Charlie Blim has an idea how to get customers into Carson City businesses, including those struggling during downtown construction.
“I’m trying to use art as a catalyst,” said Blim, owner, Charlie B Gallery, the Telegraph Street ceramics and art gallery that opened the day after Thanksgiving last year.
To do that, Blim is installing art exhibits in businesses throughout Carson City.
Mystique Restaurant & Lounge on Carson Street has been home to Diversity, a month-long show of 13 regional photographers that leaves Sept. 17.
On Sept. 15, a one-day, one-artist show of Kathleen Heiner Stemler’s work will be on display at Champagne Beauty Bar at 107 W. Telegraph St. from 6-8:30 p.m.
Lori Morris, owner, Intimate Designs Floral, is helping to sponsor that event.
Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint will host a show of Zentangle art by artist Kim VanZyll and her students. Zentangle is a process for creating images by drawing structured patterns and is designed to be meditative.
The opening reception for that show is 6-9 p.m., Sept. 29 at Sassafras, 1500 Old Hot Springs Rd. The event is supported by Mona Sanatgaran of Neo Design, said Blim.
Blim is hoping to host a show that spans generations of Nevada artists.
He’s talking with Logan Peterson, a 22 year-old Gardnerville sculptor, and Patricia Holub, 93 year-old oil and water color painter and 58-year Carson City resident, about doing a joint show of their work.
“She’s a matriarch of Carson City art,” said Blim. “And he’s a young, important sculptor.”
Blim’s other project designed to marry art and the local economy is a ceramic museum.
The museum would span the city by placing display cases and ceramics in various businesses and providing a map to the locations for patrons and customers.
“Sort of a map of the stars,” said Blim.
For more information on Blim’s exhibits as well as his store, visit his Facebook page at Charlie B Gallery.