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Are you ready to take a walk on the ART side?

This month: Celebrate Artown in Sparks!

Activities

Celebrate Artown during the July Sparks Art Walk on Thursday, July 21 from 4 to 9 PM on downtown Sparks Victorian Square.

The Galleries on VIC including Engine 8 Urban Winery, O’Skis, Cantina Los Tres Hombres, Packs and Pints, and Pinon Bottle Company will proudly host artist receptions.

The Depot Gallery will feature two artists at this month’s reception, plus there are docent-led tours of the city’s commissioned public art at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m.

Cordillera International Film Festival will be sharing Schoolhouse Shorties,  a series of award-winning short films from around the world, at the historic Glendale Schoolhouse.

Experience a plethora of local artists via 

a pop-up artist show in the Tony Armstrong Amphitheatre

Latimer Art Club show and reception at the Sparks Heritage Museum

AFTER THE WALK… there’s more! Live Music, Food Trucks, and Vendors! Celebrate summer with live music from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the Great Basin Stage.

Exhibits

The Depot Gallery

During the July Sparks Art Walk on Thursday, July 21 from 4 to 9 PM, the Depot Gallery will feature two artists at this month’s reception.
Lisa Kurt: Little Deaths
“I am an artist and illustrator living and working with my sweet son in the beautiful Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, WA. We dubbed our cute new home and studio, The Tiny Treehouse! I create cute, playful, and quirky illustrations that evoke mood, nostalgia, adventure, and wonder.”

“Originally from Massachusetts, I received my BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MA in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. I was an academic librarian for several years before venturing out into the art and freelance illustration world. I’ve shown my work in galleries nationwide including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Reno and I’ve worked with some wonderful clients including Edible Reno-Tahoe, The Nevada Museum of Art, Bharat Babies, The Reno News and Review, and Reno Magazine.”

Sheri Leigh O’Connor: Under Fire: Food for Thought

I have been making work about the need for more gun control for years. Not too long after moving to Tahoe from the Denver area, I’ll never forget seeing Columbine on TV and sobbing. Years later, I made a bumper sticker that said, “Fire Pots, Not Guns”. It’s been an issue plaguing me for a very long time, and I’ve made a variety of pieces addressing gun violence and the need for stricter gun control in America. Unfortunately, this issue is now in the forefront with way too many mass shootings being reported on a regular basis. There’s so much that we could be doing to protect life, and I hope my work inspires change.

Sheri Leigh was born in Memphis, TN in 1962. She earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Betty Woodman, and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University, studying with Paul Soldner. She has taught ceramics since 1988, at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and from 1997 to 2021, taught at Sierra Nevada College/University, at Lake Tahoe. She chaired the Fine Arts Department at SNC/U, and directed the well-known Summer Visiting Artist Workshops.

Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Black Pearl and Other Saturated Metallic Glazes, by John Conrad, and Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques, American Ceramics Society. Her work has been included in local and national exhibitions, including NCECA’s “50 Women” for their 50th anniversary. She created “A New Decade of Clay: 2010”, a national ceramics exhibition juried by Richard Shaw, and curated “The Soldner Society” an exhibition at NCECA, the national ceramics conference, in Tampa, FL. Sheri Leigh fondly refers to herself as the “Bumper Sticker Queen”, creating over 20 different stickers, mostly depicting ceramic humor.

Galleries on VIC Exhibits
In partnership with Sierra Arts Foundation, merchants downtown participate in this gallery program showing art curated by SAF to showcase local artists in this vibrant setting.

Each artist will be present for a reception from 5 to 7 PM.

Engine 8 – Dale Slingland – The Aviary (painting)

O’Skis – Naomi Di Vine – A Palace (painting)

Cantina Los Tres Hombres – Lauren Mari Hufft – In the Spring (watercolor)

Packs and Pints – Nathanael Kunhne – I Am Creates Showcase (pen & ink)

Pinon Bottle Company – Jennifer Charboneau – Nevada (painting)

See the Artwork

Docent-led art tours will be at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Meet the volunteer docents at the Depot Gallery, beside the train.

If you miss the tours, scan the QR code at each artwork for bios, artists’ statements, and audio tours. You can also print this map: Sparks Art Walk Map and visit all of the hidden gems of downtown: Go off the beaten path.

Featured Artists

Artown

Artown has been a past recipient of 5 consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, while bringing the arts to life in Reno each July with a packed calendar of events. Artown captures the imagination and brings with it a celebration of distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.

Learn more and see the entire 2022 Artown schedule of events.

Pop Up Art Show

New: A monthly pop-up artist showcase! Rotating local artists will feature and sell their work, in a variety of mediums, as part of the Sparks Art Walk. The Tony Armstrong Amphitheater is located beside the Glendale Schoolhouse in the heart of Victorian Square.

After the walk...

Live Music, Food Trucks, and Vendors Return to the Art Walk!

Celebrate summer with live music from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the Great Basin Stage.

Plant Swap 4-8:00 p.m. Bring a healthy and pest free plant and find a new one for your home.

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