Art exhibit captures Reno 30 years ago

Published: Dec. 18, 2019 at 6:52 PM PST
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What do you do with a degree in fine arts?

Thirty years ago Bob Adams' answer was "Move to Reno and become a craps dealer."

And that's exactly what he did, pursuing graduate education in art, working at Harrah's and, in whatever time was left, painting the community around him.

Adams lives in Alabama these days, but some of the work he did here has returned and is on display at the McKinley Park Arts and Cultural Center.

"Along the Truckee River: A Bob Adams Retrospective" opened this week.

His canvasses-reflect his approach to art, produced out in the street, an approach he apparently still uses today.

"You can tell he's out there painting," says Reno's Public Arts Coordinator Megan Berner. "Some of them are on unstretched canvas of what he sees. So they have a loose style. There's some movement and energy to them."

They can be appreciated as art, of course, but locals will also experience a wave of nostalgia as much of what he portrayed, landmarks now gone, reflect the smaller, simpler Reno of the 1980's.

The show runs through January 24, 2020. A reception will be held Thursday December 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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