Arts and Culture

Last Of The Full-time Tube Benders: Ken Hines

Apr 4, 2019
A man in a plaid shirt bends a tube of glass while blowing into it as part of his neon craft.
Holly Hutchings

Blowing and bending glass tubes his whole working life, Ken Hines has helped illuminate the Reno skyline for nearly forty years by creating countless neon signs, but his workload has dwindled and craftsman like him are fading away, like the neon they create. KUNR’s Holly Hutchings caught up with Hines at his work station at Artech, a coworking space in Reno, and has his story.

What's Happening To Northern Nevada's Neon?

Apr 3, 2019
Virginia Street in Reno at night.
Holly Hutchings

Neon and Nevada go hand in hand. The flashing tube lights are synonymous with the Silver State and have long told our story. Neon has surged in popularity at times and fizzled out in others. KUNR's Arts and Culture Reporter Holly Hutchings has been looking into this integral part of Nevada's identity and talked with News Director Michelle Billman about the stories she’s discovered.

Creative Contest Aims To Raise Hunger Awareness

Mar 8, 2019
White cans with blue ones in the center in the shape of a platapus.
Holly Hutchings

Whether it’s an octopus or the pyramids of Giza, 12 teams of builders are using canned good to bring hunger awareness to the community through the art of “can sculpting.” 

More Than 50 Carson Artists Showcased At Reno Airport

Feb 27, 2019
A group of three people gather in front paintings depicting Northern Nevada.
Holly Hutchings

Fifty-three Carson City artists are putting their work on a stage seen by millions a year, the walls of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Holly Hutchings has the story.

New Cowboy Poet Pays Homage To History

Feb 3, 2019
A man in a khaki button down shirt stands at an angle in front of a tree.
Joshua Dugat

Elko's 35th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up this weekend. Nearly 50 poets, musicians and musical groups, including diverse and dynamic new voices, have shared their artistry. The event is older than Josh Dugat, a first-time presenter, whose poetry pays homage to the  boots that stood on stage before him. KUNR's Holly Hutchings has more with him. 

Protecting Water, Moving Hearts Through Cowboy Poetry

Jan 30, 2019
A woman with long brown hair and wearing a red mexican-style dress standing on a bridge.
Olivia Romo

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is underway in Elko, Nevada this week. One young poet taking the stage is Olivia Romo, a bilingual activist who uses her art to tackle environmental issues facing the West. She told KUNR’s Holly Hutchings why she thinks poetry can spark change.

TREVOR PAGLEN AND NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

A piece of art the size of two school buses, and ten years in the making, is now orbiting Earth. Partnering with organizations in Northern Nevada, Berlin-based artist Trevor Paglen saw his sculpture take off and help change the way we see things in the night sky, as well as here on the ground. KUNR’s Holly Hutchings has more on the endeavor.

Bree Zender

Farmers across the country have been preparing to harvest turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday. One school in Smith Valley is raising its own turkeys as a way to teach students how food gets from the farm to the plate. KUNR’s Bree Zender reports.

A Nevada Prison Doctor's View From The Inside

Nov 8, 2018
A blond woman stands on the grounds of a prison, between a guard tower and a mulit-level brick prison buildilng.
Lauren Casto

To pay back a medical school scholarship, Dr. Karen Gedney was required to work four years in an underserved area, and she got assigned to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center back in the 80's. It's a medium security facility outside of Carson City. Gedney ended up staying her whole career. She says the job was a 'calling' that provided her the chance to be a real healer. Her new book, 30 Years Behind Bars, chronicles her experiences as a prison doc, and KUNR’s Holly Hutchings spoke with her about it.  

Does Art Mean Business In Northern Nevada?

Sep 25, 2018
Brown metal vines with glass leaves wrap around patio posts at a Reno restaurant. They were fashioned by local artisans, commissioned by Tilio Lagatta. Lagatta's company redevelops buildings and has been including art to add punch and hopefully value.
Holly Hutchings

A report from The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that arts and cultural production accounted for over $6 billion of the silver state's economy in 2015. As KUNR's Holly Hutchings reports, business leaders are looking for ways to use cultural contributions to grow and improve their industries.

