Thursday, December 30, 2010


Charleston Heights Art Center
800 S. Brush St.
Las Vegas

Maria Michails

Maria Michails is an interdisciplinary artist whose art projects bridge the sciences, engineering and architecture. Her current research interests focus on the relationship between energy consumption and environmental problems specific to place. Her exhibit at Charleston Heights will focus on this topic as it relates to Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

She has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in North America and Europe. Recent notable awards include residency fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sculpture Space. She has received grants from the Quebec Arts Council, Heritage Canada and Arizona State University. Michails has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, a MFA from Arizona State University and has taught art at Arizona State University and the University of Manitoba.

Through Feb. 17, 2011

Exhibit hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
Call (702) 229-1012 for more information.

[Text from City of Las Vegas Galleries website.]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ben Hoffman:The Cartesian Medium

Nevada Museum of Art
Media Gallery
160 W. Liberty Street

Ben Hoffman: The Cartesian Medium

Through February 6, 2011

"Mathematics and art are intimately linked in the innovative work of Nevada artist Ben Hoffman. Having always been interested in mathematical parallels to the world he sees around him, Hoffman began investigating techniques for math visualizations several years ago. Hoffman calls his method of artmaking “the Cartesian Medium” — a term he coined himself.

The mathematics behind Hoffman's visualizations normally consists of a large number of fairly simple mathematical elements that are layered together to create the result he desires. Hoffman's final equations ultimately describe the images by defining quantifiable elements such as position and color."

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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lines, Angles and Curves at TMCC

Truckee Meadows Community College
Atrium Gallery
7000 Dandini Blvd.

Lines, Angles and Curves: An Exploration of Nature and Architecture

"Truckee Meadows Community College gallery interns are comprised of five students enrolled in the Gallery Practices class at TMCC: Kelly Paige, Ike Lubiniecki, Sue Roberts, Chinta McCollum and Ken Bleak. This exhibit demonstrates the culmination of knowledge the interns have gained through the planning and curating of a professional quality exhibit."

Visit the gallery, and enjoy the innovative artwork of these talented students. All ages welcome.


Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday | 9am-5pm

Through January 15, 2011

[Text and graphic from Reno News and Review website.]

Friday, December 24, 2010

CCAI Happy Holiday Wishes!

[Just in case you're not among the 25 million lucky people who have already seen this, The CCAI Blog! presents this early virtual holiday gift, a YouTube video treat from a food court visited by some brilliant, talented singers. Here's to the creative energy of artists and communities!]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Call for Artists!

[Below, from the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas.]

Submission Guidelines for Individual Artists or Group Exhibitions 2011-2012 Exhibition Season

The Contemporary Arts Center is accepting submissions for solo shows or group installations from artists and curators for consideration for our 2011-2012 exhibition season.

All mediums and disciplines will be considered. Any work presented at the Contemporary Arts Center must be a body of new or recent work executed within the past 2 years. Emerging or mid-career artists, members or non-members, may submit proposals.

Please include the following materials in your submission:
1. Written statement outlining the proposed project/exhibition and the participating artists.
2. Work Samples: CD with 10-20 jpegs or DVD with video work or performance work.
Image file size: 300 dpi no larger than 1MB. Please name file as follows: lastname.jpg(1_smith.jpg.)
Video format: NTSC mac or pc playable DVD with10-minutes maximum excerpts or complete works. Please put name and email on all discs. All submitted work must have been created in the past two years.
3. Accompanying image list indicating title, size/duration, medium, date and any brief narrative needed to elaborate on the work
4. Curator’s current CV and bio if applicable
5. Current artist’s CV for all participating artists
6. Artist Statement for all participating artists
7. Any additional information such as press reviews, articles, catalogues etc.
8. Self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for the return of all submitted materials.
9. Contact information for primary artist or curator contact- email, phone and mailing address.
10.Separate CD with copies of all word files, optional press materials in addition to the hard copies.

Supplementary public programs or presentations that would enhance the exhibition are encouraged. These may include, for example, artist talks, panel discussions or activities geared toward engaging the members and patrons of the Contemporary Arts Center.

Please mail your submissions to:
The Contemporary Arts Center
Attn: Exhibition Committee
107 E. Charleston Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89104

We accept proposals on an ongoing basis but proposals to be considered for the upcoming exhibition season of 2010-2011 must be received by January 15th, 2011.

Questions? Contact the Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, with “exhibition question” in the subject line, or call 702-382-3886.

