Press Association hosts art show |

Press Association hosts art show

Staff Report
“Iconic Nevada: Plein Air Paintings from around the State,” a show and sale of works by Erik Holland, opens Saturday at the Nevada Press Association,

The Nevada Press Association is hosting “Iconic Nevada: Plein Air Paintings from around the State,” a show and sale of works by Erik Holland.

The show opens Saturday from 1-6 p.m. for the monthly Carson City wine walk. A special reception will be held the evening of Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. to welcome the Nevada legislators to the 2017 session.

The show will be open to the public during business hours through February and presents an opportunity to see the Rinckel Mansion, one of the historic buildings in Carson City. “We’re excited to to present his art in this unique setting,” said Barry Smith, executive director of the Nevada Press Association. “I’ve known Erik since he drew sketches and cartoons for the Nevada Appeal when I was editor.”

Holland has painted in towns, cities and the wide open spaces of Nevada, and this show demonstrates the depth and breadth of his work, as well as the diversity of Nevada landscapes and historic buildings. He makes the heavy old 19th century Nevada structures glow with the inner strength that has allowed them to endure over the years; his landscapes invite the eye and excite the mind.

“When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, I used to stare at the blank spaces in the map,” Holland said. “Nevada was one of them, and at 40, my dream to live in and roam the high desert came true. This retrospective depicts much of the landscape and iconic architecture that have thrilled me over the years.”

Robin Cobbey, who is helping to organize the show, emphasized: “This is a great opportunity for people to see the exemplary art and meet the artist. Erik has painted a number of miniatures especially for this show, and there are paintings of local historic buildings as well as landscapes from throughout the state. Each painting preserves a piece of Nevada in time and space.”

Holland studied art at the Art Students League of New York, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He lives and works in his loft in the old Riverside Hotel in downtown Reno. He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City over the past eight years, with successful shows at the Nevada Historical Society, and at galleries in Oregon and California. He is represented by Ryrie’s Art and Home, and the Artist’s Co-op in Reno.