Preserving Olympic Memories Before Evidence Is Erased

Sep 14, 2018
Holly Hutchings

An exhibit paying homage to the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics is on display at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Everything from vintage uniforms and rarely seen photography to illustrations by Walt Disney --a huge fan of skiing--are also showcased. The memorabilia are some of the last remaining vestiges of a games that changed winter sports and the Tahoe-Truckee region. Our arts reporter Holly Hutchings visited the exhibit and talked with one avid Olympic collector and author to learn more.

 Steve Benjamin mayor of Columbia, South Carolina speaks about his investments during his presidency with the U.S Confernece of Mayors .
Stephanie Serrano

A group of mayors from across the country are looking to Reno as an example of how arts and culture can power local economies. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano has more.

Holly Hutchings

Burning Man may be held in the Nevada desert, but its interest and appeal has a much wider reach. Visitors come from all over the world to attend the week-long festival, and even more people who don't attend have their curiosity piqued by tales from the playa. Trevor Hughes, Reporter for USA Today, has captured stories there for three years and stopped by our studio to talk to our arts reporter, Holly Hutchings before he headed up for burn number four.

Lessons From The Playa: Burning Man Founder Michael Mikel

Aug 28, 2018
Holly Hutchings

Michael Mikel is a co-founder of Burning Man, the international anti-establishment festival in the desert, and has been involved since 1988. He still attends and has a small camp on the outskirts of the playa, where he says it feels more like the Burning Man of the early days; fewer people and a clear view of the expansive desert canvas. Ideas of the festival’s future come more freely to him there. He says they’ve developed systems that allow the organization to change and live on long after he and the other originators are gone. Our reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with Mikel to talk Burning Man.

From Reno To The Playa: A "Bigger, Crazier" Man Base

Aug 24, 2018
By BLM Nevada (Burning Man 2015) via Wikimedia Commons

Since its inception, the counterculture festival known as Burning Man has been a utopia for art and artists. Massive installations color the Black Rock Desert, even down to the very foundation on which the iconic “Man” stands. Our reporter Holly Hutchings caught up with the designer of the base to see what it’s all about.

Reno Artist Hopes Burning Man Will Propel Career

Aug 22, 2018
Holly Hutchings

Sculpture artist Peter Hazel is heading to Burning Man for his sixth time this year. And, he hopes the massive jellyfish creation he’s crafted for the dusty artistic showcase will catapult his craft to new levels. Our reporter Holly Hutchings caught up with Hazel where he works at Artech, a shared workspace in Reno. 

Three musicians stand in front of a grafitti wall with instruments
Michelle Matus

Bilingual musician Sonia De Los Santos, with band members Sinuhé Padilla and Martín Vejarano, recently visited Reno, Nevada as part of Artown. During their stay, KUNR and Noticerio Móvil organized a pop-up musical event for the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

Watch her performance and hear why she believes sharing Latin American and American folk music is important for children across the United States.

Reno's Street Art Becomes Virtual Reality

Jul 27, 2018
A women wears a black headset in front of a large TV.
Krysta Scripter

Over the last several years, artists in Reno have created many colorful murals around town. The University of Nevada, Reno is archiving that street art digitally, some of which can be experienced in virtual reality. KUNR’s Krysta Scripter stopped by a demo to check it out.

 

A Peek Into Dragon Lights Reno

Jul 27, 2018
A photo at night of a lit-up sign reading "Dragon Lights Festival" with brightly colored, lit-up fish and flowers surrounding it.
Alli Warner

Through the first week of August, Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Reno will be illuminated by nearly forty larger-than-life Chinese lanterns. The touring festival Dragon Lights displays crafted designs in an effort to share their centuries-old tradition and their culture. Our reporter Holly Hutchings checked it out.

Transforming An Industrial Road Into An Artists' Haven

Jul 19, 2018
Holly Hutchings

Dickerson Road is a one-mile, dead end street in an industrial area of Reno. It has a gritty history, including crime, motorcycle clubs and even a hippie commune at one point. Now, it’s experiencing a revitalization and becoming a haven for artists.

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