Northern Nevada Arts & Artists


August is heat in Northern Nevada, and that brings out the festival season as well as quite a few art-oriented events. Let’s take a look at a few of these events.

Street Theater in Carson City

On the evenings of August 11th and 12th, Madame Curry will take us on a walk around Carson City‘s historic west side to encounter the lingering ghosts of those whose homes these were. Madame Curry is a spirited and historically fictional character named for the widow of Carson City’s founder, Abe Curry.

This is the 26th season of the Carson City Ghost Walk, a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian Era and diverse history. Hear about lingering spirits of the long ago centuries, haunted and paranormal stories and gossip from the past. This is a spirit lead, guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses.

The 15th annual “Jazz and Beyond”, Carson City Music and Art Festival is presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City: 17 days of Music, Art, and Film all around Carson City starting August 3rd and running through August 19th.

Jazz and Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort,” said planning committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. “Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep performances admission free.”


Hot Club of San Francsco plays Artown in RenoArtown audience for the Hot Club of San Francisco

Evey year Artown has grown and become a nationally recognized arts showcase, and last month Reno was dazed with a very full schedule of visual art, performance art, music, classes, workshops, and much more.

Above: The Hot Club of San Francisco set 10,000 toes to tapping at Brantley Ranch. This was the 22nd Artown with over 500 events and an expected 300,000 attendees.

The opening weekend was indeed spectacular with Bandaloop dancing high up on the side of the black glass Reno City building and a performance by Los Lobos. There was music almost every night and art to see every day as well as a lot of local theater.

Last year there was a Mural Expo in Reno with 20 artists creating large murals all over Downtown Reno. One of them had not been properly approved so the City of Reno ordered it to be painted over. Asa Kennedy is the artist who created this piece, and he explains his feelings about the destruction of his art.

Carol Foldvary-Anderson has enlivened the local art scene in various ways — scrumptious calligraphy! that unforgettable paper sculpture! — so it was a special surprise to find her exhibiting new works in oil pastel smudge technique at West Elm recently.

Wild Women at PlayThis Just In — Wild Women will once again return to the Summit Mall in South Reno for a Fall Show. Sign up for the newsletter to stay informed.

Friday, October 19 4 pm – 8 pm show & reception
Saturday, October 20 10 am – 5 pm | Sunday, October 21 11 am – 4 pm
Underwood Story hour 11 am



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