Artown Selects Local Artist and Welder for 17th Annual Festival Artwork

Local artist Montana Albitre was selected by Artown and a committee comprised of local arts representatives to create the signature look for the 17th annual Artown festival, held July 1-31 in Reno, Nev.  Each year Artown solicits local artists to submit their work for consideration and this year continued to prove the popularity of the honor with a record number of artists participating in the process – 19 in total.  Montana’s art serves as the foundation for Artown’s 2012 marketing components that include the annual poster, website and collateral including the Artown calendar, t-shirts and more.

The 26-year-old is a Reno native and works as a welder by trade. Although he has no formal artistic training, Albitre attributes his self-taught art to influences ranging from politics and religion to nature and beyond with a painting technique typical of oil portraiture, using several layers and glazes.  His paintings and sculptures have been featured in a number of regional galleries including: Nevada Museum of Art and Holland Show Space in Reno, Nev.; Northstar California in Truckee, Calif.; Patrick Painter Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif.; Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles; and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the Artown commission, Albitre has received honorary awards and recognition including two Gold Keys from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and two awards for editorial cartooning in 2002 and 2003 from the Society of Professional Journalists.

For more information on Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call the office at 775-322-1538.

 

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