Monday, October 31, 2011

Artisan Show and Sale

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
780 Del Monte Lane

Artisan Show & Sale
Friday, November 4, 3 - 7pm; opening reception 5 - 7pm
Saturday, November 5, 10am - 5pm

Over 30 artists will have work for exhibition and sale at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's annual Artisan event. Event visitors will find work by artists Jill Altmann, Dayna Galletti, Rima Kent, Jim McCormick, Dale Pappas, and Ann Weiss among others.

[image and text from the Artisan show flier]

Wild Women Artists 2011: Regeneration

Wilbur D. May Center
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 North Sierra Street, Reno

Artists' Reception: Friday, November 4, 5 - 8pm 
(please use Sierra Street entrance)

Wild Women Reno 2011: REGENERATION
The annual group exhibition and sale by the vibrant Wild Women Artists group takes place this weekend at Rancho San Rafael. Participating artists include Jimmie Benedict, Sidne Teske, Claudia Knous, Kathleen Durham, Gretchen Ericson, Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk, Pat Wallis, Kristen Frantzen Orr, Gail Rappa, Barbara Uriu, Karel Hendee, Susan Church plus guest artists Ron Arthaud and Lara Alberti.

Exhibition and Sale Hours:
Friday, November 4, noon - 8pm

Saturday, November 5, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, November 6, 11am - 4pm
Artists' Demos + Tea and Scones: Friday - Sunday, November 4 - 6, 1 - 3pm.

The annual raffle will benefit the Wilbur May Museum and The Wild Women Emerging Artist Award through the Nevada Museum of Arts Scholastic Arts Awards Program. For information on additional Wild Women Artists events, please visit

[image and text from the Wild Women's website]

Sunday, October 30, 2011

WNC Craft Fair

Western Nevada College
2201 W College Parkway
Carson City

Joe Winter, a ceramic artist who has shown his work at both WNC Carson and Fallon campus galleries, will have a booth in this year's Craft Fair.

[poster image and text from WNC press info]

Friday, October 28, 2011

Giacomo Fiore: Brewery Arts Center

Brewery Arts Center
449 West King Street
Carson City

Saturday, October 29, 2pm

Giacomo Fiore brings his exciting guitar skills to the Brewery Arts Center on Saturday, October 29 at 2pm. The performance is part of the Brewery Art Center’s Classical Performance Series and is presented in collaboration with the Sierra Nevada Guitar Society.

The Italian born musician will perform both traditional and modern works to create a magical musical experience. Fiore is an imaginative and accomplished guitar player who is comfortable in a wide variety of styles. His music making has both flair and depth.

A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Belmont University, Fiore has performed across the U.S. and around the world. Today Giacomo is continuing his musical explorations as a Ph.D. student in Musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he focuses on the development of alternative guitar repertoires in just and microtonal tunings.

Pre-concert lecture and brief classical guitar open mic at 1:00pm

Tickets: General admission $13.50, student/senior $11.50, BAC member $8.50.

[images from artist and from BAC websites, text from BAC website]

Thursday, October 27, 2011

El Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

University of Nevada, Reno
Latino Research Center
1664 N. Virginia Street

Day of the Dead | El Dia de los Muertos Exhibition|Celebration
Sponsored by UNR's Latino Research Center at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

Saturday, October 29th from 2 – 5pm

Come celebrate the Latino Research Center’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Dia de los Muertos on campus in the Knowledge Center's Rotunda. In celebration of this holiday, the Latino Research Center will be providing an exhibition area for altars to be put on display. Prizes will be awarded to winners for best altars.* Attendees are welcome to submit their own altars or just come and enjoy the altar displays. Food, beverages, music and many fun activities for children, including mask-making and sugar skull decoration will also be provided at the event. This event is free and open to the public.

*The deadline for requesting a space for an altar entry is Friday, October 28. 3’x3’ tables will be provided to those who have requested space. Please call the Latino Research Center 775.682.9043 or email to request space for altar entry.

For more information visit: Diadelosmuertos.html

[image and text from Latino Research Center]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wafaa Bilal: Sheppard Gallery Visiting Artist Lecture

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

Thursday, October 27, 5:30pm: visiting artist lecture by Wafaa Bilal in the University's Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, room 124.

