Pilot error cited in 2021 plane crash that killed Valerie Serpa

On Dec. 14, the National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the December 2021 plane crash that killed pilot Donald Sefton and Valerie Serpa, director of Fallon’s Oats Park Art Center. The report found no evidence of engine failure and determined pilot error to have likely caused the crash.

According the report, Sefton radioed an air traffic controller shortly after departure to ask for instructions on when to turn. The controller replied that he would not call the turn and advised that the flight should proceed as planned. The plane made a 360° turn and descended below the cloud layer, where the Sefton became spatially disoriented for reasons that the NTSB was not able to determine.

Double Scoop learned about the NTSB report from KOBI Channel 5 in Medford, Oregon.

Arts council job open in Southern Nevada

The Nevada Arts Council is recruiting a full-time Cultural/Natural Resources Specialist to work in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Indian Springs, Jean, and Henderson. This position includes cultural and natural resource assessment, programming, funding, evaluation, survey, inventory, preservation, research, education, planning, mitigation, and recovery. Details here.



New downtown Reno gallery showcases Indigenous artists

A new gallery, Pottery of the Southwest, opened in October in The Basement in Downtown Reno. The gallery, formerly located in Santa Fe, showcases the work of Indigenous ceramicists and other artists who use traditional methods including hand-formed (not wheel-thrown) pieces and handmade paints. The gallery was founded by Mert Kenyon, who discovered a passion for Indigenous pottery from his father-in-law, John Blom, a collector of more than 2,000 pieces (some of which are now in the Nevada Museum of Art’s collection) and a co-author of books on Southwestern pottery.

—Jessica Santina


Artist opportunities with Nov. + Dec. deadlines

Creative Capital has published a list of grants, residencies, and other opportunities with January and February deadlines. Highlights include a residency in Italy for artists, writers, and researchers; a $5,000 cash prize for women, trans, and non-binary playwrights; and a residency in Joshua Tree National Park. The full list is here.


Cover image: Pottery of the Southwest Gallery. Photo: Jessica Santina

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Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.