Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dogs and Water

UNR School of the Arts Art Department
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
1664 N. Virginia Street

Ryan Pierce: Fear of Dogs and Water

"Pierce’s work draws on ecological theories to portray possible futures. He both questions and interprets post-apocalyptic fear in our culture, especially as related to landscape, nature and animals. His timely large-scale paintings are stunningly created and represent an excellent example of contemporary painting."

Through December 15

[Graphic and text from art department website.]

Friday, November 26, 2010

New Ground at Stremmel Gallery

December 2 – 31,
Reception: Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Open to the public.

Stremmel Gallery
1400 South Virginia Street

Len Chmiel has been described as an “iconoclast” whose paintings have been praised by critics as "compelling" and “deft responses to intimate vignettes.” His rich use of pigment in the shadows of his subject matter display an acute attention to color and movement released through forms. In his studio in western Colorado, Chmiel works to capture the beauty of the outdoors, where he frequently hunts and gardens.

Montana painter Dale Livezey is a poet of dusk and daybreak, working exclusively in oils. He has always been drawn to swiftly changing light and the intensities of color inspired by early morning or afternoon radiance. Livezey’s paintings speak directly to the memories of places and the feelings that these particular places evoke. His works have appeared on several book covers, including A.B.
Guthrie's The Big Sky.

Charles Reid is an international artist, teacher and author known for his beautiful, clean use of color and ability to capture light. His water colors and oils expresses freshness and spontaneity, immediately grabbing the senses and allowing entry into charming worlds inspired by the allure of Connecticut living.

Energized by the vibrant hills, valleys and mountains of southern California, James Shay evokes western American landscapes using simple shapes, forms and strong color, representing something of the sensuality within our natural world. He layers and scrapes the surfaces of the work to achieve a sense of time's passage with ample visual brilliance.

[Text and graphic from gallery press mailing. Click on image to enlarge.]

Thursday, November 25, 2010

À Table! Happy Thanksgiving!

[With apologies to the CCAI Blog!'s vegetarian readers, below is the inimitable Paula Deen introducing the world to the truly awe-inspiring Turducken.

Bon appetit and Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, with thanks for your support of the Capital City Arts Initiative!]

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

So_NV artists call for entries!

The Flashlight turns 30 Juried Anniversary Exhibition

Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery
Alta Ham Fine Arts Building
Las Vegas

Call For Entries

"The 30th anniversary of the installation of the Flashlight, by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, will be celebrated in 2011. Situated on the campus of UNLV between the Ham Concert Hall and the Judy Bayley Theater, Flashlight is a 38 feet tall, 74,000 pound, all steel pop art sculpture installed in 1981. To commemorate the occasion, the gallery is hosting a juried exhibition. We invite Southern Nevada artists to respond with your interpretation of this pop icon, one of the first public art pieces in Southern Nevada."

Additional information below.

Entries due December 15
Notification January 7, 2011

application form

[Text and graphic from gallery website. Click on image to enlarge.]

Monday, November 22, 2010

University Big Band with Guest Artist Tia Fuller

Wednesday, December 1 | 7:30-9:30pm

University if Nevada Reno

Nightingale Concert Hall
Church Fine Arts Building
1664 N. Virginia Street

University Big Band with Guest Artist Tia Fuller

The University Big Band will perform with guest artist, educator and saxophonist Tia Fuller.

Ms. Fuller has performed internationally and played at the White House.


For more information visit

[Information from University of Nevada website. Graphic from Tia Fuller website.]

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pablo Picasso Musical Instruments

Pablo Picasso Musical Instruments

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

Cubism at its finest.

"In Picasso’s Musical Instruments and Fruit Bowl on a Pedestal, fragments of a traditional still life composition are identifiable: a violin, sheet music, and decorative furniture components are enveloped among other flattened, colorful geometric shapes. This experimental and innovative approach to making art revolutionized the artistic scene in Europe and eventually influenced artists working in the United States."

Learn more about Cubism.

Through November 28

[Text and graphic from Nevada Museum of Art website. Click on image to enlarge.]

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CCAI AIE Artists On Display!

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Fall 2010 AIE on Display!

CCAI's Artists In Education project is spotlighted this month in the Carson City Library entry hall display case. Featured are works by lead artists and their Carson City School District middle school students, along with action shots of students engaged in creative process, and general information on arts eduction.

Lead artists:
Dolores Archuletea-Henderson [Papel Picado]
Bryan Christiansen [Sculpture]
Ken Heitzenrader [Watercolor]

CCAI extends congratulations to the participating artists, with thanks to the Carson City Library!

The display, organized by CCAI AIE Coordinator Christel Passink, continues throughout the month of November.

