Students are back on Western Nevada College’s campus for fall semester and so is art.
WNC Art Galleries is now showing “Ink, Paper, Print” from the Capital City Arts Initiative in the Bristlecone Gallery.
It features art from Carol Brown, Galen Brown, Inge Bruggeman, Katherine Case, Mary Kenny, Eunkang Koh, Cathryn Powell, Phyllis Shafer, Mick Sheldon and Rachel Stiff. Carol Brown curated the exhibition located in the Main Gallery.
There also are several other exhibits outside the Main Gallery. Located in the Hallway Gallery is Stiff’s pastel drawings series titled “Dry Rush”.
In the Atrium Gallery is the work of two students from independent study: “Into the West” by Annie Tewalt and “Odyssey” by Marietta Sophie Paul.
“Odyssey” chronicles the first 45 years of Paul’s artistic journey — moving metal. Shoulder surgery triggered her reluctant transition into printmaking, preventing her from metalsmithing for 6 months.
“I began printmaking employing relief methods, primarily linoleum cut. Enjoyable, though not enthralling,” she said.
The print “Wren” marks Paul’s introduction to drypoint, a direct platemaking intaglio method.
“I was smitten,” Paul said. “The first print pulled of “Wren” was stunning. The detail and texture drypoint allows brought her to life.”
Paul revealed that “The Inhabitants” stems from wanting to bring to life the many creatures who have graced her life.
“The habitations served as a vehicle to bring them all together,” she said. “You can spot critters scattered throughout each abode. The dwellings depicted were inspired by many hours wandering the streets of Charleston, Boston and San Francisco, transfixed by the architecture.”
For “Into the West,” Tewalt has drawn on her lifelong experiences in the West.
“The West is as much of a physical place as it is a sort of philosophy. The land still echoes with the stories of cowboys and adventure we heard as children,” she said. “I’ve spent my entire life in the western United States, exploring it from top to bottom on childhood road trips or trekking out into its wilderness on horseback.”
She has also spent a lifetime around horses and her paintings capture the importance of rodeo to Western culture.
“Nothing compares to the sense of freedom you feel when riding, as if your horse becomes an extension of your body,” Tewalt said. “Where you look, it takes you, and when you move, it moves with you. The tradition of the rodeo, for me, is a celebration of Western culture and a reminder of the history we live alongside every day. As a bucking bronco or bull refuses to be tamed, so too does the spirit of the West remain wild even now.”
The exhibits will be shown through Oct. 16.
WNC’s Art Galleries are located at 2201 W. College Parkway in the Bristlecone Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The galleries offer an ever-changing collection of fine art from locally renowned artists. They offer a wide variety of original paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography, among various other art forms. The goal is to cultivate and promote the arts within the Northern Nevada community by representing and exhibiting works from emerging and established artists. WNC has galleries on its Carson and Fallon campuses and hosts multiple shows a year.
Visitors are reminded that face coverings and social distancing are required on WNC’s campuses.
For more information on art shows at WNC, go to facebook.com/wnc.art.galleries or email firstname.lastname@example.org.