MEET THE ARTISTS
Meet some of the artists exhibiting at the Heart of Reno feature. The RTIA Show will present 100 curated local artists from the Reno Tahoe region as a central showcase at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
Shelley Zentner - Portrait & Landscape Painter
Born in Wales, Great Britain, Shelley Zentner (Né Hocknell) came to the United States in 2005 on a bouldering road trip, fell in love and never left. She now lives with her husband and young daughter in Christmas Valley, where she paints in her riverside studio. For the past four years, Shelley has been working on two major commissions: The Art of Ashtanga (illustrations for a Yoga teacher training manual) and a 12 foot mural entitled ‘The Metastasis’. In addition to her art career, Shelley teaches oil painting, drawing and art history at Lake Tahoe Community College. Shelley’s paintings have been exhibited internationally since 1996 at venues that include The Museum of Modern Art, Wales, The Bristol Guild of Art, and The Royal Cambrian Academy. During 2000-2005 Shelley established her own successful art gallery and open studio in Betws y Coed, North Wales – supported and sponsored by the Prince’s Trust, The Arts Council of Wales, DMM International, The Royal Oak Hotel, and Arts & Business. Shelley had the honor of meeting art enthusiast Prince Charles in 2002. She has been a featured artist at several international Mountain Film Festivals in the UK, and her work toured with the prestigious Wales Drawing Bienalle. She held solo exhibitions of her work at Penrhyn Castle, The Albany Gallery, Ogilvy & Estill Contemporary Art Gallery in the UK. Shelley is a founding member of the local activist group Tahoe Activist Artists, whose mission is to promote compassion, conversation and connection in our local community through art. Tahoe Activist Artists hosted the fundraising art event We the People at Tahoe Mountain Lab, which was sponsored by Tahoe Arts Alliance, benefitting Live Violence Free, International Rescue Committee and the Malala Fund. Tahoe Arts Alliance awarded Shelley the Arts Innovator Award in 2019 for a Human Trafficking Campaign with the Activist Artists. A collection of large scale oil portraits by Shelley entitled Fundamental Freedoms was featured at the Foyer Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College. 5th Grade children from all the local schools in our district were brought by bus to the college for guided talks and discussion groups led by the artist.
Kyle Karrasch - Sculpture & Object Maker
A Reno native, Kyle grew up exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains. After graduating high school, he left home to study at the Academy of Art in San Francisco to become an illustrator. After a year at the academy, Kyle discovered his passion for sculpture and decided to move back home to pursue a higher understanding in art theory. He graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in art history and is currently pursing his Master of Fine Art degree at UNR. His art practice introduces the transformative properties of single use consumables and creates artwork with a directed dialogue toward mass consumption and environmental conservation.
Stephanie V. Hogen - Fine Art Photographer
Stephanie Hogen is a Reno fine - art photographer with volumes of stunning work. In a career spanning 30 years, Hogen has immersed herself in the intricacies of black-and-white photography, exploring and embracing its inherently limitless nature. Hogen's sublime silver gelatin and platinum prints were included in The Body Collection at the Musée du Louvre, along with a book accompanying the exhibit, in 2015. From New York City to Southern California, to the expansive vistas of Nevada, her work is in permanent collections and publications, including the Churchill Arts Council's "Sierra Great Basin Collection," and Truckee Meadows Community College's "The Meadow". A grant recipient of the Sierra Arts Foundation, the Ultimate Eye Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council. Hogen's photographs have been published in black & White magazine, several times. Navigating the boundaries between timely and timeless, Hogen reshapes classic themes with a unique sensibility. With a spectrum, of photographs - from black-and-white, to hand-tinted, to digital, and sensuous platinum-on-watercolor-paper - Stephanie Hogen's fine-art photographs portray nuances in creative, at times abstract designs, drawing viewers in, and transcending the ordinary.
