‘From New York to Fallon: Abstract Art Today’ talk planned in Carson City

“From New York to Fallon: Abstract Art Today,” a presentation by arts writer Chérie Louise Turner, is the next presentation in Capital City Arts Initiative’s Nevada Neighbors series.

The illustrated talk, a companion piece to Gil Martin’s two CCAI exhibitions — “From the Ground Up” and “Smaller Works” — will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Development Building.

Turner will place the movement of Abstract Expressionism within a historical context and identify some of the artists who developed the movement by viewing and discuss key examples of their work. Also, she will tie the movement to the work of contemporary Fallon-based artist Gil Martin to demonstrate how his paintings fall squarely within the movement’s tradition while also being uniquely his own.

There will be an informal reception for Turner preceding the event at 6:15 p.m. Both the presentation and reception are free.

Turner is a Bay Area–based freelance writer, art critic, and copy editor. Her writing has appeared online at Art in America, The Huffington Post, Visual Art Source, art ltd, ArtNewsletter, ArtNews, and Tahoe Quarterly, among other publications. She has written exhibition catalog essays locally for Stremmel Gallery, Churchill Arts Council, and CCAI. She also produces an art-focused blog: artbeatbayarea.com. She has written four teen nonfiction books including: Extreme Careers: Life as an Adventure Travel Guide (Rosen Publishing Group, 2003); Everything You Need to Know About the Riot Grrrl Movement (Rosen Publishing Group, 2001). Turner earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1992.

Turner wrote the essay, Plain Ole Dirt?, for Gil Martin’s exhibitions in the CCAI Courthouse Gallery and the Community Center’s Sierra Room.

As part of her Nevada Neighbors activities, Turner will give her talk to art students and faculty at Douglas High School and at Sierra Nevada College.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community planning and building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

The Community Development Building, formerly the Business Resource Innovation Center, is at 108 E. Proctor St.

For information, go to arts-initiative.org.


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