Sierra Arts Foundation Puts on Earth Day Event to Support Local Artists
Jayme Souza reports on one of the first Earth Day 2021 events in Reno, which took place on Saturday April 17th.
With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic happening just over a year ago and similar events being cancelled for last year’s Earth Day, local artists were overjoyed to exhibit their work and connect with the community after a very trying year.
Masked and ready to showcase their art, whether it be physical, musical or otherwise, artists sat underneath pop-up tents, surrounded by their works, showing them off to passersby. There was everything from canvas prints to blown glass being presented, all locally owned and produced.
Located right in the heart of the city, the Pioneer Center Plaza proved to be the perfect venue for this Earth Day event to take place. The location combined with the beautiful weather had the event teeming with locals, most of whom found the event simply by walking by.
One of the groups displaying their work was a local woodworking group, the Nevada Woodchucks, which is a club that provides tools, coaching and a space to work for those looking to try out woodworking. The Nevada Woodchucks not only provide a great service to the community by way of offering a creative space for those willing to learn the art, but also give back to the community every year through donations. Last year, the club was able to construct 1400 toys like rocking horses and wooden cars and donate them to 13 different non-profit organizations.
In addition to the art put on display by Reno-based artists, local advocate and artist Kelsey Sweet was in attendance, painted from head to toe in gold and sporting a golden lion suit to accompany her Golden Unikorn. The unveiling of the unicorn at the event put on by Sierra Arts Foundation was not an accident by any means, rather something that was preplanned in order to generate more local awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness month. Kelsey brings her Golden Unikorn out to advocate for SITAS, or Sex in the Art Scene — a movement she created aiming to combat sexual misconduct in the art scene — specifically here in Reno.