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Summer Art Shows – Vibrant with Cultural Expression

Posted: Jun 9, 2014

Richard Allen Wells, "Buffalo Dance," mixed media.

Richard Allen Wells, "Buffalo Dance," mixed media.

There is far and away adventure to be explored while viewing the artwork displayed at Truckee Meadows Community College galleries this summer; Aztec-inspired sculpture of a fine art student, multimedia works of a showplace stage designer, and a traveling printmaking collaboration between artists of northern and southern Nevada.

TMCC Art Galleries are presenting a collection of three-dimensional shows from May 19 until July 10. A reception will be offered for the community to meet the artists from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 in the Red Mountain Gallery.

A study of ancient cultures, including Aztec themes

“La Conquista,” by Cesar Piedra expresses the sculptor’s vision of a loss of traditions and religious beliefs that ancient earth cultures experienced when taken over by other civilizations. Piedra, a 22-year old student at TMCC, features three-dimensional pieces including ceramics in his exhibit showing in the Red Mountain Student Gallery.

“Cesar has a very interesting artist’s statement of how one culture comes and takes over another culture,” said Candace Nicol, Interim Curator of Art Galleries at TMCC. “He has Aztec ancestry and has been studying this culture for the past three years at a college level.”

Art inspired by Nevada's entertainment industry

A journey into the visualizations of Nevada’s showplaces begins in the Red Mountain and Erik Lauritzen Galleries with “Triangles and Other Geometric Shapes,” by Richard Allen Wells.

“Richard Wells works in set design and costume at an area casino,” Nicol said. “Coming from that background, he has a love of materials, textures, fabric, pattern and costume ornamentation. He uses fabric that is symbolic and indicative of Nevada’s casino life.”

Wells’ art is created with vibrant color and texture in a variety of media; including oil, acrylic, collage, pastel, sculpture and assemblage.

Printmaking of artist pairs from northern and southern Nevada

“Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground” curated by Anne M. Hoff and Candace Nicol, is organized by the Nevada Arts Council, part of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program. It is shown in the TMCC Main Art Gallery.

This exhibit was developed to connect the visual expression of artists from northern and southern Nevada. Printmakers worked in teams; one artist from the north and one from the south, producing two prints from each collaboration. Eight teams of two communicated and visually responded to each other’s unique economic, environmental, political, and social setting.

“Anne Hoff, who co-curated the exhibit with me, teaches printmaking at College of Southern Nevada, and I teach printmaking here at TMCC,” Nicol said.

Collaborating artist pairs include:

  • Lynn Schmidt, Reno/Maria Arango, Las Vegas
  • Nolan Preece, Reno/Erik Beehn, Las Vegas
  • Galen Brown, Carson City/Bobbie Ann Howell, Las Vegas
  • Sharon Tetly, Carson City/Daryl DePry, Las Vegas
  • Sidne Teske, Tuscarora/Keith Conley, Las Vegas
  • Vicki LoSasso, Reno/Anne M. Hoff, Las Vegas
  • Candace Nicol, Reno/Jeanne Voltura, Las Vegas
  • Ashlea Clark, Reno/Juan D. Varela, Las Vegas

This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature.

More information on the summer art showings may be found on the TMCC Galleries Current Exhibitions page.

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