Top artists boost local journalism at Art Talks

Splendid works being created at Reno News & Review fundraiser

On Sept. 23 in Reno, art celebrates craft.

That’s when 15 leading local artists are coming together to support the craft of independent local journalism. The artists are the marquee attraction at the Reno News & Review Art TALKS Benefit, an event that helps RN&R fund compelling coverage not beholden to a giant corporate parent or other parties.

At the event, the artists will create Quick Draw works in 90 minutes, offering folks a window onto their artistic process. Guests may bid on Quick Draw works and on works donated by other local artists for the Boneyard silent auction.

To get folks primed for bidding, here’s an advance look at the Quick Draw Artists and some of their works.



Work shown below: Portrait of Piarres Erdozaintzi. Oil on canvas.

Zoe Bray trained as an anthropologist and painter in Europe, emigrating from the Basque Country to Nevada in 2011. “I produce life-size portraits of people, created in collaboration with them, over long periods of time . . . to gain a deep personal understanding of the person,” she says.

Zoe has produced portraits of Nevada Basques that were part of a show that recently returned to Nevada after touring the Basque Country for two years. Her portraits will be shown in the “Face to Face” exhibition that debuts in October at the Carson City Courts building.



Work shown below: Maneki-Neko. Block print.

Frankie Colburn originally attended university to study painting, but while freelancing as a graphic designer, she was introduced to printmaking. She has been block printing and screen printing ever since.

Her work, she says, is mainly influenced by Japanese motifs and often features repeating patterns. Frankie’s prints have been displayed in shows in Reno at West Street Market, Ferino Distillery and Nevada Fine Arts.



Work shown below: Peace. Metallic ink on aluminum.

During her career, Margie Enlow has immersed herself in the worlds of art and design: as a fine artist, a graphic designer, an art director, a gallerist, even an art store manager.

Her current practice is equally diverse. She is working on a drawing book of birds and a series of birds painted with metallic inks on wood panels, aluminum and canvas. Margie balances this avian enthusiasm with intricately constructed solar chandeliers: outdoor light sculptures that turn on at night.



Work shown below: Pray for Rain. Oil pastel smudge technique.

Carol Foldvary-Anderson says her art is a continual process of questioning: “What can I do with this material? How can I develop this idea? Where will this lead me to?”

At one time, assisted by a grant from Sierra Arts Foundation, Carol created more than 50 large-scale sculptures out of bulletin board paper, works now destroyed because they could not be moved. Her calligraphy hangs in the halls of the Nevada State Legislature. The oil pastel smudge technique she developed is showcased in the work directly above.



Work show below: Mayberry Park. Pastel on black paper.

Roger Kinnaman has worked as an artist for more than 50 years. His primary medium is pastel drawing, but his ecumenical practice includes works in oil, acrylic, charcoal, clay and stone. His works have appeared in more than 120 solo and group shows, including more than a dozen museum exhibitions.

Roger is in the permanent collections of The Carter Center in Atlanta, Indiana University Fine Arts Museum, Renown Regional Medical Center, Harrah’s, US Bank and Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, as well as being in numerous private collections. He has received grants from Sierra Arts Foundation, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.



Work shown below: Necklace. Chrysoprase, lapis lazuli and pearl.

New Hampshire native Pamela Lambert has contributed to the Reno arts community for more than 30 years. She creates custom jewelry that reflects her love of design and her training in studio art. Pamela’s pieces are featured at the Nevada Museum of Art and regularly at local shows. Contact her at

While she was a graduate student in studio art at UCLA, Tricia Poulos Leonard studied with Richard Diebenkorn, one of the greatest Abstract Expressionist painters of the 20th century. This instruction (and subsequent study) greatly influenced Tricia’s own abstract work. She has been a fulltime artist since retiring as an educator in 2007.

Tricia wrote a book, “The Artist’s Map to Success,” that offers a 12-step program to becoming an artist whose work sells. Spurred by the coronavirus shutdown, she also created videos in beginning, intermediate and advanced painting for folks to watch in lieu of in-person classes.



Work shown below: The Stone House. Watercolor.

Patty Atcheson Melton of Reno is an artist, graphic designer, fashion illustrator and book designer who once taught publications and graphics as a member of the faculty of the University of Nevada.

Patty’s wide-ranging oeuvre includes pen and ink illustrations of the courthouse in every Nevada county, portraits commissioned by business and civic leaders across the state, a coloring book of old Truckee Meadows motels, and her “Off Nevada Roads” series in watercolor, acrylics and oils. Patty’s work also has been exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art.



