Who would have guessed that downtown Reno has more to offer than casinos!
Since our plane arrived several hours before our hosts were due home, we opted to cruise Reno to bide the time. Thanks to Yelp, we found the Nevada Museum of Art.
You can’t judge a museum by its building.
It’s sleek, modern exterior and sculptures led me to expect nothing but modern art on display.
Although there was a hall of modern art and sculptures, we were pleasantly surprised to happen upon their extensive American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony exhibit. Today was the final day. We caught it just in time.
After paying the entrance fee at the front desk, I noticed brunch was being served while a musician played soft jazz in their delightful cafe. Glass walls of the cafe framed beautiful views of a native plant garden just outside. We enjoyed listening to the live music while perusing their gift shop and bookstore, next to the cafe. Strolling upstairs we easily found the exhibit which was housed in a number of airy rooms and walkways.
Below are highlights from the show.
I was excited to see a work by renown impressionist artist and teacher, Charles Webster Hawthorne! His dedication to teacher William Merritt Chase can be seen in the lower left corner of his painting, “A Study in White”. While teaching my art classes, I find myself referring to a paperback compilation of Hawthorne’s teaching notes. Seeing an original Hawthorne up close was a real treat.
It seemed only appropriate to find on display nearby, none other than William Merritt Chase’s paint brush and palette.
It was spooky to see the very place where Barry and I were married, the El Encanto, Santa Barbara painted by Colin Campbell Cooper, circa 1921-1922.
Whenever we think we’ve seen enough of seascapes, a few captivate our attention and we find ourselves staring in awe. That’s what happened when we viewed these seascapes by Frank Cuprien and Richard Blossom Farley.
Last but not least, Ben Foster‘s “Corn Stalks and Pumpkins” caught my eye. It eerily reminded me of a chalk pastel pumpkin patch study I had painted over a decade ago using the identical green and orange palette. Fun!
The exhibit had so many more paintings than I could cover in this blog. To view and learn more about this inspiring exhibit, visit American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony. Which ones did you like best?
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