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museum SPRING LECTURE features bottles

The Churchill County Museum continues its spring lecture series on Tuesday.

Bottle Collection is the topic from 6:30-8 p.m. with Mike Polak, author and columnist, and Fred Holabird, Holabird Western Americana Collections.

All lectures are free and will be held at the Churchill County Museum, 1050 S. Maine St.

For information, call 775-423-3677 or visit ccmuseum.org.

MUSEUM'S ANNUAL LADIES LUNCHEON

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Churchill County Museum will hold its 12th Annual Ladies Luncheon this year on May 7 beginning at 1 p.m.

The theme is "The Grey, The Blue … The Women: Women Soldiers of the Civil War."

Speaker Jennie Mader will provide an interesting narrative of the military role which women secretly assumed in order to serve their country in the Civil War.

The luncheon menu will include foods from the Civil War era that might have nourished the troops: fried apples and ham, Johnny cake (cornbread), a sweet potato side dish, green salad, and, among desserts, tea cakes. Coffee, blackberry iced tea and water will also be available.

Attendees may wish to participate that day in the silent auction which will feature gift baskets including one for the chocolate lover, another for those who enjoy wine, and still a third for the gardener as well as other items.

A raffle will also be conducted. Tickets for the May 7 event are $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8 and may be purchased at the Churchill County Museum, 1050 S. Maine St.. Seating is limited so get your tickets early.

Proceeds benefit the Churchill County Museum and help to underwrite its programs. For more information call the museum at 775-423-3677.

Come and partake in a delicious Civil War themed meal and experience an afternoon of historical interest!

V&T RAILROAD

Get your tickets for V&T Train Rides now. This year features the return of an all-new Dinner & Melodrama Train Ride, plus a new Dinner & Murder Mystery Train Ride and the ever-popular Toast of the Canyon Wine Tasting Train!

But of course, you can still take the fully-narrated excursion into historic Virginia City to explore one of the country's largest National Historic Districts, too. For information call 877-724-5007.

NORTHERN NEVADA RAILROAD

As the Nevada Northern Railway Museum rumbles back to life for its 30th anniversary excursion season, the working historic railroad brings back visitor favorites and adds new events guests will love.

Excursion trains start April 8 at 1 p.m. The Nevada Northern is unique among railroad museums, not only offering visitors the chance to see history, but to experience it as it was a century ago with rides and other events on this living, working railroad.

A 30th anniversary celebration is planned for Memorial Day Weekend.

New for 2017 is the Pony Express Limited in June, with special, celebratory postage, Pony Express horseback riders and photo opportunities.

Also new this year is a train ride taking advantage of one of the wonders of the solar system – a solar eclipse excursion on Aug. 21 called the Eclipse Express. Departing at 9:15 a.m., special eclipse viewing glasses will be on.

For more information and a complete schedule, go to http://www.nnry.com.

FOLK QUINTET IN MINDEN

A folk quintet from Canada's west coast will round out Carson Valley Arts Council's live music series on May 5.

The Bills, an acoustic group, is bringing its family-friendly arrangement of strings, keys and vocals to Minden's CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue.

The group is celebrating its 20th anniversary on the heels of the release of its newest album, "Trail of Tales," which features more than a dozen original songs.

The five members each sport credentials in folk, roots, jazz, classical and world music.

The performance is the final event in CVAC's 2016-2017 live music series.

Doors of the CVIC Hall will open at 6 for the 7 p.m. performance.Tickets are $24 in advance; $28 at the door; and kids under 18 are free.

For tickets, go to http://www.cvartscouncil.com, or call 775-782-8207, or buy them in person at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 US Highway 395, Minden; or Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

For information about the band and a sample of its music, go to http://www.thebills.ca.

fallon artist's EXHIBIT

An artist who makes his own paint from natural earth pigments found in the West is showing work at Capital City Arts Initiative's Courthouse gallery.

"From the Ground Up" by Gil Martin runs through May 24.

Martin, who also teaches at Western Nevada College in Fallon, said when he was first studying painting, an artist friend gave him a box of art materials and assorted tools she no longer needed. In that box was a book on how to make paint from earth pigments. It sat around his studio for years until one day he picked it up and started reading.

His interest piqued, he started driving around looking for colored dirt from road cuts.

Now he uses a starch paste made from cornmeal as a binder before adding water to create a viscous paint.

Chérie Louise Turner, a Bay-Area-based writer, art critic and copy editor, wrote the essay, "Plain Ole Dirt?" for the exhibition.

The Courthouse gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 885 E. Musser St. Admission to the gallery and reception are free.

Additionally, CCAI has a companion exhibition of Martin's smaller works in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

For information, go to CCAI's website at http://www.arts-initiative.org. To see examples of Martin's art, go to gilmartinpaintings.com.

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SCHOOL OF ARTS

The School of the Arts is bringing the world to the University of Nevada, Reno stages as internationally known guest artists and culturally diverse offerings highlight the event schedule.

The newest copy of the Arts 365 calendar is available by signing up at http://www.unr.edu/NVArts365. It is packed with art, dance, theatre and music events for the Spring 2017 semester.

STREMMEL GALLERY EXHIBITION

Stremmel Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings by Miroslav Antic, and new sculptures by Roger Berry, on view from March 16 through April 15. The artists' reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 16. Both the exhibition and reception are free to the public.

Miroslav Antic explores the power of memory by painting seminal and iconic characters,veiled by semi-transparent layers of color, polka dots, and paint splatters.

His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases — and the peeling back of layers — provide a study in the impermanence of ubiquitous symbols. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the fleeting and nostalgic parts of American culture tangible.

Antic's work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Boston Public Library, the McDonald's Corporation, and the Museum of Art (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla).

Roger Berry, a prominent and highly respected Northern California artist, creates metal sculptures with arching shapes, evoking loosely intertwined knots. Looped forms twist around and curve back upon themselves in gracefully choreographed movement.

Berry has been commissioned to make over 30 site-specific sculptural works for municipalities and corporations from the West Coast to the United Kingdom. In Reno, Berry's work can be seen at Shopper's Square and Renown Medical Center.

For more information, or to schedule a private viewing of the new works by Antic and Berry, call Stremmel Gallery at 775-786-0558.

Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 S. Virginia St. in Reno with gallery hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays

mer or fall of 2017. Artists will receive a $350 stipend from FBR for developing their work as well as room and board.

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