Catch a ride on the Polar Express on the historic V&T Railroad this holiday season.

Catch a ride on the Polar Express on the historic V&T Railroad this holiday season.

“A Christmas Carol”

The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is celebrating the beginning of the holiday season and the completion of the Act I renovation with the theatre & dance department’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” by Alan Menken.

Fresh from his Tony Award win, Reno-native Adam Cates will be directing the much-loved Charles Dickens classic as part of the grand reopening showcase of the completely remodeled Redfield Proscenium Theatre. “A Christmas Carol” is an ideal production to celebrate the expanded capacity of the space and is a classic that will let the whole community enjoy a new space in the Reno-Sparks theatre and dance world.

“A Christmas Carol”

Dec. 2-6: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7: 1:30 p.m.

Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine Arts

‘Celebrating Us’ art project

Help Churchill County “Celebrate” our local talent! Artists, photographers, artisans of all genre are invited to showcase their work at the County’s Administration Complex.

Exhibits are on-going and ever-changing.

Call the County Manager’s Office 775-423-5136 for more information.

Volunteers needed for ChArts Store

The Churchill Arts Council (CAC) is sponsored a training for qualified volunteers to work in the ChArts Store @ the Oats Park Art Center.

Those interested must be at least 18 years of age and attend this training session. While volunteers may be able to see performances when they are working at no charge, they must be completely available to work before, during and after performances. Duties will include assisting patrons with purchases, logistics, and other activities as required.

The training will be held on Oct. 8 from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Oats Park Art Center, 151 East Park St. If you are interested in attending, call 775-423.1440, or email

WNC seeks student work

Western Nevada College is looking for student and independent filmmakers to submit their work for possible viewing at the upcoming Carson City International Film Festival.

The event is scheduled for Feb. 5-7, 2015.

To be considered for the competition, filmmakers must submit an original video of up to 90 minutes in length and in DVD format to WNC by Dec. 1.

For information, contact Valerie Andersen at 775-445-3222 or email

Polar Express tickets

Fewer than 600 tickets remain for the family favorite trip to the North Pole aboard the 2014 Polar Express train through Dec. 22.

Select coach seats aboard the all-ages holiday train into a winter wonderland and the world of imagination. Because of the demand, more trips and passenger cars were added to the month-long event, which has consistently sold out since debuting four years ago and is expected to draw record numbers again this holiday season. Last year more than 16,000 passengers rode the train.

Remaining tickets are available on the following trains departing to the North Pole:

Sunday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.

Thursdays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 8 p.m.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express. The ride is full of holiday cheer with hot chocolate and treats served to passengers as they prepare for a reading of the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Carson City.

The V&T’s engine and holiday decorated passenger cars leave the Carson City Eastgate Depot (seven miles east of downtown Carson City) and travel nearly two miles before stopping at Santa’s mythical North Pole retreat. The depot features heating tents and visits with Santa Claus where riders can take photos and shop for holiday souvenirs. Any ticket purchase comes with hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, a reading of The Polar Express, and a keepsake silver bell that preserves the magical memories.

To purchase tickets, call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208 or visit Information is also available at

Stremmel Gallery

Stremmel Gallery presents “Painting the West,” a landscapes exhibition featuring five Nevada artists.

The opening reception for Ron Arthaud, Jean LeGassick, Craig Mitchell, Charles Muench, and Jeff Nicholson was on Thursday.

The plein-air painters will exhibit works depicting the varied and unique landscapes that distinguish our region, including the Great Basin, Sierra, and other awe-inspiring areas of Nevada. The show will continue through Dec. 20.

Both the opening reception and the exhibition are free to the public.

Tuscarora’s Ron Arthaud captures the abstract in nature, squinting and closing one eye, imagining a painting. His works are often about expressing the beauty in ordinary, discarded objects: rusty cars, a broken down fence, or the shadows cast from old pickets in the snow. Renown Medical Center and Reno City Hall are among Ron’s numerous exhibitions.

Jean LeGassick’s inspiration derives from nature in its rawest form: untouched and unexplored. The Silver City resident hikes, snowshoes, and even mule packs to remote peaks, hidden canyons, windswept desert outcroppings, and rocky shorelines in order to record immediate and spontaneous responses with her brush and canvas. Jean was featured as one of six artists filmed for the nationally-televised PBS series, “Plein-Air: Painting the American Landscape.”

Craig Mitchell’s modern take on classic impressionism aims to engage viewers into looking at a captured, transient moment in time and space.

Armed with painting materials and a 16-foot self-contained trailer, the Reno-based artist paints on location in concentrated intervals, carefully extracting candid observations of his natural surroundings.

The West provides the perfect canvas for Gardnerville’s Charles Muench. Visiting the same location at different times of day, every season, allows Muench to form a deeper relationship with his subject matter. Charles was featured in the 2014 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, the bigges western art sale in the country.

Silver City’s Jeff Nicholson is known for his paintings of the high desert, particularly focusing on the Nevada landscape. His works celebrate the boom and bust of man’s tenure on the land, as well as the primal beauty of untouched locales. He is fluent in both oils and watercolors.

Jeff’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Nevada Museum of Art, the Governor’s Mansion, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

For more information, or to schedule a private viewing of the “Painting the West” exhibition, call Stremmel Gallery at 775-786-0558, or visit Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 South Virginia Street in Reno. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays.

WNC Carson City art exhibit

Monika Johnson’s en plein air landscapes require the Incline Village artist to capture the moment quickly.

Whether painting outdoors in Burgundy, France; Lake Tahoe, Virginia City or Montana, she enjoys capturing the beauty of these areas with bold color and texture.

Johnson’s artwork opened the new season at Western Nevada College’s Main Gallery in Carson City.

University art exhibit

An art exhibit at the University of Nevada, Reno is combining creativity with reuse.

‘Reused-plus-Recycled-equals-Art’ is open through late September at UNR’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

University marketing and communications coordinator Deanna Hearn said the exhibit features about 100 works made of 80 percent reused or recycled materials.

“A foot made of plastic bottles that is crushing the world,” described Hearn, “a piece of art called ‘Scully,’ who is a man made of used bicycle chains, things like ‘trashin’ fashion.’”

Hearn said ‘trashin’ fashion’ is clothing made from plastic bags and other recycled materials.

Ultimately, according to Hearn, the showing is a fun and creative way to showcase and promote the practice and lifestyle of sustainability.

“But it’s to allow them a venue to showcase their artwork,” said Hearn. “Especially to reach out, to tell the community that we’re thinking about sustainable issues here on campus.”

Hearn added that the artists are mostly university and high school art students.


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