[Photograph by CCAI AIE Coordinator Christel Passink. Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall Dance Festival: "Shanghaied"

November 18 & 19 | 8 pm

University of Nevada Reno
Nightingale Concert Hall
Church Fine Arts Building
1664 N. Virginia Street

Fall Dance Festival: "Shanghaied"

"UNR BFA student Jane Kenoyer has a rare opportunity to watch her paintings come to life. With the help of an artistic team of faculty and staff members from the School of the Arts and Teaching and Learning Technology, Kenoyer's saga of love, betrayal and forgiveness is transformed from the canvas into a live ballet called "Shanghaied."

The production's original choreography was created by Barbara Land, lecturer of dance; music by Jean-Paul Perrotte, lecturer of music; costumes by Gini Vogel, art professor; and stage effects by Theatre Design and Technology Specialist Michael Fernbach and Media Production Specialist Maryan Tooker. University student Kevin Davies is the assistant stage director."

$15 General admission
$12 Seniors, students and children
$5 University students

[Text and graphic from University of Nevada Reno website.]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Caribbean Literature and Environment Conference

Wednesday, November 17 | 6 pm-10 pm

University of Nevada Reno

Frandsen Humanities|Room 106
1664 N. Virginia Street

Caribbean Literature and Environment Conference
"Free Up De Lan: Language and Landscape in Caribbean Literature"

Discussing the rich literary narrative traditions of Caribbean writers helps promote ecological awareness. Exploring Caribbean voices brings a deeper understanding of how we as human beings are connected to the earth, and fosters appreciation of our global environment.

Speakers include:

Kyle Bladow
Jessica Fanaselle
Sylvan Goldberg
Jacob Harmon
Talley Kayser
Will Lombardi
Brenna Rose
Derya Sahingil
Tamara Turnbeaugh

For more information, contact Professor Erin James at: erinjames at unr dot edu

[Information and graphic from the English Department at University of Nevada Reno. Click on image to enlarge.]

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Outcasts United" Author Warren St. John Visits UNR

"Outcasts United" Author Warren St. John Visits UNR

Tuesday, November 16 | 7 pm

University of Nevada Reno
JCSU Ballroom

1664 N. Virginia Street

"Warren St. John, a feature writer for the New York Times and author of “Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference,” will talk about “Outcasts,” and, in his own thoughtful, soft-spoken manner, meld the experience he captured of young refugee soccer players from Sudan to Liberia to Iraq and Afghanistan, with the experiences of those in Tuesday night’s audience."


[Text and graphic from University of Nevada Reno website.]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peanutcracker at Carson City Library

Peanutcracker at Carson City Library

Saturday, November 20 | 4-5pm

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

"The young dancers of the Sierra Nevada Ballet will be performing excerpts from the Peanutcracker." Come sample a small morsel of this season's magical upcoming performances at the Community Center. Based on Tchaikovsky's original ballet "The Nutcracker," the shorter version-Peanutcraker-should appeal to younger audiences, and features narration.

All ages welcome to this free library event.

[Text and information from Carson City Library website and Nevada Appeal. Graphic from Google search for 'Ballet.' Click on image to enlarge.]

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vamos a Platicar/Let's Talk at the Carson City Library

Vamos a Platicar/Let's Talk
at the Carson City Library

Wednesday, November 17 | 6-7pm

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Everyone is welcome to come meet people and practice speaking in English or Spanish. This is a great way to learn verbal skills and gain confidence in a second language.

Todo el mundo es bienvenido a conocer gente y hablar la práctica en Inglés o Español. Este ia una gran manera de aprender las habilidades verbales y ganar confianza en un segundo idioma.

[Information from Carson City Library website. Graphic from Google search for 'fall.' Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bi-Lingual Story Time at the Carson City Library

Bi-Lingual Story Time at the Carson City Library

Thursday, November 18 | 6 pm

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

"Listen to a story both in English and in Spanish.
Crafts and refreshments are provided after the story."
All ages welcome.

Escuchar un cuento, tanto en Inglés como en español.
Artesanía y refrescos se proporcionan después de la historia.
Todas las edades son bienvenidos.

[Information from Carson City Library website. Graphic from Google search for 'story time.' Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Charlie Brown at the Brewery

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Opening: November 12
Performance Dates Below*

Brewery Arts Center
449 West King Street
Carson City

Bring your friends and family along to watch this staging of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they experience precious moments filled with a variety of emotions and life lessons.

Support the cast and crew of more than 30 local kids ages 6 to 16!


November 12, 13, 19 and 20 - 7pm
November 13, 14, 20 and 21 - 2pm

Ticket prices: $9 General Admission and $6 Students, Seniors and BAC Members

[Information and graphic from Brewery Arts Center website.]

Monday, November 08, 2010

Library Holiday Book Sale!

[Below is the first of four posts this week highlighting the Carson City Library, one of the city's premier cultural and community resources. Congratulations and best wishes to the Library on their terrific programs!]

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Friday, November 12 | 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday, November 13 | 10 am - 4 pm

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale!

