13925 South Virginia Street Reno, NV
The Summit® Reno, Reno-Lake Tahoe's ultimate shopping experience, will transform into an art and craft gallery during its second summertime Art Festival. The free event, located in the Talbots and Williams-Sonoma parking lot, runs Saturday and Sunday June 19-20 from 10 am to 5 pm each day, will give attendees the opportunity to meet with 50 talented artists and artisans as they present their original works against the backdrop of Reno’s premier shopping destination. On display will be a wide variety of arts and crafts including photography, watercolor and oil paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork and much more. Among this year’s featured artists is Marianne Hunter of Reno who crafts jewelry from vintage spoons. Inspired by the earth, sky, sea, and the creatures in them; tiny 3-D worlds are created within the bowl of an abandoned but once beautiful spoon, which is cut, polished, and given a chance to once again shine; but in a new more colorful form. First, the theme and colors are chosen. Focal pieces are comprised of parts of vintage jewelry, charms representing your favorite things, fused glass, or wire art; and floated within 5 layers of glitter, pearls, crystals and other glowing ingredients. To complete the spoon revival project, the handles are also transformed into pendants, bracelets, rings, and earrings; then embellished with crystals, stones or wire work. Diana Ahrens of Reno creates custom mixed media pieces for homes and businesses. She works in mosaic-type mixed media to design wall art of all sizes. Her process involves using a very light wood composite and acrylics in complimentary colors for her signature backgrounds. She then overlays the treated wood with multiple layers of pastels to reach her intended deep and rich color contrasts. To finish the work, she calls upon her mastery of stained glass design by selecting special cuts of stained glass that are applied over the painting to accent and highlight the underlying work. Her pieces include designs of wine bottles, martini glasses and florals. Judy Dailey of Quincy, Calif. uses multi-medium techniques applied in layers to bring ceramic tiles to life. Each piece is hand-crafted and many are custom-framed by her husband, Skip, who is a woodworker. Daily creates a wide of variety of styles and color combinations to fit any designing need, incorporating themes that are inspired by different cultures including Asian, African and Egyptian as well as garden and tropical décor. Julie and Dennis Johnson of Cool, Calif. create glass sculptures in radiant shades of colors. Flowing in brilliant hues, their glass art objects, which include castles, trees, horses and more, are created by applying pure gold to molten glass. Every sculpture is a handmade original and the couple sells their creations only at art shows across the country. Additional artists participating in The Summit® Art Festival include John Manley of Washoe Valley, Nev. who will showcase his unique ceramic vessels -- porcelain and stoneware art pots up to 4-feet tall; Jack Durnford of Hood, Calif. whose mixed media wall art uses wood and concrete to create serene forms; and Patrick McCauley of Nevada City, Calif. who will display his original sculpted vessels made of exotic woods from around the world. Lake Tahoe Entertainment will also be at The Summit® Art Festival, playing jazz and soft rock vibe. The Summit® Reno is located at Exit 57B off Hwy 395 at South Virginia and Mt. Rose Hwy (State Route 431). For more event information, contact The Summit® at 775/853-7800 for info or Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 267-4394 or www.pacificfinearts.com.