Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Laura Kimpton Hanging with Celtic Forest in Reno

Testing the fire photo: Crimson Rose
The Centaur Photo: Crimson Rose

Doesn't get any higher than this

Celtic Forest: Book of the Raven waiting for its Opening Dedication this Friday

Laura Kimpton, artist, hangin' with the Book of the Raven

To see more photos, as they are posted:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Electricity: Save the date, July 23

Join us for the next in our series of Member events, Elemental Interactions: Electricity!

Apologies for the postponement of our Member event scheduled for June, but it’s with good reason!

We’re happy to announce that our next event in our Elemental Interactions series, ‘Electricity’, will be held at the most appropriate location: PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center! We hope you’ll join us for another stimulating evening of demonstrations, lectures and performances by artists, scientists and social historians. Come hear about how electricity in its many forms has inspired our community!

Thursday, July 23, 2009
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(visit for directions)

Members attend free, with a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. To become a member, visit:

Stay tuned for more about our exciting guests!

Expounding upon our wildly successful Elemental Interactions series, we take our discussion of 'The Elements' even further. This year we dig deeper, broadening our definition of elements to include radical, new forms of media and exciting forces of nature that inspire and inform the work of artists in our community.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Installing Celtic Forest & The Book

Jeff Schomberg, artist and Crew boss - photo: Maria Partridge
Tray..the Fire Marshall approving the pipes...that will bring the propane to the art so it will be ON FIRE! photo: Maria Partridge

Installing the Book! photo: Maria Partridge

Working on the Centaur - Photo: Crimson Rose

Celtic Forest Installation Crew - photo: Crimson Rose

These are a few photos from the Installation of Celtic Forest: Book of the Raven in Reno Nevada last week. The opening reception is this Friday, read more about it here:

Reporting In! Reno FUNdraiser!

photos: Mark Hammon

photos: Lauren Randolph

photos: p. herz
photo: Colin Loretz - hoops on their way to the party

It was fun...
The Black Rock Arts Foundation-Reno FUNdraiser was held at Cathexes /Unexpected/Architecture...a re-modeled warehouse in Reno complete with an indoor basketball court...where there was lots of dancing and hula hooping thru out the evening.

The party started out with wine and wonderful food!

Tomas McCabe, Executive Director of BRAF gave a brief overview and Crimson Rose, BRAF Board Member spoke specifically about what was happening in Reno...from past to future projects.

Then the party moved outdoors to watch Controlled Burn spin fire.

Thanks to Don and Susan Clark from Cathexes, Amendment 21 for the food, DJ Source for spinning music the entire night, Controlled Burn, Dale and hisGiantHead, Silver Peak, Rodney Strong Vineyards, the OUT-standing hoopers, Mark Hammon, Lauren Raphael, Colin Loretz and Pat Herz photography for the fabulous photos and thanks to the volunteer efforts of BRAF-Reno’s Special Events team. Thanks to everyone for supporting this event...ALL donations were deeply appreciatedand a special thanks to the NEW and Re-Newing BRAF members.......

To see more photos:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Reno's Rockin' It! Celtic Forest Opening and Free Workshop and Lecture!

Previously exhibited at Burning Man 2008, Celtic Forest, by artists Laura Kimpton, Jeff Schomberg Antonio Ruperto and Bob Hofmann, is unique in its materials (metal and fire), scale and artistic vision. Fire will glow weekly from the Book of the Raven and surrounding tree-like candelabras with fire dancing by Controlled Burn.

Opening Reception
Friday, June 26 5-10pm
Corner of Sierra St. and Island Ave. Reno, NV
Wine & Appetizers: Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery

Featuring Celtic Music from 5-8
Fire Dancing by Controlled Burn 8-10

This art installation is brought to you by the Black Rock Arts Foundation's Civic Arts program as part of its mission to bring interactive artwork into communities worldwide.

BRAF extends its sincerest gratitude to the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Freight House District LLC, Sierra Arts Foundation, United Rentals, Fernley Electric, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Sands Regency Casino Hotel and the BRAF-Reno Support Team.

In addition Laura Kimpton will be giving a free workshop and lecture on Saturday, June 27. We will be there and hope you will too.