The Contemporary Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 art organization dedicated to presenting new, high quality, visual and performing art, while striving to build, educate, and sustain audiences for contemporary art. The CAC strives to provide a place where artist can learn about best practices, test new ideas in the public arena, and connect with fellow artists within and beyond our own community.

To visit the CAC website, and to download floor plans, click here.

[Text from CAC; graphic from Google image search for "Fabulous Las Vegas'. Click on image to enlarge.]

Monday, December 20, 2010

Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
1650 N. Virginia Street

Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

"It’s one of the most beautiful and magnificent planets in the solar system. And now, using sophisticated spacecraft, scientists have been able to reach out to this great planet, sailing by trillions of chunks of ice that make up its glorious rings. Thanks to new findings, Saturn’s moons, rings and exotic secrets can be seen in the latest 3-D technology filling our entire planetarium dome (no 3-D glasses required)! We’ll also present a 7-minute Autumn Stargazing segment — a current “what’s up” in the fall sky!"

Fridays through Tuesdays | 2pm and 4pm
Fridays and Saturdays | 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays | 12pm

$6 adults, $4 children ages 3-12 and seniors 60 and over

Through January 2, 2011

[Text and graphic from Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center website.]

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Last Dragon at the Book Club!

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Wednesday December 22 | 10am – noon
Teen Book Club Meeting

This month's book is "The Last Dragon" by Silvana DeMari. Ask at the Youth Desk for a copy of the book. Sub sandwiches and soda provided. We are having a White Elephant Christmas Party today!

[Information from library website. Graphic from Google image search for 'Last Dragon DeMari.' Click on image to enlarge.]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Brian Crane Book Signing

Sundance Bookstore & Music
1155 W. Fourth Street

Saturday, December 18 | 11am to 1pm

Brian Crane Book Signing

"Celebrated syndicated cartoonist Brian Crane visits to sign his new book How Come I Always Get Blamed for the Things I Do? This latest collection of adventures of the Pickles clan is guaranteed to inspire chuckles, guffaws and gales of outright laughter!

Pickles is a two-time nominee for the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip of the Year, winning the prestigious award in 2001. It consistently tops comic polls and appears in almost 700 newspapers worldwide.

Brian Crane lives with his wife, Diana, in Sparks, Nevada. His family includes seven children and eight grandchildren."

[Text and graphic from bookstore website.]

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sugar Reception Thursday Night!

CCAI extends congratulations and best wishes to all the artists, with a special shout-out to CCAI Court House Gallery alumna Merrilee Hortt

[Flier from City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nutcracker - All Jazz'd Up!

Carson City Community Center
danceSprit Performing Arts

December 18 - 7 pm
December 19 - 1 pm


"This version of the classic Nutcracker story is fun for the whole family. With tap and jazz in addition to the traditional ballet by performers, ages 3 to 60+. With special effects, lighting and new twists."

Tickets: $10 at the door or call  884-1066 to reserve seats.

[Information from the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau calendar. Graphic from Google search for 'Nutcracker.' Click on image to enlarge.]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Fishman Project

Nevada Museum of Art
Center for Art and Environment Gallery
160 West Liberty Street

John Reid: The Fishman Project

"In 1988 Australian artist John Reid captured on film the blurred image of what appeared to be a hominid creature underwater. The location was a remote cave high in the mountains of New South Wales, a region of ancient forest under threat from logging. For sixteen years, Reid explored the mountains in order to track down what he describes not as a scientific discovery, but an artistic one.

When Reid made public his discovery, he received national media attention for his images of what he called “Fishman,” a previously undiscovered hominid. In the process, he drew attention to the plight of the forests, which have since been preserved in a string of parks, in particular the Monga and Deua National Parks, which holds the Wyanbene Caves where he first encountered the Fishman.
Reid’s photographs trace his effort to track down the elusive creature, as well as document some of these forested valleys that are so steep and deeply forested that Australian artists since the 18th-century have had difficulty in portraying them."

Through January 9, 2011

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

Friday, December 10, 2010

Reno Punk and Hardcore Music

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

The Wrong Side of Reno
Three Decades of Punk and Hardcore Music in the Biggest Little City

Through March 6, 2011

"… the first exhibition to present a comprehensive anthology of vinyl records that have been pressed in Reno during the city’s long and intimate history with underground music.

Early pioneers of hardcore, the Reno punk band 7 Seconds released their first vinyl 7” record in 1982, establishing Reno as a creative voice in what would quickly become a global subculture. The community they helped create still thrives in Reno today, sequestered in basements, home-recording studios and independent record shops -- proof that the spirited anger of Hardcore Punk is as resilient and vibrant as ever.

