Regeneration: An exhibit of art that breathes new life – into life

From new life and new ideas, to simply finding new meaning or passing on knowledge to others, “Regeneration” is all about creating and celebrating something that is new for the fourteen artists participating in this year’s Wild Women art exhibition at the Wilbur D. May Museum.

The many meanings to the concept of regeneration is the inspiration behind this year’s exhibit and sale which will be held at the museum during the weekend of November 4 – 6, 2011.

“We have each taken the word regeneration and made it our own,” the artists’ statement says. “We as a group choose to explore the creative, setting our goals in a positive direction. The effort in going back to our individual skills and breathing new life into what we do brings comfort and celebration in knowing that each of us uses our own hands and our own skills to create works of beauty.”

This year’s artists include Jimmie Benedict – quilted, pieced and embroidered clothing, Kathleen Durham – stories in cloth and clay, Gretchen Ericson – baskets, Claudia Knous – felt sculptures, vessels and scarves, Kristen Frantzen Orr – art glass beads, Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk – clay , Gail Rappa – jewelry, Sidne Teske – soft pastel paintings, Barbara Uriu – jewelry, Pat Wallis – paintings on copper; and Karel Hendee – silk paintings. The exhibit also features guest artists Lara Alberti and Ron Arthaud.

Several of the artists will participate in a demonstration day at the May Museum from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information about the individual artists, please see the attached pdf file.

What: Wild Women Artists “Regeneration” exhibit and sale

Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno

When: Friday, November 4: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 6: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Entry into the exhibit area is free

Contact: (775) 785-5961

Weekend highlights:

Meet the Artists Opening Night Reception from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4

Artists Demos with Tea and Scones at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day:

Friday, November 4: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Pat Wallis, “Oil Painting on Copper” 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Jimmie Benedict, “Stitches and Color”

Saturday, November 5: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Barbara Prodaniuk, “Clay: Layering Imagery and Textures” 3:00 – 3:30 p.m Gretchen Ericson, “Regenerated Newspaper Basket”

Sunday, November 6: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Karel Hendee, “Luminous Landscapes with Silk” 3:00 – 3:30 p.m Ron Arthaud, “Painting from Life as I See It”

Underwood Children’s Story Hour with Kathleen Durham at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5

A raffle will be held during the show to support the annual “Wild Women Emerging Artist Award,” given in conjunction with the Nevada Museum of Art’s National Scholastic Art Awards. More information about the Wild Women Artists is available at

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