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Reno Arts Fix (Dec. 28): Video of The Shoe Tree



This week we do something different for the Reno Arts Fix. With the end of the year and the holidays, the art scene slows down for just a moment.

Shoe Tree on Highway 395

I had heard about Shoe Trees in the past, and driven by them but never really stopped. Places that have a tree that people leave their old shoes for good luck. This one is on Highway 395 just about 30 miles north of Reno and has quite a following in northern Nevada. This is a pleasant drive and a great family outing as well.

A shoe tree may not sound like much, but this tree has been written up in many blogs, has a Yelp page, and even a Facebook page. The short time I was there I saw many families as well as couples visit the tree and leave their offerings.

The day after Christmas seemed to be quite busy, as I found out later it is a tradition with many families to take the old shoes that have been replaced by Christmas presents and write their wishes on them taking them to a shoe tree and leaving them. Watching the children with glee throwing the shoes up in the air and missing and them coming down on their head was quite entertaining and seeing their joy when the shoes stuck and they succeeded in the task.

I made a short video of what I saw and here are some links so that you may find this attraction yourself.


Things Coming Up

The Potentialist Workshop–Shine a Light Neon Conspiracy
Painting with a neon tubes, Jeff Johnson brings the conspiracy of neon to The Potentialist. Video and discussion on neon and its historical reference, so please, join in for the experience.

Portrait Society of Reno held at Nevada Fine Arts
This is an ongoing drawing class that meets every Wednesday Morning. There is no formal instruction, but there is a live model every week. Contact Renate Neumann if you would like to attend or model for the group. Here is a link to their website: Portrait Society of Reno

Arts for All
Arts for all Nevada are offering 1 and 5 day Art Camps for ages 6 to 10. Follow the link for more information. https://www.artsforallnevada.org/classes-and-events/

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Celebrate Responsibly and Be Safe! It’s the RTC’s 31st Annual 2015 New Year’s Eve FREE Safe RIDE. All regularly scheduled RTC transit services will be free from 6 pm on New Year’s Eve to 2 am on New Year’s Day.  Check route and schedule information to plan your trip: http://www.rtcwashoe.com

There are celebrations all over Reno, here are just a few choices.

  • New Year’s Eve at the Eldorado
  • Rockin’ the Dome Dance Party at the Silver Legacy
  • New Year’s Eve at The Nugget in Sparks
  • New Year’s Eve at the Peppermill Hotel Casino
  • New Year’s Eve at the Grand Sierra Resort
  • New Year’s Eve at The Knit
  • New Year’s Eve Chef’s Dinner at The Wild River Grille in Reno
  • New Year’s Eve at Boomtown in Reno
  • New Year’s Around the World at the Sands Regency in Reno
  • New Year’s Eve at Circus Circus Reno
  • New Year’s Eve at 5 Star Saloon in Reno
  • New Year’s Eve Party at Great Basin Brewing Company
  • New Year’s Eve at Cargo in the Whitney Peak Hotel
  • New Year’s Eve at Ceol Irish Pub
Dana Nollsch
Dana Nollschhttp://www.photozen.us
Dana Nollsch is a lifelong Reno area resident. He is a photographer, artist, journalist, and spiritual leader. His work has been seen in many local publications and many national publications as well, award winning for his photojournalism. Dana has a unique eye that shows in his photography and a unique voice that is evident in his writing. His involvement in the local theater and arts community gives him an informed and honest perspective. Owner and operator of PhotoZen he offers his skills and insight to many industries.