Art + festival entrepreneurs purchase Reno warehouse for immersive art space
On June 3, five creative entrepreneurs—Tyler Hanson, Kurt Kaull, Rob Dolezal, Breck Dolan, and Shane Dolan—purchased the building at 265 Keystone Ave. Reno, where the Holland Project first opened in 2007. The property includes almost 20,000 square feet of interior space and 3.6 acres of outdoor space. The team plans to convert the building and lot into an immersive art facility that will cater to locals and tourists, including families, kids, and seniors.
The partners are among the founders of Grand Artique, a company that builds large scale festival experiences immersive art and events, formerly based in San Diego and now headquartered in Reno. They have collectively worked on projects such as Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, South by Southwest, Coachella and Meow Wolf.
The target opening date is 2023, with a possible soft opening in fall of 2022.
NAC hires 2 new staffers
The Nevada Arts Council has hired two new staff members. Kassandra Andicoechea—a graduate of both UNR and UNLV—is the new Arts Initiatives Specialist. Maria Moreno—a Carson City native, UNR graduate, and certified internal auditor—is the new Administrative Services Officer.
Neon Museum launches hands-on family programs
The Neon Museum announced on June 9 that it will begin hosting STEAM Saturdays, a new program for families featuring hands-on activities. The series kicks off July 9 and will be offered on the second Saturday of every month in the museum’s Neon Boneyard, weather permitting.
Tickets for STEAM Saturdays are $5; free for kids 6 and under. Tickets and info here.
Friends of Black Rock High Rock announces artists in residence
The Friends of Black Rock High Rock, a conservation and stewardship organization based Gerlach, announced its 2022 artists in residence on June 6. They are Courtey Sennish and Lisa Rock, a collaborative painting-and-sculpture team from Oakland, and Mark Maynard, a writer and TMCC instructor from Reno.[Disclosure: Double Scoop editor Kris Vagner was a juror for the residency competition.]
Change-Maker awardees announced in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Change-Maker in the Arts Award recipients have been announced. They are Parsa Sabet Rasekhi ($5,000); Cida de Aragon ($1,000); and Aaron Cowan ($1,000). The awards were launched in 2019 by UNLV’s College of Fine Arts and the Cosmopolitan, a Las Vegas hotel and casino, to reward “innovative thinking in the arts.”
New gallery opens in Truckee
A new gallery has opened in Truckee, California—Piper J Gallery, at 10153 W. River St. The gallery’s “About” page reads, in part, “Piper J Gallery’s goal is to bring a fresh perspective to Tahoe art, offering a wide range of original artwork, including large-scale abstracts, colorful landscapes, metal sculpture, woodwork, and plein air paintings.”
Cover image: The building at 265 Keystone Ave. Reno, long-ago home of the Holland Project, has been purchased by a team of creative entrepreneurs who plan to covert it into an immersive art space. Photo: Kris Vagner