Arts and Culture

Maker Craig Bergland uses solar ovens to cook items like potatoes, yams, and corn.
Natalie Van Hoozer

More than 70 inventors displayed their unique products over the weekend at Reno’s Mini Maker Faire. 

Solar-roasted coffee and a mechanical squid are just two of the products that were displayed in Idlewild Park. It’s the first year that the Mini Maker Faire has joined forces with Artown.  

“It’s part science fair, part county fair, part something entirely new,” said the fair’s executive producer, Chrissy Klenke. “It’s a unique event that celebrates the DIY culture. If you think about it, everyone is a maker in one way shape or form.”

Photos: Native American Cultural Fair Comes To Artown

Jul 10, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

For the first time this year, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosted their Great Basin Native American Cultural Fair as part of Artown.

The event included native artists and vendors, showcasing crafts and wares indigenous to the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe tribes.

Michon Eben is the cultural resource manager for the colony, and she says this event is a way to showcase tribal culture to the wider Reno community.

Marcus Lavergne

One Artown event last year brought community members together to fold paper cranes out of recycled military uniforms. Now, the 1,000 cranes make up the “Combat Paper: Prayers And Wings” exhibit at Northwest Reno Library. Our reporter Anh Gray visited the library last year during one of these workshops. Let’s listen back to that story.

 

              

Photos: Artown 2016's Opening Night

Jul 1, 2016
Tracey Sibanda, a Mandela Washington Fellow, hangs out with Spider Man in Wingfield Park for the opening night of Artown 2016. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders is being held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Musicians, street artists and community members kicked off Artown with the Opening Night Jubilee in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park.

Among the bunches of musicians and artists, you might have seen Jennifer Charboneau crouched over an easel, painting a bright yellow flower in a purple vase. While she enjoys doing street art, she would like to see the Reno art scene evolve.

“I think a lot of us are thinking bigger scale and a lot more public art, which is great.  Everybody loves to work bigger,” she said.

Gallery: A Night At The Reno Rodeo

Jun 23, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

The 10-day Reno Rodeo runs through Saturday, June 25. For a sampling of some of the events this year, we sent our new photo contributor Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy out on assignment earlier this week. 

The historic rodeo attracts more than 100,000 visitors from across the region and country. For more upcoming events, including bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling, check out their website

Discovering City's Hidden Murals With Art Spot Reno

Jun 23, 2016
Yama Rongomas

For more than two years, a nonprofit called Art Spot Reno has been holding tours to show residents the hidden and not-so-hidden murals that embellish our city’s walls and neighborhoods. Our contributor Yama Rongomas went on a recent tour in Midtown and sat down with the tour's co-creators, Geralda Miller and Eric Brooks. Listen here:

Bob Conrad / ThisisReno.com

Despite some recent vandalism, a new public land sculpture installed by the Nevada Museum of Art and several partners is quickly becoming a roadside attraction outside Las Vegas. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno made a trip down south to check it out. 

Yamile Lo Dico and her boys are checking out the exhibit on a scorching evening near Jean, Nevada. These last minutes of daylight are highlighting several giant colored boulders.

Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan speaks for the "Creative Buzz" lecture series in downtown Reno's The Basement market.
Natalie Van Hoozer

In just a few weeks, organizers will kick off the 21st annual Artown festival. The organization anticipates 300,000 people will attend events throughout the month of July.

These estimates mark a large growth for the non-profit; when Artown started in 1996, attendance was 30,000 people.

The festival’s Executive Director Beth Macmillan said the growth of Artown reaches beyond the humanities.

Author Interview: Building Community In Virginia City

Jun 1, 2016

Local writer Shaun Griffin has just published a memoir about his work over the past 25 years building a sense of community and securing critical resources for the residents of Virginia City. The book is called Anthem for a Burnished Land: What We Leave in this Desert of Work and Words. In this extended interview, he spoke to our contributors Christina Barr and Alan Deutschman about the book and his difficult journey as a community advocate.

Western Nevada College

Always Lost: A Meditation On War is a traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. It has been displayed at more than 50 venues across the country since it was created back in 2008 by students at Western Nevada College. One of those students is Amy Roby, who says the goal was to personalize the wars by highlighting the individuals who have given their lives.

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