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Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth
Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

Reception: Friday, June 1, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: June 1 – September 27, 2018

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

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its group show, Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host an opening reception on Friday, June 1, 5-7pm. The exhibition with art by 17 artists will be in the gallery from June 1 – September 27, 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 Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA, describes itself as “the oldest and largest nonprofit art center for adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. Since 1974, Creative Growth has played a significant role in increasing public interest in the artistic capabilities and achievements of people with disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibitions and representation, and a social atmosphere among peers.” Learn more about CGAC at www.creativegrowth.org/

CGAC’s large multi-room studio serves over 140 client artists weekly with instruction by professional artists in fiber arts, sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, photography, and video animation. The Center’s gallery presents eight group shows annually making the prolific artists’ work available to the public year-round. CGAC continues to contract with Target stores for product design.

Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth includes mixed media and 3-D art by: Jo Beal, Susan Glikbarg, Cedric Johnson, John Martin, Paulino Martin, Donald Mitchell, Julie Swartout, Christine Szeto, and Ed Walters. Mixed media and 2-D works include pieces by Marion Bolton, Kerry Daminanakes, Joseph Fagnani, Franna Lusson, Miguel Palacios, Tony Pedemonte, Ruth Stafford, and Merritt Wallace. Three of these artists’ bios follow.

Kerry Daminanakes’ uses pastel on paper to create her energetic, expressionistic, and compelling drawings of food with accompanying text/recipes. Her work has been shown widely in the Bay Area and in Korea. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Wynn Newhouse Award, a grant awarded by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation to artists of excellence that happen to have disabilities.

Merritt Wallace’s shares his vision of busy and crowded city life with his imaginative urban maps including numbers, arrows, coffee monsters, and more. Merritt’s drawings served as inspiration for fashion designer Erica Tanov’s 2013 Spring/Summer collection of clothing and home goods. His art has been exhibited internationally in New York, Berlin, Paris, and Korea.

Tony Pedemonte works with wooden armatures or repurposed items like bicycle wheels, wrapping with one spool of thread after another until the structural frame is nearly concealed. Distinguished by their smooth texture, a monochromatic palette, and geometrically-driven configurations, Pedemonte’s sculptures exude a presence that is both tactile and enigmatic. His work has been shown in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Paris.

Essay writers Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz are co-founders of Disparate Minds, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to increasing visibility and discussing the work of marginalized self-taught artists. They are co-authors of the multiple essays discussing work by people with disabilities published at their site, disparateminds.org. Through their research, writing, lectures, and curatorial projects, Donahue and Ortiz share their insights informed by extensive experience in this field as practicing artists, artist facilitators, and dedicated disability rights advocates.

Donahue was awarded a Fellowship in Visual Art from the Nevada Arts Council in 2018. She shows her art nationally and lives in Las Vegas. Ortiz works as a home/community-based personal care provider for adults with developmental disabilities; he exhibits his art nationally and lives in Grinnell, Iowa.

This exhibition is supported by lead donations from Carson Miller and from Nancy Raven.

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

top image: Kerry Damianakes, “Cream of Tomato Soup for Lunch”, pastel on paper, 15″x22″, 2012
bottom image: exhibition flier



 

Works: Some Water Some Welded
Exhibition at the Sierra Room

 

 

Reception: Friday, March 2, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: March 2 – June 30, 2018

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

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Works: Some Water Some Welded, with artwork by artists Susan Glaser Church and Stephen Reid 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 March 2 – June 30, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Friday, March 2, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.

Susan Glaser Church, a native Nevadan, was raised on her family’s ranch East of Elko. The junkyard was her playground, and it was there that she developed an interest in rusted and repurposed metal. She learned to weld while helping her father repair damaged machinery during the haying seasons. She studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and joined the California Blacksmith Association and expanded her tools to include some metal forge work. Now that she’s living back on the ranch in eastern Nevada, found objects and fabricated metal have become the basis of most of her work with a theme of rural issues often running through her sculptures. To create her art, Church uses traditional forging, plasma cutting, and MIG welding.

