Author Archives: Logan Lape

First Exhibition of the New Year: Landscape Mythologies

David Semeniuk, Landscape Permutation 2 (2010)

Featuring FIELD, Oscar Lhermitte, Christine Nguyen, Mike Ruiz, David Semeniuk

Landscape Mythologies explores the interpretation of landscape by methods of fabrication and narration. It investigates if our view of the world can be unfolded through translations of physical, virtual and imagined spaces. Riddled with half-truths, the interpretations on display hold a fluid footing between imaginary or unverifiable existence and the real thing.

Exhibition Dates: January 17 – February 15

Reception: January 31, 5-7pm
Lecture by David Semeniuk: 5:45pm

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David Semeniuk currently lives and works in Vancouver B.C., Canada. He is a formally trained scientist, and an autodidactic artist. David’s art practice is an aesthetic extension of his scientific exploration, in which he uses the medium of photography to experiment with how we experience everyday spaces.

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Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College
Prim Library, 3rd Floor
999 Tahoe Boulevard
Incline Village, NV 89451

Gallery hours: 9am-5pm

Imagining a picture and its contents as a single point, Heath uses multiples to create an environment where we can see a single point grow. In this stop motion video, the images develop and build, all while the commentary keeps us grounded in our places.  We have to allow our minds to travel out on to the playa, but as we listen, introspection of what we are in this world, where we are in this world, and why we are in this world is brought into question.  These are our choices, this is Overlook.

A New Inhabitant of the Parking Lot

A 1958 Streamline trailer has made its home behind the art building recently. A joint purchase between the department, Tahoe Gallery and Student Gallery Club, the trailer is destined to become a mobile gallery. Work has already begun on the project and if you are in the area this summer and interested in lending a hand you can find us on Tuesday/Thursday afternoons out in the parking lot. The interior had previously been gutted, but there is a bit of cleaning to be done on the interior walls, buffing and polishing on the exterior, flooring to be laid and other little fun projects.

No new project is complete without a fiasco though, right? Luckily we got that one checked off the list early on. In transporting the trailer up from Reno, we had a small issue with some door hinges that sent a decently sized hunk of aluminum (yes, the door) flying through the air alongside Hwy 395. We were able to toss it into my car and to the amazement of all there was nearly no damage at all. Above is a nice shot of the doorless trailer parked in the meadows alongside Mt. Rose. Classy huh?

SNC Goes to NCECA to Create Proposed Installation

Photo by Karl Schwiesow

On March 23, 2012, nine students and two faculty headed up north to Seattle, WA to the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts. One student in particular, Karl Schwiesow, proposed a clay installation to Seattle’s juried exhibition for public display entitled “Weather or Not?’ It was based on NCECA’s annual theme, this one entitled: “On the Edge.”

The installation brought together ‘contrasting elements of the industrial cityscape and organic nature’ and focused on the environmental impacts and issues of sustainability.

“The relationship between the clay and refuse from which the effigies are constructed and their industrial counterpart, mankind, becomes apparent through the degradation by the erosive weathering processes of nature. Through erosion, the structural framework of the installation is revealed to create subtle tension between mediums. Raw clay bodies show the fragility and vulnerability of species under the pressure of mankind; rigid sub-structures that supported the species also allude to a darker corner of human bi-products’ impact. In this way the effigies stand in a gesture of submission to the surrounding metropolis.”

An excerpt from Karl’s proposal explaining the intricate details of the process

Interview with Karl Schwiesow

Tell us about the installation.
It was a collaborative project, ‘Weather or Not’ was the title of the show. We extrapolated a formula to create these figures that would deteriorate over time. So we put together a proposal and we sent it off and got it accepted . . . and we were like ‘great,’ it’s actually going to happen, so let’s do it. Basically we came up with a list of endangered species indigenous to the area, we used those as our statement through the weathering and deterioration of these sculptures. The sculptures were unfired clay that we had sourced locally, and the deterioration symbolized the impact of humans on that specific species. On our trip up we sourced many materials locally and assembled them inside the large cityscape. It was a cool contrast and unique to see when they weathered. When we got there and installed, it sat there for the week of the conference. Then we took it down when we left.

