Freddy Hahne, BRAF President of the Board
Maria Partridge tells us:
On Tuesday and Friday evenings; Celtic Forest in downtown Reno has had 125 plus people in attendance... they are enjoying the art with flame effects, the music by DJ's and fabulous fire spinning by Controlled Burn from 8:30-10pm. We will continue this until mid August...resuming mid Sept after BM. We also have live music on Sunday afternoons from 2-5 pm...with 50-75 people on average. As you know, Celtic Forest is in the same vacant lot that the Mangrove was in last year. This lot is slated to be developed eventually BUT...wouldn't it be cool if INSTEAD...a downtown lot, like what we are using right now, was turned into a Downtown Reno Arts Coalition like the Hayes Valley Art Coalition
Robert Silverman has been an Electronic Musician for over 25 years. He studied classical piano for eight years as a teen, switching to electric keyboards, synthesizers, electric guitar, and finally Theremin as the year progressed. Mr. Silverman has been a member of numerous obscure music groups and collectives over the years, and has recently performed with such National acts as the Mermen. Currently, Mr. Silverman plays Theremin (an electronic instrument where music is made by moving one's hands in the air) at many Bay Area Movie Theatres and Performance Spaces, featuring Ultra Lounge and Exotica music favorites.
PEC Director, Robert A. Marcial
Robert's career in energy efficiency began in 1991 and includes serving as Sr. Program Engineer, and now Director, at the PEC, a building science researcher at U.C. Berkeley, and a lecturer and professor at various colleges and universities focusing on topics related to energy efficiency and integrated building design. Robert has a B.A. Architecture and a Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.
Also at the event:
The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) was rocking on Friday night in Reno.
What a great opening celebration and fun time was had by all at the installation for Celtic Forest; Book of the Raven, which is part of BRAF's Civic Arts Program, in downtown Reno. It is the first installation of its kind to have Flame Effects on a regular basis. The crowd loved the art, the fire, the community, the music both live and with a DJ. So many people have helped to bring this art to fruition and the Black Rock Arts Foundation could not have done it without their help. From the local burners, city officials, vendors that gave freely of their services, to the locals that came to appreciate the art & fire. One of the Black Rock Arts Foundation's own Advisory Board members, Maria Partridge so totally rocked with her energy and creativity. Thank you Maria.
Here's the link to the RGJ article Friday, June 26.
We also had a listing on the calendar page for the opening event. On the TV side we were told we had coverage on Ch 2 News @ 5pm and I believe Ch 4. showed some footage from the opening.