College [2010], and earned both a B.A. in Criminal Justice [2013] and a M.F.A. [2017] Studio Art from the University of Nevada, Reno. He teaches Ceramic Art at Western Nevada College in Carson City and lives in Reno.

In the fall, the artists will give talks about their art practice to art students and faculty at local high schools.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including the first/third Thursdays, 8am – 5pm, and many afternoons, 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 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 by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, NV Energy Foundation, Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation, and U.S. Bank Foundation.

top image: Cyndy Brenneman; Dubrounik, Croatia; watercolor on paper; 16″x20″ 2018
2nd image: Tom Drakulich, To Adore, ceramic, 14″x10″x5″, 2019
3rd image: Fast Lane/Slow Bake exhibition flier