[poster from Sheppard Gallery]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mick Sheldon: Gone 30 Years But Still a Nevadan

Capital City Arts Initiative
Nevada Neighbors
at the
Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Wednesday, October 26: reception 6:15pm, talk 7pm

Mick Sheldon's talk, Gone 30 Years But Still a Nevadan, is another in the Nevada Neighbors series of public talks presented by the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] on contemporary art practice. Mick will speak at the Carson City Library Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm; an informal reception for the artist will begin at 6:15pm. The reception and talk are free and the public is cordially invited.

Mick's talk is a companion piece to his exhibition, Still Lifes for Cowpokes, at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery, 885 E Musser St, Carson City. The exhibition closes Friday, January 6, 2012.

Mick Sheldon, a tenured professor at American River College in Sacramento and a working artist for most of his adult life, will discuss his unique approach to creating and composing artworks of various mediums and styles: sculpture, oil painting and woodblocks. His talk, with a generous dose of his idiosyncratic humor, will center on how he vigorously approaches his art on a daily basis, driven by his appreciation of contemporary life in the West. Mick’s work embodies a synthesis of formal and expressive styles that assemble figures, light, color and space qualities that celebrate the heroic energy of our region.

Mick is a Reno native and UNR alumnus. He earned a MFA degree in painting from the University of California at Davis in 1992. After working a series of “dead end jobs,” he started teaching at two schools and a prison back in the late eighties. In 2004, he began teaching as a full-time professor at American River College where he is now tenured and serves as Director of the James Kaneko Gallery. Sheldon lives with his wife in Yolo, California.

[Mick Sheldon painting: Last Out of the Rodeo, oil on linen, 2009]

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Piper's Opera House

Piper's Opera House
12 North B Street
Virginia City

Saturday, October 22, doors open at 7pm

The Comstock Residents Association will present Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks! The uniquely talented musical maestro was a member of the Charlatans, who pioneered the music of the 1960's in Virginia City on the stage at the Red Dog Saloon. For one night only, on Saturday, October 22 at 7 pm, Dan Hicks will headline a show at the grandest venue on the Comstock Lode, Piper's Opera House.

Dan took a special interest when he heard of the threat from open pit mining that looms over the Comstock Historic District. The fundraising concert will help benefit the Comstock Residents Association and create awareness of the Comstock's plight.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at Tickets may be purchased in Reno at Sundance Books and or at Recycled Records, in Carson City at the Bead Store, in Silver City at Doodads, and in Virginia City at the Red Dog Saloon. For an additional $7.50, guests may purchase a ticket for the after-party at the Red Dog Saloon, limited to 100 guests.

This unique musical event will enrich your life, provide a golden memory or two, and help protect the Comstock from open pit mining. Do come!

[image and text from the Comstock Residents Association press information] On the Efficacy of Creative Remembrance

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor (b/w aves 8 and 9)
New York

Thursday, October 20 · 6:30pm - 8:30pm On the Efficacy of Creative Remembrance

In conjunction with the current exhibition,, project director and exhibition curator Joseph DeLappe* will lead a panel discussion with jurors Yaelle Amir and Raul Zamudio, and artists Wafaa Bilal, Matt Kenyon and Sayoko Yoshida. A wide-ranging discussion will ensue regarding the efficacy of the conceptualization and realization of contemporary memorials, monuments, and counter-monuments to the victims of war. How do we critically assess the effect of a project such as What are the pitfalls and possibilities of developing DIY memorial projects?

For more information about the current exhibition,, and the panelists please visit

* Joseph DeLappe is a CCAI Nevada Neighbors alumnus
[image and text from Joseph DeLappe's FaceBook event page]

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Phyllis Shafer: Stremmel Gallery

Stremmel Gallery
1400 South Virginia Street

Artist Reception: Thursday, October 20, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Cerulean Days, an exhibition of recent paintings by Phyllis Shafer, will open at Stremmel Gallery in Reno on Thursday, October 20th and run through Saturday, November 19th. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, October 20, 5:30 - 7:30pm.

