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Art displayed in the 2012 city of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno.

Art displayed in the 2012 city of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno. / Photo by Nettie Oliverio
Reno Gazette & Journal
Written by Katrina Raenell
Art displayed in the 2012 City of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno.

Art displayed in the 2012 City of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno. / Photo by Nettie Oliverio

2013 Visual Art BLAST

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive
DETAILSwww.facebook.com/RenoArtBlast

The second annual city of Reno Visual Art Biggest Little Arts Show Today (BLAST) aims to offer the community a visual wonderland of colors, textures and impressions created by local and regional artists.

The event has brought together 18 artists, 12 who are local, to present their work as a gallery exhibit and art fair.

“What is special about the Art BLAST is that it is a jury selection show,” city of Reno Arts and Culture Commission chairperson Nettie Oliverio said. “We seek submissions from local and regional artists, and then professional artists judge the works.”

In addition to perusing art, the community can also participate in a voting process, known as the People’s Choice, to select the winning art work that will be displayed in the city of Reno’s public art collections. Oliverio said the city sets aside $2,000 to buy the selected piece.

“Older artists in town came out last year and they were blown away,” Oliverio said. “They thought it would be more of an arts and crafts fair, and instead they found it was a strong representation of the art quality we have in our community.”

The artists participating in this year’s BLAST include Dean Burton, Carola Nan Roach, Katy Fox, Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Carolyn Mcleod, Deon Reynolds, Gilbert Leiker, Melissa Melero, Ken Heitzenrader, Kristy Dial, Trish Reynolds, Robert Barnes, Nate Clark, Michelle Lassaline, Michelle Laxalt, Kaitlin Bryson, Frances Melhop and Lynda Yuroff.

In addition to art, the event will also host a lunch-hour food truck, and drinks will be served by the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Some of the artwork to be displayed this year comes from the University of Nevada, Reno art faculty member Burton who creates jewelry from abstract objects, Reno glass work artist, Nan Roach and fine art painter and Academy of Art University graduate from San Francisco, Fox.

In Burton’s artwork display, “The Camera’s Demise” he will present a mixed media project that includes dismantled film cameras that are repurposed as jewelry and wall prints. Fox’s art presents a series of textured oil paintings that she creates with a palette knife, a series of brushes, and key fobs working the surface of the canvas and paint until it achieves the texture she wants.

“It’s important for folks to get a handle on the extraordinary art in our community,” Oliverio said. “This is an amazing opportunity to see the skill of the artists and how it was created. This is not just something that you can buy in a store.”

 

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