Artist Profiles

Mick laBriola

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Category: Musician
Specialization: Music, Percussion, North/East European, South American, Jazz & World Music

Mick’s residency is called “Rhythm Roots Workshop” a study of traditional/cultural drumming techniques conducted in a tone of cultural sensitivity and respect.

Carrie Lahain

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Workshop Instructor

Carrie Ann Lahain moved to Las Vegas from Long Island in 2003. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and went on to earn an M.A. from Rutgers.

Our Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Director, Photographer, Producer
Specialization: Las Vegas Cultural Animation

Artists Ginger Bruner & Jon Winet collaborate on "Our Las Vegas," a cultural animation public art project that celebrates the fierce and passionate connection that artists, fiction writers, photographers, musicians, journalists, dancers, designers and other creatives make with “The

Felice Lesser

Location: New York, New York
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Dancer, Choreographer, Play/Screenplay Writer, Multi-Media Artist

Felice envisions her role as an artist-in-residence to be that of a working professional with a lifelong commitment to the art of dance, sharing her knowledge with a school and a community, hopefully motivating people to seek out further experiences once she is gone.

Ray Li

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Virtual Reality DJ

Veserium is an electronic music duo that creates a live show like you've never experienced before. The duo uses Tone Sculptor technology to create sound from thin air using only motions and gestures.

Lynne Liebelt

Location: Spanish Springs, Nevada
Category: Designer, Photographer, Visual Artist
Specialization: variety

Lynne Liebelt was born in Reno, and lived in Sparks until her family moved to Southern California when she was still a young child. Her grandmother did lots of crochet and fabric creation, and mother was wildly into anything new and creative -- mostly crafts, rather than fine arts.

Ruzo Logic

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Visual Artist
Specialization: Ink & Colored Pencil

Ruzo Logic has thought about drawing and painting all his life. "As a child I enjoyed painting. I mostly worked with water colors, blending shades, and creating complex tones.

Amy Lowe

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Category: Musician
Specialization: Music, Movement, Drawing and Literature

Amy Lowe believes that life is art.

Krista Lukas

Location: Minden, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Poet, Workshop Instructor

Krista Lukas (formerly Krista Benjamin) was born in Truckee, California, and grew up at Lake Tahoe. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and did the coursework for her K-12 teaching credentials at Sierra Nevada College.

Ann Mackey

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Paintings in encaustics, mixed media

Ann Mackey lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two rescue dogs. She finds inspiration in the world we live in, nature, and the ocean. Through the versatile medium of encaustics, she is able to bring vivid colors and bold textures into her paintings.

Group: Mariachi Aguilas de America

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist

Mariachi Aguilas de America is dedicated to teaching mariachi music and the impact and influences of Hispanic culture in North America.

Jim Eaglesmith & Mark Vollmer

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Literary, Performing, and Visual Arts

A Nevada resident since 1988, Mark Vollmer explored the state first as a geologist then as an award-winning photographer, workshop instructor, and writer. He shares his love of photography via teaching, publishing images and articles, and presenting slide shows to community groups and schools.

Michael Marschner

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Photographer
Specialization: Nature and Landscapes

Marschner is an East Coast transplant into the Las Vegas Valley. Lived here about 10 years or so, can't imagine ever going back! He's married and has two children.

Scot Marshall

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Storyteller, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Music

Led by professional bassist, vocalist, and storyteller Scot Marshall, “In-Tune Tales” also features jazz violinist Graham Marshall, Scot’s son, a student of the University of Nevada, Reno's Jazz and Improvisational Music program, and guitarist Drew Wesely, a recent graduate of the same progr

Andrew Martin

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Composer, Musician, Teaching Artist

Native Nevadan Andrew Martin is proud to have gone through the music programs offered in Northern Nevada and is an active private teacher in the area. He began playing and touring with local folk group Buster Blue.

Mark Maynard

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Comedian, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Workshop Leader, Editor

Mark Maynard grew up on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV, a very small town that blessed him with enough quirky characters from an early age to populate a lifetime of stories.

Wilson and McKee

Location: La Veta, Colorado
Category: Musician
Specialization: Irish and Scottish Folklore, Traditional Dance, Traditional Music, Storytelling

Bringing 21 years of arts education programming to schools and communities of all sizes, and averaging 10,000 student contacts per year, Willson & McKee are passionate about their job!

Nancy Harris McLelland

Location: Tuscarora, Nevada
Category: Poet, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: writing coach

An Elko, Nevada native with a background in ranching, Nancy Harris McLelland has conducted writing workshops in collaboration with the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Great Basin College, and the Great Basin Writing Project.

Tracy McQuay

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Literary Arts

Licensed master teacher Tracy McQuay has taught elementary school in the Carson City School District for 20 years.

Melissa Melero

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

Melissa Melero was born in San Francisco, CA in 1974 and spent most of her childhood living near Reno, Nevada. She is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe located in Fallon, Nevada.

Frances Melhop

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist

Frances Melhop is a narrative, story-telling visual artist. She was born in the Pacific Islands, her beloved Aoteoroa, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mark Melnick

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist

With more than three decades as an independent professional artist, designer and muralist, Mark Melnick is experienced in all facets of commercial, scenic and fine arts.

Barbara Merchant

Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Designer, Visual Artist
Specialization: Stained Glass Art

I have been creating stained glass, fused glass, and mosaic glass since 2006. It started because I wanted stained glass pieces in the large windows over our living room french doors and finding that custom stained glass was not in my budget. But taking a class and learning to do it myself was.

Brandy M. Miller

Location: Elko, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Writing Coach

President of the Elko County Art Club & co-founder of Elko County Writers, Brandy M. Miller is a graphic designer by trade, a published author, and a painter who loves working with acrylics.

Susan Moore

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: painter, muralist

Reno based artist Susan Moore was raised in Southern California and received her B.A. in Fine Art from the California State University, Northridge. With years experience in graphic design, art direction, and most recently decorative wall finishes, Moore is now focusing on her fine art.