Vera Paints solo debut showcased an amazing amount of skill and passion. It is easy to see the hard work put into this art. The vibrant colors make the figures in each art piece look majestic in their realistic styles. Use of dedicated line work highlights subtle details that contrast soft and blending elements.
"One of the questions I'm always asked is who are the people in the paintings? They are all people that I know in life."
Vera makes a point to say that the paintings are referenced with photography, saying that photos are sometimes taken for granted because we live in an age where we can scroll throw hundreds of images so quickly. Painting something in this way makes the impact of the overall image so much stronger.
"Each painting represents a different God"
This art show was used to showcase the special people we know in our everyday life. To remind ourselves that not only are the people in our life majestic but also that..
"Anyone can be the person in the painting."
We look forward to what you will be working on next, thank you Vera.
The Potentialist Workshop
The Savage Mystic Gallery
East West Crossroads
Misstencil's Work is vibrant, full of culture, humorous and meticulous. Bringing some recent topics in the public's mind, the art brings a humor that is both kind and heart felt. Like the one family member that is always making people laugh. Being an immigrant to America Misstencil brings a lot of culture and another point of view with the goal of bringing people together and making them think about some of the issues we run in to sometimes. The number one fix for a problem is always to share a good meal! Misstencil's art shows this aspect by using food in many different ways.
Coming from a large background of street art, location is always important to Misstencil. Showcasing Burning man and other geographic locations to draw from. Each place has a special history, from the birthplace of Bruce Lee to some of the oldest trees on the planet at Bristal Cone.
"Not everyone can afford the time or money to go to a gallery art show, that's why I like to do street art. Someone could be going down the street on the bus and see my art on the way to work, and then it could be gone the next day."
Thanks for visiting us and showcasing your amazing work.
The Savage Mystic Gallery
The Potentalist Workshop
Cirque Ta Da
Anne Mirch is one of the kindest people iv ever met, and her art, some of the most interesting that iv seen.
There is an interesting combination of skill and whimsy that makes the mind wonder and imagen. Threw my talk with Anne we talked about a lot of things, the topic of loneliness came up, as Anne suggested that the greatest thing an artist can have is a community. A place where you can share your hard work, get feedback, and inspire others with your work. I think this is good advice, considering it came from a teacher that knows what they are talking about. Anne has gone through and experienced a lot amazing and hard things as we all will. It reminds me that we should always remember that someone as already gone through our hardships and faut throw them as well. The art on display this month was a story to teach and bring people together. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity with Anne and I will continue to support our strange little community.
The Potentialist Work Shop
The Savage Mystic Gallery
- Alfredo Becerra
This month at the Savage Mystic Gallery we are showcasing Jack Ryan. His show will be running throw the moth of august and its called...
..."it Prompts You to"...
Jack is one of the most interesting people to talk to, often times he will introduce himself as "a seller of Life-Assurance" or that he is in a program for "recovering narcissists". Jacks point of view is always an interesting one, his various travels around the country have contributed to this aspect. "I'm trying to reflect some of the beauty iv been shared" , the painting that he calls MerMex are in a way a reflection of the artis, a mirror frozen in time, he as even described them as music frozen in time. " One thing I have seen is that any one can look at these artworks and pick out their favorite one, this is due to the mass amount of colors and shapes that Jack makes with this technique. He is also able to produce a large amount of art and cover large spaces quickly.
"The Smoothness of the technique and the application of it has actually turned in to a kind of therapy."
If you had ever met Jack Ryan you might be caught off guard, he is definitely a character. "I couldn't make it in theater, so I had to become theater. " Most of the time when I speak with Jack he is cracking a joke that is interestingly disguised behind riddles and self made slang. I always enjoy speaking with him and unraveling the conversation to end up finding a humorous, kind hearted, somewhat political and fun rambling. So don't be so quick to judge something that you might not understand, "I know this is not for everyone", " I had make choices and give myself permission to be myself."
"It feels good to give forth , no mater who you are, and I had to find a safe way to do that."
I'm exited of the reception and hope to see you all there!
The Potentialist Work Shop
The Savage Mystic Gallery
I'm taking a quick break from painting here in the studio to fill you in on what's going on at the Potentialist coming up!
Today we've been getting set up to premier a new film by Fernando Biagioni and Chris Wyatt Scott! The show starts at 6pm tonight. We've also been consistently hosting figure drawing every Wednesday starting at 6pm. The film will premier in the gallery and nude drawing will continue in the back. (There's never a dull moment around here!)
