Our gallery features exhibitions of established and emerging local artists. We believe that art is integral to cultural and social values, which has proven to attribute towards the growth of social awareness. Therefore, a percentage of a commission from a piece of art goes to a Greater Northern Nevada charity.
Back-Pack Kids is a Food Bank of Northern Nevada program that provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare weekend food for selected students at 22 Washoe County Schools. Back-Pack Kids targets homeless children and children showing signs of chronic hunger. These children depend on school meals during the week but have little or nothing to eat on weekends.Do you want to help? Call them at: 775-331-3663.
Meet Your Local Artist: Susan Handau
Susan Handau was born in Michigan but, raised in Arizona. She currently lives and works in Reno, Nevada. Handau has been creating art for over a decade, predominantly in acrylics and gypsum. Greatly guided by western landscapes, she explores different textural elements of materials to create her work. She develops her landscapes through her sincere engagement with her environment and her distinct sensitivity to light.
Handau completed a BA in Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1997. In 2000, she spent a year on your through Europe’s many wonderful museums which expanded her art history knowledge and widen her traditional painting techniques.
Handau’s work is a unique perspective of the way we view nature and its elements. She;s influenced and inspired by her passion for the perpetual movement o fthe earth and light.
These ideas are demonstrated in her art through mixed textures: using amazing color, blends of wax, oil, acrylic, ink, graphite, gypsum and various fiber materials and creating visual depth by layering and employing textural and layering techniques. The translucency and the versatility of the different materials create delicate and vibrant works of art producing a radiance from layers beneath each surfacing.
Handau’s objective is to connect with the viewer, through her art. To engage one’s senses through blurs of stunning nature and saturated colors of teh West and to feel transformed into a dreamlike world of luminosity beauty upon contemplating her paintings.