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Behind the Scenes of Reno's Art Community

Behind the Scenes of Reno’s Art Community:

Burning Man, Theater, and Wind Sculptures

 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Visit Artech, a sprawling 61,000 square foot warehouse on 13 acres for large and small artwork construction. Maria Partridge will share the history of the Burning Man and its development and growth in the Reno area. Learn how this event creates a temporary city (Black Rock City) as artists gather to share various forms of artistic self-expression.  View artwork created as part of this gathering, now attended by more than 70,000 people. Maria, an artist in her own right and faculty member at Truckee Meadows College in the art department, shares her insights as she introduces attendees to a diverse collection of artists in residence. 


This warehouse is a creator space for all types of artisans. It also includes a facility to learn crafts from local craftsmen, including woodworking, bronze casting, sculpting, glass blowing, metal forging and more.


Move on to the private home and studio of Ginny Vogel. As the former head of the University of Nevada Reno Costume Department, Ginny currently designs costumes for the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective. Ginny will share her design process of pattern drafting by computer and her 16 ft. long-arm quilting machine.


Visit the studio of David Boyer, kinetic wind sculpture designer. David will share the history of his career, from building his first wind sculptures from rusty billboards to the creation of “The Kinetic Forest” for Burning Man 2015. David will explain how he converts metal sheets, tubes and shapes with lathe, mill, and welding into moving sculptures. His location on two acres allows him to work on large-scale public art projects, the focus of his current work. David has been contributing artwork to Burning Man since 2007.

A bonus on this trip will be the breath-taking views of Mt. Rose and the Washoe Valley.

Wear comfortable shoes. This tour entails walking on concrete as well as decomposed granite.


Meet at the Peppermill Reno Resort’s Parking Plaza

$100 (lunch included)

To register for this tour.