To read about free live music on Sundays and Fire Jam Tuesdays throughout the summer:

And here is the Reno Passport REVIEW.

photo: Jaz Fabry

Friday, June 19, 2009

Free Workshop and Lecture with Laura Kimpton

photo: Jaz Fabry

Laura Kimpton Photo: Toohip Tobesquare

Personal Baggage
The Reflection Series Free Artist Workshop Assemblage, Image Transfer, and Encaustic Wax
McKinley Arts & Culture Center

925 Riverside Drive
Reno, Nv 89503

Saturday June, 27th 2009
to Pre-Register please call 775-334-6264,
send email to
Registration at the Door on a Space Available Basis.

Come make art with Laura Kimpton The Reflection Series Art Workshop will introduce you to making Mixed Media artwork using techniques including Assemblage, Image Transfer, and Encaustic Wax. Laura will give a live demonstration of the various processes. She will also instruct and guide individual attendees at the Workshop to complete actual artwork. Participants are requested to bring a small piece of vintage luggage, personal items for collage, and vintage photographs for image transfers, all to be included in their own Mixed Media art creations.

Laura Kimpton:
Kimpton has a Bachelors of Art Education from the University of Iowa, a Fine Art Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, and earned her Masters from the University of San Francisco. She is also creator of the Celtic Forest installation at Burning Man.

Celtic Forest will be installed on River Walk in Reno, Nevada from June through December, and simultaneously opens on the same weekend as the Kimpton Art Workshop and Lecture.

In addition, Kimpton is giving a Free Lecture from 6pm to 7pm, also at the Mckinley Art Center. We will be there and we hope you will too.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Work Office - TWO

The Work Office (TWO)
Naomi Miller
Brooklyn, NY

Another of our 2009 grant recipients, The Work Office. (TWO) is a multidisciplinary art project posing as an administrative bureaucracy. Informed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the Great Depression in the 1930s, TWO is a gesture to "make work" for visual and performing artists, writers, and others by giving them simple, idea-based assignments to explore, document, or improve life in New York. From a temporary central office, TWO's administrators—Katarina Jerinic and Naomi Miller—will interview, register, and hire employees; assign, collect, and exhibit work; and distribute Depression-era wages to employees during weekly payday parties.

Prospective employees will submit an online application and during their interview will choose an assignment such as documenting a need for repairs, making a regional travel guide for their block or neighborhood, reinterpreting a newspaper photograph, designing a promotional poster, or giving a concert for a houseplant. Once hired, employees will have roughly a week to turn in their assignment, for which they will be paid $23.50, the weekly wage for an artist in the Federal One Project (the arts division of the WPA).

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Cardboardia Emerges

CardboardTown will be from 8 till 14 june here, under big sign, over stone fence
m. Krapotkinskaja, Bersenevskaja riverside
photos: cardboardia

photos: Kryakva

Cardboardia is one of our 2009 Grants-to-Artists recipients. Yesterday was the starting day of their first summer 2009 build and it looks pretty fun. Stay tuned for more locations as the summer proceeds.

Cardbordia 'towns' are temporary, collaboratively built and inhabited towns manifesting in Moscow, Russian, Finland and Germany in the summer of 2009. Carboardia is, in essence, a role playing community, where guests can create a new identity while contributing to the growth of the town, using cardboard as their expressive and artistic medium. Every town created under the Cardboardia title is a place where people can reinvent themselves - where, for a short time, everyone can leave behind their daily worries through new ways of self-expression.

Previous Cardboardia Posts

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Come Party with the Black Rock Arts Foundation in Reno

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is proud to announce the exhibition of Celtic Forest: Book of the Raven by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg in Reno this summer.

There is a FUNdraiser this Friday, so you can contribute to bringing art to Reno; dance, hoop and check out fire performances by Controlled Burn FREE this Friday, June 5th, but be prepared to buy a raffle ticket or two.

While it is free to attend... the goal is to raise awareness and funds for the Black Rock Arts Foundation Civic Arts projects in Reno. Consider attending, contributing and donating to the Black Rock Arts Foundation to support the values of Burning Man for projects created in communities where you live.