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4th Street: A Legacy of Change

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4th Street: A Legacy of Change
Scott Hinton, Sebastian Diaz, and Jeff John Sison

McKinley Arts & Culture Center
Gallery West
February 3 – March 13, 2020
Reception: February 6, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Gallery West in the McKinley Arts & Culture Center is proud to host “4th Street: A Legacy of Change,” photographs by Scott Hinton, Sebastian Diaz, and Jeff John Sison.  The photographs focus on three motor lodges that lined Arlington Avenue and faced the Sands Casino.  The photographs were made mere hours before the motels’ demolition.  The works were created in the documentary style, seeking to capture the state of the buildings and their surroundings for posterity and future research.  The photographs are at once melancholy and nostalgic, startling and beautiful.  The photographers did not seek to comment or critique but merely present the last hours of the motels for the viewers’ consideration.

Scott Hinton is a photographer and educator working at the University of Nevada, Reno.  His work focuses on the evolving landscape of the American West.  Sebastian Diaz is a photographer who specializes in nightlife, portrait, and wedding Photography.  He attended UNR and currently works in the Reno-Tahoe area.  Jeff John Sison is a photographer, videographer, and graphic artist.  He focuses primarily on commercial work, but continues personal projects that deal with urban environments and street photography.

Reno MoMo is a citizen organization affiliated with the Historic Reno Preservation Society and founded in 2018.  They seek to promote awareness of the architecture of the Modern Era (1930-1980) in the Truckee Meadows.  They intended to raise community awareness of Reno’s recent past through events, exhibits, tours, screenings, and other interactive activities.


A color photgraph of the El Ray motels sign.

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