Fall Art Exhibitions Show A Sense of Place

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
Desert Photograph by Aimee Kelly

Aimee Kelly, TMCC alumna, captures the contradictory elements of the desert in her show, "Water: The New Gold?" displayed in the Erik Lauritzen Gallery from Sept. 9-Oct. 15.

An opening reception for the 41st Annual Faculty Show and Back to School Art Exhibitions will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m. in the Red Mountain Gallery of Truckee Meadows Community College.

The Red Mountain Gallery is on the third floor of the Red Mountain Building. For information, call 775-674-7698 or go to artgalleries.tmcc.edu. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The show’s dates are Sept. 9-Oct.15, 2015.

Main Gallery Shows Work of 15 Faculty Members

TMCC’s Main Art Gallery will feature the 41st Annual TMCC Art Faculty Show. Artists include Paris Almond, Marti Bein, Jill Brugler, Dean Burton, J. Damron, Gerald Franzen, Kerra Kinion, Candace Nicol, Ron Marston, Nicole Miller, Maria Partridge, Micaela Rubalcava, Joshua Weinberg, Brian Wells and Peter Whittenberger.

"Imprints of Detriot" is a Photographic Installation Displayed in the Red Mountain Gallery

The Red Mountain Gallery will feature the photographic installation by Jennifer Garza-Cuen, "Imprints of Detroit". The work is a reflection of the circumstances surrounding the deterioration of Detroit. A distant niece to Detroit’s premier architectural engineer, Jennifer spent winters with her uncle. With the frigid weather keeping them mostly indoors, she occupied herself wandering the abandoned ruins of the aging high-rises her uncle was paid to restore. They took long winter walks along the river and through neighborhoods, encountering strangers on the streets and behind previously unopened doors, mapping an imagined city of past glory. Her experience of Detroit was forever tied to its eventual decay. When her uncle’s building, The Book Tower, itself was abandoned due to a mix-up with the power company, Jennifer traveled to Detroit for one last winter.

Drawings Show Techniques of the European Renaissance as Applied to Scenes Closer to Home

The Red Mountain Student Gallery will feature " 'Sample of' A Touch of Renaissance Art in Charcoal", Drawings by Samuel Garcia-Felix, a TMCC student working on his Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Arts. An artist since his childhood, he is now expanding his desire to create and to focus on classical-style realism. His preferred medium to work with is charcoal – both black and white – and he finds inspiration in finding the “little things that make up the bigger picture.” Newly wed and enthusiastic about life, he works as a caregiver and med-tech for a senior living community where he finds much of his ideas to create works that depict moments in life and glimpses of moments that make life worth living.

Images of the Drought Take Viewers to Desert Scenes

The Erik Lauritzen Gallery will feature “Water: The New Gold?” Photographs by Aimee Kelly. She recently graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Arts from TMCC. Kelly also has an Associate of General Studies degree from Clovis Community College. She has exhibited and sold her artwork at Easel and Frame Gallery in Portales, New Mexico and different locations around the Reno-Sparks area. While Kelly enjoys working in many different mediums, she is currently focusing on her photography. Her work usually involves nature and the environment, primarily desert ecosystems. While on one hand, life in the desert environment has to be strong in order to survive and reproduce, the desert ecosystem is fragile in many ways. Through the lens of her camera, she hopes to capture the contradictory elements of the desert she holds so dear. “Water: The New Gold?” is a pictorial examination of the drought in Nevada. With a touch of irony, the photos depict some of the changes and challenges we are or will face due to water scarcity. What will we use to irrigate our crops? Where will we catch our fish? She would like to bring the important topic of water shortage to the forefront in order to bring about increased water conservation efforts.

TMCC's Main Art Gallery, the Red Mountain Galleries, and Erik Lauritzen Gallery are located at 7000 Dandini Blvd., Red Mountain Building, and exhibits are open according to campus hours. For more information, please contact Candace Garlock, galleries curator, at the Dandini Campus, RDMT 334U, 775-674-7698, or go to artgalleries.tmcc.edu.