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Artists Explore Nostalgia, Love, Roles and Culture

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Artwork from the collection "Songs in Black and White", cut paper drawings by Angela Chan, student artist at TMCC.

Truckee Meadows Community College Art Galleries are showcasing work of professional and student artists in a fall collection; the set of exhibits represent divergent mystical subjects ranging from the myth of U.S. Western nostalgia, and the roles of love and gender, to the culture and scenery of Cuba.

The Galleries are hosting an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the Red Mountain Gallery, 3rd floor of TMCC’s Red Mountain Building on the Dandini Campus. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The fall exhibits will be shown from Oct. 27-Dec. 10.

TMCC’s Main Art Gallery

"The Mystic, the Psychic and the Liar" by Lorin Humphreys is a collection of paintings that exemplify the myth of rural America and nostalgia of anything "Western". Humphreys grew up in rural Utah and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. His work has been in solo and group exhibitions throughout Idaho, Utah and Nevada. Humphrey's art communicates back to the viewer through space, skin, and flesh to a private place of immersion, where he hopes the latent potential of paint can change matter and thought through form. His desire is to influence the fluid spaces in which we live, through sensual exposure, perceived from and projected to the human body.

“Painting can become a carrier of something transcendent beyond mimicry, something that asks us to know beyond the cognitive level of seeing,” Humphreys said.

The Red Mountain Gallery

"Dreams and Stitches" paintings and drawings by Rachael Holton is an extension of some of her earliest work, now interwoven with recent compositions. Her concept is to take old drawings out of cobwebs and stitch them together with new material. The work reflects much of her time off as an artist, 15 years to be exact, and the return to her artistry.  Holton has worked as a director for galleries in the Bay Area and on Maui for more than 15 years. She holds a B.A. from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore. and an M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Holton was the lead curator for the exhibition "Generations – A Tribute to Mothers and Daughters around the World" of the International Museum of Women and UCSF Center of Excellence.

Red Mountain Student Gallery

"Songs in Black and White" are cut paper drawings by Angela Chan, a TMCC student working on her Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Arts. Music has always been a part of Chan's life. The songs she listens to have sparked her imagination for new narratives and scenarios from what the songs are indicating, reflecting emotions of love.

“For me the idea of love is a very unstable emotion, appearing both beautiful and ugly,” she said. “Usually love circulates within the form of two people falling in love. Here, I want to capture the different types of love existing besides the romantic norm.”

The Erik Lauritzen Gallery

"Milked: Examining the Push and Pull, the Sacrifice and Dedication between Domesticity and Creativity" is an exhibit curated by TMCC Gallery Practice students Aimee Kelly and Tracey Oliver. In this show, student and professional artists are asked to express the struggle of sacrifices made to take time creating art. As female artists, our very nature is to nurture and care for others, and the time it takes to do so is in direct conflict with the ever-present internal push to create art, Kelly said.

Oliver asks, "what sacrifices have you made, what changes have you experienced?" The art created for this show reflects challenges contemporary women face in relation to their persona as artists.

TMCC’s Atrium Gallery

Photographs of Jorge Victor Gavilondo are featured in TMCC's Atrium Gallery. "Portafolio" examines culture and space in Havana, Cuba. Gavilondo lives in Havana, Cuba and has balanced his career as an artist and scientist for 30 years. He has photographed natural and urban landscapes, out-of-studio portraiture, ballet and dance, architecture and events. Cuba, specifically Havana, has been favorite subject matter for him, and his Cuba  portfolios are now in two-dozen private collections in Cuba, the U.S., France, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the U.K. He is a member of the Cuban Photographic Library and the Cuban Association of Social Communicators. He is also a permanent collaborator of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops School.

TMCC Main Art Gallery, the Red Mountain Galleries, and Erik Lauritzen Gallery are located at 7000 Dandini Blvd., Reno, Nev. and are open according to building hours.

For more information, please contact Candace Garlock, TMCC Galleries Curator at 775-674-7698.