Work shown below: Nomads. Oil on linen.

Galina Milton always wanted to be a working artist, but as a student and mother in Ukraine during the Soviet era, her dream never fit into her busy schedule. Emigrating to America gave Galina the opportunity to begin her artistic training.

She read art books, visited galleries, studied the Old Masters and enrolled in studio workshops. In 2007, she received a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in figurative painting. Today, she works mainly in oils, with people the chief subjects of her paintings.



Work shown below: Mom’s Garden. Mixed media.

Cesarina Vaughn Pulleyn calls herself a mixed media artist, which is only fitting. Her creative life, like the image directly above, has been a vibrant mix: acting, film making, product design, photography, conceptual art, murals, painting and more.

Cesarina currently works as painter, photographer, sculptor, product designer and markers artist. She says experimentation is her greatest enjoyment in the arts.



Work shown below: Post and Pillar of the Senate. Watercolor.

Watercolor is Colleen Reynolds’ world. The Nevada native and Carson City resident owns CRM Endeavors Exploring Watercolor, a business in the capital dedicated to watercolor painting and teaching. She also is a watercolor instructor at Western Nevada College in Carson and at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Colleen recently founded a plein air watercolor competition in Carson expected to draw more than 20 painters from five Western states. The event finale will be an auction and awards reception at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion. Colleen contributes to several watercolor associations and arts organizations across the West.



Work shown below: Snowdrops. Oil on canvas.

Carole-Ann Ricketts received an honors bachelor’s degree from the University of Gloucestershire in the U.K., with an emphasis on painting, print making and ceramics. After moving to Reno, she mainly painted in acrylics when her children were young. When they got older, she resumed working in her areas of study.

Until 2019, Carole-Ann owned the Playful Potter, a pottery studio in Sparks. She says she strives for a low-carbon footprint in her print making and painting and uses only non-toxic lead-free glazes in her ceramics. Carole-Ann’s work has been exhibited in shows and added to permanent collections in North America, Europe and Oceania.



Work shown below: Stormy Sky. Acrylic on canvas.

Carola Nan Roach, a New York native, currently teaches at Burnt Knuckle Glass, a glass blowing studio in Sparks. Her glass sculpture is featured in the book “Women Artists of the Great Basin” by Mary Lee Fulkerson. Carola received a Master of Fine Arts in glass sculpture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts).

Carola also is a painter. The image directly above, “Stormy Sky,” is now being shown in “The Latimer School” exhibition of landscape works at the Nevada Museum of Art. Carola’s studio is in downtown Reno.



Work shown below: Portrait of the King Geser. Scissor-cut paper.

Turbaram Sandagdorj, also known as Turo, fashions intricate silhouettes of various subjects using scissors and a single sheet of paper for each work. “I began paper cutting in middle school,” he says. “I would cut stencils for my friends’ T-shirts or for small gift cards.”

Working with paper, he adds, presents “a creative challenge because the paper is tricky and fragile and the scissors are an aggressive but effective instrument. Many of Turo’s subjects are drawn from his native Mongolia, where he received a master’s degree in ceramics from Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture and a master’s degree in art and design from Mongolian State Pedagogical University.



Work shown below: Unkowing. Pastel.

Tamami Tokutake lived for 33 years in the Bay Area. After a long career in tech, she moved to Reno, she says, “where I can have my studio and start enjoying my artistic pursuits surrounded by the incredible nature.”

Although she has tried many different media, Tamami now primarily creates landscapes in soft pastels. “This medium suits my personality as it’s very forgiving,” she says. Tamami’s work has been accepted into juried shows in Nevada and California. Her work also has been shown at Marin Society of Artists gallery in San Rafael, Calif., and at Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno.



Work shown below: Beneath Black Mountain. Oil on canvas.

The paintings of Candida Web depict the basin and range wilderness this third-generation Nevadan has hiked and explored since she was a child. “Each interpretation of a place emerges and reveals itself in new ways,” she says. Candida calls her work “saturated expressionism.”

She has taught art in schools throughout the Truckee Meadows, as well as through the Nevada Museum of Art, Wilbur D. May Museum, Nevada Arts Council and through workshops in Yosemite Valley, Calif. She is a 2021 artist-in-residence at Great Basin National Park. Candida’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Nevada and California.


Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink writer for Reno News & Review. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsJLW or on Facebook personally or at @FoodNevada. Sign up here for the Reno News & Review free weekly newsletter highlighting our most recent stories.

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