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Balloon Chain

I participated in Burning Man again this year.  I spent a 24 hour day with 8 friends who share a love of the art presented at the annual event in the Black Rock desert of Northern Nevada.  You can see my short video on this year’s Burn in the video section of

Balloon Chain “Simplicity” came in my email today.  It’s a short documentary that shows an element of creativity that keeps us coming back to Burning Man each year.


“The beauty of the Balloon Chain Project is something that words can not describe. Even a still photo struggles to tell its story. It’s the simplicity of it that makes it so stunning, and this is what I set out to capture.

Shot at Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City Nevada. Equipment – Canon 5DMKIII, Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly, Miller DS10, and an intervalometer.

Produced for The “13 in 13″ project. 13 films in 2013, released on the 13th of each month at 1:13pm. Film #10.

Original music by Adrian Hernandez,”

-Jared Morgan

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Christine F. for bringing this to our attention.

Night Vision

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe. Over the course of three months Luke Shepard journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.

I urge you to take a moment and view this short film. My hat is off to Luke Shepard for his work.  It is exceedingly beautiful.

– Robert

Click directly on the image to play the video, or CLICK HERE to play it if you don’t have an image in your email notification.

Thanks to Linda C. for bringing this to our attention.


Grand Canyon

Once in a while, I see a “virtual tour” image that makes me sit up and take notice. That’s true of Richard Sisk’s work. For a shot at the rim of the Grand Canyon, visit Ricard’s Virtual Tour by clicking directly on the image above.

CLICK HERE to visit the Richard Sisk web site.

Thanks to John S. for bringing this to our attention.

1 - R Barnes - Zen Garden

Update on this weekend’s RENO Visual Art BLAST. (Best Little Art Show Today):

It’s Sept 8th Sunday night and the two day art event is over and I am delighted to announce that I won 1st Place! “The People’s Choice” award. My art piece titled ZEN GARDEN was the vote winner and it has been purchased by The City of Reno for the city’s permanent art collection. I am told it will be hung at City Hall.

Thanks for all the support with your good wishes and to those of you locally, for your votes. Tomorrow is my birthday. What a great way to celebrate the day. Life is short. Art is eternal.

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

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.”


If you’re in Reno next weekend, September 7 & 8th, come by the McKinley Art Center to see the work of 18 jury selected artists.  It’s Reno’s Visual Art BLAST. ( Best Little Art Show Today )   You can vote for your favorite art piece and the “people’s choice” will be purchased for addition to the City’s permanent art collection.  You’ll have a great time talking with the artists and seeing new works of fine art.


Submitted by John Santoro on Wed, 07/10/2013 – 11:19am
Unified Color Blog


Robert Barnes is a digital artist working in Reno, NV and often “on the road somewhere in America” as he often signs his correspondence.

Barnes dove into digital media when digital artistry tools were new and crude; a time when creativity and imagination drove the genre. Fast forward to today and you’ll see that his work exhibits a unique look at the world and near-perfect execution. You can see more of Barnes’ work at his website.



Barnes shares his thoughts on photography with us:

Q: How does your locale influence your photography?

A: I moved to Reno, NV last year from Santa Fe, NM. It has all the benefits of living in the West, low humidity, spectacular landscapes, and closeness to Yosemite and San Francisco. In the brief time we’ve been here, Reno has surprised us with a myriad of photo opportunities. The Reno National Air Race Championships, The Reno Balloon Races, The Reno Rodeo (5th largest in the country) and Lake Tahoe – a 40 minute drive “up the hill”.

Q: What type of photography inspires you?

A: I work primarily with the Grand View. Landscapes that provide us with perspective, sense of place, and an ever changing palette of color, skies and terrain.

Q: How did you get started with HDR photography?

A: As a repeat visitor to the National Parks, I felt I was getting the initial “good stuff”. Challenging terrains like Antelope Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend, and The Grand Canyon in Arizona have, on a good day, a dynamic range that my cameras just can’t capture. My eye sees the image, the sensor’s latitude does not – at least not in a single image. HDR helps me present what I really saw – and often it is magnificent. In the one man show I have starting in September, I feature 4 surreal slot canyons that are the result of extensive use of HDR.

Q: Can you tell us what equipment and software you use?

A: My primary camera is the trusty Nikon D2X and 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor lens. A sturdy Tripod, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Unified Color’s Float 32 and HDR Express2 (on a Mac).

Q: How do you see photography developing over the next year or so?

I’ve been shooting for 44 years. I’ve learned that photography is not a competition… I use my photography and HD Video to create what I describe as “Photorealist Paintings and Sculpture.” Limited Edition work. In some cases I wrap my images around 3D models I’ve created. I use every tool in my grab bag to bring my work to life. My personal end point is the creation of fine art prints and videos that promote my work.

As we move forward – the advent of 4,000 pixel width video will draw a lot of photographers into the video field. The cameras aren’t the end point. The image – and how it makes the viewer feel is what I really care about. Stitching multiple images to gain the super high resolution I crave, combined with ever improving HDR technology we enjoy today – leads us to the next step in the evolution of image creation.

From Mathew Brady to the NASA Astronauts shooting images of the Earth with large format cameras, all these advances are within the creative grasp of photographers today. I look at negatives I shot in 1969 and the images I produce today. There is little comparison strictly from the measurement of clarity. But the content of my old shots hasn’t faded with time. The Space Shuttle launch, The Democratic & Republican Conventions. Shots from the Goodyear Blimp and portraits of Bob Dylan and Buddy Rich – still shine through because THEY were the reason I tripped the shutter. What lens or camera body I was using was only a means to an end. Content and Feeling remain. New technology improves the canvas upon which I “paint”. The near future will see many more shooters who embrace the time lapse capture, the astro-photography of the night sky, the danger of extreme sports with small helmet cameras. Our adventure continues.

CLICK HERE to visit the original source web site for Unified Color.


The City of Reno is a leader in arts and culture. The community has a rich variety of special events, historic buildings, performing arts and galleries. A strong public art program helps sustain and encourage downtown economic development. Cultural diversity and history are embraced and interwoven within the fabric of our city. Discover why we are Artown.

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Reno Is

CLICK HERE to see the complete calendar of events for July 2013.

David Hockney
Photographer / Artist

While I use Photoshop in my fine art work everyday, I find Hockney’s comments on Photoshop and the end of “chemical photography” to be thought provoking and worthy of your consideration. Like all good “tools” the misuse or over use of it can lead to mediocrity and work without inspiration. This has been true since the beginning of time. – Robert Barnes

David Hockney, OM, CH, RA, is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He lives in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Kensington, London. Wikipedia


Thanks to Karl M. for passing this along to us.

Artists in the workforce

NEA Arts Data Profile Series

“Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists”

Title of Dataset EEO Tables for 2006-2010

Periodicity Every 10 Years

Source/Sponsor U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey; Multiple Agencies

Research Topic Artists in the Workforce; Other Arts/Cultural Occupations

Notable Features

  • Micro-geographic coverage. Data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, metro and micro areas; counties; and “places”
  • Detailed occupations (including self-employed workers)
  • Demographic and socioeconomic variables include age, gender, race and ethnicity, citizenship, disability status, industry affiliation, earnings, education level, employment status, place of residency, and place of work.

National Overview There are 2,081,735 million artists in the United States, identified by the occupation to which they which devoted the most hours in a given week. These artists fall into one of 11 occupations, and together they compose 1.35 percent of the total workforce.


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Thanks to Kitty W. for bring this link to our attention.