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Artown in Sparks

The City of Sparks is excited to join forces with Artown to bring more cultural experience to our neck of the woods. All free art events are sponsored by the City of Sparks, courtesy of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Check back in a May for more details and more events.

CLASSES/LECTURES

Spark the Imagination
A Free Childrens’ Art Workshop Series, see dedicated page for details.

Drakulich Arts Foundation Presents VAP Veterans’ Art Project
Wednesdays in July, 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 30, 730 4th St., Sparks, NV
Free art classes and open studio. Designed for veterans, but everyone is invited to come learn a new skill or get help on an unfinished project. Bring your own supplies. Some supplies will be available (limited). $5 Donation.

First Saturday Lecture Series
July 11, Sparks Heritage Museum Cultural Center
Bucket-list travel destinations blend with movies in a presentation by local author, film reviewer and world traveler Robin Holabird. Her new book: Around the World in 80 Movies blends movie memories and colorful travel essays. Her presentation will offer an extensive and entertaining exploration of locations far and wide.

 EVENTS

Third Thursday Artists’ Receptions
July 16, Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center and the Depot
Gallery, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meet all the artists in the galleries downtown, during the 3rd Thursday night along with vendors, food trucks, music and kids’ activities. Light refreshments will be served at each gallery.

One World Lantern Fest
July 25, Sparks Marina, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Part festival, part experience. Join us at the marina to sail our lanterns to commemorate friends and loved ones past and present, wishes and dreams. Local artists will be on hand to help you create your lantern with art supplies and guidance. (Cost of lantern is extra.)

Free Concert: Charlie Musselwhite
July 17, Nugget Event Center, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Legendary Blues Artist, Charlie Musselwhite in a free concert for the community. A 13-time Grammy award nominee and Living Blues Award Winner, Musselwhite is a harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist and is a true master of American classic vernacular music. The concert includes art booths, vendors and food trucks. This event is brought to you by the City of Sparks and Nugget Resort Casino.

 EXHIBITS

Paddles and Palettes: A Public Art Project
July 1 – August 15
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center (downstairs gallery)
This public art project features upcycled and repurposed Dragon Boat paddles transformed into works of art by local artists. The project raises awareness of Immunize Nevada’s while celebrating the annual Northern Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival and the ancient Chinese sport of Dragon Boat racing.

Artemisia Studio Exhibit
July 1 – July 31
Sparks Heritage Museum Cultural Center (upstairs gallery)
Artists from Artemisia Studio, established in 2018, will show mixed media paintings and photography.  Artemisia Studio is a collaborative art space with a diverse group of resident artists, classes and exhibitions.

Denali Lowder Photos and Ceramics Exhibit
July 1 – July 31, Depot Gallery
Denali Lowder relocated to Reno in 2009 and has amassed numerous solo and group exhibitions around Northern Nevada including Bibo Micro Gallery, Holland Project and Sierra Arts Foundation. She is also known for creating zines, functional ceramics and had a radio show on Wolf Pack Radio. Her solo exhibition at The Depot Gallery will be new work showcasing both her talents as a photographer and ceramics.

Artown is project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.