Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reiterate the Repeat: Sky Kim and Keun Young Park

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
Art Department
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St

Reiterate the Repeat
August 29 - September 23

Please note the two public events for this exhibition:
Thursday, September 22, 5:30pm: Closing Lecture by Keun Young Park. Please note the change of venue: Lecture will be given in Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, Rm 124. Following the artist's talk, the closing reception will take place in Sheppard Gallery, Church Fine Arts, 6:30 - 8pm.
Thursday, September 11, new location for the lecture: Opening Lecture with Sky Kim, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Room 124 (Ground Floor), followed by a reception in Sheppard Gallery, 6:30 - 8pm

Both living in Jersey City, New Jersey but formally unknown to each other, Sky Kim and Keun Young Park create their artwork through very time-consuming and repetitive manners. This exhibition will consider how an image is created from this approach to artmaking. Park constructs “micro-collages” made from tiny pieces of torn up photographs punctured by a pin, while Kim creates large-scale scrolls by making thousands of marks, rendering voluptuous drawings in a variety of media. Please join us for the exhibition and to hear the artists discuss their work; this exhibition will have two artist lectures, one by each artist, at the beginning and closing of the show.

Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Master’s Degree in Painting at Pratt Institute. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art’s National Korean Art Competition Awards and a Pratt Institute Art Grant.

Keun Young Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she received her BFA and MFA Degrees in Sculpture at Seoul National University. Her awards include being an A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship and Exhibition Recipient; the winner of Curator’s Choice - a competition for the ‘Artist Talk on Art’ organization; and the Juror’s award at ‘Small Works’ – an international competition at NYU gallery.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11am - 5pm, Friday, 11am - 2pm
For additional information, please call Sheppard Gallery at 775.785.6658 or email

[image and text from the gallery's press info]

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Post-War Bohemians in Northern Nevada

University of Nevada Reno
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia Street

The University of Nevada Reno's Knowledge Center presents, Post-War Bohemians in Northern Nevada, an exhibition of work by local artists who experimented with art styles and lifestyles out of Nevada’s mainstream. While many Nevadans were settling into cozy, traditional “apple-pie” American lifestyles after World War II, a tight-knit group of artists were producing colorful, nontraditional art, and living lifestyles that matched. For the first time, the work of this talented group is presented together, at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno through September 16.

Post-War Bohemians in Northern Nevada contains the work by 16 of these artists who often gathered in Virginia City, as well as took classes and encouraged one another at the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The featured artists include Zoray Andrus, Betty Bliss, Nancy Bowers, Gus Bundy, Robert Cole Caples, Ben Cunningham, Joanne de Longchamps, Robert Hartman, Ruth Hilts, Craig Sheppard, Yolande Sheppard, Louis Siegriest, Adine Stix, Marge Tanner, Richard Guy Walton, and Ed Yates.

University Professor of Art Emeritus Jim McCormick and Christopher Schwartz, an accomplished student intern, co-curated the show and published a 44-page catalog about northern Nevada’s post-war art community. It is the first time that the artists have been featured together in one publication. The catalog is available free at the exhibition.

The exhibition is open to the public through September 16: Monday through Thursday, 7:30am – 8pm; Friday 7:30am – 5pm, Saturday-Sunday 1 – 5pm. Some select pieces are available for viewing only in the Special Collections Department on the Third Floor, 9am – 4pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information, please contact the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department at 775-682-5665 or

[Photography by Gus Bundy – Reno’s Valerie Gallery, November 1952; painting by Adine Stix; information from UNR press release]

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Max Grinnell, Travel Writer

Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Monday, August 29, 6pm

If you are interested in traveling, writing about traveling, or just learning more about the United States, come to the Carson City Library to hear Max Grinnell. He will talk about his own recent travels through the United States and give an informative and entertaining look into the history of American travel writing.

Mr. Grinnell will also sponsor a writing contest. Submit prose or poetry, 350 words or less. Prizes include Mr. Grinnell's travel books and other travel-related material.

For additional information, please call Andi Moore at 775.887.2244.

[image and text from the Library's website]

Friday, August 26, 2011

Buster Blue: Live at BAC

Brewery Arts Center
449 West King Street
Carson City

You are invited to help make Buster Blue's DVD: “Live Performance at the BAC.”