Funds from the sale of books are solely for the purchase of new books, periodicals, art reproductions, technology equipment, furnishings and other equipment requested by the Library when the purchases are possible through the budgeting process.

What a great way to find some inexpensive treasures and support your local library!

[Information from Friends website. Graphic from Google image search for 'pile of books.' Click to enlarge.]

Friday, November 05, 2010

Nadija Mustapić: Poetike neusklađenosti

[CCAI is delighted to receive the bilingual invitation below from CCAI Nevada Neighbors participant Nadija Mustapić. In April 2009, she visited northern Nevada, giving a public talk at the Carson City Library titled "The View from Kvarner Bay: Art in Croatia." We extend congratulations and best wishes to Nadija!]

srdačno vas pozivam na otvaranje izložbe Nadija Mustapić: Poetike neusklađenosti u galeriji MKC u Splitu.
Otvaranje je u petak, 05. studenog 2010. u 20:00 sati.
Veselim se vašem dolasku!

Izložba ostaje otvorena do 19. studenog 2010. Radno vrijeme od 10:00-13:00 i od 17:00-21:00, svakog dana osim nedjelje.

Pozdrav od Nadija Mustapić

Dear Friends,

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition "Nadija Mustapić: Poetics of Incongruity" in the MKC Gallery, Split, Croatia.
The opening is Friday, November 5, at 7 pm.
Looking forward seeing you there!

The exhibition is opened till November 19. Daily gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am-1P pm and 5 pm-9 pm.

Greetings from Nadija Mustapić

[Text  and graphic from Nadija Mustapić. Click on image to enlarge.]

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

Opening November 7

Nevada Museum of Art
Feature Gallery South
160 W. Liberty Street

Explorer, Naturalist, Artist:
John James Audubon
and the Birds of America

Considered "one of the most important artists of the nineteenth century. From 1820 to 1838, he traversed the eastern and central United States to depict nearly five-hundred species of birds—giving special attention to the complex interrelationships between the animals and their natural habitats. In 1863, about ten years after Audubon’s death, his wife Lucy sold the family’s core collection of Audubon material to the New York Historical Society, including hundreds of Audubon's original watercolors, many of which were the basis for his Birds of America series. This exhibition features fifty of Audubon’s most dramatic and life-sized watercolor depictions from the first-edition printing of The New York Historical Society Edition.
The works in this exhibition are drawn from The Dana Rose Richardson Memorial Collection of Audubon Prints at the Nevada Museum of Art."

Through February 13, 2011

[Text and graphics from Nevada Museum of Art website.]

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Jazz Night At Se7en on West

Jazz Night at Se7en on West

West Street Market
148 West Street

Wednesday Nights in November & December at 8:00pm*

"Sponsored by the City of Reno, For the Love of Jazz, and the Program for Jazz and Improvisational Music at UNR, Jazz Night at Se7en on West offers students and faculty the opportunity to perform on stage, in downtown Reno, in a popular music club setting, in front of a live audience. On November 10 and 17, Jazz Night features the UNR Jazz Combo Forum. All other nights begin with a set from a featured artist or ensemble. After the intermission, the floor is open to an all-ages jam session until 11 pm."

*Upcoming Schedule:
  • November 3
    • Opening Act: Fiscus
    • All-ages Jam Session
  • November 10 and 17
    • UNR Combo Forum
    • (No Jam session)
  • December 8
Free. Open to all ages.

[Text and graphics from UNR Department of Music.]

Monday, November 01, 2010

Third Annual Authors' Luncheon: Adventures for All Ages

Third Annual Authors' Luncheon:

Adventures for All Ages

Saturday, November 6 | 9:30am-3:30pm

Atlantis Casino Resort
Paradise Ballroom
3800 S. Virginia Street

The Nevada Women's History Project hosts the third annual authors' luncheon with more than 25 authors in attendance. Keynote speakers are Range Magazine publisher, C. J. Hadley and acclaimed Lake Tahoe writer and photographer Mark McLaughlin.

The luncheon provides a great opportunity to talk with authors, purchase books and have them signed. Listen to authors talk about their passion for the writing craft. There will be a silent auction and raffle.

Attending authors include:

Sally Zanjani:
UNR Professor/award winning biographer of Sarah Winnemucca
Patti Cafferatta: attorney and Nevada Historian
Jack Harpster: Governor's Mansion Chronicler
Terri Farley: author of nonfiction magazine articles and Young Adult Fiction
Ken Ramirez: author of Young Adult Fiction
Heidi Ayarbe: author of Young Adult Fiction

Cost: $50 (includes $25 donation to Nevada Women's History Project)

Reservation Deadline is November 3

Fro more information please contact Grace Davis at 775-853-3200 or Patti Bernard at 775-826-3612 or visit: and click on Adventures for All Ages.

[Graphics from Google search for 'books.' Information from Reno Gazette Journal.]