Biggest “Icons of NV” on a little canvas

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Icons-LogoSierra Arts Foundation’s biannual Biggest Little Art Show, celebrating miniature format works since 1994, explores the concept of “Icons of NV” in this year’s exhibition.

Running December 4 through January 3, the show features work from 40 artists representing, re-imagining, and rediscovering icons of Nevada using a playing card-sized canvas, board, or paper 2.25 by 3.25 inches.

According to, Jim McCormick, original Biggest Little Art Show creator, initial response to such a pint-sized show was one of disbelief from artists. That soon turned to 120 submissions the first year when four square inches defined the parameters.

While the art is just over seven square inches now, the obstacles and the joy of this show remain the same. Participating are 40 local artists, including McCormick, Bart McCoy, Erik Holland, Nancy Peppin, Eric Brooks, Carolyn McLeod and Lisa Kurt.

An opening reception is Thursday, December 5 from 5 to 7pm at Sierra Arts Gallery. It is sponsored by Wild River Grille. The show and reception are free to the public, and the works will be for sale as a fundraiser for Sierra Arts, with 50 percent of all sales going directly to the foundation.

For more information visit Sierra Arts on the web at www.sierra-arts.org or call 775.329.2787.

“Peanutcracker” opens December 6 – special version of the “The Nutcracker” designed for young children

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Sierra Nevada Ballet Peanutcracker Holiday ShowSIERRA NEVADA BALLET NEWS RELEASE – The Sierra Nevada Ballet will present the popular “Peanutcracker – The Story in Nut Shell” on December 6 and 7 in Carson City and December 17, in Reno. Based on Lev Ivanov‘s original ballet “The Nutcracker,” Peanutcracker is a shorter, 45-minute narrated version that is “designed for families with younger children to introduce them to the wonderful world of ballet,” noted Rosine Bena, Artistic Director of the Sierra Nevada Ballet. Bena who wrote and choreographed this traditional holiday show. This year’s performances will feature Dustin James from the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Chloe Felesina from Ballet X. In addition, over 50 local children will perform live on stage for this ‘must-not-miss’ holiday event.

Carson City Public Show – with Special Appearance by Santa – December 7

In traditional fashion, PEANUTCRACKER – The Story in Nut Shell will open its public performance at the Carson City Community Center this year on Saturday, December 7. The shows are scheduled for at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Santa will make a special appearance before each show and will be on-site for photos until the start of each performance. Pre-show entertainment starts 45 minutes before each event with Show Youth Theater Carson City Show Stoppers presenting classic Christmas songs before the 2:00 p.m. event and Show Strings In School, lead by Sue Jesch, presenting holiday music prior to the 7:00 p.m. performance. Ticket prices start at $6 for youth (15 and under); all other tickets are $11 and can be reserved by calling Gina Nelson at 775-220-4452 or emailing gina704@msn.com. Tickets are also on sale on-site before each show.

Carson City and Reno Schools Presentations – December 6 and 11

Students throughout Northern Nevada area can enjoy this special holiday event on December 6 at the Carson City Community Center and on December 17 at the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts. Two performances are available at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For ticket information and school reservations, contact company coordinator Elizabeth Cuff at 775-997-4252 or email elizabethcuff@yahoo.com.

Bena was first inspired to create this special production for families by young audience members. After 25 years of performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy professionally, Bena came to discover through speaking with young fans that the Nutcracker was often children’s first introduction to ballet and often very young children found the full two hour ballet too long and difficult to follow. Bena produced her first mini version of the Nutcracker with narration in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993. The short ballet with its growing Christmas tree and animated story telling proved to be very popular. She continued to present this (as the Artistic Director of Perspectives Dance Theatre and The Reno Ballet) to audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area every year through December of 2000 until Rosine moved permanently to Nevada and started the professional ballet company, Sierra Nevada Ballet.

