Friday, November 25, 2011

CCAI Moving Day

Capital City Arts Initiative

CCAI is moving its blog to its redesigned website at Please come visit to read news of CCAI events and area cultural activities. Thank you for all your support for CCAI and the arts in northern Nevada.

[image from Wikimedia Commons search for moving van]

Monday, November 21, 2011

An Evening with Temple Grandin

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

Monday, November 28, 7 - 8pm
Book Signing & Reception will follow the talk.

The University of Nevada, Reno and The Autism Coalition of Nevada are honored to present an evening with Temple Grandin. As an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, Temple has lectured around the world regarding autism and early intervention. She is the inventor of a hug machine (based on her own experiences) designed to produce a calming effect on persons with hypersensitivity to sensory information.

She is also a renowned designer of humane livestock handling equipment in use in approximately half of the cattle facilities in North America. She is currently a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

A best-selling author, Temple has been recognized as a leader in both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. She is listed in the 2010 Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category.

Additional seating will be available in the Wells Fargo Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Knowledge Center, where a live feed of Temple Grandin will be streamed.

For more information contact the Disability Resource Center at 775-784-6000 or

Parking is available on the top two levels of the Brian Whalen Parking Garage. Road access to this parking garage is located off of Virginia Street, just south of the Lawlor Events Center.

[image and text from UNR press release]

Friday, November 18, 2011

Reno Wild Fire

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] sends its best wishes to everyone impacted by the wind-driven wild fire that began early Friday and raged across southwest Reno forcing over 10,000 people to evacuate from their homes. The fire storm burned nearly 2000 acres and destroyed 29 homes.

Extensive lists of opportunities for help to the families impacted by the fire may be found online by searching for "reno fire donations".

[image shared with CCAI by Cathleen Allison/]

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jennifer Lauck: Found: A Memoir

Carson City Library
at the
Business Resource Innovation Center
108 E Proctor Street
Carson City

postponed to 2012

Due to the Reno fire, Jennifer Lauck's reading with the Carson City Library has been postponed to 2012. Watch the Library's website and the CCAI blog for the rescheduled date.

In recognition of National Adoption Month, Carson City Library will host author Jennifer Lauck on Friday, November 18, 6pm, at the Business Resource Innovation Center [BRIC], 108 East Proctor Street, Carson City.

Jennifer Lauck is the New York Times bestselling author of Blackbird, now translated into 22 languages and published in 29 countries. Lauck has also written Still Waters, Show Me the Way, and Found, released earlier this year and considered the true sequel to Blackbird. Her personal journey began in Carson City and is about perseverance, courage, and the remarkable capacity of humans to transcend the worst of losses with grace. In Found, Lauck reunites with her birthmother, who lived in Reno. Lauck writes of the complex journey home to her original family and the impact her adoption has had on her life.

Lauck is an award winning investigative reporter and earned her MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Portland, Oregon, is the mother of two children, and runs a writing program for burgeoning memoir writers. For more information, visit

The Carson City Library, “Your Knowledge and Discovery Place,” is open Monday - Thursday from 10am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am - 6pm. The Library is located at the corner of Roop and Washington Streets. For additional information, call 775.887.2244 or visit the Library online at

[image and text from the Library's press release]

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

UNR 7th Annual Ceramics Silent Auction

UNR Art Department
Front Door Lobby
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St

Thursday, November 17, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Ceramic Society of the University of Nevada, Reno
Handmade art & pottery by UNR art students
Bidding closes promptly at 7:30 pm

All proceeds fund UNR students to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference held in Seattle, Washington.

For additional information, please contact Rebekah in the UNR Department of Art: 775.784.6731 or

[image and information from UNR Art Dept]

Monday, November 14, 2011

Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground

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

Thursday, November 17, 4:30 - 6:30pm.

The Nevada Arts Council presents the Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground exhibition in its OXS Gallery thorough December 2. A reception for the artists and talk by printmaker, Sharon Tetly, will take place November 17, 4:30 - 6:30pm. OXS is open to the public 8am - 5pm, M - F.

