The Altered Landscape

Amy Stein, Howl

Mark Klett, Rephotographic Survey Project

There is a fantastic exhibit happening at the Nevada Museum of Art right now. Normally when you hear about a permanent collection show at a museum yawning ensues – not true with this one! This is an impressive body of work and it is incredible that it is right here in Reno. They have other permanent collections, but this one in particular is highly linked to the identity of the museum. The Altered Landscape Photography Collection is one of the institution’s largest focused collecting areas. It has approximately 2,000 photographs. In these images, artists reveal the ways that individuals and industries have marked, mined, toured, tested, developed, occupied, and exploited landscapes over the last fifty years.  Read The Rest

Guiding the Viewer’s Eye In Design

Where in your design do people look first? Where do they look next? How much control do you have when it comes to guiding the viewer’s eye? Let’s talk about how designers can help direct the eye of the viewer through a composition.

Our eyes take in a lot more visual information than our brain can consciously process. We want to focus on the most compelling information so we selectively look at what we think most important. This is called selective attention.

Studies have shown that we can be distracted by visual information even when it’s not relevant. If it’s attractive enough, it’ll grab our attention consciously or subconsciously. Great marketers understanding this, and so do designers and artists. Learning how to harness this is an effective tool. Read The Rest

Pitch Black Printing

I just found out about this amazing new business in Reno! As an artist I can’t wait to check them out. If you have ever looked into getting art or photographs printed you probably know that it is a hassle. You can order online, but then you are not sure about the product you will get back. If you go with a local big brand printer you are often limited on paper choices and the final product doesn’t always match the price tag. Having a local small business option for printing in Reno is amazing!  Read The Rest

Midtown Reno Street Art

I’ll be the first to admit it – I was not super stoked to move to Reno. The city had a weird and somewhat negative reputation (and still does to an extent). Moving to Reno was my first big move and it was a shock and a struggle. Reno is similar to Colorado and that only made me more homesick…but the time has come to set the record straight. I’ve recovered from my breakup with Colorado and I have been in Nevada for quite a while. The reputation Reno has dealt with all these years is undeserved and experiencing an evolution. One might even say it is becoming popular. Not just people who live here like it here.

I want to be part of the conversation that boosts the positive rep of Reno – with my new blog category Reno is Rad! In those posts I’m going to tell you about cool things that are happening in and around Reno with an emphasis on art/design and travel. First up we are going to look at the rad street art right in my neighborhood!  Read The Rest

50+ Artists Pay Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki in San Francisco

Monica Garwood – “Totoro”

Having just come back from Japan and visiting the Ghibli museum directly this gallery exhibit looks incredible. For those of you who are not familiar with Hayao Miyazaki he is a renowned Japanese animator and co-founder of Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki directed some of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved movies-Kiki’s Delivery ServicePrincess MononokeSpirited Away, and Ponyo, just to name a few. They are worth checking out if you have not seen them. Read The Rest

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