Through the generosity of many sponsors, Sierra Nevada Ballet was able to invite thousands of “at risk” children to attend performances at the Pioneer Center for free and over 3,000 to attend at the reduced rate of $5. Individuals or businesses who are interested in helping to sponsor free tickets for the Carson City or Reno performances for schools should contact Sierra Nevada Ballet.

Versatile and innovative, Sierra Nevada Ballet is northern Nevada’s only professional ballet company and incorporates the popular with the experimental. Always a crowd pleaser, the Ballet offers music and different types of dance from well known classical to new age contemporary original pieces. Sierra Nevada Ballet is supported by the City of Carson Redevelopment for the Carson City event and by the Nevada Arts Council, the E.L Cord Foundation,The National Endowment for the Arts, Carol Franc Buck Foundation, Fascinating Rhythms School of Performing Arts and Western Nevada Performing Arts Center throughout the year. For more information, contact Sierra Nevada Ballet, at 775-737-9101. For press inquires, contact Lee Weber Koch with Weber & Associates at 775-832-6547.

“Battle Born, Nevada Proud” art exhibition at Wilbur D. May Museum

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Lady-Jil-lMueller-Sierra-MoWILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM NEWS RELEASE – The Wilbur D. May Museum is proud to kick off the sesquicentennial year with a new art exhibit and sale from the Sierra Watercolor Society. The “Battle Born, Nevada Proud” show features dozens of regional artists who captured historical impressions of the state in watercolor – focusing on mining, ghost towns, bighorn sheep, horses and more. This is an official NV 150 signature event, celebrating Nevada’s 150th anniversary of statehood. The exhibit will be on display in the Museum’s art gallery and pieces will be available for purchase.

What: “Battle Born, Nevada Proud” art show and sale
When: Thursday, November 7 – Wednesday, December 18
Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
Cost: Free
Contact: 775-785-5961 or www.maycenter.com

The public is also invited to a special reception with the artists on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Sierra Watercolor Society is a non-profit organization made up of artists from Northern Nevada and Eastern California. The group sponsors the Art Angels Program, which brings instructors and art supplies into elementary school classes free of charge. More information visit www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com.

Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.

November arts news and events at UNR

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musica intimaUNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO NEWS RELEASE — The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts celebrates November with events featuring students, visiting artists, faculty and staff. A few of the month’s highlighted events include musica intima presented by the Performing Arts Series, Heeseop Yoon: Found in Lost Exhibition in the Sheppard Contemporary gallery, and Viva Verdi: the Nevada Chamber Opera celebrates the 200th birthday of operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The University’s School of the Arts embraces its role as a vibrant center for arts and culture in Northern Nevada. Its degrees programs provide a strong foundation in a range of artistic disciples, enabling student to contribute as artists, educators and scholars on the local level and beyond. The School also support and encourages research, innovation and the artistic endeavors of its faculty. Finally, the School encourages broad campus and community participation in the arts through its numerous performances, lectures, shows, core courses and outreach activities that explore diverse cultures and encourage lifelong learning.

The Church Fine Arts building is transforming into the modern day. Originally built in 1962, with an addition in the mid-1980s, the building is experiencing a renovation that will create a modern venue with updated technology, along with a new lobby gallery and entrance.

Events through November include:

The Comedy of Errors
7:30 p.m., November 1 and 2
1:30 p.m., November 3
Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building
Who doesn’t love a good twins-separated-at-birth story? Shakespeare’s shortest and most farcical play contains two sets of identical twins raised apart now roaming the same city by chance. Mistaken identity, misdirected seduction, witty nonsense and even demonic possession bring everyone to the brink of hysteria. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for senior, $10 for local student, University faculty or staff, $5 for University student with ID (limited quantities)

University Percussion Ensemble: Fall Concert
7:30 p.m., November 5
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building
The ensemble will perform a variety of percussion compositions for large and small ensembles. The University World Percussion Ensemble also will be featured.
Tickets: $5 for general admission, free for students

