June 6 was the first Thursday of June and the unveiling of Jack Malotte’s exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Att. Malotte is a Native American artist born and raised in Reno but currently residing in Duckwater, Nevada. His art focuses on Native American political issues and the Great Basin. Malotte was walking around and discussing his work with the large crowds.
His exhibit strays from the typical, with basically all the wall space being covered with art. Vibrant color stands out, but is accompanied with pencil sketches and collages. Malotte mentioned not wanting to stay within a box and having a desire to try different types of art with different messages. One could spend hours just at his exhibit taking in all the techniques and images.
To accompany the opening of Jack Malotte’s exhibit was a print-making workshop utilizing Malotte’s designs. This was a free workshop where you selected a poster and print and were able to apply the ink yourself. This aspect was fun and creative and allowed for a lot of different designs to be made. It was also nice to have something to take home from the event and remind you of Malotte’s art outside of the museum.
First Thursday also featured live music from Cody Blackbird Band, who won the 2017 Native American Music Awards “Group of the Year”. They play alternative rock fusion style and the sound complimented the loud and outwardly art being displayed on the floor below. There were also food and beverages in the music area and people were enjoying dancing and drinking together. The crowd for the band was huge with barely any elbow-room, and that’s just the way it should be at a rock concert.
The Art of Jack Malotte exhibit will be on display till October 20, 2019, so if you weren’t able to make it to First Thursday there’s still time. If you wanted to meet Jack Malotte and hear him speak, he will be returning to the Nevada Museum of Art on July 13th for “Reawakening the Great Basin,” an event that celebrates Native American art and culture and will feature other artists and more interactive workshops.
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday: closed
- Wednesday: 10 am to 6 pm
- Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm
- Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
- Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
- Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
- Closed on national holidays
Admission – purchase tickets online or at the admission desk
- $10 General Admission
- $8 Student/Senior (ages 60 and up)
- $1 Children 6 to 12 years
- FREE Children 5 and under
- FREE Nevada Museum of Art Members
- FREE High School students with valid school I.D.
Kylie Masznicz is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied English with a concentration in writing with a minor in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.