Taken To The Streets: Reno’s Thoughts on Reno Art

Last week I went to Food Truck Friday, which is an awesome place in Reno to get really good food, as well as be around a lot of local people. I took advantage of both of these things (I had a spicy tofu dish from the Kanji truck that was bomb), and I asked some of the people around me what they though of the Reno Art Scene. What I think is that it’s growing, and changing, and finally deciding which direction to take. Art has always been important in Reno, but now there is a community that is coming together and defining itself,  finally offering resources for striving artists. I think the scene offers hope, here’s what some Reno-ites think.

Due to some technical difficulties with my camera, I was only able to compile a few of the interviews from Food Truck Friday, so if you have a differing opinion, tell me about it!

Food For Your Mouth and Eyes: Food Truck Art

This last Friday was Food Truck Friday in Reno, which means most of the food trucks that have sprouted up in the area collect at City Center, downtown, and serve up their culinary best. The food is great, and there is usually a nice crowd, which makes for exciting people watching (and a shirt with a taco on it, that said “Let’s Taco ‘Bout It). Along with good food, the trucks also offer good eye candy—that is, they are covered with some really neat, custom designed art.

I think the fact that the food trucks also incorporate art shows how Reno is trying to kick-start its cultural pulse—blending a community event with good, fresh, local food and art, promoting creativity, and real interaction—it’s about a lot more than just killer waffles and bomb grilled cheese. My favorite is the Kenji truck, but that’s probably because it’s cover with Mario scenes and serves some tasty Korean fusion. I picked out just a few of the trucks that were there (ate at a few), and had my trusty photographer Russell snap a few cool shots of the art that can be found at Food Truck Friday.

I love getting together for Food Truck Friday. I love coming together with my friends, getting some tasty food, and just surrounding myself with the culture and people from the area. If you haven’t gone, go! It’s a great chance to get to know the Reno lifestyle, and it’s also a great place to feed your mouth and your eyes. What’s your favorite food truck in Reno?

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Art with Heart: Artists Respond to Boston Bombing

Generally speaking, Art Reno Today is about art in Reno, Nevada. Today however, as I watched the news reveal more and more information about the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon, I began to wonder how other people were reacting, and more specifically, how artists were reacting. After all, it is well known that art is used as commemoration for painful events, as well as a form of catharsis for viewer and creator alike–I could only imagine the immense and arduous beauty that would arise from this event. Some of the greatest artists are those who are in the most pain, and in these moments what’s important to do is to look forward, learn, and appreciate the many gifts art has given.

I browsed the infinite Internet, and eventually came across the site, Boston Arts Marathon, which focuses on exactly what I was looking for: a place for people to creatively mourn and support the great tragedy. Essentially, a few art student at the Boston University got together and decided that creativity was the perfect way to support the Boston Marathon, and it definitely is; the group already had more than ten submission from various artists, which will eventually be collaborated into a memorial for next year’s marathon, or sold to raise funds for the families impacted.
Art never ceases to amaze.

The painting on the left was donated by Evan Gildersleeve, and the right was donated by Sharon Naor.

Both paintings shown were donated by Sharon Naor.

I picked out just a few of my favorites to show here, but I highly encourage you to check out the other submissions and appreciate these wonderful people’s support. Which ones are your favorite?

The piece on the left is from Alyssa Aviles. and the piece on the right is from Evan Gildersleeve.

The piece on the left is from Alyssa Aviles. and the piece on the right is from Evan Gildersleeve.

Like a phoenix born out of the ashes, so too has true beauty been born out of a tragedy. If I had more time on my hands, I would certainly create a commemorative image myself, but in the least, these works of art have inspired me to create my own artistic responses to movements that find most important, which if nothing else leaves me feeling hopeful. I have no doubt at all that this will be a successful movement because, as I’ve stated before, people love art, and relate to it for infinite reasons. All of the donated pieces tell me that people’s characters are hard to shatter, and that no matter what, creativity and strong love and belief will prevail.

Seen other inspirational artistic responses to tragedies or strong movements? Let me know about it!