Arts Council presents CollAssemblage reception

The Churchill Arts Council will present a reception for “CollAssemblage,” the new exhibition at the Oats Park Art Center on April 8.

The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. and features a talk on the history of collage by University of Nevada, Reno art historian Brett Van Hoesen at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Collage and assemblage were two of the most important creative strategies in twentieth century art. The works created were compositions made out of various seemingly unrelated materials which were juxtaposed to generate new and unanticipated meanings. Many well-known artists frequently used collage and assemblage methods in their works including Pablo Picasso, Joseph Cornell, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Hoch, John Heartfeld and many, many others.

The invitational show explores how these traditions have been translated into new twenty-first century expressions and presents selected works by 36 artists — from California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Montana — who work in the media of collage and assemblage.

Artists participating in the exhibition include Catherine Schmid Maybach, Cathryn Mallory, Christine Pinney Karkow, Edw Martinez, Elaine Jason, Elaine Parks, Eunkang Koh, Evan Dent, Francis Paul Pearson and Gordon McConnell.

Also in the show are works by Harry Reese, Inge Brugemann, Jack Fulton, Jane Waggoner Deschner, Jerry Iverson, Jim McCormick, Joan Arrizabalaga, Larry Williamson, Lynda Yuroff, MaryAnn Bonjorni, Michael Sarich, Michelle Lassaline, and Nolan Preece.

The remaining artists included in the show are Omar Pierce, Robert Morrison, Robert Royhl, Rossitza Todorova, Stephanie Hogen, Tamara Scronce, Tawni Shuler, Theodore Waddell, Tom Gilbertson and Walter McNamara.

The exhibition will remain on view at all CAC events through Aug. 5.

The next performance in CAC’s 2016- 2017 performing arts season is a concert with Ginkgoa.

They are a French-American electroswing pop quintet who craft French songs with an American vibe, American songs with a tongue-in-cheek French touch.

Time periods cross and inspirations collide—from Pop to old New York Swing with electro-beats thrown in for good measure. A central casting inspired romantic, retro-Manhattan show that has taken audiences on a swinging, swaying voyage across the musical decades from the Montreux Jazz Festival to GloblaFest in New York City.

We’ll have more information on the performance by this eclectic ensemble in the coming weeks as well as a look at the upcoming theatrical performance of “The Other Mozart” in May.

Kirk Robertson covers the arts and may be reached at


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