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by Garrett Valenzuela
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Local artist Joe Donohue holds his walnut burl, made from the scar tissue of a tree, inside the TMCC art gallery Tuesday.
Local artist Joe Donohue holds his walnut burl, made from the scar tissue of a tree, inside the TMCC art gallery Tuesday.
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RENO — It is rare to be able to go behind the scenes with an artist, where they show you their creative workspace and discuss their painting, glass blowing or pottery making process. But, for one weekend in September, 42 local artists will do just that.

Reno Open Studios is a collaborative effort to bring together a variety of artists with diverse talents for a weekend showcase Sept. 7-9.

For those who can’t wait to see what’s behind the curtains, the artists have joined with Truckee Meadows Community College to preview some of their work in the Main Art Gallery at the college.

The work will be presented at TMCC through June 25 with a closing reception held from 5-8 p.m. June 20, which will feature presentations and demonstrations from several artists on their vision and process of forming their artwork.

“It’s a way for the public to see the techniques of how these things are made,” said Joe Donohue, a woodturning artist from Reno. “They become fascinated with the process — once they can see how it is done.” Donohue said he is excited to work with his clients and the public to receive input and display the amount of action he experiences while forming his art.

TMCC gallery curator Candace Nicol offered the college’s gallery to host the preview for the open studios, and in return many participating artists will make appearances and presentations in the classes Nicol teaches.

“Since this is learning facility, I made a deal with them saying that we can have the preview here, but you have to come to talk to my students,” she said adding that several artists have come to her classes in her years of teaching. “The students have come to expect a talk now, and when the artists come in the students, they always learn something.”

Nicol said she plans many of her lessons for certain classes based on the show being presented in the TMCC gallery, including woodworker Tom Beebe, Tia Flores who crafts pyrography gourds and Ray Valdez who does oil paintings.

Nicol is the only printmaking (original pieces of art pressed into a layered, composite piece) artist in the open studios program who will display her work during the preview and also during the showcase in September.

Dale Pappas, a pottery and wood artist in Reno, said the preview and showcase events are great for public interaction and allow art clients and enthusiasts to “pick the brains” of the artists.

“It gives the artists a chance to talk about what they do and why they do it,” Pappas said. “We receive a lot of feedback from plenty of well-known artists.”

Pappas, whose Peavine Pottery shop is located in Lemmon Valley near Reno, said doing hands-on workshops in September is most fun for him.

“It’s nice when people can get behind the pottery wheel and try it out for themselves,” he said. “Each time I have ever done it, everyone who tries it will leave with a cup or a spin top they make on their own.”

The 42 artists will display works of art in categories such as glass, pottery, painting, sculpting and more. Reno Open Studios holds their weekend showcase tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7-9. A map of the studios participating is available at www.renoopenstudios.com.
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