Artist Profiles

Xian Na "Sonia" Carlson

Location: Gardnerville, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Chinese Dance and Culture

Sonia Carlson began learning folk dances as a child growing up in Zhangzhou, China. From her aunt she learned the Tuan Shan, (fan dance), the Xin Jiang regional dance and Tai Ji forms. Those lessons sparked a lifelong interest in sharing Chinese culture through dance, music and the arts.

Patricia Carreras

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Category: Actor
Specialization: Story Creation, Pantomime, Puppetry, Mask, Music, Improvisation

Patricia’s joy is in the magic of imagination and in the positive experiences we can build with each other. She helps to unleash a students’ potential through their imagination – where dreams can come true for everyone of any age!

T.J. Casey

Location: Billings, Montana
Category: Poet
Specialization: Musician, Poet, Fiction Writer, Western Folk Artist

T.J. Casey is a cowboy who believes that the preservation of our western and cowboy culture is very important. He uses the art of cowboy poetry and the Code of the West to pass on to future generations the same strong morals and values that he was fortunate to be raised with.

Tami Castillo Shelton

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Actor, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Tami Castillo Shelton is a professional dancer, actress, choreographer, theatrical director, arts educator and arts administrator.

Singh Chakrapani

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Composer, Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Indian Classical Guitar ( Kachappi Veena)

The passionate and sensitive Guitarist Chakrapani Singh and his journeys as an individual through a whole gamut of emotions reveals Truth, Beauty and Perfection towards Music. The Veena in his hand produces the sweetest and most sensuous emotions that transcend one to the nether world.

Supatra Chemprachum

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Thai Dance and Cultural Arts

Born in Thailand, Supatra Chemprachum moved to Las Vegas in 1986. She learned folk and classical Thai dances and how to teach them from her mother, who was a well-known performer in Bangkok.

Shirley Chen

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Chinese Folk Dance

Shirley Chen brings both traditional, informal training and formal education to her dance artistry. As a student enrolled in the National Taiwan University of Arts, she toured the United States in 1981 with the Taiwan Chinese Classical Dance Group.

Stephanie Chin

Location: Fernley, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Portrait & Landscape Artist

Elementary School - various visual art awards - Created and hung mosaic mural in Quad for 8th grad graduation
High School - Fine Art Award
Bakersfield Community College, CA - art committee for purchase of permanent art on display at college

Bryce Chisholm

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Mixed media painter

Arthur Bryce Chisholm is an artist born in Reno. He graduated from Earl Wooster High School and attended Truckee Meadows Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Nevada, Reno, under the guidance of Michael Sarich; this is when his art really began to grow.

Jason Clark

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Fluid abstractionist

Jason Robert Clark has been painting since the age of 10, working dilegently to become a professional artist. He is a member of the Arts 4 Nevada Association and was chosen to join the Raw Artists organization for Reno. Jason has exhibited his work in numerous art shows through Northern Nevada.

Lisa Fields Clark

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: mosaics and mixed-media

After a 25-year career in graphic arts, Lisa Fields Clark shifted her focus toward fine arts, community outreach and arts facilitation. She holds a BS in Social Services/Business Management. Her primary focus in art is mixed media and mosaics, both contemporary and traditional.

Sue Coleman

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Washo Woven Baskets and Cultural Arts

Sue Coleman is one of the preeminent Washo basket weavers in Nevada. Her ancestors, like many Washo people, moved between Lake Tahoe in the summers and the Dresslerville/Carson Valley area in the winters. Sue was raised on the Dresslerville reservation.

Carson Valley Community Theatre

Location: Minden, Nevada
Category: Designer, Director, Producer
Specialization: Theatrical Productions

Carson Valley Community Theatre (CVCT) was organized in May, 2004, to meet the need for a community theatre in the Carson Valley area of Douglas County, Nevada.

Maureen Conlin

Location: Genoa, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist

Maureen Colin is a composer/lyricist and children’s music entertainer/educator providing musical education/entertainment and interactive fun for young children through community and business events, preschool, daycare and elementary school visits, classes and educational workshops.

Gypsy Cowbelle

Location: Thermopolis, Wyoming
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist

Music serves as the common thread that binds all of Gypsy Cowbelle’s life experiences. A professional performing artist for 13 years, Gypsy learned through the folk processes of oral transmission and example, rather than through formal or academic means.

Jaimie Crush

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Singer, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Artist

Artist/Art Educator/Gallery Director for The Isles Gallery

A lean, mean dreamy machine. Jaimie Crush loves art, and she runs all around Reno, pretending that she know how to make it. Printmaking, pen, charcoal, pencil, pastels, watercolor, weird mixed media. Whatever I can manage.

Amelia Currier

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: abstract artist and printmaker

Amelia Currier has been a painter and printmaker for 30 years. She received her BFA in Intaglio Printmaking at Wayne State University, attended the Instituto Allende, Mexico, and The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

Charme' Curtin

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Watercolor, Oils, Wood Blocks, and Acrylics

Charme' Curtin has been fortunate to be surrounded by artists all of her life. Her mother was a professional oil & watercolor artists and her father designed jewelry when both were not working as Real Estate Brokers.

Jessie Davis

Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Actor, Filmmaker, Writer

Jessie Davis' first love is creating. He is a songwriter and filmmaker (feature film and television.) He is an actor and speaker. Davis first started singing in high school, singing cover tunes.

Beverly deGero

Location: Jarbidge, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Clay Artist

Artist Profile: Beverly deGero

John Delisle

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: 2D and 3D artist

John Delisle graduated the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1993 earning a BA in art. He also earned my M Ed. from UNLV in 2000 in Secondary Art Education.

Kristy Dial

Location: Minden, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Gourd Artist

Kristy is a professional gourd artist and teacher with 20 years of experience.  Her award winning gourds have been shown in galleries throughout the western United States.  Currently, Kristy is 1st vice president of the American Gourd Society and is honored to share her knowledge and her love of

Judith Dierkes

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Fiber Arts, Visual Arts

Judith considers herself a fiber artist creating with paper, canvas and fabric. The work may be a painting, drawing, art quilt, sculpture or performance. Each piece is unique and informed by her life experiences. Her work is constantly evolving and changing.

James D. Dilworth

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Director, Filmmaker, Writer
Specialization: Teaching writer director filmmaker

James D. Dilworth has been involved in creative endeavors throughout his life and is an award-winning artist, writer, filmmaker, and performer.

Marianne Donnelly

Location: Henderson , Nevada
Category: Actor, Storyteller, Teaching Artist
Specialization: History re-enactments.

Marianne Donnelly, multidisciplinary performing artist, provides quality family entertainment with strong educational content in a creative dramatic style. Shows and workshops are developed for schools, libraries, fairs, festivals, promotionals, bookstores, conventions and private functions.