Susan Handau - Mixed Media Art
Susan Handau is an American born painter. She works predominantly in mixed media using a mix of wax, oil, acrylic, ink, graphite and various fiber materials. Handau, who has a BA in Art History from the University of Nevada, Reno, has exhibited her artwork from Coast to Coast in the US and Western Europe. In early 2021, her work was featured on Reno's local PBS's ARTEFFECTS and has recently been picked up and distributed nationally on PBS. In the Spring of 2019, she had an exhibition in the Annex Gallery at Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, Nevada. She was part of a 2018 group show, "Landscapes of Nevada" at Nevada Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada. She was part of the Hawai'i New 2016 Exhibition at Wailoa Center in Hilo, Hawaii. In 2016, she was featured at Mckinley Galleries East in Reno, Nevada. She also participated in the 2016 "Doors to Recovery" art project. Her work was exhibited in the 2016 Spring Show at Post Gallery and the Van Bokkelen Gallery at St. Mary's Art Center in Virginia City, Nevada. She was featured as a demonstrating artist in 2015 at the Beverly Hills Art Show. She lives and works in Reno, Nevada.
Zoe Bray - Painter
Zoe Bray is a naturalist painter in Reno, NV specializing in portraiture, depicting individuals in their social, cultural, and natural contexts. She trained in the traditional techniques of oil painting in Florence, Italy and Madrid, Spain. She emigrated to Nevada from the Basque Country, Europe, in 2011, in the footsteps of her great grandfather who came as a sheepherder over a century ago.
Asa Kennedy - Muralist & Fine Art Painter
Asa Kennedy is a self trained mural artist and fine arts painter. A student of his craft, Asa is proud to paint freehand, never taping off lines or using projection or gridding systems to paint his work. His dedication to mural painting drives Asa to follow a tradition of community involvement. He has led youth based teaching projects, worked closely with community volunteers, and mentored other artists, all on various large-scale mural projects. For Asa, this direct involvement is the most immediate way for art to have a personal and social impact. Asa's studio work is rooted in the abstract surreal, and also in geometric impossibilities. All handcrafted, and custom-built canvases by the artist create an outside of the box boundary for Asa to speak his own language. It is a dialect that communicates human conditions of tension, anticipation, decay, growth, and a sense of wonder that is derived from illusion. Asa's never-ending study of color and its emotional and psychological impact help inform his language. Through his artistic practice, Asa hopes to peel back the veil a little bit, and contribute to an existence of harmony and balance amid a topsy-turvy world.
Maria Dante - Expressive Painter
Maria was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, where her upbringing was filled with beach days, rainforest adventures, beautiful bird songs, sounds of the indigenous Coqui at night and delicious food. Her family is from Cuba so it was a magical intertwining of two different Caribbean cultures forming a new life. As a first generation Cuban-American she feels the responsibility to spread the greatness of her heritage and share the challenges that assimilating as a Political Exile to a new country has. She left Puerto Rico to attend Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence Rhode Island. She graduated with a BFA and a BIA later she attended Rhode Island College and completed her MAT in teaching visual art. Maria has taught studio art at many levels. Her work is colorful and energetic, purposefully intriguing. She has exhibited her art work in various venues in the States and internationally and has received multiple acknowledgements for her work. She lives in Reno Nevada.
Marianne Reger - Fine Art Photographer
Marianne Reger is a fine art photographer who has resided in Reno, Nevada for almost 30 years. She has shown at many local and regional exhibitions including the University of Nevada, Reno, Truckee Meadow Community College, Sierra Arts Foundation, Downtown Reno Library, and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Grass Valley, CA and has been involved in the Truckee Meadows Community College photography program for five years. Her work has been published in the 2019 edition of the West Marin Review, an art and literature journal, published out of Point Reyes, California. She was the winner of the 2016 TMCC Student Art Show in Photography and the 2019 TMCC Student Art Show Curator's Choice Award.
Monique Rebelle - Oil Painter
Born in Poland in 1957 to a family of actors, Monique pursued art at a young age. At 18, she left home for London and then Amsterdam, where she had numerous shows featuring her Neo-expressionism work of the time. In 1985, she moved to the US, where in 1988 she had a transcendental experience which prompted her work to evolve into non-objective. Monique's artistic career has spanned into acting, music recording and two completed movie scripts. She has lived and painted in Virginia, Hawaii and Alaska and now resides in Reno, Nevada, working from a home studio. She is also author of Amazon bestseller "Transcendence Calling - The Power of Kundalini Rising and Spiritual Enlightenment" published in 2018.