RENO, Nev. — Sitting on a wooden stool more than 60 years ago, award-winning Reno photographer Jerry Fenwick watched his father navigate his darkroom, dug by hand under his family’s California home. The elder Fenwick developed film and made prints, teaching his son a love of history and photography at the same time.
A Reno resident for more than 60 years, Jerry Fenwick is a nationally recognized photographer. His latest exhibition of nature photos depicting birds, animals and flowers will be on display through Sept. 27 at the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia St. on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. The photos in the collection will be sold, with all proceeds donated to the Historical Society to fund continuing programs.
“Seeing his wonderful images here is a gift in itself,” Shery Hayes-Zorn, acting director of the Nevada Historical Society, said. “But his generous donation is an illustration of just how much he loves his art and his community. He really is a local treasure.”
With co-author Neal Cobb, Fenwick has published two books that feature local photography, “Reno Now and Then,” and its companion, “Reno Now and Then II.”
“I grow most of my own floral subjects and I have landscaped my backyard to encourage birds to visit, stay long enough to be photographed and sometimes raise a family,” Fenwick said.
Some of his work was displayed at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City.
The Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The research library is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $4, free for children ages 17 and younger. Free parking passes are available. Details: Shery Hayes-Zorn, 775-688-1190, ext. 222 or [email protected].
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.