Photo by Karl Schwiesow

Elaborate on the locally sourced materials
Well, we searched on these fire roads and we found a spot that was off the road aways; next to this refuse heap of yard waste we found hypodermic needles and stuff in this one corner. Then we had to hike through the blackberry bushes and up this bog, then up a slope and collected buckets of clay and took them back to the truck. Afterwords, we loaded them into burlap bags.

Photo by Karl Schwiesow
Photo by Karl Schwiesow

We also took fallen trees and other kind of elements
When we built these figures, we wrapped them with chicken wire and stuffed them full of trash. We covered them with clay and formed them into these sculptures of endangered species.

Q: What did spectators think of the installation?
Many people were walking by and they were like, “What the hell are you doing?”

Q: What was going on at the conference?
NCECA is a big meeting place for clay nerds. Basically, we had a booth and met people that were walking around and talked to them about our programs. It is an annual nation wide conference, any school can come and represent themselves. Various east coast schools to Kansas to New York to Florida, Michigan, Texas, California were represented. There were several practicing professional artists and professors. It’s pretty cool to meet all of those people outside of the studio, and just be like, ‘oh they’re just real people’ and go and tap them on the shoulder.

Photo by Karl Schwiesow
Q: How was the food and weather at the conference?
There was a burrito window that was good. We had great weather setting up. The weather was nice, it was too not hot and the sun was out. If it was raining or windy, everything would’ve fallen apart.

Interview by Chelsea Christoph & Rachael Robertson

A Workshop with Joanna Frueh: The Glamour of Being Real

Tomorrow (Friday, March 2), visiting scholar, teacher, and artist Joanna Frueh will conduct a workshop in conjunction with her performance tonight at UNR, The Glamour of Being Real. Spots are currently still available, register at
Goals and Intentions

Workshops facilitate participants being true to themselves through practices of self-transformation and conscious self-creation. 

I bring to this workshop my 35 years of teaching experience as a university professor, my decades of bodily and scholarly research into soul-and-mind-inseparable-from-body, and my desire to help women in particular transform the negative habits of mind and body that pervade our culture in regard to women. I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art in 2008 for satisfying that desire; as that organization wrote, “for helping forge a positive image of women as they experience life passionately.” 

What We Do in the Workshop

The book The Glamour of Being Real is composed of 5 chapters, Glamour Defined, Change, Body, Relationships, and Everyday Life. The basis of each workshop is the first chapter, which gives participants new ways to think about and activate trust in themselves. Then we focus on one of the chapter topics. Conversation and effectively simple body and mind practices are the methods for exploring self-creation and self-transformation—and for having fun. 

Make yo’ World GO PUFF !!

Heres a tiny little tease of the magical creations Ive seen these days around the west coast. It feels as if a second renaissance is well on the way even tho to a majority of the populace it might not be aware of it, people are radiating their love of life and the world thru vibrant colors that express our inner self. This rebirth of creativity is facing great growth – it goes hand in hand with the development of today’s music scene with a stronger emphasis in the underground bass culture. Many artists can be seen year round at different events but the high season for the market comes with the large amount of music festivals around the country during summer.

 Its a pleasure to demonstrate here these artists who have taken fashion to new levels. Making one of a kind products they’re able to create a unique style of clothing designs as well as other accessories. This is part of a response to a world overwhelmed with corporate commercialism of synthetic and many times booooringgg products that the mainstream offers. Instead they have created great networks of artists who share knowledge and skills to evolve all as one in a very creative and unique way. 

