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‘Big Deal’ Exhibition in Carson City; artist reception June 26

Artist Joan Arrizabalaga celebrates Nevada’s gaming industry with her large embroidery and mixed-media gaming machines in the Big Deal exhibit.

The Capital City Arts Initiative exhibit is at WNC’s Bristlecone Gallery in Carson City. The show opened on May 15; the gallery is open to the public, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The artist reception will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, with an artist introduction at 5:30 PM

Arrizabalaga has been creating and showing her art for more than four decades. Arrizabalaga creates both sculptural pieces and flat work using clay, wood, metal, fabric, machine and hand embroidery and found objects.

She is known for works of art about Nevada and the casinos, but also uses common gaming materials such as felt, dice and cards. Arrizabalaga has participated in many group and one-person exhibitions regionally and nationally, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

She is a graduate of the University of Nevada and studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm Pottery, Guerneville, California. She lived in London for three years in the 1970s and was deeply inspired by the life and times, glitz, glitz and art of the British rock and roll world.

As wardrobe mistress and dresser to the stars at Harrah’s Reno, Arrizabalaga got a closer look at the classic casino and found a great source of ideas. Her art can be seen in numerous private, corporate and public collections.

Arrizabalaga has received the “Artist of the Year” award from the Nevada State Council on the Arts.

For information, visit www.ccainv.org.

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