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Reception: Friday, June 7, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: June 7 – September 26, 2019

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

New Crop 2019
Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, New Crop 2019, by artists Mark Combs and Frances Melhop at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery, both participants in the University of Nevada, Reno’s MFA program. CCAI will host an opening reception on Friday, June 7, 5-7pm; the artists will give a brief talk about their work at 5:30pm. The exhibition will be in the gallery from June 7 – September 26, 2019. The reception and the exhibition are free and the public is cordially invited.

The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Sculptor Mark Combs gives viewers two approaches to his metalwork. His earlier distressed metal car-part sculptures are ornamented with soldered rods and bolts reflecting a ruptured system both socially and figuratively. His carefully hammered bone pieces came into shape after hours of forging as a nod to death and celebrations of life. Photographer Frances Melhop documents aging rural structures with classic color photography. In Vanish, her printed enlargements of unnamed 19th century portraits on silk are elevated to fly across our vision like fleeting memories.

The objects Combs produces examine the human condition using memories, life, death, injury, and healing as inspirations and are based on the repeated exposure to blood, gore, and psychological trauma experienced while he was in the Air Force medical corps. His artwork has the feel of the memento mori, and vanitas motifs restyled with a modernized appearance echoing death using skeletal references. He has chosen materials, steel and wool, that are tactile and conceptual opposites and thus broaden the meaning of the bones he created. Steel is the main component. It is cold and hard and is forged from minerals. Wool, the opposing element, a soft and fibrous substance harvested from sheep, has a natural bone color. The wool balances the steel’s hardness. The use of these materials in unison generates a yin and yang juxtaposition.

Frances Melhop’s current body of work, Vanish, focusses on impermanence and remnants of ourselves that we leave behind. She said, “I am interested in the connection between photography and memory, the image as a stand in for memory, or comforting simulacra suggesting presence in times of absence.” Vanish is based on the idea that memories are layered; there are gaps and differing transparencies or opacities of depth to each memory.

The installation consists of life-size photographic prints from appropriated, found, tintype images of Victorian girls, printed on semi-opaque silk organza. The tangible evidence of these girls’ existence is found in pocket-size tintypes, each in a varying state of worn disintegration. The tintype, invented in the mid 1800’s signifies an era when portraiture became more accessible, in the form of a cheap tin photograph.

After completing high school in Marysville, Washington, Combs entered the US Air Force as an Aerospace Medical Technician. His 22-year career included four deployments to Kuwait and Iraq; he retired from service in 2009. Combs began his undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas initially majoring in drawing. He went on to complete a BFA with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in Art History in 2016. After three years of study, Combs graduated in May 2019 with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada Reno and received the school’s 22nd Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture.

Artist Melhop works in photography, printmaking, and oil paint, exploring ideas of impermanence, identity, and memory. She was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has worked internationally in the fashion industry as a photographer, creating, shooting, and directing folkloric stories for publications including Vogue Italy, Vogue Australia, Elle Portugal, and Marie Claire Italy. In 2009, Luerzer’s Archive included Melhop in the World’s 200 Best Advertising Photographers. In 2014, she was awarded the Northern Nevada Development Authority’s Comstock Innovator of the Year for her work at St. Mary’s Art Center, in Virginia City, Nevada. Melhop’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Currently, Melhop is teaching Visual Foundations and is a candidate in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Master of Fine Arts program.

The artists will give talks about their art practice to art students and faculty during fall semester.

Kris Vagner wrote the New Crop 2019 exhibition essay, Impermanent Markers, [click here] and is a journalist who’s been reporting on arts and culture in Nevada since 2004. She’s a frequent contributor to the Reno News & Review, an essayist for the region’s arts organizations, and the founder of Double Scoop, a site that covers visual arts statewide, www.doublescoop.art/. Kris has earned awards for critical writing, entertainment writing, feature writing, and—somehow—sportswriting.

This exhibition is supported by a lead donation from the Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation. The artists and CCAI thank the Foundation for its generous support of this project.