Evan Smith

Evan smith has dropped all aliases and can be found any where the seen has not seen, if u know what I mean. We are collaboratering on a movement that loves to break the boundaries of practicalia and part of the message is , “it’s OK” I strive to let people be right, with their own thoughts beliefs and opinions. Society loves to tell people they are incorrect and that” I” know best so you are wrong and over looks the outrageously obvious… If it feels rite to U in ur universe, whats wrong with it? GO WITH IT! The sad fact is people let them selfs be stuck, hindered and uninspired for a living. We all have so much to offer and we are all amazing artist, we just need the right tools, art is life and this is the art of life! How did u create ur life? Is it exciting or are u stuck doing some thing u despise? If ur not happy with what u have painted… Start a new image u would love to portray (NOW). This may sound like a ranting tangent and it may be…but I just want to let u know that puff paint is more than a silly kids arts and craft project, it’s one of many mediums that have helped people shred the box of robot society limitations by letting people be right. The potential applications are endless, our friends come up with new skills and tricks we all conglomerate together in to a gnarled out free biter culture. If some one gets upset because some one took “their thing”… Fronxin deal wit it! Because any and all styles/trends are originated from out side influences, people build their lives/personalities based on every thing they have ever seen and related to. We are all ripping off some thing and the point is, it dose not matter, if your the didactic daredevil U claim to be, then u will just come up with some thing new. Sharing is caring, that’s write I dropped it! Selfishness is what has got the world in to the squallered out state of being it is in, along side with secrets, deception, lies and ego. For our world to thrive we must teach and be open to learning, to pass on the old wisdom to the youth. So much truth and knowledge has been lost to time, so isn’t it about time to share so we can get some where? Puff paint has been an amazing catalyst that has expanded my imagination and taken me so much farther than schools or jobs, it showed me paths to becoming free and completely ME!

Coming Soon ; Nick yings

And much more on the way !!! :) :) :)

Bless <3

2011 A+E Conference at the NMA – Ticket Sponsorship

Upcoming this month is the Art + Environment Conference at the Nevada Museum of Art ( from September 29 – October 1. The conference “brings together artists, scholars, designers, and writers for a dialogue that fosters new knowledge in the visual arts. During the Conference, the Museum’s galleries feature exhibitions that question our relationships with natural, built, and virtual environments, while serving as a springboard for Conference sessions
and keynote presentations.”

Art museums can be temples to culture or cultural catalysts. They can be passive and predictable or unpredictably idea-driven. Museums can watch the world pass them by, or they can shape the trajectory of its course. Art and ideas matter here. We see art that challenges minds, melds environments and cultures, and responds to the uncertainties of the future. Art has a point of view and it deserves a voice at the table. That’s what the Art + Environment Conference gives it.

This year, Gallery Club has sponsored the purchase of 5 student tickets to the conference. They are opening up eligibility to receive these tickets to all current Sierra Nevada College students. Any interested students can submit a 1-page, double-spaced paper addressing why they would like to attend the conference and what benefit it would have to their work. Submissions are due Tuesday, September 20 and selections will be made by the Fine Arts faculty. Please send all papers to Logan Lape ( Notifications will be sent out later that week.

Due to the limited number of tickets available from Gallery Club, they and the Fine Arts Department invite any students not selected to purchase their own ticket join their fellow students at the conference (

Events this week

Need some art in your life this week? Here it is:

Leo Villareal – Animating Light at the Nevada Museum of Art

Saturday from 6-8pm there is an opening reception at the NMA for Leo Villareal’s exhibition of light sculptures.

This one is SURE to be a party!Celebrate the artist’s place of inspiration by wearing your favorite burner costume outfitted with LEDs. Meet the artist and experience his vibrant artworks accompanied by the beats of DJ James Healy (Escape Art) live in the atrium. Come and be dazzled by Reno’s-own Controlled Burn and BoHoHoops. A cash bar will be available. 

Admission is free for Museum members with valid member card. Kids Open Art Studio is available from 6 – 8 pm / $4. 

Non-members may attend for the general Museum admission price. 

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Bella Petunia’s Winter Art Show (Featuring works by Molly Allen)

Wednesday, March 9 · 5:00pm – 10:00pm at the Fat Cat in Tahoe City

Showing the photography of Molly Allen and art of John Hawley and Jill Colbert. Also featuring the DeFlowered Arts Market with locally handcrafted jewelry, clothing, accessories and more. Fire dancing by the Tahoe Burn Tribe. Incredible balloon sculptures by Sean Rogers. Soundtrack by the super groovy DJ Double Digit. After party by micah j. Complimentary hors d’oeurvres. All ages until 9pm.

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Andrew Heoppner – Uncanny Reminiscence

The BFA show season begins!
Thursday, March 10 · 5:00pm