New photo exhibits at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

August 9, 2013

It’s Photography Month at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center. A number of exhibits during August highlight the sights of Nevada as captured by some Silver State photographers.

  • “The Beauty Around Us” lecture by Jerry Fenwick – August 15, 7 p.m. Local photographer and author Jerry Fenwick gives us tips on capturing beautiful photographs in our own back yard. Fenwick’s photos have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and have received a variety of awards. Fenwick is co-author of the popular “Reno Now and Then” coffee table book, and the upcoming “Reno Now and Then II.” The beautiful photographs in his presentation were all taken locally.
  • The Mulcahy Collection – August 1 to August 31 – Select photos from the Museum Archives, featuring Walt Mucahy’s collection of Nevada ghost towns, railroads and mines. Mulcahy’s collection reveals insights into Nevada’s past.
  • “Stop the Car, Dad!” – A photographic journey through Nevada. Through September 3. A series of photographs by artist Erik Lauritzen, complimented by a collection of over 40 vintage cameras dating to the late 1800s. While traveling the often deserted roads of Nevada, photographer Lauritzen was captivated by the evidence of human presence affecting the Western landscape. From abandoned military installations to roadside vernacular architecture, the sites Lauritzen photographed reveal a certain irony often underlying everyday encounters in Nevada desert.
  • Great Reno Balloon Race Poster Collection – September 1 through September 30 – This is one of the most complete collections of Great Reno Balloon Race posters in existence, featuring posters from 1983 through and including 2006. As a special addition to the posters, view a 20 X 30 stained glass representation of four balloons which were all owned and flown in the Great Reno Balloon ace by pilot Jim Moss of California.
  • Historic B Street Photos is actually a mobile app titled “Sparks NV Historic Tours” available for download from the Apple Store and Google Play. This GPS based self-guided walking tour enables you to point your phone at a building on Victorian Avenue and see a picture of what it looked like 50 or 100 years ago.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center is located at 814 Victorian Avenue, on the corner with Pyramid Way and just off of I80. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, free for members and children under 12. For more information, call (775) 355-1144.

Source: Sparks Museum press release.

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