Former Junkee building’s new owner plans to keep murals
The 1927 brick building at 960 S. Virginia St. in Reno, which formerly housed Junkee Clothing Exchange, was purchased by Marmot Properties and is expected to be renovated and leased as six separate retail spaces, as reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 6. The Center Street side of the building features a mural painted in 2016 by Joe C Rock and Erik Burke, depicting the faces of 10 people who’ve each played a role in Nevada history, including Wavoka, Dat So La Lee, Jack Johnson, and Mark Twain.
“We’re definitely keeping those murals,” Marmot CEO Batuhan Zadeh wrote in an email today. “We will add some commercial store front doors, adding wider doors to that wall, but it shouldn’t affect the mural too much.”
Truckee Roundhouse announces scholarship program
The Truckee Roundhouse Community Makerspace in Truckee announced a new Class Scholarship Program on Feb. 6, which grants individuals $275 per quarter to cover enrollment in classes in wood, metal, textiles, ceramics, and technology. Anyone age 16 and up can apply for up to two scholarships per year. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate financial need and live in the North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Truckee, and Summit areas. Application and info here.
Elko has a new artists directory
The Elko Art Foundation has launched the Elko Arts Directory, intended to help connect people and businesses with Elko artists and art organizations. A listing costs $12. Directory and info here.
Deadline for Reno art commission applications Feb. 16
The deadline to apply for the two vacancies on the Reno Arts and Culture Commission—one reserved for an arts educator, the other open to anyone—is next Friday, Feb. 16. To apply, fill out the Boards and Commissions Application on the City’s website.
Nevada Fine Arts has a new owner
Artist and art instructor Mandy Medlin announced on Instagram on Feb. 8 that she has purchased Nevada Fine Arts, the independent art supply shop in midtown Reno, from its previous owners Debbie Wolff & Mark Hammon. “Debbie has had the store for the last 22 years, and Mark has been her partner for 10+ of those,” Medlin wrote. “The store has been owned by women for the 55 years it has been operating.”
UNR at the Lake MFA applications open
Applications for the Low-Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at the University of Reno at Lake Tahoe (formerly Sierra Nevada University) are open through May 1, with a priority deadline of Feb. 15. The program is designed for students balancing additional commitments such as work and family. It requires a two and a half year commitment that largely involves distance learning, and two intensive, 10-day, on-campus residences. Application and info here.
Cover photo: This section of Joe C Rock and Erik Burke’s mural in Reno—on the back of the brick building at 960 S. Virginia St. and facing Center Street—includes the likenesses of Frederic DeLongchamps, Dat So La Lee, Wovoka, and Ben Palmer. The mural extends to the north and also includes Michael Heizer, Jeanne Wier, Abraham Lincoln, Jack Johnson, Sarah Winnemucca, and Mark Twain. Photo: Kris Vagner