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The Sierra Arts Foundation’s mission as a local arts agency since 1971 is to be the region’s premier arts organization with an emphasis on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts in our community. Sierra Arts strives to provide education opportunities for artists of all ages, as well as development and training, financial support and promotional and marketing assistance. Sierra Arts creates and manages spaces and venues throughout our community for artists to perform and display their work.

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Catherine Schmid-Maybach

Coming Going Being

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 2-27, 2017

Artist Reception: Jan. 18, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

By juxtaposing diverse images in these fragment-like wall pieces, I can investigate and visually present the different aspects of my ideas.

Using mostly my own photographs, I continually experiment with transfer techniques and
decals to layer images and patterns in multiple firings. The results are spontaneous narratives that are both specifically personal to me yet present an ambiguity in the fused overlapping elements that are open to interpretation. Many of my photographs are taken while driving, without aiming or composing the image. The result is a kind of graphic sampling of narrative patterns, instead of pictures of specific things or places. Often I am surprised by the unplanned compositions.

Working in layers allows me to address moving between different realities: being in liminal space. I grew up between two cultures and this has underscored my feeling of always being in between, encountering disparate elements and realities everywhere. In this space I draw on images from my experience; places, people and elements that have been important to me as well as emotionally neutral features of the natural and man-made world around me. My ceramic work has allowed me to pull these disintegrating pieces together into personal and abstracted narratives.

I purposely make distressed slab constructions, with rough edges and areas that will crack, to let the clay do what it does. I work with what happens in the ceramic process,
adapting to rather than imposing my will on what comes out of each firing.


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Friday & Saturday by appointment

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Tracey Oliver

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Tia Flores

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Eric Brooks

Galleries Curator Associate


Alexa Solis

PR & Marketing Associate


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Steve Smith


Susan Watson


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Alexis Hill

City of Reno Liaison

David Bobzien

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David Calvert

David Vogt

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Duffy Bride

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Eddie Guth

Enid Oliver

Jenna Moffat

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Linda Frye

Executive Committee

Michelle Fabiano

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Mike Steedman

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Nellie Davis

Gallery Committee

Rayna Brachmann

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Vanessa Vancour

Francine Burge

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Sierra Arts Foundation
17 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501
(775) 329-2787

Gallery Hours:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday through Thursday
By Appointment on Friday & Saturday