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June Showcase: Ever Present

We all have those people whom we’ve loved that stick to us, for better or worse. “Ever­present” by Washington, DC native Traci L. Turner speaks to that experience.

This show will exhibit paintings and quotes that express the artist’s observations about the trials and triumphs in her romantic life. Utilizing a bold, impressionistic style, and a deeply personal approach to her subject matter, Traci continues to explore her fascination with color and the human condition.

Ever­present will also feature emotionally­ charged poetry by emerging writer and poet, Whiskey Girl, from Washington, DC.

Whiskey Girl has been featured in multiple popular spoken word events in the DC area and has become known for her uncompromising viewpoint in her work.

Through visuals and words, Ever­present will remind the viewer of times of loving someone deeply, blindly and completely.


Take a sneak peak at the Ever Present gallery exhibit and inside the mind of Featured Artist Traci L Turner:

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We had a phenomenal time at the opening reception on June 9th with an evocative series of visual art by Traci L Turner,  music by DJ Gimmicks, poetry by Whiskey Girl  and the talented Spoken Views Youth Collective (SVYC), who were invited to Washington, D.C. this July to compete in the largest ongoing spoken word poetry event in the world: The Brave New Voices (BNV) Festival. This festival convenes youth poets from around the world for “5 days of workshops, slams, showcases, community service and civic participation events.” (


Traci in the Gallery


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It’s our 4th Anniversary on Dickerson Road!!!! Join us for a RAW extravaganza, live music, live art, spoken word and raffle prizes.

The opening reception and 4 year anniversary event will be March 10th from 6 to 9 pm at 1995 and 2035 Dickerson. That’s right we now have 2 RAW locations on Dickerson Road.

To celebrate we have created an exhibit with all of our artists working on collaboartive pieces.

A show dedicated to showcasing the multidisciplinary collective environment within the 2016 RAW AIR (artist in residence). The works represent collaborations highlighting conscious and unconscious links between the artists in such ways as; medium use, subject matter, artistic ideas, and intentional curation.

RAW is an environment of artists working toward the same goal, to create and share their process with each other and the Reno community.

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“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” —Ryunosuke Satoro

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The reception for Deep Dark Delicious was a great time, thanks to all who shared the experience!

There is a nice write up and a killer photo set here.
Big thanks to Dana PhotoZen Nollsch for swinging by, check out his page here.



Deep Dark Delicious

In celebration of the changing seasons we here at Reno Art Works have pulled together a unique group of artists from the greater community To show their favorite All Hallow’s Eve related art works.
At the opening reception there will also be a show with Handmade Halloween Treats.
Deep Dark Delicious

Currently works from:
Victoria Velazquez
Robin Ruybason
Lucy Browne
T Christina Martin
Rachel Blizzard
Joseph Corgile
Jeff Pidlypchak
Seth McCorkle
Angie Terrell
Ernie Brower
Kyle Davidek
Bryce Chisholm
Tony L. Walker
Avey Dehia
Rebecca Fox
RyanO Ostler
Jacob Uberbacher
Adam Pittman
Nathaniel Benjamin
Gilbert Leiker

Paul Sable – Tantric Light Sculptures


Reno Art Works Presents: Tantric Light Sculptures by Paul Sable.
Reno Art Works Presents:
Tantric Light Sculptures by Paul Sable.

The Light Sculpture is a fairly elaborate process. It begins with thick clear acrylic sheets.

These are cut and then cold laminated with a special colored solvent based adhesive under pressure. After
it cures, the blank pieces are then shaped on machine tools to the desired tapered hexagonal shapes,
similar to organic crystals. The intention is to create a meditative atmosphere to show what is possible in the
inner eye during meditation.

Paul Sable ­Snibbe has over forty years of experience creating large mobile structures for private and public
facilities such as hospitals, theaters, corporate buildings, schools, and city halls. He has an excellent
consulting and fabricating team. His approach to public art is based on playfulness, creativity, fun, great
colors, and technical subtlety.

He normally works with acrylic plastics—which are particularly well ­suited to
suspended work—however he also works with other materials such as metal, wood, and Varia, a fire ­rated
plastic. He aims for Tranquility, Balance, Sophistication, Fun, Playfulness, and strive to elicit smiles.

This Heart of Mine – a solo show by Dillon Brown


Dillon Brown's RAW show


“In his first solo exhibition, local artist Dillon Brown has created This Heart of Mine with a variety of mediums and materials to encapsulate his journey thus-far through the realm of love. Romantic, familial, and self love are some of the themes revealed using a multi-faceted approach to explore the ways in which they intersect, divide and unite; not only for the artist himself, but humanity as a whole. The images and phrases throughout the show will invite the viewer to identify with, and share in the universal joys, pleasures, traumas, and triumphs of the most unique piece of the human experience. The grounding force of the exhibit is three sculptures the artist created specifically for This Heart of Mine. Using the iconic symbol of the stylized heart shape—whose connotation is vapid due to its commercialization—Brown is able to imbue meaning and deeply personal subject matter. He turns our notion of the heart as kitsch on its head, even while using not only the “heart shape” but materials often found in the Valentine’s Day isle at the supermarket. By including family heirlooms, gifts, clothing, photos and journal entries into the pieces, he creates a contrast between the flamboyant, yet fun, plasticity of the “heart shape” and the emotion that truly lies within. Brown shares with us a tangible representation of how his own heart’s course has created the framework for his perspective on life and future relationships.

Local artist Dillon Brown is exactly that to his very core. His deep connection to place and the natural world informs his work and is often a tangible part of it. With various courses taken in graphic design, ceramics and art history, he is mostly self-trained and self-disciplined in his passion to create meaningful, personal and conceptual works. Driven by bravery and love of process, he has explored a variety of mediums and materials. From ceramics, painting, sculpture, and found-art collage, to digital media, Brown remains consistently open to the new and the old. As a 6th generation Nevadan and native Renoite, Brown incorporates his family history, natural artifacts (both heirloom and found), with modern materials to tell stories that are current yet collective—and always intimate. Much of Brown’s inspiration comes from his late grandfather Charlie who could build anything—was a rock-hound and amateur archeologist. He explored and collected—his most incredible find of ancient Native American baskets in a Nevada desert cave (which bears his name) are on display at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. This Heart of Mine is Dillon Brown’s first solo exhibition. His work has been exhibited in group shows in and around Reno at the Lyon County court house (where his artwork was selected from 35 artists as the title piece), Studio on 4th, the former Club Underground, and the First United Methodist Church. Dillon Brown lives and works in Reno, Nevada. He is an Optician by day, a dreamer by night, and an artist always.”

Bio by Dena Sweigart