Downtown Elko is about to go through a transformation bigger than any it has seen since Union Pacific moved out its tracks in the early 1980s. On September 26-29, 36 artists will change the landscape with the Elko Mural Expo, painting 55 walls. This will bring beautiful art to public places.
We recognize the importance of public spaces being an agent for people coming together in the creation and celebration of culture. The Elko Mural Expo is allowing us to collaborate with local business owners and private residents to transform walls that, once muraled, will strengthen downtown.
This inaugural, four-day event also will create a collective identity and serve as a catalyst for continued revitalization, crossing economic, social and cultural boundaries.
What’s happening during the event:
- Watch artists painting their murals, day and night.
- Art-in-the-Alley: Elko youth are invited to paint on Saturday from xx to xx at 5th Street in the alley between Railroad and Idaho streets.
- Docent-led mural tours on Friday at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m.
- Saturday Wine Walk, presented by the Downtown Business Association, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Group show of participating muralist’s artwork on exhibit at Western Folklife Center
- Film screening and discussion at Western Folklife Center
- Virtual Reality Reno Mural Tour at Western Folklife Center presented by the University of Nevada, Reno
- Nightly music and DJs at multiple venues, and a Boozy Brunch with acoustic music at DLC Gallery.
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Christina Angelina – Venice, Calif.
Christina Angelina, also known as “Starfightera,” is a Venice, Los Angeles-based visual artist, photographer, and gallerist. Angelina is internationally renowned for her public art and large-scale figurative murals. She was a featured artist in the Google Art Project’s Street Art Collection, which was launched in 2016
Nathaniel Benjamin – Reno, NV
Nathaniel Benjamin‘s family moved throughout the United States during his childhood, spending the most time in the Midwest. He studied graphic design in Flagstaff, AZ, then took a three-year hiatus to explore America by bicycle. In 2013 he settled in Reno, NV, where he currently is an art student at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to studying printmaking, Nathaniel is a sign painter, muralist and chalk artist for local businesses.
Hernan Borrero – Reno, NV
Hernan Borrero is a muralist born and raised in Reno, NV. From a young age, his art has been inspired by cartooning and comic books. Around 15 years old, he was introduced to graffiti art, which became his new inspiration. His style incorporates cartoons, illustrations, and lettering to produce intriguing works of art. As he continues to do murals, he enjoys finding new ways to express his creativity.
Erik Burke – Reno, NV
Erik Burke lives in Reno, NV and creates place-specific murals throughout the world. His pairing of photographic representation with impressionistic painting is complemented by a strong sense of design. In his work, one can see how painting reflects a deep interest in storytelling and the narrative power of images to reactivate a variety of spaces.
Past works have included: creating a 40-acre ground drawing in the USA, making a body of work while bicycling 2000 miles across Europe, leading art workshops with communities in need around the globe, and painting more than 200 murals. His latest works can be seen in Spain, Bosnia Herzegovina, South Korea, Italy, and closer to home in Reno.
His work has been published in the book “Street Art; The Best Urban Art from Around the World,” The Huffington Post, and the NYTimes.
Stephane Cellier – Virginia City, NV/ Paris, France
Stephane Cellier describes his painting style as “enigmaticlassic.”
Classically trained, Cellier has pushed a very complex technique from the XVIth century, called “Multiple Transparent Glazing.” He has superimposed up to 50 layers of different transparent colors, in order to create a unique “shine through” stained-glass effect. His enigmatic subjects will have a different meaning for each viewer, with their own emotions reflecting on a painting.
He calls this “reflecting paintings.”
An ambitious creative with roots in Minneapolis, MN, Jennifer Charboneau completed her Fine Arts degree in 2008 at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. For more than 10 years, Charboneau traveled to 21 different countries, living as a nomadic artist. Its creative energy, the expansive landscapes to explore, and events like Burning Man, have inspired her to make Reno home. Inspired by her travels and explorations, Charboneau’s work typically reflects subtle observations of people, landscapes, and social dialog. What begins as chaotic pen sketches and captured moments in prose, later becomes refined gestural abstractions of form and movement. She is a visual philosopher who is out to absorb all that this life has to show — then spit it out onto canvas and paper as chaotically and yet beautifully as it was first observed.