Performing Arts Series presents musica intima
7:30 p.m., November 7
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building
Vancouver’s choral ensemble, musica intima, elicits superlatives wherever it goes: “… breathtaking … exquisite … luxurious … refined … gorgeous … fresh … youthful … streaked with gold.” Four-time Juno nominees (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys) and winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards classical album of the year, musica intima vocalists have been stunning audiences for more than 20 years.
Tickets: $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, University faculty or staff, $12 for local students and youths; $5 for University student with ID

Argenta Concert Series: “Winter Tempest” with Argenta Trio
7:30 p.m., November 8
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building
The Argenta Concert Series presents the first appearance of the season by the University of Nevada, Reno’s premier chamber ensemble-in-residence, the Argenta Trio. Pianist James Winn, violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and cellist Dmitri Atapine will present works by Joseph Haydn and Antonin Dvorak, as well as “Three Nocturnes” for Piano Trio composed by Winn.
Tickets: $25 for adults, $5 for students; season subscription available

Reno Wind Symphony: A Veterans Day Salute
3:00 p.m., November 10
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building
This concert has become a traditional tribute to the veterans of the armed forces through concert band music. Radio personality Ross Mitchell will serve as emcee for the concert.
Tickets: $5 for general admission, free for students

The Names Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt Installation
November 13 to December 13
Investment Gallery, Fitzgerald Student Services Building
In June 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives of people they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS and help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting served as the foundation of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In commemoration of World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art, University Galleries offers viewers the opportunity to encounter a section of the quilt. http://www.aidsquilt.org/.
Free

Fall Dance Festival
8:00 p.m., November 15 and 16
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building
Faculty, guest artists and students will choreograph the evening of dance. This performance will include works by Cari Cunningham, new faculty member Rosie Trump, guest artists Katie Dahlaw and Eve Allen, as well as student work selected by adjudication. The festival will include a broad spectrum of appealing dance styles including: ballet, modern and jazz.
Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for senior, $10 for local student, University faculty or staff, $5 for University student with ID (limited quantities)

University Symphony Orchestra: All American Program
7:30 p.m., November 19
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building
Tickets: $5 for general admission, free for students

Nevada Chamber Opera: “Viva Verdi: Scenes from Verdi’s Great Operas”
7:00 p.m., November 22 and 23, 2:00 p.m. November 24
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The Nevada Chamber Opera celebrates the 200th birthday of operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi. University of Nevada, Reno student artists will take audiences on a journey through some of Verdi’s most beloved music. Verdi’s musical depictions of love, betrayal and revenge will be on display with scenes and arias from several of his most often performed operas, Un Ballo in Maschera, Falstaff, Nabucco, Rigoletto and La Traviata. Tickets: $15 for general admission, $5 for students

(A)Muse: Department of Art Faculty Exhibition
November 26 to January 28, 2014
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts Building
Faculty from the 3-D, sculpture and ceramics areas of the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Art will present examples of their research. This focused exhibition in Sheppard Contemporary will provide the community with an opportunity to see artwork by artists working in their community.
Free

Ongoing:

Heeseop Yoon: Found in Lost Exhibition
Until November 20
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts Building
Heeseop Yoon’s exhibition titled Found in Lost is a site-specific art installation, made especially for the newly renovated Sheppard Contemporary. Yoon’s staggeringly complex wall drawings made from thousands of thin strips of black tape mesmerize viewers of all ages.
Free

Theatre and dance tickets can be purchased in person (no convenience fee): Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., lower level entrance, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, or the Church Fine Arts Building box office one hour before show time. Tickets also can be purchased by phone or online (with convenience fee): For theatre and dance tickets, click here and follow the Buy tickets here icon, or call 800-325-7328. For Department of Music event tickets, call 775-784-3555 or you can purchase online, with a convenience fee, here. Tickets also can be purchased in person (no convenience fee) at the Nightingale Concert Hall box office one hour before show time.

For a campus map, click here. The Church Fine Arts Building is located on North Virginia Street and is located in the grid area G4 on the map. Parking is available to the north in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex found located in the grid area F4 on the map.

