Artown with Friends of Nevada Wilderness

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Stitched iPhone panoramic of my aluminum prints at the Friends of Nevada Wilderness office in Spark, Nevada

Stitched iPhone panoramic of my aluminum prints at the Friends of Nevada Wilderness office in Spark, Nevada

When my friend, Shevawn Von Tobel, sent out her notice about Friends of Nevada Wilderness looking for art to hang in their office during Artown, my first thought was to submit some images from my  Nighttime in Nevada project. During my spring break, I had been down in Southern Nevada shooting star trails, and I had plans to photograph a lot more nighttime scenes this summer. Thankfully, Kurt Kuznicki, my other friend over at Friends of Nevada Wilderness, told me not to submit any images with manmade stuff, so when I went out for my June nighttime photography outing, I only photographed natural locations. I setup a Dropbox folder for Shevawn and uploaded images from McDonalds WiFi while on the road in order to show her my submissions. It was a lot of work and a bit of a gamble, but it was a lot of fun and totally worked out. I ended up hanging six metal prints, five from my June nighttime outing and one from my March star trails outing in Southern Nevada.

Nevada's Blue Lakes are really hard to reach and in a very remote location. It is a white knuckle drive that I probably won't make again until I hear about the roads being improved.

Nevada’s Blue Lakes are really hard to reach and in a very remote location. It is a white knuckle drive that I probably won’t make again until I hear about the roads being improved.

Interestingly, Reno’s Artown began in 1996 as a festival in downtown Reno with the purpose of promoting art, and it has grown into one of the biggest art festivals in the country with over 100 businesses and non-profit groups like Friends of Nevada Wilderness participating. The intention, in my opinion, is to help promote Reno as a great town that is not only a gambling destination. Personally, I love Reno and think that it is a fantastic place to live and enjoy life, so I am more than honored to be involved with the Artown event.

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Nevada’s Black Rock Desert is where I originally fell in love with nighttime in Nevada photography, so it was my first stop during my June run of collecting new images.

So if you are lucky enough to be a Renoite, or you just happen to be passing through “The Biggest Little City in the World,” my six metal prints and great art from other artists will be hanging on the wall for the rest of July at the Friends of Nevada Wilderness office at 1360 Greg St, #111 in Sparks, Nevada. The old maintenance man at my apartment building once jokingly  told me that “Reno is so close to hell that you can see Sparks,” but I totally disagree. Reno is so close to getting away from light pollution that you can see the heavens. Or, if you don’t want to drive an hour outside of town in the middle of the night when the moon isn’t out, you can see it on my metal prints for the rest of the month in Sparks.

Great Basin National Park really means a lot to me for many reasons. First of all, it's just flat out gorgeous, and it doesn't receive many visitors. Second, Wheeler Peak, the mountain featured in this photo, is the tallest mountain that I have ever climbed. Finally, it has terrific dark skies at night with very little light pollution.

Great Basin National Park really means a lot to me for many reasons. First of all, it’s just flat out gorgeous, and it doesn’t receive many visitors. Second, Wheeler Peak, the mountain featured in this photo, is the tallest mountain that I have ever climbed. Finally, it has terrific dark skies at night with very little light pollution.

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