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Photos: XFest celebrates life of Oliver X


People from all over Reno and beyond gathered Sunday at Reno City Plaza to celebrate the life of Oliver X. He passed suddenly last month from a stroke, shocking and saddening all who knew him. 

Widely viewed as a pillar in the local art community, he was an Artown employee, publisher of the Reno-Tahoe Tonight magazine and a beloved friend to many. His contributions were regarded as fundamental in shaping the Reno art scene as it is now known, and he was heralded as a steadfast supporter of independent art and local artists.

Oliver X leaves behind friends, family and a community that loved his commitment and enthusiasm for arts and music. He will be remembered by many as a unique personality whose support for independent artists was unparalleled. 

XFest was held at the City Plaza as a tribute to his legacy. The celebration of life began at 1 p.m. and ended at 10:10 p.m. with a candlelight vigil. The vigil formed the shape of a giant X as attendees held up candles to honor his memory.

Artists from across all genres of music gathered to perform. The event was closed out with a moving performance by the band Full Bread, and special guests, which features various Jelly Bread members, followed by a video tribute. 

Eric Marks
Eric Markshttp://ericmarksphotography.com/
Born in 1971, Eric Marks was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and family where photography and literature were normal parts of his life. His parents were always enthusiastic and supportive of his photography as a child, and encouraged him to read and write as much as possible. From 2005 to 2012 he owned an award-winning, international, high definition video production company, and has produced video and photography in over 14 different countries on four continents. Eric majored at the University of Nevada, Reno in English/Writing and Art, graduating with English and Photography degrees in 2013, and again with an Art degree in 2018. He teaches all genres of photography at Truckee Meadows Community College, is a freelance photojournalist for several publications, and offers private photography instruction.