Free parking for arts events after 7:00 p.m. and weekends. Free parking for arts patrons is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex immediately north of the Church Fine Arts Building. Exceptions will be made for events that begin earlier than 7 p.m. or have box office hours beginning weeknights at 6:30 p.m. During construction, a temporarily drop-off area is located at the parking lot behind the Virginia Street Gym, next to the Church Fine Arts Building. Questions about parking or access to handicapped parking areas can be answered by calling the Parking and Transportation Services Office at 775-784-4654.

Events, news and photos are available on the School of the Arts Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages. For additional information click here, email arts365@unr.edu or call 775-784-4278.

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.

High school teachers can register through Dec. 1 for Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition

Ralston Pedersen, left, of Lyon County was the third-place winner in the 2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud compeition. Jennifer Simon, center, of Nye County took second place and Graciela Maya-Joseph, of Elko, won the state competition. High school teachers are encouraged to sign up for this year's competition.
Ralston Pedersen, left, of Lyon County was the third-place winner in the 2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud compeition. Jennifer Simon, center, of Nye County took second place and Graciela Maya-Joseph, of Elko, won the state competition. High school teachers are encouraged to sign up for this year's competition.

Ralston Pedersen, left, of Lyon County was the third-place winner in the 2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud compeition. Jennifer Simon, center, of Nye County took second place and Graciela Maya-Joseph, of Elko, won the state competition. High school teachers are encouraged to sign up for this year’s competition.

Sharing a love of poetry just got a little easier for English teacher Amanda Aldridge, who works in the agricultural community of Yerington, 80 miles outside of Reno. Thanks to money awarded through the Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program, a national poetry recitation competition for high school students, Aldridge received $500 for resources to help students experience the magic of poetry.

“We have 342 students,” Aldridge said. “For a small school, $500 is a huge amount of money.”

The award came thanks to former student Ralston Thorlief Pedersen, who placed third in the 2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Ralston’s win garnered him $500 as well as $500 for his school.

Registration to participate in this year’s Nevada Poetry Out Loud runs through Dec. 1. The program is focuses on memorization and performance of classic and contemporary works. Registration is open to all Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative school and home school associations.

Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, presented in partnership with Sierra Arts, Nevada Department of Education, National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and 2014’s major sponsor, NV Energy.

Poetry Out Loud begins at the local level as students learn about, memorize and finally present out loud poetry from the website www.poetryoutloud.org. Participants advance from school to district competitions and then to the Nevada State Finals in March, where the stakes are high. The Poetry Out Loud state champion receives $1,000, and his or her school also receives $1,000. The state champion also travels to Washington, D.C., to compete for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Those who place second and third at the Nevada State Finals each receive $500, and their schools each receive $500.

Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free multimedia curriculum materials — a Learning Recitation audio guide, a teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website, www.poetryoutloud.org — to augment their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a school-level competition. The student winner and a chaperone from each participating school district receive support to attend the state finals March 15 in Reno.

In 2013, more than 2,600 students, teachers and coaches participated in Nevada’s Poetry Out Loud, representing 13 of Nevada’s 16 counties with high schools. Last year’s state champion, Graciela Maya-Joseph, of Owyhee High School in Elko County, represented Nevada at the national finals.

Teachers are invited to find out more about 2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud and to register to participate by Dec. 1 at the Nevada Arts Councik’s website, nac.nevadaculture.org, or contact Maryjane Dorofachuk at 702-486-3738 or mdorofachuk@NevadaCulture.org

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts- and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state the NAC coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high school-aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, visit the NAC website, nac.nevadaculture.org.

BLM photo contest winners announced

January: Kent A. LeFevre
January: Kent A. LeFevre

January: Kent A. LeFevre

BLM NEWS — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada has selected the winners of the Nevada 150 Photo Contest. The contest is a part of BLM’s participation in Nevada’s 150th Year Sesquicentennial. The photos highlight adventures, activities and historic sites on public lands.

