Thursday, March 31, 2011

Capital City Arts Initiative at United Latino Community

CCAI at United Latino Community
1711 N Roop St
Carson City Nevada

CCAI Artists In Education Program has begun a collaboration with Carson City’s new United Latino Community organization by giving after-school art workshops for middle and high schoolers at ULC. Artist and CCAI alum Jonathan Farber teaches this semester’s monthly art classes to the teens as an addition to ULC’s after-school teen mentoring and study program.

CCAI is delighted to work with the United Latino Community and gives special thanks to its staff and to its Director Jessica Paz-Cedillos.

[watercolor workshop image by CCAI staff]

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Aquila Theatre's A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Churchill Arts Council
Oats Park Art Center

151 E. Park Street
Fallon, Nevada

The Churchill Arts Council will present Aquila Theatre’s new production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Saturday, April 2nd, at 8:00 p.m. in the Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park Street, Fallon. Tickets—$17 for CAC members, $20 non-members, $10 for children—are available in Fallon at Jeff’s Copy Express, Postage Plus, ITT @ NAS Fallon or by calling CAC at 775-423-1440.

Aquila Theatre is a classically trained, modernly-hip troupe based in New York. They present an imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, weaving theatrical magic in conjuring an enchanted forest, Athenian courts and a strife-torn fairy kingdom. Their assaying of love and its complications—lust, frustration, confusion and, of course, marriage—makes for a Dream you won’t soon forget. For more information, visit

The Company will also present a free program, “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives,” part of a national program to inspire people to come together to read, see and think about classical literature, how it continues to invigorate American cultural life. This reading will take place at 3:00 PM at the Art Center and has been made possible by a Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. There will also be a free Pre-Performance Talk and Q&A at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in attending either of these events, CAC requires an RSVP to the number above.

[text and image from CAC press mailing]

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Artists as Change Agents: Cultural Animation in the 21st Century

Save the date: Wednesday, April 6, 7pm

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City
ph. 775-887-2244

CCAI Nevada Neighbors Lecture Series at the Carson City Library
with Lynne Sowder

Nevada Neighbors, the Capital City Arts Initiative's ongoing series of illustrated public talks, will host Lynne Sowder from Atlanta Georgia. Her talk, "Artists as Change Agents: Cultural Animation in the 21st Century" will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 N Roop Street, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Ms. Sowder at 6:15 p.m. preceding her talk. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

Lynne Sowder is a leading visual arts curator and national trailblazer in strategic philanthropy and cause-related marketing. Join us to hear Ms. Sowder discuss how artists can be powerful agents for change our local communities, in progressive businesses, and for social change initiatives. Her firm, Burns Sowder, creates projects that bridge art and culture, strategic philanthropy, community action, and marketing communications to reach new audiences, stimulate dialogues and innovation, and affect positive social change.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Capital City Arts Initiative at Mark Twain Elementary

CCAI at Mark Twain Elementary School
Carson City Nevada

We are delighted to present an image from the CCAI Artists In Education Program at Mark Twain Elementary School. UNR grad student Amerique Powell and CCAI staffer Christel Passink are teaching after-school art workshops for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders during March and April.

The image: student creating her art in the torn-paper self-portraits workshop; the art history section of the lesson showed students examples of artists’ portraits from the early 20th century avant-garde.

We give special thanks to Mark Twain Elementary School and the Carson City School District for their collaboration with CCAI.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teen Book Club: Secret of the Sirens

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Teen Book Club and Teen Advisory Board
Friday March 25 | 3 – 5pm

Join us in a lively discussion of “Secret of the Sirens” by Julia Golding. Ask at the Youth Desk for a copy of the book. This month's discussion will be combined with the Teen Advisory Board meeting. Pizza and drinks are provided!

[Information from library website, image from Julia Golding website]

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom

Nevada State Museum
600 N Carson Street
Carson City

The exhibit Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom is now on display at the Nevada State Museum through August 2, 2011. The exhibition of 25 large format black and white photographs invites viewers to explore the immense changes that have occurred in Nevada from 1938 - 1980.

Cliff Segerblom was chief photographer for the Bureau of Reclamation Hoover Dam Project. His photographs have been published in Life, Time, and National Geographic magazines and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where his work is part of the permanent collection. The Nevada exhibition was organized by the Springs Preserve of Las Vegas and presented by the Nevada State Museum.

The museum is open Wednesdays - Saturdays, 8:30 - 4:30pm. For information call 775.687.4810.

image from the Segerblom Family collection: Cliff Segerblom, Hoover Dam Needle Test, 1941

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vertical Landscapes: Wet/Dry (Revisited)



Nevada Arts Council
OXS Office Exhibition Series
716 N. Carson Street, Suite A
Carson City

Dean Burton
“Vertical Landscapes: Wet/Dry (Revisited)”

The Nevada Arts Council presents "Vertical Landscapes: Wet/Dry (Revisited)" a series of photographs by Dean Burton, in its Carson City office through April 1 as part of the Office eXhibition Series (OXS). This series reflects Burton's interest in making photographs using optical and chemical techniques that evolved during his experimentation with panoramic photography. “Wet/Dry (Revisited)” is sub-set of the “Vertical Landscapes” series which grew out of Burton’s trips throughout the West. Juxtaposing ocean/water scenes with a variety of desert textures, he explores the counterpoints of this body of work.