Bryce Chisholm is an artist born and raised in Reno, NV — The Biggest Little City in the World. Subjects from history, elements of propaganda and nostalgia play prominent roles in his work. Bryce has always had a fondness for undervalued beauty. Finding the best parts of a gritty city has led to his love of graffiti and street art. He has painted in many mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and spray paint — basically anything he can get his hands on. He loves to paint and will do it on just about any surface he can. Stencils have been Bryce’s passion for several years. But he always remembers that they are just one of many tools used to get his desired results.
Jamie Darragh is a 25-year-old mixed-media artist. She was born and raised in Northern Nevada and currently resides in Reno. She is passionate about her community, and truly loves Northern Nevada and all of its hidden talent and beauty. She loves mural painting, acrylic painting, woodworking, and trying new techniques. Jamie is very excited to be a part of such an awesome event in Elko and believes that art is the best way to bring people together.
Katy Ann Fox
Katy Ann Fox wanders through the West, witnessing windblown mountains and sunlight to gather emotion and imagery for her paintings. Her brushstrokes foster a feeling of peace and respect for her subject as she focuses on texture and color harmony. She grew up in northern Idaho, moved to San Francisco, California for her Masters in Fine Art degree at the Academy of Art University, and now makes her art in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. This will be her first mural.
Adam Hernandez was born and raised in the Bronx to a family of musicians and performers. As a kid, the graffiti covering every surface of his city spoke to him. Hernandez is self-taught. He has exhibited work and painted murals in cities across the US and also internationally in Cape Town, South Africa.
Hernandez has also been featured in multiple publications. He recently was named the Best Artist in Columbus, Ohio by the Columbus Alive. His characters exist in the Land Of Thunderbirds, a mythical world he created to tell the stories of heroes and gods. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.
What Justin Johnson enjoys about the arts and murals is it gives artists the opportunity to impact places and cultures they might not experience otherwise. Coordinating with many groups and organizations, Justin sees the arts as a universal thread that reflects who artists are while connecting communities. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
William M. Louis is the artist behind BiltsLouisArt. Born in Suva on the island of Fiji, Bill’s artistic talents and inspirations are multifaceted, akin to his diverse cultural heritage. Growing up in Reno, NV, Bill has lived in various cities, including Seattle and San Francisco, before moving to Salt Lake City in 2011.
Pursuing a passion for the arts from an early age, his stylistic influences pay homage to an experience of surveying vibrant topographies and adapting to changing cultural landscapes, while remaining dedicated to his family and a Polynesian culture rich with tradition. Cultivating a visual language of his own, Bill’s influences cull from West Coast graffiti art to early contemporary masters such as Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. His street art influences are Revok, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Mr. G. Many of Bill’s recent works have been inspired by digital and cultural art as well. He specializes in a variety of mediums, including acrylic and oil paints, watercolor, ink, aerosol, sculpture, music production and digital graphic arts.
He has collaborated with many street artists from Los Angeles to London and resides in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
Mark “Steel Wool” Salinas is the founding Director of Arts & Culture for Carson City and a governor-appointed Board Member of the Nevada Arts Council. He is a recipient of the 2019 Nevada Humanities Rising Star Award.
Prior to relocating to Nevada in 2016, Salinas lived in New York City for 19 years. In his neighborhood of Queens, Salinas founded 7Train Murals, a non-profit mural organization of volunteers assembled to revitalize vacant and vandalized public spaces in neighborhoods along the 7Train subway system. Over 8,000 square feet of community-made, site-specific, outdoor murals are to his credit, having initiated and organized grassroots collaborations with the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, Alpha Phi Omega, the Boy Scouts of America, New York University, LaGuardia Community College, St. John’s University, the U.S. Postal Service, and numerous business improvement districts.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz appointed Salinas to Queens Community Board 2 where he served on the Arts & Cultural Affairs Committee. His community beautification efforts have been recognized by New York State Senators, City Council, and the New York City Mayor. He currently lives in Carson City, NV.