The winners were selected from over 300 entries and will be featured in a calendar and displayed on social media and other venues. The photos were judged on originality, artistic composition, technical quality, photographic technique, and whether the photograph showcases the best of BLM Nevada.

“We were amazed with the photos that people sent in since they showed not only some familiar sites but images that people don’t think of when they think of Nevada,” said Barb Keleher, BLM Nevada outdoor recreation planner who is heading up the BLM’s Nevada 150th celebration team.

Winning photos from the contest were:

Cover: Jamey Pyles
January: Kent A. LeFevre
February: Michelle Jetzer
March: Ali Smith
April: Michael Balen
May: Chip Carroon
June: Shanell Owen
July: David Walker
August: Dominic Gentilcore
September: Scott Mortimore
October: John Boehmke
November: Dennis Doyle
December: Cheryl Hobbs

VIEW IMAGES HERE. 

Java Jungle hosts November 7 art opening with artist Richard Layton

Art by Richard Layton
Art by Richard Layton

Art by Richard Layton

A mixed media art exhibition begins November 7 at Java Jungle. ‘WHAT I SEE’, by local artist and painter Richard Layton, is a collection of acrylic/oil and mixed media paintings that feature dramatic scenes of foliage and silhouetted objects of contemporary appeal.

“I am motivated by remembering places I love and my fascination with how one tree or a simple branch can change a view into something breathtaking,” said Layton. “I choose to do multi-canvas works for the contemporary appeal. It forces one to look at the entire painting in sections and as a whole simultaneously.”

The exhibit begins with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is free and includes special discounts for wine, food and beer.

The reception is at Java Jungle, 246 West First Street. Information: http://www.javajunglevino.com/ or call (775) 329-4484.

Day of the Dead multicultural celebration Nov. 2 in Carson City

Ofrendas, or memorials to a departed person, are one of the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Make ofrendas (memorials to a departed person) and learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Nov. 2 at the Nevada State Museum.

Videos, crafts, songs, folkloric dance and special exhibits all will be employed to observe Dia de Los Muertos, a multicultural celebration of life through death. Those interested in making ofrendas for a departed person should bring memorabilia of the person, samples of favorite foods, symbols and remembrances of things the person loved.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the museum, 600 N. Carson St. Admission is $8, free for children ages 17 and younger. Details: 775-687-4810, ext. 237 or dstevenson@nevadaculture.org. The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Ofrendas, or memorials to a departed person, are one of the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos.

Ofrendas, or memorials to a departed person, are one of the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos.

NMA hosts “Masquerade at Moulin Rouge” Nov. 2, 2013

Nevada Museum of ArtJoin the Museum on Saturday, November 2 and paint the town red! Step into the wild streets of belle epoque Paris, where artists and aristocrats alike fill cabarets to watch dancers perform the cancan, drink absinthe, find love and inspiration. Celebrate the grand opening of Mark Estee’s new French-inspired restaurant chez louie and the premiere of the Museum’s feature exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec & La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1919, on view November 2, 2013 through January 19, 2014.

Enjoy complimentary champagne and desserts – and dress to impress! Visit our MidTown partners to build your costume at Junkee Clothing Exchange or design one at PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique – and don’t forget your masks from The Melting Pot! Masks and light costuming will also be available for sale at the event by The Melting Pot. From 8 to 11 pm marvel at the scandalous cancan dancers, delight in the sounds of French chanteuse “Kitten on the Keys”, and be tempted by the Absinthe Fairy. A Parisian-style photo booth will be on hand to capture the moment and acrobatic entertainment by Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, San Francisco, CA is sure to Wow!

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 celebrates avant-garde artists–—including the legendary Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who were living and working at the center of the artistic and cultural scene of Paris at the turn of the last century. Through a variety of paintings and other materials, visitors will explore the nightlife of cabaret theaters, elaborate circus performances, and intimate café concerts that helped to define Paris as an iconic modern city.