The exhibition features sixteen artists who were asked to explore the geographical and cultural differences in Nevada. The assembly of printmakers, eight from the north and eight from the south, produced collaborative prints that visually explored connections and disconnections between southern and northern Nevada cultural attitudes, aesthetics, and geographical distinctions.

Nevada’s art communities are not separated by distance of travel alone. There are notable differences among artists throughout the state in what is important in their work, most of which connects with where they live. This traversal of Nevada has also led to improved communication between artists in Reno, Las Vegas, and artists living Nevada's remote outback.

The collaborating artist teams include: Maria Arango, Las Vegas and Lynn Schmidt, Reno; Erik Beehn, Las Vegas and Nolan Preece, Reno; Bobbie Ann Howell, Las Vegas and Galen Brown, Carson City; Daryl DePry, Las Vegas and Sharon Tetly, Carson City; Keith Conley, LasVegas and Sidne Teske, Tuscarora; Anne M. Hoff, Las Vegas and Vicki LoSasso, Reno; Jeanne Voltura, Las Vegas and Candace Nicol, Reno; and Juan D.Varela, Las Vegas and Ashlea Clark, Reno.

For additional information, please call 775.687.6680.

[image by Sharon Tetly, text from NAC press release]

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trish Reynolds, Marti Bein: Bold Blossoms at GBC

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

Thursday, November 17, 5-7pm

Great Basin College presents an exhibition of photography by Trish Reynolds from Eureka, Nevada and paintings by Marti Bein from Reno Nevada. This second show at the new gallery space in the Leonard Center on the Great Basin College Elko Campus takes a look at blossoms, both literal and figurative. Join the artists for the exhibition's closing reception November 17, 5 - 7pm.

For more information contact Gail Rappa, Gallery Curator at:

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

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kevin Canty at Oats Park Arts Center

Churchill Arts Council
Oats Park Art Center

151 E. Park Street
Fallon, Nevada

Saturday, November 12
meet the author reception 5 - 6pm; reading begins at 6pm

Author Kevin Canty will give a reading from his recent works at the Oats Park Art Center. Canty's seventh book, Everything, a novel, was published in 2010. He is also the author of three previous collections of short stories (Where the Money Went, Honeymoon, and A Stranger In This World) and three novels (Nine Below Zero, Into the Great Wide Open, and Winslow in Love). His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Story, the New England Review and elsewhere; essays and articles in Vogue, Details, Playboy, the New York Times and the Oxford American, among many others. He lives and writes in Missoula, Montana, where he teaches in the University of Montana's MFA program.

The reception and reading are free and open to the public.
For additional information, please call 775.423.1440.

[information and images provided by the Churchill Arts Council]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Music Man, Jr. at Brewery Arts Center

Brewery Arts Center
Maizie Harris Jesse Theater
449 W King Street
Carson City

November 11 - 20:
Fridays 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays 2pm and 7pm

Join the Brewery Arts Center’s, BAC Stage Kids, for a heartwarming presentation of Music Man Jr. With some of our community’s established and up and coming young talent, this production is sure to offer an entertaining and energetic experience for audiences of all ages, in just the right length.

Tickets: $4.50/$6.50/$8.50

[image and information from BAC press information]

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Mick Sheldon: Still Lifes for Cowpokes

Capital City Arts Initiative
Still Lifes for Cowpokes
at the
CCAI Courthouse Gallery [map]
885 East Musser Street
Carson City

Mick Sheldon’s exhibition, Still Lifes for Cowpokes, continues at the Capital City Arts Initiative's [CCAI] Courthouse Gallery through Friday, January 6. The gallery is open to the public M-F, 9am - 5pm.

The exhibition features still life paintings by artist Mick Sheldon, a Reno native and UNR alum. Still life paintings with commonplace objects as subjects are an art tradition that goes back millennia. This exhibition’s paintings grew out of an assignment the artist gave to his students and to himself as well: paint a still life. “The gourds, the skulls, the thick rope, the student-made lopsided pots and bottles, the cactus, the bullet-riddled cans, the broken glass, and especially the cloth kept tumbling around and over each other” revealed themselves to be players in the rodeos and cowboy western movies he remembered from his youth: skulls as the cowboys, cacti as the pine trees, desk lamps as the light source.