Remember back in the day when this place was a theater? We're very excited to be able to invite you back for live theatrical performances with Stop Kiss! This is their closing weekend- their performances start at 7:30 this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with a final Sunday Matinee at 2pm. The show starts on time and lasts about 2 hours- make sure to get here early to find your seats!
Looking forward to the month of October, the Potentialist Gallery will feature a group exhibit curated by Asa Kennedy exploring the depths of vulnerability. The show is called Fear or Fantasy and the opening reception will be held on October 8th from 6-9pm. The opening reception will coincide with our 2nd Fridays Event from Magnus Sound Systems.
There's always lots going on around here, so please check out our website potentialistworkshop.com as well as our social media accounts to stay informed about art and music brought to you by our many prolific resident artists.
I'm going back to painting until the movie starts tonight at 6! I hope to see you here soon for our upcoming shows (and I'm looking forward to showing you what I've been working on at my gallery show here in December!!!) Keep Creating <3
Naomi Di Vine
You're Invited to an exhibition of traveling artists at the Savage Mystic Gallery on Saturday, August 21st, 2021 from 6-9pm. Niyonsenga Pacifique from Kigali, Rwanda performed and shared his art with us in the Potentialist Gallery around 5 years ago, and now he's back in Reno with his brother Trez Kwiz for the month of August. They've brought magnificent art from 9 different artists out of Niyo Arts Centre in Rwanda.
During the pandemic, The Potentialist Team has strived to keep art alive in the Biggest Little City. Our Workshop at 836 East Second Street continues to be a hub for artists to create and share their new works. You can stay in the loop with incredible monthly gallery exhibits, new productions and other events by visiting our website PotentialistWorkshop.com or following us on Facebook and Instagram.
Our current gallery exhibit features paintings by Potentialist Resident Artist Reena Spansail. An opening reception for Reena's show "Aridne's Path: The Mystery of the Labyrinth" will take place on Friday August 20, and a closing reception will take place on Saturday August 28.
While the Potentialist Workshop continues going strong, our team spent the summer creating an additional gallery for healing and spiritual arts located in Midtown Reno. The Savage Mystic Gallery (named for the owner Morgan Savage) will also host monthly gallery events. Visit Savagemysticart.com for more information about upcoming events or find us on Facebook and Instagram @savagemysticart. We hope to see you at Niyo Arts Reception on August 21 6-9pm at the new gallery at 538 South Virginia Street!
Pan Pantoja and the Potentialist Team
The Potentialists are pleased to invite you to join us at BRUKA THEATRE for the return of POEM MAN
one night only!
SATURDAY - November 9, 2019 7:30-9:00 PM:
Written and Performed by Pan Pantoja
ft. Weapons of Mass Creation and Jack Ryan
Pan Pantoja, Reno’s poet Laureate, is performing in a one man Potentialist play with music. Join us on this poetic expression of self change and growth as an ordinary man becomes the superhuman phenomenon the “Poem Man”.
This Performance is brought to you thanks to Bruka Theatre
THE BIGGEST little THEATRE NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2019
We encourage you to see other performances in the festival
November 6-November 10 (visit their event page for more info)
All STAGE READINGS - $5 PERFORMANCES - $10
We'll see you Saturday November 9, 2019! Keep Creating!
We've got a busy weekend coming up here at the Potentialist! Filled with Art and a whole lotta music!
Come through for the Speakeasy on Friday, June 14th. Live hip hop and beat battle kicks off at 8pm! 21+. $5 at the door. Everyone is welcome, just don't forget to ask for the password before arrive. Dm @speakeasy775 on Instagram for the password or send us an email back at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(ALSO We'd be remiss if we didn't tell you the return of Weapons of Mass Creation is at Shea's June 14 as well. This is Pan's band with a new line up, playing songs from their upcoming album! This is one of those nights you'll have to find a way to be in two places at once.)
The following night, Saturday June 15-- We're opening up a new show in the gallery featuring art by Athena Llamas, Doreen Mortenson, Reden Guerrero, and Courtney Vigo. The opening reception of ECLECTIC AESTHETIC starts at 6pm on Saturday. If for some reason you can't make it here that night, (we're hoping you're going to be here hanging out, dancing all weekend long) they'll be hosting gallery hours June 22-June 26 1-6pm leading up to their closing reception on the 26th.
As the opening reception calls it a night, we'll move to the theater for performances from Menacing Glare, Split Jaw and locals. This show comes to you from our friends Reno Pyrate Punx. This is an All Ages event! $7.
