Spire of Fire Coming to Reno Nevada

Spire of Fire is the [BRAF]’s fourth installation at our public art venue in Reno, Nevada, and will be on display June 20 – Nov. 15, 2011, on the corner of Sierra Street and Island Avenue, on the bank of the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  Previously exhibited at Burning Man in 2010, Spire of Fire, by artists Steve Atkins and Eric Smith, is unique in its materials, (stainless steel and propane fueled fire) scale (48’ tall x 30’) and artistic vision.

Join us to celebrate this ongoing collaboration with the Reno community!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The River Walk
Sierra St. at Island Ave
Reno, NV
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

– Dj’s spinning from 5:00 – 10:00 pm

– Hula Hoop Jam from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Controlled Burn and Friends spin fire 8:30 – 10:00

– Artwork’s fire effects alight! 8:30 – 10:00

– Wine and Beer will be sold as a BRAF fundraiser, courtesy of Wild River Grill

– and be sure to catch all the activities on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during Artown in Reno

. Free fun for the family!

To Read More about the Spire of Fire CLICK HERE

photo: Leo Sauerman

“Duel Nature” coming to Reno Nevada

Duel Nature by Kate Raudenbush Burning Man 2006

Previously exhibited at Burning Man in 2006, Duel Nature, by artist Kate Raudenbush, is unique in its materials, (Plasma cut steel, steel tubing, red acrylic mirror) scale (38’ x 38’) and artistic vision. During Artown, fire dancers and spinners from Controlled Burn will entertain Tuesday evenings 8:00 – 10:00.  Hula Hoopers from Velocity Movement and bohohoops present “GET HOOPED” at Hoop Jams on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 – all levels and ages are welcome. Hula hoops provided or bring your own! Join us in celebration of Duel Nature at the opening celebration:

May 21, 2010
5 pm
Corner of Sierra St. and Island Ave. Reno, NV
Wine & Appetizers: Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery, and then along the RiverWalk

Hula Hoop Jam from 5-8,
followed by Fire Spinning by Controlled Burn,
Music by DJSource

“Duel Nature references the spiral of our human DNA. The struggle inherent to the duality of the human condition is expressed by the violence of the raw plasma-cut, bolted steel exterior, in contrast with the vitality of the interior blood-red mirror. As visitors gather inside the vibrant core of the sculpture, their myriad reflections remind us of our shared genetic bond and our shared humanity,” says the artist Kate Raudenbush.

“This is the third Burning Man art installation to come to Reno through the collaboration of the Civic Art Program of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the non-profit art organization of Burning Man, and The City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission’s grant program. Duel Nature supports the mission of the Reno Arts program to involve its citizens in the community’s cultural life and encourage artistic excellence,” said Maria Partridge, Reno project liaison for BRAF and Advisory board member.

“We believe the exhibition of Duel Nature during Artown will serve the community in many ways,” said Crimson Rose, Member of the Board of Directors, BRAF and Board Member and Art Director for Burning Man. “By enhancing civic space through the temporary transformation of an empty lot into an inviting art park and creating a creative gathering spot for Reno citizens with weekly performances and workshops that provide entertainment and interactive possibilities that the community can enjoy for free.”

For additional photos and information about Duel Nature

photo: Kate Raudenbush

The Tree Spire in Reno

Please join us for the dedication of Tree Spire, k DSC_0502 As the sun was setting on this beautiful Reno fall day Tree Spire ends its installationa permanent installation, on Thursday, December 10th at 12:30 pm.

A gift to the families and citizens that enjoy Whitaker Park!

Funded by Burning Man and exhibited in Black Rock City 2007, “Tree Spire” was the first project created by the Seattle art collective, the Iron Monkeys.  They created 4 fifteen-foot tall trees that were part of the “Mangrove”, a group of simulated trees fashioned from recycled industrial materials, surrounding the center-focused icon The Man.  These artificial trees were not burned: they survived to subdivide the blue of other skies.