Church says of her art, “The history and evolution of rural America is chronicled in junkyards throughout the West, and the relics I find there are the basis for many of my sculptures. Like a magnet to iron, I seem to have an affinity for anything rusty. The patina of time gives obsolete machinery and broken tools a second life in the work I create. I use this medium to depict many of the elements of living with the land and enjoy the serendipity and whimsy of using found objects to compose my artwork. It is a way of honoring the past while contemplating the future.”

Stephen Reid is an artist living in Dayton, Nevada. His work spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation, and printmaking. While living in Japan, he became aesthetically drawn to Sumi-e drawings and their humble figure/ground compositions.  This led to the use of ink and watercolor to investigate the Self through viscera and absurd conditions. This body of work is further influenced by Reid’s exposure to various physical and psychological traumatic occurrences, experiences that have fueled an exploration of competing concepts: vitality and mortality, beauty and repulsion. Through abstraction, these images provide an interesting minimal space for inquiry.

Reid received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While pursuing a career in art he has held numerous positions including the military, aerospace, teaching, and currently, working for the Nevada Arts Council. Reid’s work has been shown in the U.S. and Japan. His paintings reside in the VCU Medical College as well as several private collections.

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

top image: Church welding at the ranch
center image: Stephen Reid, untitled, ink and watercolor on paper, 4″x6″
bottom image: Works: Some Water Some Welded exhibition flier

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Raven: The Creative Growth Years
Exhibition at the Sierra Room

Reception: Friday, August 17, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: July 2 – October 18, 2018
at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery
885 E Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, Jenny Raven: The Creative Growth Years 1979 – 1984 with artwork by artist Jenny Raven in the city’s Community Center Sierra Room, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition is available to the public from July 2 – October 18, 2018. CCAI will host an exhibition reception on Friday, August 17, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.

Jenny Raven lived in San Diego, California, until the middle 70s. Following surgery for a brain tumor that left her disabled with limited short-term memory, her family moved to Berkeley, California. There she was able to access purpose and artistic guidance at Creative Growth Art Center. Raven worked in a variety of media, but she preferred drawing with pen and ink. During the last five years of her life, she thrived as an artist at CGAC.

CCAI is proud to show Raven’s work — with thanks to Nancy Raven, her mother, who resides in Minden, Nevada. Raven’s exhibition is a companion show to Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, a survey of art in the CCAI Courthouse Gallery.

The Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA, describes itself as “the oldest and largest nonprofit art center for adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. Since 1974, Creative Growth has played a significant role in increasing public interest in the artistic capabilities and achievements of people with disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibitions and representation, and a social atmosphere among peers.” Learn more about CGAC at www.creativegrowth.org/

CGAC’s large multi-room studio serves over 140 client artists weekly with instruction by professional artists in fiber arts, sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, photography, and video animation. The Center’s gallery presents eight group shows annually making the prolific artists’ work available to the public year-round. CGAC continues to contract with Target stores for product design.

Essay writers Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz are co-founders of Disparate Minds, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to increasing visibility and discussing the work of marginalized self-taught artists. They are co-authors of the multiple essays discussing work by people with disabilities published at their site, disparateminds.org. Through their research, writing, lectures, and curatorial projects, Donahue and Ortiz share their insights informed by extensive experience in this field as practicing artists, artist facilitators, and dedicated disability rights advocates.

Donahue was awarded a Fellowship in Visual Art from the Nevada Arts Council in 2018. She shows her art nationally and lives in Las Vegas. Ortiz works as a home/community-based personal care provider for adults with developmental disabilities; he exhibits his art nationally and lives in Iowa.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including the first/third Thursdays, 8am – 5pm, and many 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

This exhibition is supported by lead donations from Carson Miller and from Nancy Raven.