Drawn from prestigious private collections, the artworks in this exhibition were made by a generation of avant-garde artists—including the legendary Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who were living and working at the center of the artistic and cultural scene of Paris at the turn of the last century. Through a variety of materials, visitors will explore the nightlife of cabaret theaters, elaborate circus performances, and intimate café concerts that helped to define Paris as an iconic modern city. The exhibition includes over 185 objects, ranging from paintings, watercolors, and drawings, to rare cabaret shadow puppets, illustrated theater programs, and archive and ephemera materials from Parisian theaters, circuses, and concerts.

Membership support for Masquerade at Moulin Rouge provided by NV Energy. Hosted by Barrick Gold of North America. Support by Camelot Party Rentals, chez louie, Creative Coverings, Junkee Clothing Exchange, The Melting Pot World Emporium, PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique, Reno News & Review, and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Entertainment provided by Gregangelo & Velocity Circus, San Francisco, CA.

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Lead sponsorship for the Nevada Museum of Art exhibition is provided by George and Irene Drews and the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation. Sponsorship provided by Goldcorp, USA. Supporting sponsorship by Earl and Wanda Casazza, Casazza SLV, LLC, and Catherine and John Farahi/Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. His Excellency Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America, is Honorary Patron of the exhibition.

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 will be exhibited November 2, 2013 through January 19, 2014 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno.

PHOTO GALLERY: Urban Roots’ festival teaches and entertains

Urban Roots Jubilee Oct. 19, 2013. Photo by Hope Loudon.
Urban Roots Jubilee Oct. 19, 2013. Photo by Hope Loudon.

Urban Roots Jubilee Oct. 19, 2013. Photo by Hope Loudon.

“My daddy won a cake!”

On October 19th, Urban Roots hosted its Folk Art Jubilee which provided family friendly activities and taught community members about making things themselves. Children thoroughly enjoyed apple bobbing, a cake walk, and crafts. Adults had the opportunity to learn how to harvest honey, and make sourdough bread, quick pickles, yogurt, butter, and balms.

Urban Roots celebrated the fall with festive decorations, a raffle and silent auction, demonstrations, and interactive learning. Giggling children participated whole heartedly, and learned as they played. Freshly pressed apple cider was offered to guests free of charge, and apple bobbing was very popular with kids who were not at all reluctant to get wet.

Perhaps the childrens’  excitement was most palpable during the cake walk. The winners were happy as they showed off their cakes, and the children walked slowly so as to make sure that they could get a lucky seat when the music stopped. It was adorable when one small girl proudly proclaimed to strangers, “My daddy won a cake!”

One prominent highlight of the event was a fascinating beer crafting demonstration courtesy of Matt Johnson of Reno’s brewing group Master Brewers of Innumerable Beverages (IMBIB). Matt demonstrated the process for making delicious smelling Farmhouse Pumpkin Beer with spices, malted barley, and special Belgian yeast. Matt explained that one keg of the beer that he made would be auctioned off at the event, and that one keg will be served at a future event for Urban Roots.

Balm making was among the many beneficial workshops offered to guests. Jana Vanderhaar, owner of landscaping architecture company Verdant Connections, taught participants to create fragrant and potentially healing skin salves from beeswax and homemade oils infused with calendula, chamomile, and lavender. Like in many of Urban Roots’ other workshops, participants helped to create their own product as a souvenir.

During the honey harvesting demonstration, kids of all ages were given the chance to try “honey chewing gum” which consists only of the fresh honey and beeswax that come directly from the hive. Jacob Natel, an employee of the River School Farm, gave advice to aspiring beekeepers and explained each portion of the process from  billowing smoke into a hive before harvesting, to separating the honey from the wax with a special centrifuge.

If the fun that kids had at this event was any indication of what Urban Roots’ summer camps entail, then Urban Roots’ upcoming summer camps are a fantastic option. To learn more about Urban Roots, or to register for their workshops or kids camps, visit www.urgc.org.