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Artown in Sparks Preview


In three weeks, the City of Sparks will again join forces with local art groups to bring more cultural experience to our neck of the woods. Get out your calendar and fill up your JULY!


The Legend of 1000 Combat Cranes Workshop
Monday, July 2, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Victorian Square Plaza (on the fountain)
Public workshops in Artown teach how to make paper and fold origami cranes for the construction of a community art project honoring veterans and the military connected community. The workshops are facilitated by local veterans and artists to develop dialogue and raise awareness regarding the issues of veterans, the military connected community and how these issues impact the community at large. The result is a public artwork that will be displayed in Sparks.

Tintabulations In Concert
Monday, July 2, 7 p.m.
Victorian Square Amphitheatre
Captivating audiences from coast to coast, Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble returns to present their 2018 Spring-Summer concert series, “Coming of Age:  Tintab Turns Twenty-One.” A homegrown community handbell ensemble, Tintabulations has received accolades nationally and internationally. FREE Concert.

Last Friday in Victorian Square
Friday, July 27, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Victorian Square
This monthly event in Downtown Sparks is for hanging out and exploring.  To celebrate July’s Artown Festival, the City of Sparks presents the Art of Food: featuring “Julia Child.”  Storyteller, actress, and writer Karen Vuranch weaves together stories about the famous chef AS the famous chef. Join us for this special performance and cooking demo at 6 p.m. in the Victorian Square Amphitheatre. Also enjoy art booths, an exhibit of food related art and a free showing of the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

39 North Marketplace
Thursdays in July, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Victorian Square
Enjoy “The Art of Food” all July long.

July 5 – The Art of The Picnic & What’s Inside: Join us as we celebrate: The Art of the Picnic- A Highlight on American Picnics and Festival Food Traditions.

July 12  The Art of Food & Our Passionate Local Foodie Scene: 39 North Marketplace Celebrates The Art Of Food.

July 19  The Vibrant Hawaiian Food Culture: Celebrate the vibrant Hawaiian food culture right here on the mainland.

July 26  Celebrate the Rainbow. Find it in Food, Art, Garden & Home: Celebrate the beauty of all the colors of the rainbow.

Discover the Arts
Saturday mornings at 11 a.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
The very popular Artown “Discover the Arts” project expands to Sparks. The class, “Presentation – Break – Hands-On Work”, is an hour-long program taught weekly. Each week will showcase a different discipline: visual arts, drama, music and spoken word for kids ages 6 – 12. FREE.

July 7 – Discover Improv: Improvisation is the heart of acting and no one has more fun doing it than Kidscape productions. Come ready to get creative in this popular workshop.

July 14 – Discover Poetry: Joe Hunt will be joining us to teach these fun styles of poetry. Come ready to participate and perhaps share your work. Sparks Exclusive event.

July 21 – Discover Dance: No special equipment is required to come and try out this free and expressive form of dance. This is an interactive event where children can learn the basics of this dance style.

July 28 – Discover Music: Come learn about instruments and sound with the Reno Philharmonic, followed by an art project presented by Sierra Arts. Activities are designed for ages 6 to 12. Caregivers are expected to remain onsite for the duration of the event.


Exhibit: Donna Chouteau’s “d ’Art in Watercolor”
Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Donna invites you to view her watercolor exhibit hosted by the Sparks Museum. Artist exhibit is June 12 – August 5. Framed original and print artworks and giclee prints are available for viewing and purchase. 

Community Art Exhibit: Food is Art & Art is Food
Friday July 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
The City of Sparks and Sparks Museum are partnering with Arts for All Nevada to host Still Life painting and drawing workshops. These free classes will be held Thursdays 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The work will culminate with an exhibit of students’ work at a Community Art Reception with free refreshments as part of the Last Friday downtown event. Exhibit of select students’ work will be on display in the changing gallery of the museum.


Still Life Painting Classes
Thursdays in July, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Participate in “Still Life” drawing and painting classes during the 39 North Marketplace.  At this informal class, you will learn how to draw a bowl of fruit as a classic still life. Free– All materials are included. Pre-registration is advised, for all ages (8+ recommended) and abilities.

July 5 – Draw with pencil and oil pastels.

July 12 – Sketch and paint with watercolors 

July 19 – Sketch and paint with watercolors 

July 26 – Sketch and paint with tempera paints

All Ages Paint and Snack
Wednesday, July 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St.
Students will receive one-on-one guidance in creating their own 16” x 20” acrylic painting in a small social setting for all ages and levels (ages 8+ recommended). All art supplies are included. Cost $20 per class.

Saturday Lecture Series at Museum
July 7, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
As part of their monthly First Saturday Lecture Series, this lecture series will feature Dr. Cathey and a presentation on the development of the early automobile. Hosted by the Lincoln Highway Association.

For the entire schedule of classes, workshops and events in Sparks, see CityofSparks.us/Artown

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