For the past two years, Phyllis Shafer has explored, through plein air painting, the landscape of northern Nevada. From the expansive, sagebrush-filled tablelands of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and the Smoke Creek desert to the lush, alpine beauty of the Ruby Mountains and the Snake Range, Phyllis Shafer's paintings celebrate the color, forms, and innate rhythms unique to the Great Basin. This series of paintings continues to explore the relationship between the intimate details of foreground flora and the calming allure of deep space.

For more information, please go to the artist's website at:

[image of Lamoille Canyon Beaver Pond oil painting from the artist's website, text from the artist and gallery's press information]

Monday, October 17, 2011

Roy Purcell: Nevada State Museum

Nevada State Museum
600 N Carson Street
Carson City

Thursday, October 27, 6-8 pm

The Nevada State Museum is bringing wildlife artist Roy Purcell from Tucson, Arizona to celebrate Nevada’s Great Outdoors, the theme of this year's Nevada Day parade. Mr. Purcell will give a talk on Thursday, October 27, 6-8 pm as part of the Museum's monthly Frances Humphrey lecture series which is held the 4th Thursday of each month.

Doors open at 6 pm for the book signing. Admission is free for museum members and children 17 and under; tickets for non-member adults are $8 each. The admission fee covers the lecture and current exhibitions in the main building: Slot machines: The Fey Collection; Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom; and My Nevada II.

[image from Mr. Purcell's website, text from the museum's press info]

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rhett Bender: Carson City Symphony

Carson City Symphony
at the
Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street
Carson City

Sunday, October 16, 4pm

The Carson City Symphony opens its 28th season with an American Journey concert featuring guest soloist saxophonist Rhett Bender and compositions by American composers Paul Creston, Robert Russell Bennett, and Robert W. Smith.

Mr. Bender is a Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University, Director of the Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop and the Ashland Chamber Music Workshop, and Region 1 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance. He performs throughout the U.S. and China, and teaches each year at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu. He directs the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, and plays soprano saxophone in the Globe Saxophone Quartet. Bender's live performances have been broadcast over several radio stations and he is featured saxophonist on the CD set "America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax" and on solo saxophone CDs "Transformations" and "Meldings."

Tickets: $15 general admission; $12 - seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; free for youth age 16 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Play Your Own Music in the Carson Mall, online at, or at the door. Season tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Concert preview in the Community Center's Sierra Room 3:15pm
Post-concert reception $17; for location, reservations, and directions, call the Symphony at 775.883.4154

[image from Mr. Bender's SOU webpage; text from the Symphony's press release]

Friday, October 14, 2011

Susan Werner: Oats Park Art Center

Churchill Arts Council
Oats Park Art Center

151 E. Park Street
Fallon, Nevada

Saturday, October 15:
conversation with the artist 3pm
concert 8pm

Susan Werner is a daring, innovative performer with a killer live show. She weaves old & new together to create fresh genres when existing ones don’t suit her muse—infusing traditional styles with a decidedly modernist world view on both popular genre classics as well as a beehive of contemporary concerns. “a clever songwriter and engaging performer, she brings literacy and wit back to popular song”—The New Yorker Named Best Contemporary Folk Artist. For more info:

The conversation with the artist is free and open to the public.
Concert tickets: $17 CAC Members; $20 Non-Members. Tickets may be purchased at Jeff’s Copy Express, Postage Plus, ITT @ NAS Fallon or by calling 775.423.1440

[image and text from Churchill Arts Council press info]

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Gailmarie Pahmeier at Carson City Library

Capital City Arts Initiative
Books & Writers
at the
Carson City Library
900 N. Roop Street
Carson City

Thursday, October 13:
workshop 4pm
reading 7pm

CCAI will present a poetry workshop and a reading by poet Gailmarie Pahmeier on Thursday, October 13 at the Carson City Library The writing workshop takes place from 4 - 5pm; the poetry reading begins at 7pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Gailmarie Pahmeier, a Nevadan for 30 years, teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at the University of Nevada, Reno where she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award.