M DSC_0532 Tabasco, T-Bone, Dave Moore, Maria Partridge, Richard Johnson, Crimson Rose and Stacey Spain Brought to the south bank of the Truckee River in downtown Reno, on the corner of Sierra Street and Island Avenue after the 2008 Burning Man event, the “Tree Spire” was displayed in the center of a collection of eight tree sculptures made by five different artist collectives called The Mangrove.  The creative works were made from construction waste and reclaimed materials.  The [BRAF] and a Project Grant from the City of Reno’s Art and Culture Commission funded this project.


Welcome Burners!

Brian Kulpin, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Brian Kulpin, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Reno-Tahoe International Airport

This is the note that the Reno-Tahoe International Airport sent to [BM] last week when the Airport hosted a party for all of you who are coming through on the way to the Event.

The Exhibit is curated by Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board Member, Maria Partridge
The Exhibit is curated by Black Rock Arts Foundation Advisory Board Member, Maria Partridge

“Thank you so much for participating (and making possible) last week’s Opening Reception for “The Art of Burning Man” exhibit in the Connector Collections Gallery at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.  It was a huge success and we are still hearing about the exhibit here at the airport and out and about the Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe community. We can’t wait to share the exhibit with the 15,000 Burning Man participants that will soon be traveling through our airport. Here are a few photos from the event.”

So Welcome Burners!  Your Burning Man experience begins now!

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is Hosting Pre-Burning Man Party! You are invited to Participate!

[ed]The following is a post from Crimson Rose, Fire Goddess by Night, Art Director by Day:[/ed]

reno-home_header_logoThe Reno-Tahoe International Airport is hosting a Pre-Playa Party! YOU are invited to participate!

The Airport Authority is hosting a celebration of the partnership between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and [BM] and of the thousands of air travelers this event brings to the region, on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 from 5pm – 7pm.


Reno’s Rockin’ it! Celtic Forest Opening Reception, Free Workshop & Lecture

Previously exhibited at Burning Man 2008, Celtic Forest, by artists Laura Kimpton, Jeff Schomberg and Bob Hofmann, is unique in its materials (metal and fire), scale and artistic vision. Fire will glow weekly from the Book of the Raven and surrounding tree-like candelabras with fire dancing by Controlled Burn.

Opening Receptionceltic-forest-invite
Friday, June 26 5-10pm
Corner of Sierra St. and Island Ave. Reno, NV
Wine & Appetizers: Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery

Featuring Celtic Music from 5-8pm
Fire Dancing by Controlled Burn 8-10pm

In addition Laura Kimpton will be giving a free workshop and lecture on Saturday, June 27.  We will be there and hope you will too.

This art installation is brought to you by the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s Civic Arts program as part of its mission to bring interactive artwork into communities worldwide.

BRAF extends its sincerest gratitude to the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Freight House District LLC, Sierra Arts Foundation, United Rentals, Fernley Electric, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, and the BRAF-Reno Support Team.

To read about free live music on Sundays and Fire Jam Tuesdays throughout the summer: http://braf-reno.ning.com/events

And here is the Reno Passport review.
photo: Jaz Fabry

From Playa to Runway: The Art of Burning Man

Looking to see some fantastic art in the Reno Area? Well look no further than …


Now Showing At The
Reno – Tahoe International Airport
(Between B and C Concourse …Open to the Public)

Featuring 90 FEET OF amazing photos FROM 2000-2008
plus 20 feet devoted to “Celtic Forest”, which will be in downtown Reno from June 26-Dec. 1.

(Photographers: Mark Hammon, Ales Prikryl, Jaz Fabry, John Tucker, Matt Freedman, Douglas Hooper and Will Roger Peterson)

The opposite wall which is 20 feet long has BURNING MAN – The OTHER 51 Weeks of the Year featuring all of the non-profit “Outreach” groups. Burners Without Borders, BRAF, Black Rock Solar, Earth Guardians, Friends of Black Rock High Rock AND Reno’s post-Burning Man Recycling Program Information for 2009.

Interactive Sculptures by Mangrove Artists: Spin ’em by Kitty Gordon and Book Stand by Dave Boye, plus several plexi boxes loaded with ARTifacts artfully arranged by Crimson Rose.

Special thanks to the Reno Burners and Crimson who loaned a plethora of unique playa ARTifacts including a wedding display….

…curated by Maria Partridge, BRAF Advisory Board Member