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

image: exhibition flier


High School Pic{ks] 2018
CCAI Student Art Exhibition at the Brick

Exhibition: April 15 – July 9, 2018
Reception: Tuesday, April 24, 5-7pm

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

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, High School Pic[ks] 2018, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Over three dozen artists from Carson, Dayton, Douglas, and Pioneer high schools will have work in the exhibit. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Tuesday, April 24, 5 – 7pm. The free exhibition is open to the public from April 15 – July 9, 2018, Mondays – Fridays, 8am – noon and 1-4pm.

High School Pic[ks] 2018 includes a wide variety of art media including ceramics, collage, drawing, painting, and photography that show the diversity of the students’ creativity.

The Pioneer High students include Julia Albiter, Summer Cardwell, Maya Conner, Monica Reyes, and Raianne Vega. The Dayton High students are David Delfin, Faith De Pasquale, Hannah Gray, and Roberto Mancilla.

The Carson High students are Ashley Britt, Gina Castillo, Tabitha Dodd, Emily Harper, Emma Lippincott, Sefora Marquez, Sam Pilgrim, Amberlee Rangel, Emily Richardson, Kylie Schlapkohl, Jessica Stine, and Sarah Woods.

The Douglas High students include Leslee Alaniz, Gerridwen Bergren, Mason Bornt, Shannon Elaina Bunn, Olivia Colella, Chloe Cutter, Luke Gansberg, Brian Hernandez, Arielle Hesse, Savannah Sabo, and Riana Testa.

Rita Borselli, KC Brennan, Zoe Shorten, and Kelley Yost teach art at Douglas High. Malaynia Wick teaches the art classes at Dayton High and Paul Lorion teaches art at Pioneer High. The Carson High art teachers are Kara Ferrin, Mike Malley, and John Martin.

Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said “CCAI is proud of the professional level of the students’ work and of their teachers who encourage and nurture their students’ imaginations and skill levels. Innovative people with confident imaginations are a cornerstone of America’s workforce. CCAI truly appreciates all the students and teachers’ participation.”

We are delighted to announce that the Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition [CCACC, also known as “the Coalition”] is providing a $500 college scholarship to a high school artist/a graduating senior who is going to college. CCACC will select the winner from the work submitted for the show and will be announced at the reception about 5:45pm. Dayton High student, Hannah Gray, was awarded the scholarship for her “Bellow Yike” photograph.

This show is the eighth show in CCAI’s ongoing series of student exhibitions in the Brick.

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 John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Dayton High teacher, Malaynia Wick, with her student, Hannah Gray
bottom image: exhibition flier

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.



Nevada Artists Association Gallery

 Brewery Arts Center

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

From Dust to Water
Matthew Couper, Paintings
May 21 – July 13, 2018

Reception & Artist Talk: Tuesday, July 10, 5:30-7:30 pm (Talk at 6:15 pm)
Sponsored by Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Inc

ON DISPLAY IN OXS GALLERY: May 21 – July 13, 2018, From Dust to Water. This exhibition features painting by Matthew Couper, a 2018 Artist FellowThe OXS Gallery is located at 716 North Carson Street, Suite A, Carson City and is open 8 am to 5 pm. Read more.

In Matthew Couper’s artwork, From Dust to Water, he uses the language of symbols—skeletons and cacti, blenders and playing cards—to combine pictorial elements in witty and incisive visual narratives. Social commentary is the work’s emphasis, and he often uses Las Vegas iconography to get there, but these artworks aren’t just about the Valley. Their surreal content addresses bizarre phenomena in our increasingly posthumanist, globalized culture.

This artwork was created between 2011 and 2017 and includes paintings influenced by Spanish Colonial art. The scale ranges from miniatures to large-format pieces, mainly oil on canvas, metal and paper, along with wood block prints, mixed media works and lithographs. Couper’s unique background – a New Zealander by birth, a Las Vegan by choice – has contributed to the complex, hybrid nature of his imagery. “I’m starting from scratch,” he notes, “but knowing that I need to assimilate socially and culturally while retaining a sense of where I came from.”