We're planning a plein-air painting trip to Pyramid Lake on Sunday June 23. Meet us at the Potentialist at 8:30am to caravan to the lake. Be sure to pack portable art supplies and sunscreen, maybe wear a swim suit and bring a small donation for gasoline.
We'll close the month out with a final reception for Eclectic Aesthetic in the gallery and a fundraiser for
Soulful seeds gardening coalition in the theater on June 26th!
I'll tell you now, because it's coming up so soon we can hardly believe it! July 1st- July 9th we're back in
the gallery with the David J. Drakulich Foundation for Freedom of Expression. Art made by locals veterans on paper made from military uniforms will be featured in the gallery through Independence Day. Gallery hours will be held 10am-5pm the 1st through the 9th.
On the evening of the July 1, we'll be hosting a concert in the theater featuring touring artists Peter J. Woods, Christopher Burns and local Solterona, and very local (resident artists from the Potentialist Workshop) Corner Store and Bitch about Robots (a new project coming from Jack Ryan and Naomi DiVine.)
We're looking forward to seeing you here this summer! In the meantime, we'll be outside painting murals and playing chess. Keep creating!
The Potentialist Team
As always, our workshop continues to create behind the scenes. We have huge murals and a new interactive performance in the works as well as new records on the way. Keep an eye out for exhibits in our gallery from Rose Barry (March 8 5-10pm) and Nick Noyes (March 30), along with our first Winnemucca Ranch field trip of the year and big news from Weapons of Mass Creation coming up soon in the month of March. Visit our website for upcoming events or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. We look forward to seeing you soon! Keep creating!
With love, the Potentialist Family
We celebrated the 4th of July folding cranes with veterans from the Drakulich Foundation for Freedom of Expression. We hosted figure drawing classes with Jen Charboneau and learned new instruments with Reno Rock Camp.
Our residents showed their work in galleries such as Sierra Arts and the Holland Project, and all over our walls here with new murals popping up almost daily. You can hear the music from our downstairs recording studios all hours of the day.
(above) Leona Novio painting in the Potentialist Abbotoir. Mural by Leona Novio, Jack Ryan, Naomi DiVine, and Pan Pantoja, (below) Axiom Pantoja
In the Gallery
“You + Mɘ = Wɘ”
Gallery Reception: Saturday, June 9th 6 - 9pm
This June, come enjoy Live Music as we explore the new works by Las Vegas artist and pillar of the Las Vegas Arts community, Alexander P. Huerta in his upcoming solo art exhibition "You + Mɘ = Wɘ" presented by The Potentialist Workshop.
This exhibition will be composed of two bodies of work:
•The Vintage Urban Collection which are mixed media paintings that are black & white in theme and explore humanity and togetherness. It is where the artist examines neighborhoods and the people that populate them.
•The Radiant Collection which are mixed media paintings that are vibrant in color and mainly large bodies of work. These are a collection of the artist's thoughts in the moment.
The purpose of this exhibition is to take the viewer on a visual tour of Alexander's journey towards his truth while providing a platform for the viewer to speak their own and through such, remind locals and visitors alike the importance of unity, peace and self discovery.
Come find your Truth...
Silver EP Release @ Cheney Street Block Party
June 3rd 6pm - ???
Catch Silver during the Cheney Street Block Party for the release of their debut EP “Rock’n’Roll is Dead”.
Enjoy the summer weather with a beer garden, food specials, live painting by Joe C. Rock, and fortune telling with Pan Pantoja.
“Silver is Reno rock gold. Its often twangy rock songs stick to you like honey.” -Tony Contini, Tahoe Onstage
You ready to boogie? We are.
All Ages | Free
Performed by Kormick Jones (Cason MacBride) of The Boxclub
COMING THE WEEK OF JULY 16TH.
"I want to provide a safe, accepting space, for people to create momentary cultural engagement without the dependency on substance, space, and pre-existing traditions.
I will live as my hobo Clown Kormick Jones for one week leading up to The Potentialist Workshop summer event in July and provide 2 workshops during the week on immersive theater and character work."
- Cason MacBride
Loyalty Cards are officially out Now!
Building a strong community takes work, effort... and sometimes free coffee.
The Potentialist Workshop host's a pop-up cafe' in our Art Gallery once a month, giving our awesome Reno/Tahoe/Sparks community, a place to relax, communicate, and enjoy some art.
Each month the pop-up cafe' will be announced a week prior to the event date. It is casual, and open to anyone. (June TBA...)
Join the Community on Facebook for event details.