Sheldon earned a MFA degree in painting from the University of California at Davis in 1992. In 2004, he began teaching 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.

CCAI commissioned Phoebe Finch to write the exhibition essay, A Hybrid of the Brash and the Curious, for Still Lifes for Cowpokes. Ms. Finch is a senior at UNR studying both art history and Spanish.

[image is a gallery installation photo of Still Lifes for Cowpokes]

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Phantom of the Opera

Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company
at the
Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street
Carson City

The Phantom of the Opera
November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:30pm
November 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 - 2pm

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company is delighted to produce The Phantom of the Opera. The northern Nevada premiere of Broadway's longest running show and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece features the haunting, rapturous music that has delighted audiences for more than a decade including Music of the Night, Prima Donna, Angel of Music, All I Ask of You, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, The Point of No Return.

Mark Williams performs as the Phantom and Maria Arrigotti as Christine. Other leads include Emzy Burroughs as Raoul, Jen Coogan as Carlotta, Teddy Medlyn as Piangi, Nick Favero as Andre, Jim DeZerga as Firmin, Christina Bourne as Madame Giry, and Danita Bayer as Meg.

"It will be, by far, the most vocally and technically demanding show WNMTC has ever produced," said Stephanie Arrigotti, who has produced 86 shows for the company. "I've been working with technicians and set builders - it has taken us a whole year to build this production."

WNMTC audience surveys have put The Phantom of the Opera as the all time most requested production. For tickets, call 775.445.4249. Tickets individually cost $22/$20/$18. Great discounts and priority seating with season tickets from $45-$60.

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company is a regional theater company that operates in Carson City through Western Nevada College's performing arts program. WNMTC presents its productions at the Carson City Community Center.

[image and text from WNMTC's press information]

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tracy McQuay at the Carson City Library

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

Tracy McQuay:
reading Friday, November 4, 7 - 8pm
writing workshop, Saturday, November 5, noon - 1pm

As part of its Books & Writers series, CCAI will present a literary reading by writer Tracy McQuay on Friday, November 4, 7pm at the Carson City Library. Tracy will also conduct a writing workshop at the Library on Saturday, November 5 from 11am – noon. Both events are free and open to the public.

Tracy McQuay teaches first grade at Mark Twain Elementary School in Carson City where, for the past seven years, she developed and facilitated an after-school poetry program for the school's students. Her current work received a 2011 Artists Fellowship Honorable Mention from the Nevada Arts Council. She is a recent graduate of Lesley University where she earned a MA in Integrating Arts into Education. Her writing has appeared in several literary journals and she published a story in "Chicken Soup for the Christmas Soul" in 2008. She is a member of Ash Canyon Poets, GCW (a women's critique group), and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

The Carson City Library co-sponsors the Books & Writers series with CCAI.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Art in the BRIC II

Capital City Arts Initiative
Art in the BRIC II
at the
Business Resource Innovation Center
108 E Proctor Street
Carson City

Wednesday, November 2, 4:30 - 6pm

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] and the Carson City Library are delighted to present Art in the BRIC II, a group exhibition of art work by northern Nevada artists and architects. A reception for the artists will be held at the Carson City’s Business Resource Innovation Center [BRIC] Wednesday, November 2, 4:30 - 6pm, 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. The reception is free and the public is cordially invited.

Gallery visitors will find the artworks throughout the BRIC's first floor offices and conference rooms. To enable to public ample opportunity to view the artists' work, the exhibition will run through August 2012.

The artists and architects in this group show include photography by Mike Bates, ceramics by Jill Brugler, prints by Susan Kotler, all from Carson City; sculpture by Bryan Christiansen from Reno; drawings by H+K Architects of Reno; painting by Jean LeGassick and Jeff Nicholson, both from Silver City; and a printmaking/photography installation by Nancy Raven from Minden.

As part of Art in the BRIC II, the Carson City Library presents the architectural renderings for the new Carson City Knowledge + Discovery Center created by H+K Architects of Reno. Among its recent major accomplishments, the firm has created the designs for UNR's Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and WNC's Joe Dini, Jr. Library and Student Center.

Artworks above: on left - Lost Soles by Nancy Raven; on right - Alexis by Mike Bates