Spring Art: Time, Connectedness and Identity

Aimee Kelly and Candace Garlock
Artwork of Kate O’Hara

The Red Mountain Gallery features "Arbitrarium" by Kate O’Hara.

Spring art exhibits at Truckee Meadows Community College feature artists whose work examines the topics of time, connections to nature, identity and design.

The exhibits, and the celebratory reception on Feb. 21, are free, and the public is welcomed.

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5–7 p.m.
  • Where: V. James Eardley Student Center, Red Mountain Building, 7000 Dandini Blvd., in Reno

At 5:30 p.m., there will be an artist presentation by Rossitza Todorova, featured artist in the Main Gallery. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

Main Gallery

The TMCC Main Art Gallery displays “Distance is Measured in Time” by Rossitza Todorova. Her works illustrate ideas of time, journey and the feeling of being in-between. Todorova’s expressive interpretations are represented with drawing, book forms, and installations.

“Distance is Measured in Time” is a collection of videos and sculptures in which Todorova explores feelings of disorientation and loss, representative of the artist’s grief in coping with the recent passing of her father.

Todorova considers these lonely and sometimes disorienting scenes to be an equivalent of her gestural drawings, capturing the inner stillness and feeling of absence associated with mourning, said Candace Garlock, TMCC Visual Arts Coordinator.

Also included are simplified geometric sculptures that stand in for the fragility of grieving.

“They give the feeling of being stripped bare—a shadow of one's self,” Todorova said.

Red Mountain Gallery

The Red Mountain Gallery features “Arbitrarium” by Kate O’Hara, a freelance illustrator currently living in Reno. She graduated in 2014 from the illustration program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. O’Hara creates nature-inspired illustrations that draw people in through their nostalgic mood and intricate detail. Some of her clients include the following:

  • Amber Lotus Publishing
  • Brandever Strategy
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Hasbro Toys
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Middlebury Magazine
  • Paramount and Protozoa Pictures
  • Pacific Life Insurance Company
  • Scholastic, Inc.
  • Storey Publishing
  • Timber Press, Inc.

Red Mountain Student Galleries

The Red Mountain Student Gallery is showing “Connectedness” by Bailee Banta, a recent graduate of TMCC. She is currently attending the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, California. After discovering sacred geometry, she began to look at the world in a different way.

Everything that was once ordinary had suddenly become beautiful and geometrically perfect—it is nothing short of mind-boggling to think that everything this life has to offer is divine in its own way, she said.

“Although highly controversial, I believe sacred geometry has a lot to do with where we come from; where everything comes from,” Banta said.

In her collection “Connectedness,” she brings attention to the things that can so often be classified as “ordinary” yet are far from it. By doing this, she hopes to give others the appreciation for life, its perfection, and “connectedness” with all it encompasses.

Erik Lauritzen Gallery

The Erik Lauritzen Gallery will feature “Reflections of Self” a group show that focuses on the different aspects of self-awareness.

Printmaking students were asked to research their relationship to identity and how they would visually interpret their findings of self as they created artistic relief prints. Participants in the exhibition include the following:

  • Lindsey Albright
  • Elaine Bishop
  • Jill Channing
  • Diane Clarkson
  • Susan Frost
  • Miriam Lorenzo
  • Alison Maddux
  • David Misner
  • Sue Roberts
  • Shannon Schivone
  • Erin Shearin
  • Reena Spansail
  • Jennifer Waalk

For information about the Spring Art Exhibits at TMCC, please visit the TMCC Art Galleries website or call 775-674-7698.