An artist with a Kafkaesque view of the world, Couper uses his art to narrate personal uncertainties and frustrations. He has found more than enough strangeness in Vegas — and in America — to challenge and stimulate his secular piety. Couper is an intuitive, a moralist and a visionary. His recent oil, Trickle-Down Effect, which features the Las Vegas Stratosphere tower urinating over a Boschian cast of characters, makes a dark pun on conservative economic theory, and manages to do so with religious conviction. The resulting image is compelling, perplexing and idiosyncratic; a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil.

His symbols, which can seem jarring in a contemporary context, may strike some as Surrealist, but that isn’t quite right: they are pre-Surrealist, in fact they are pre-Englightenment, and don’t need to be seen as having Freudian meanings. Couper puts it this way: “I do like Surrealist artists such as de Chirico and Magritte, but I see them as part of a long lineage of painters going back to the image-makers in the Lascaux Caves.” Couper’s symbols aren’t self-conscious or over-thought, they are an acquired vocabulary that his imaginative mind uses nimbly.

Couper graduated with a painting Fine Arts degree in New Zealand in 1998. In 2003, he was awarded a Royal Over-Seas League International Scholarship to work and travel in the UK. He received an Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council in 2018 and was awarded an Arquetopia Artist Residency in Puebla City, Mexico which resulted in a large state-wide survey exhibition in 2016 and 2017 at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. He recently completed an Artist Print Residency at Idem Paris and an artist residency at Manoir du Bonhere, Normandie, France. His work will be part of an upcoming group exhibition at Crypte Musee, Saint Eugiene, Biarritz, France in August 2018.

ON DISPLAY IN OXS GALLERY: May 21 – July 13, 2018, From Dust to Water, Paintings by Matthew Couper


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Western Nevada College Art Galleries

The arts are alive at Western Nevada College! Numerous art galleries feature a variety of works at Western Nevada College Carson City campus. Three exhibition spaces are located in the Bristlecone Building, featuring a continually rotating series of shows. The Main Gallery features paintings, sculptures, and other art works. The College Gallery is located on the main floor of the Bristlecone Building and features student and other art works. The Atrium gallery offers a brightly lit open space for art. Additional student galleries include the Harold LaVigne Art Wall in the Aspen Building, and an art wall in the Dini Student Center. All galleries are open to the public with free admission.

True Grit Exhibition

Western Nevada College’s upcoming True Grit art exhibit in the Bristlecone Gallery has the Carson City community engaged and excited.As part of the exhibit that opened Thursday, May 3, individuals from around the state created artwork from a canceled deck of playing cards from local casinos. True Grit, which is named after Charles Portis’ 1968 novel and twice made into a movie, also includes art by E Clampus Vitus, Deon Reynolds and WNC students. Also on display will be Ruby, the 50-foot rattlesnake from the Nevada Day Parade.“The Bristlecone Gallery is undeniably one of the premier exhibition spaces in Caron City,” said Mark Salinas, the Municipality of Carson City’s Arts & Culture coordinator. “My intent and hope are to give it more attention.“I think it is a good match and good location to celebrate our National Endowment for the Arts kickoff weekend. We want to draw new audiences and new experiences, not only for Carson City residents but visitors to the area.”The canceled deck-of-card creations were judged by Casino Fandango, Carson Nugget, Gold Dust West and Max Casino.“This card competition alone could be a recurring annual event. The pieces have rolled in, showing such a dynamic cross section of Nevada talent here,” Salinas, noting that one artist delivered hers from Las Vegas. “It’s exciting to see how just one event on this one day in those 30 dayshas caused such a statewide drive.”The exhibit will be shown through July 6. Through its NEA Big Read Grant, Carson City will provide 30 days of programing based on the True Grit novel.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.-

Oscar Wilde

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