Burton is currently a Professor of Art at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV. In 2011, he will be featured in The Altered Landscape collection catalogue from the Nevada Museum of Art. Burton received an Artist Fellowship in 2006 from the Nevada Arts Council.

Dean Burton, Black Rock Desert, 2001, 40" x 10"

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nevada Museum of Art 2011 Scholastic Awards

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

Saturday March 12 9 - 10:30am

The Nevada Museum of Art has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards since 1999 and is proud once again to showcase the outstanding talent of our local youth, including middle and high school students from 13 northern Nevada counties. Celebrate the artistic achievements of the students at the exhibition opening reception Saturday, March 12; the exhibition is free and open to the public.

[information & image from the museum's website: Savannah Gossier, Olivia, 2010]

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Great Basin Landscape Inspires Wood Art Exhibit

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

WNC Galleries
Bristlecone Building

The twisted and weathered woods of the Great Basin environment become imaginative and sometimes whimsical works of art in a new exhibit at the Western Nevada College Main Gallery. Larry Williamson's "Great Basin Work" exhibition will be in the gallery through Friday, March 25.

Williamson's carved creations are fabrications of his mind and his materials - aged pieces of wood found on the floor of the Great Basin. What transpires is an imaginative recount of the landscape that has surrounded him most of his life. For over 58 years, he has explored the Great Basin and High Sierra. He spends his days running the trails near his home and studio in Virginia City.

"It is in this solitude that I hope to find a little mojo to put into my work," he says.
His masterpieces range from raw to polished works, small carvings to life-size interpretations of the textures and life of the basin. A notable piece, "Untitled" bears the talons and feathers of a desert bird and is topped with what may be interpreted as rabbits jumping over the moon. The front depicts the scene of a Native American woman presenting a small man to two intricately carved canines.

WNC Carson City art galleries are located in the Bristlecone Building. Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, with holiday closures. Information: 445-3000.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Oxbow Press: Spring Classes and Workshops

Oxbow Press
2035 Dickerson Road
Reno NV 89503

Spring and Summer Workshops and Classes are here! Book Plates and the Intro to Printmaking Class have been moving along swimmingly. Students in the Intro class receive instruction from all the teachers of Oxbow Press in the basic printmaking techniqes: drypoint, collagraphs, monotypes, relief, screen printing, and book arts/portfolio construction. Also this spring we have:

Solar Plates
with Candace Nicol - March 12, 13 $140 ($130 for members)
Intro to Intaglio
with Rachel Kaiser - March 19, 20 $140 ($130 for members)
Photo Emulsion Screen Printing
with Shannon Greeley - March 26 $70
Beginning Book Arts
with Rachel Kaiser - April 2 $70 ($60 for members)
Propaganda in Print: Screen Printing
with Shannon Greeley - April 9 $25
Wood Engraving
with Suellen Johnson - April 30, May 1 $140 ($130 for members)

Find out more information about classes and workshops at

Image from Oxbow press: etching by Rachel Kaiser

Sunday, March 06, 2011

"Speedy" Garfin & the Garfin Gathering

Photograph of Speedy GarfinMile High Jazz Band and Brewery Arts Center present "Speedy" Garfin & the Garfin Gathering on Saturday, March 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m., at the BAC Performance Hall, 511 West King Street in Carson City.

This unforgettable, feel-good, evening of jazz and comedy features "Speedy" Garfin on alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, conga drums, and vocals; keyboardist Kerry Shacklett; drummer George Stigliano; and the vocal styles and choreography of Jakki Ford.

Tickets are $16.50 general admission, and $13.50 for students, seniors, and MHJB and BAC members. Tickets are available at the BAC box office, online at, through Vendini, and at the door. For information, call MHJB at 775-883-4154.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Western Folklife Center: Community Building in the West

Carson City Library
900 N Roop St
Carson City
phone: 775.887.2244

CCAI Nevada Neighbors Lecture Series
"Western Folklife Center: Community Building in the West"

Nevada Neighbors, the Capital City Arts Initiative's ongoing series of public talks, hosts Charlie Seemann, Executive Director the Western Folklife Center in Elko Nevada. His talk will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Mr. Seemann at 6:15 p.m. preceding his talk. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

Join us to hear Charlie – you’re in for a treat. With pictures and music, he will describe how the Western Folklife Center works to expand our understanding of our neighbors and ourselves by celebrating the everyday traditions of people who live and work in the American West.