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WNC Gallery Director Exhibits His ‘Painting Wall’

Posted: September 7, 2017

The “Gil Martin: Painting Wall” exhibit is on display through Oct. 6 in the Main Gallery and Atrium at WNC.

One gift changed the painting career of Western Nevada College Gallery Director Gil Martin.

While studying painting years ago, a friend presented Martin with a box of art supplies and tools. Inside the box were directions on how to make paint from earth pigment. Martin eventually followed those directions and there was no turning back. For more than two decades Martin has made his own paint from natural earth pigments that he unearths from various locations around the West.

One of the products of his natural style of painting is “Gil Martin: Painting Wall,” an exhibit now on display in the Main Gallery and Atrium on the WNC campus in Carson City.

“I like to work my pieces outside, both on the ground and tacked to a wall,” said earlier this year. “The paint pools up in the small depressions and flows over uneven surfaces of canvas and paper laid on the ground or drips down in furrows on the pinned pieces. There is always an element of chance to the painting process. The material speaks and I then react to the needs of the painting.”

The exhibit will run through Oct. 6.

Martin earned bachelor’s degrees in Art History and English Literature at the University of Washington. He went on to study painting under Richard Pousette-Dart at the Art Students League in New York and with Frank Okada and Ron Graff at the University of Oregon, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting.

Martin has shown his artwork at the Work Place Gallery in Portland, Ore.; the Kiang Gallery in Atlanta; and at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City. He teaches painting and drawing at WNC in Fallon.

To view more of Martin’s art, go to

The gallery is open during school hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the Bristlecone Building, 2201 W. College Parkway.