Ms Pahmeier’s work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including Booth, Passager, Interim, Mudfish, New Poets of the AmericanWest (for which she won the Editor’s Choice Award), Literary Nevada, and the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. Her poetry collection includes The House on Breakaheart Road, and two chapbooks from Black Rock Press. Her recent chapbook, Shake It and It Snows, won the 2009 Coal Hill Chapbook Award; poems from this collection were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her literary awards include a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship and two Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council. In 2007, she received the Nevada Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

She said, “I’ve read my work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. I’m particularly interested in conducting workshops and giving readings in “under-served” communities, wherever they might be or think they are. I love Nevada, love getting out and into our various communities. My material comes from interactions and observations I make while out on the road, and I learn as much or more from community workshop participants as they might learn from me.”

[image from a Goggle search for Ms. Pahmeier]

Friday, October 07, 2011

Space Art Talk at WNC Davis Observatory

Western Nevada College
Jack C. Davis Observatory
2201 W College Parkway
Carson City

Saturday, October 8: Space Art

Mike Thomas will give a slideshow lecture about the impact of art on both science and science fiction. Visitors will be taken from the days of the first drawings of space objects to the beautiful illustrations of space seen today. The program includes many wonderful slides of space-related works of art.

Saturday evening stargazing and slide lectures at the Western Nevada College Jack C. Davis Observatory are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and lectures begin at 7pm.

For additional information, please contact Mike Thomas at 775-857-3033 or

[image from Goggle search for super nova; text from WNC press release]

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Cindie Geddes: Making Money As Writers

Unnamed Writers' Group
at the
Evelyn Mount Community Center
1301 North Valley Road

Saturday, October 8, doors open 9am, meeting 10am

There are ways writers can make money in the new tech age. Be sure to attend Cindie Geddes' workshop: Making Money as Writers. There's never been a better time to be a writer.

Geddes will focus on a very important need for any book: 'The Hook.' Whether you plan to sell or just publish paper or ebook formats, you still need a hook, a blurb, that little diddy that gets someone to WANT your book. She will explain the workings of, many secrets about, and how the get the best bang for your buck in ebook world, even with rapid changes.

Geddes is co-owner of Lucky Bat Books (along with Judith Harlan) -- a royalty-free press designed to revolutionize the publishing biz. A Renoite, she lives with her husband & son and a passel of disobedient pets. She's an avid Balloon Race fan and local Burner. Please plan for a riveting meeting...Cindie is a crowd pleaser!

UWG is Nevada’s only all genre writers’ group, open to all ages. Our monthly meetings (on the 2nd Saturday) offer educational speakers, networking opportunities and member mingling. Guests and visitors are welcome to attend our monthly meetings at no charge. Annual dues and workshop costs are minimal. Speakers and dates may change without notice, so check our website

For more information, please contact Peggy Rew at or 626.0982.

[image from Ms. Geddes' website, text from UWG flier]

Steve Jobs: an American Icon

Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

"Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday, was a singular figure in American business history. He will go in the pantheon of great American entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators, alongside John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Sam Walton.
Jobs didn't invent computer technology, or the cell phone, or the notion of digitizing music. But he invented methods, business models, and devices that turned each into significantly larger cultural and economic phenomena."

[text from a Contrary Indicator article by Daniel Gross, economics editor at Yahoo! Finance; image from a Goggle search for Apple logos]

Monday, October 03, 2011

October FWAC at the BRIC

Capital City Arts Initiative
Wednesday, October 5, 4:30-6pm
First Wednesday Arts Coffee
at the BRIC
108 E. Proctor Street * [map]
Carson City

CCAI invites you to attend its monthly gathering of artists and arts & culture enthusiasts. Join us for conversation, coffee, cookies, and an ongoing exhibition of art by northern Nevada artists at the BRIC.

Everyone is welcome. CCAI encourages you to bring some of your new artworks to share.

* located at the corner of E. Proctor and Plaza Streets in historic Carson City just north of City Hall.

[image from Wikimedia Commons search for 'afternoon coffee']

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Ron Arthaud: Tuscarora Plein Air

Great Basin College
Leonard Center for Student Life
1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada

Ron Arthaud has an exhibition of his new work at the Great Basin College's student center gallery through October 17.

[image from the artist]