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 through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative 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, and U.S. Bank Foundation.

top image: Frances Melhop, Vanish, installation view, 2018
2nd image: Mark Combs; Ossuary; steel, needle felted wool, vacuum seal bags, grommets, hardware; 2019
3rd image: New Crop 2019 exhibition flier 



 







The Lay of the Land
Exhibition in the Sierra Room


Exhibition: March 4 – June 30, 2019
Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 29, 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, The Lay of the Land, by artist Fred Howland in the Community Center’s Sierra Room, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition runs from March 4 – June 30, 2019. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, March 29, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room, and the artist will give a brief talk about his photography at 5:30.

Howland’s passion is to create a sense of time and place through his photographs. He returns to favorite sites to work, like Hope Valley and Genoa, returning to take repeat images in different seasons and lighting. His interest in landscapes goes back to his New England roots where he was more comfortable in the outdoors than in school classrooms.

From his early art training, he continues to prefer making photographs in black/white stating that he “sees in black and white” and commented that he’d never made the transition into color photography. Howland said, “It’s the lighting on the landscape that I photograph. If the lighting is right, I’ll take the shot. Otherwise, there’s no photograph.”

Howland’s interest in photography started while attending Lexington High School in Massachusetts. In his senior year, his first solo exhibit took place at the Gary Memorial Library. He studied fine art at the Montserrat School of Visual Arts and turned to photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. At R.I.T. he learned the importance of the science behind the art. For the twenty+ years Fred has resided in northern Nevada where he enjoys the beauty and variety of landscapes that comes with the ever-changing weather.

He has won numerous awards both in California and Nevada and his black/white work has been published in Nevada Magazine and Nevada Appeal. Currently his work can be found in the Nevada Artists Association Gallery located in the Brewery Art Center, Carson City. His website is fredhowlandphotography.com

This spring, Howland will give talks about his art practice to art students and faculty at Carson and Dayton 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’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 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, and U.S. Bank Foundation.

right/top image: Fred Howland
left/center image: Sky, Earth, Water, Light photograph, 20″x30″, 2016
bottom image: The Lay of the Land exhibition flier

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



 

Exhibition: June 3 – September 12, 2019
at the Community Development Building [the Brick] 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada

Graphically Defined
Student Art Exhibition at the Brick

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Graphically Defined, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Seventeen students from Western Nevada College have work in the show. The free exhibit is available to the public from June 3 – September 12, Mondays – Fridays, 8am – noon and 1-4pm.

Graphically Defined includes a wide variety of art media including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, and photography that show the diversity of the students’ creativity.

The participating students include: Aleda Baker, April Barber, Clair Bridwell, Brian DeForest, Matthew Edwards, Alexis Hernandez, Susan Jack, Fabiola H. Juarez, Michelle Keele, Tracy Mendibles, Jasmine Paluch, Marietta Sophie Paul, Carlos Pulido, Waydd Rechard, Lucas Spencer, Hannah Taylor, and Qian Wen (Boone).

Motivation, creative inspiration, and homework assignments for the students came from their professors Jayna Conkey [graphic design, photography], Tom Drakulich [ceramics], and Rachel Stiff [drawing, painting].

Several of Stiff’s Drawing II students completed tromp l’oiel drawings with objects from their own lives combined into cohesive compositions that tell a story. Bringing three-dimensional objects to life on a two-dimensional surface successfully challenged Stiff’s Painting I students who focused on donuts, flowers, vegetables, and soda cans.

The Graphic Design students responded creatively to Conkey’s assignments to design a poster about human rights or a global issue of their choice, to create an event poster, or draw a portrait of a famous person — all to use design tools and learn color theory.

Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said, “CCAI is delighted to work with our partner schools and present their students’ work in the Brick to share with the community.

This show is another 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 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 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: [l-r] Hannah Taylor, Rose and Squash, oil on panel; April Barber, Sewing Up Fannel Nightgown Love, pastel and graphite on paper
bottom image: “Graphically Defined” 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 6-February 8

Winter Show Runs from February 10-March 22

Spring Has Sprung Show runs from March 24-May 3

  Spirit of America Show runs from June 16-July 26

Summer Show runs from July 28-September 6

Photography Show runs from July 28-September 6

Autumn Show runs from September 8-October 18

Nevada Day Show runs fromOctober 20-January 3

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.





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.



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Oscar Wilde

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