August 15, 2017
Sierra Watercolor Society presents painting exhibits in public spaces throughout the year, including one annual show judged by a professional juror. Meetings for members include educational lectures and demonstrations by well-known artists. SWS’s Art Angels program sends volunteers to teach art in regional elementary schools. SWS awards a scholarship to a college-bound art student.
Exhibit opens August 15 at 10 a.m. and will be on display through September 30 at 4 p.m.
Artist reception September 9 from 2-4 p.m.
October 7, 2017
Garrett Barmore presents “The Keck Museum and Its Collection” at 2 p.m. on October 7. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W. M. Keck Earth Science & Mineral Engineering Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. Museum Curator Garrett Barmore will discuss the treasures housed here. This presentation will also cover the Comstock, Nevada Statehood, and the founding of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Garrett Barmore earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and his Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. He is the administrator at the Keck Museum on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
November 4, 2017
Scott Carey presents “The Bank of Sparks” at 2 p.m. on November 4th. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
The Bank of Sparks was located at 948 Victorian Avenue and played a very important role in the development and history of Sparks. The Bank of Sparks was the city’s first bank established in 1904 and served the community at the location until 1950. The building that housed the bank is one of the oldest buildings in Sparks and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The presentation will provide an overview of the fascinating history of Bank of Sparks including; its founding, its ownership under George Wingfield, the Great Depression, its importance during World War II and a notorious bank robbery.
Scott Carey grew up in Sparks, attended local schools and is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. While taking a historic preservation course, Scott developed the “A Walk Through Sparks’ Historic Business District.” Over the past decade he has been leading guided tours through Sparks’ historic downtown and providing historical presentations about the critical role this area played in the development of Sparks and the State of Nevada. In 2003, he was appointed by former Sparks Mayor Tony Armstrong to serve on the Sparks Centennial Commission. During Sparks’ Centennial Celebration in 2005, Scott helped develop the “Sparks Then & Now” historical presentation shown in local schools and assisted with the writing of the City’s first ever history book, “History of Sparks: Centennial Edition.” Scott is a lifetime member of the Sparks Heritage Museum and since 2009 has served as a member of the museum’s Board of Trustees.
December 2, 2017
Mike White and Mark Vollmer present “The Best Strolls & Hikes Around the Truckee Meadows” at 2 p.m. on December 2. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
The Reno/Sparks area is one of the best communities in the nation for outdoor recreational opportunities, thanks to abundant sunshine and world class mountain and desert scenery. The weather beckons residents and visitors alike to step outside and enjoy a casual stroll in a city park, a stiff climb to the top of one of the area’s surrounding mountains, or just about anything in between. Author Mike White and photographer Mark Vollmer offer the most complete family-oriented and accessible guide for anyone who enjoys a stroll, walk, or hike to the best paths and trails in the greater Truckee Meadows region.
White and Vollmer will present a slide show and book signing for their University of Nevada Press collaboration, “50 of the Best Strolls, Walks & Hikes Around Reno.” Come get inspired by the beauty to be explored inside and outside our city limits for all ages and abilities.
Mike White lives in Reno with his pediatrician wife, Robin. A nationally award-winning author and full time writer, Mike has contributed to numerous outdoor guides, including Trinity Alps & Vicinity, Backpacking California, Backpacking Nevada, Top Trails Lake Tahoe, 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada, Afoot and Afield Reno-Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada and Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. He also has written articles for magazines and newspapers. A former community college instructor, Mike is also a featured speaker for outdoors and conservation organizations.
Sparks resident Mark Vollmer has shared his award-winning outdoor images and articles through books, magazines, scenic calendars, gallery exhibits, multi-media slide shows, photo/music DVDs, and class instruction for 30 years. He believes that nature is often our greatest teacher – a deeper awareness of our natural surroundings and its seasonal rhythms translates to better photography. In turn, photography makes one a better naturalist. A roster artist with the Nevada Arts Council, Mark enjoys sharing his love of science, visual arts & writing with school children and community audiences.
March 3, 2018
Peter Mires presents “Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture” at 2 p.m. on March 3. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
Lake Tahoe is the gem of the Sierra Nevada. Those who visit this beautiful “Lake of the Sky” may share Mark Twain’s impression of the place as he camped on its shore in 1861: “As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Twain’s quote, from Roughing It, includes the trinity of Tahoe’s landscape—sky, mountains, and lake—that people still find inspiring. This explains, in large part, why the man-made environment around the lake is predominantly rustic, a style of architecture noted for its compatibility with its surroundings through the use of natural materials in construction—logs, stone, and wooden shingle—along with muted shades of green and brown. Through its homes, resorts, and other assorted buildings, Lake Tahoe remains “the fairest picture.”
Peter Mires was born in the Green Mountain State when there were more cows than people. He received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, M.A. from the University of Arkansas, and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Peter taught geography and anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Delaware. He now lives in Carson City, Nevada. When not reading or writing, he can be found hiking up at Lake Tahoe or exploring Nevada’s outback.