Enjoy an evening of great music when Buster Blue takes the stage in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall on Saturday, August 27th, 8pm. The Reno-based band’s unique style of Americana Folk challenges the notion everything musical has been done before because Buster Blue has found a place inhabited only by their own off-kilter creation. The five members utilize an arsenal of instruments that include horns, banjo, accordion, chains, and a well placed bucket. Their intention to revisit the American musical roots tradition may have much to do with their upbringing in Gardnerville. Buster Blue’s musical educations range from one member being drum major of the high school band to another being a screamer in a hardcore group. Their diverse backgrounds and upbringings help give color to their music, as well as make it difficult to pigeonhole them to a genre.

Tickets: $15.00 General Admission, $13.00 Students and Seniors, $10.00 BAC Members.

[image and text from BAC press release]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sierra Great Basin Collection

Churchill Arts Council
Oats Park Art Center

151 E. Park Street
Fallon, Nevada

The Churchill Arts Council will host a reception for the Sierra Great Basin Collection: Selected Works by 45 Artists exhibition on Saturday, August 27, 5 - 7pm at the Oats Park Arts Center. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes work by Bob Adams, Greg Allen, Ron Arthaud, Theophilus Brown, Dean Burton, Mary Chadwell, Steven Chandler, Daniel Cheek, Don Clausen, Russell Dudley, Heidie Giannotti, Tom Gilbertson, Peter Goin, Todd Hido, Frank Hill, Stephanie Hogen, William Howard, Adam Jahiel, Kenneth G. Kruger, Erik Lauritzen, Jean LeGassick, Sharon Maczko, Jack Malotte, Michael Martin, Edw Martinez, James McCormick, Walter McNamara, Richard Menzies, Robert Morrison, David Naylor, Maurice Nespor, Jeff Nicholson, Olivia O'Connor, Ben Parks, Dennis Parks, Christine Pinney Karkow, Nolan Preece, Fred Reid, John Richardson, Lis Reinertson, Michael Sarich, Phyllis Shafer, Craig Sheppard, Logan Walker, Al Weber, Hewitt C. Wells, Lynda Yuroff, and Jim Zlokovich.

For more information, please call 775.423.1440.

[image and information from Churchill Arts Council press release]

Friday, August 19, 2011

David Dondero at Holland Project

The Holland Project
Holland Project Show Space
121 Vesta Street

Living legend David Dondero will be playing Sunday, August 21 at the Holland Show Space in Reno. In 2006 NPR named Dondero one of the best living songwriters alongside Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. He played with This Bike is a Pipe Bomb and toured with practically every band you’ve ever listened to (including but not limited to: Against me!, Bright Eyes, Mountain Goats, Mischief Brew, and Crooked Fingers). Awahnichi is the solo project of one of the members of the awesome Merced band; El Olio Wolof and Handsome Vultures are local rad-loud folk.

All-Ages, $5. Doors open 7pm; performance 8pm (SHARP!).

[image and text from Holland Project]

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Art of Tom Shearer - Copper

Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery
220 A West Telegraph St
Carson City

Jeffrey Pace and Gabriel Aguayo invite the public to join them Thursday, August 18, 4-7pm for a reception for artist Tom Shearer. The artist, a resident of Turlock California, creates abstract images on copper panels using heated glass and metal fragments and an acid dye patina. The gallery carries Shearer's work on a continuing basis.

At the reception, the gallery will offer a wine tasting and espresso bar along with chocolates from Carson City Confections and hors d'oeuvres from Artisan Cafe.

For additional information, please call Jeffery Pace at 775.885.2787.

[image from the artist's website, text from the gallery's press info]

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Summer in the Sierra

The CCAI Blog is on vacation and will return with arts & culture posts in mid-August. Thank you for stopping by – we'll be back soon.

[CCAI photo of the Virginia Lakes region by Verne Rosse]

Friday, August 05, 2011

Jazz! Carson City

Mile High Jazz
August is Jazz Month in Carson City

The summer sizzles as Mile High Jazz Band Association, Carson City, local businesses, and jazz lovers proudly continue the annual August jazz festival started in 2004. This year, performances will be held at multiple venues in Carson City, and will feature about 60 performances, and more than 100 musicians in over 20 bands. Main events are scheduled for August 19-21, with lead-in performances starting July 31. All events are free, except for a ticketed event at the Bliss Mansion on August 13. Visit to see the full performance schedule.

Outstanding regional and international jazz artists will perform at the Third Street Farmers Market, Comma Courtyard, Firkin & Fox, Sassafras, Brewery Arts Center, Carson Mall, Legislative Plaza and Capitol Amphitheater, and other Carson City venues.