Over 150 albums will be on display from bands such as Iron Lung, Zoinks, Crushstory, The Atomiks, and This Computer Kills. All of the albums on view in the exhibition are from the private collection of Mac Schopen. A book, edited by Jeanne Jo and Mac Schopen, will accompany the exhibition."

[CCAI extends congratulations and best wishes to former CCAI Board Member Jeanne Jo. Text and graphic from museum website. Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Holiday Harmonies Barbershop Quartet

Saturday, December 11 | 2pm + 9pm

Capital Christian Center
1600 Snyder Ave.
Carson City

Holiday Harmonies Barbershop Quartet

"Don’t miss Holiday Harmonies, an offering of Christmas music presented by the Chorus of Comstock, a four part a cappella barbershop style chorus. This local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society was deemed “Plateau A Champion” at the spring NE Division Chorus contest. Under direction of B.J. Hill, bass for international quartet competition bronze medal winner “Special Feature”, the chorus will present an array of carols and songs of the season."

Performances by "95 North," "Assisted Living," "Miners," and individual performances by special guests.

Matinee 2pm: $10 and Evening 7pm: $12

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Chuck Harris 265 4818 or Mike Murphy 782 1991.

[Text from Image from Google search for 'barbershop quartet.']

Monday, December 06, 2010

Breakfast with Santa at the Governor's Mansion

Saturday, December 11 | 9-11 am

Breakfast with Santa at the Governor's Mansion

Governor's Mansion
606 Mountain Street
Carson City

Enjoy Pancakes and Sausage, Hot Cocoa, Milk & Orange Juice with Santa. Keep your mug & have photos taken with Santa Claus. Sponsored by the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada.


$7.50 each or $30.00 for 5 tickets

To purchase tickets, call the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada at 775-884-2226 or visit their website.

[Information and graphic from Museum of website.Click on image to enlarge.]

Saturday, December 04, 2010

WNC Carson Galleries Present:

Western Nevada College
Carson City Campus
WNC Carson City
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703

WNC Galleries
Bristlecone Building

Note January 8 reception!

[graphic from WNC press mailing. Click on image to enlarge.]

Friday, December 03, 2010

University Holiday Choral Concert

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

Tuesday, December 7 | 7:30-9:30pm

University Holiday Choral Concert

"The UNR Choral Ensembles bring Christmas Joy in Song. Lisa Wolff conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale in sacred motets by Hassler and Palestrina, traditional carols by Holst, Distler, Mechem, and Wilcocks, French carols and great arrangements of popular holiday classics. Rounding out the program, the Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Denell Hull, presents “Hodie” by Z. Randall Stroope."


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

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

813 N. Carson Street
Carson City

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Bring the whole family to this Wild Horse Children's Theater production of the Disney classic!

"Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Children of all ages will enjoy a smile with the Cheshire cat, have tea with the Mad Hatter, and sing along with dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters."

Show Dates:

Friday, December 3, 10 and 17 | 7pm
Saturday, December 4 and 11 | 4pm and 7pm
Saturday, December 18 | 4pm
Sunday, December 5 and 12 | 4pm


Purchase online at or call 775-887-0438.

$10 adults, $8 seniors/students and $5 ages 4-12. Children 3 and under free if accompanied by an adult and do not occupy a seat.

[Text from Carson City Events Calendar for December. Image from Google search for 'Alice in Wonderland.']

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

World AIDS Day + Mondo

[Every year on December 1st, the CCAI Blog! commemorates World AIDS Day. This year we note and salute popular culture and AIDS awareness in concert, with Mondo Guerra of Project Runway creating a benefit T-shirt. Below is an article from ABC News.]

"'Runway' Designer Does T-Shirts for World AIDS Day
'Project Runway' designer Mondo Guerra raising AIDS awareness with new Ts"

"There's a reason Mondo Guerra shared his story about being HIV positive on the reality show "Project Runway." It's just at the time, he wasn't quite sure what it was.

In hindsight, though, Guerra thinks he was compelled to it because "now I have the ability to bring attention to a cause," he says.

"Things happen for a reason," he adds. "Now that this is my life now, it has brought some opportunities. I think it's inspired a lot of other people to be courageous and step forward."


[Text and graphic from ABC News. Caption: "This product image courtesy of Piperlime shows a limited edition T-shirt designed by Mondo Guerra to benefit amFAR. Mondo designed two limited-edition T-shirts to launch Wednesday, to coincide with World AIDS Day. For each shirt sold, $20 will be donated to amFAR, an organization that focuses on AIDS research. (AP Photo/Piperlime)" Click on image to enlarge.]