Featured annual performers are the Reno Jazz Orchestra with Cami Thompson on August 21, and the Mile High Jazz Band. Other performers include (in alphabetical order) Back Forty Barbara Baxter, CeCe Gable, The Champagne Singers, Colin Ross, Discover Music (from the Reno Philharmonic), the Gents of Jive, George Hanepen Trio with Shanna Carlson, The Jazz Guys, the Johnny Hamlin Trio, Ken Davidson, Linda Merrell with Blue Jasmine, jam sessions with Marsh Brodeur and Motive, The Millennium Bugs, New World Jazz Project, Rocky Tatarelli & Judith Ames. Slow Djinn Fez, Statusphere, STRAZZ Youth Strings Jazz Ensemble, Two Plus quintet, and more!

Mile High Jazz will also present a jazz film mini-festival on August 4 (...But Then, She's Betty Carter), and August 25 (Mary Lou Williams: Music on My Mind); both films will be shown at Brewery Arts Center, 8pm. A jazz panel discussion (Jazz Greats Forum) will take place on August 18. A "guitar summit," presenting four outstanding local guitarists, will take place on August 11 and includes a raffle for a new guitar.

To learn more, volunteer, or be a sponsor for Jazz! Carson City, call 775-883-4154 or visit

[photo of Reno Jazz Orchestra and festival text from Mile High Jazz]

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

BAC: Women's Film Series

Brewery Arts Center
449 West King Street
Carson City

Celebrate films “By and About Women” at the BAC’s Friday Film Series. The five week series began in July and continues through August. Over the series you can enjoy a diverse line up of FREE films in BAC’s Performance Hall.

Thursday, August 4, 8pm
…But Then, She’s Betty Carter
A film by Michelle Parkerson
This lively film is an unforgettable portrait of legendary vocalist Betty Carter, one of the greatest living exponents of jazz. Uncompromised by commercialism throughout her long career, she has forged alternative criteria for success — including founding her own recording company and raising her two sons as a single parent. Parkerson’s special film captures Carter’s musical genius, her paradoxical relationship with the public and her fierce dedication to personal and artistic independence.

Friday, August 5, 8pm
Divorce Iranian Style
A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini
England, 1998, 80 minutes, Color
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women’s lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16-year-old trying to divorce her 38-year-old husband; and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody of her daughters, this deadpan chronicle showcases the strength, ingenuity, and guile with which they confront biased laws, a Kafaka-esque administrative system, and their husbands’ and families’ rage to gain divorces.

Friday, August 12, 8pm
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
A film by Kim Longinotto
UK, 2007, 100 minutes, Color
Harrowing at one moment and heartwarming the next, Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go is set at England’s Mulberry Bush School, founded by Barbara Dockar-Drysdale who developed unique methods for working with children suffering through severe emotional trauma.

Friday, August 19, 7:30pm
Short Video Contest Showing and Awards
and at 8pm Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business
A film by Helena Solberg and David Meyer
USA/Brazil, 1995, 92 minutes, Color, Subtitled
This fascinating film skillfully combines reenactments, interviews with confidants and commentators, and footage from her many films to tell the haunting story of 1940’s superstar Carmen Miranda. Charting Miranda’s transformation from famed Brazilian singer to Hollywood’s first Latina star to independent artist, award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Helena Solberg shows how Miranda’s saga exemplifies contradictions in the relationship between Latin America and the United States that persist today. At the convergence of sexual politics, cultural colonialism, and one woman’s life, this moving film powerfully explores the complex factors behind the image and life of the “Tutti-Frutti Woman,” Carmen Miranda.

Thursday, Aug 25, 8pm
Mary Lou Williams Music on My Mind
A film by Joanne Burke
Pioneering Black American composer-arranger-pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of jazz. In this authoritative film, lively interviews with Williams, Dizzy Gillepsie and Buddy Tate interweave the musical and personal elements of her dramatic life. At the height of her career, she dropped out of music to help drug-addicted musicians in Harlem, making a triumphant comeback fifteen years later. A spirited tribute to Williams’ indelible contribution to American culture, narrated by Roberta Flack.

[text and image from BAC]

Monday, August 01, 2011

August FWAC at the Bliss

FWACFirst Wednesday Arts Coffee
Bliss Mansion
608 Elizabeth Street*
Carson City

Wednesday, August 3, 4:30 - 6pm

CCAI invites you to attend our monthly gathering of artists and arts & culture enthusiasts. Join us this month for lemonade and conversation at the Bliss Mansion. CCAI encourages you to bring some of your new artworks to share.

Everyone is welcome. Specials thanks to FWAC's terrific host, Cyndy Brenneman.

* located at the corner of Robinson and Elizabeth Streets in Carson City's Historic District across the street from the Governor's Mansion.

[image from a Goggle search for lemonade]