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Gallery East and West

Along the Truckee River

A Bob Adams Retrospective

McKinley Arts & Culture Center
Gallery East and West
December 16 – January 24, 2019
Reception: December 19, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

The McKinley Arts & Culture Center Galleries are proud to host “Along the Truckee River” a Bob Adams Retrospective.  Adams’s paintings show a slice of life in Reno at end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.  His pieces are expressionistic, some bordering on the abstract, as he seeks to catch the movement and energy of life along the Truckee River and the downtown casino corridor. Many of his “plein air” works were made on loose canvas over a portable easel.  These paintings remained unstretched and unframed, like pages torn from a sketchbook or snapshots from a disposable camera.  The casino and gaming paintings have showed at McKinley before, when Adams hung them up on the old fence around the building.  “Here’s my show,” he told his friend, Joan Arrizabalaga.  His humor and irreverence speak to a deep connection to the soul of Reno which he captures so eloquently in his paintings.

Bob Adams was born in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He earned his degree at the Pratt Institute of Art in 1978.  He took a graduate course in painting at UNR and worked in Bill Howard’s studio.  To make ends meet he got a job at Harrah’s Reno.  “What do you do with a fine arts degree?  You go to Reno and become a craps dealer.”  Adams currently lives and paints in Prattville, Alabama.


Previous Exhibitions

Two blue paintings with trees and a moon; Preserved: Limb, Timber, and tree-spirit, Jennifer Kapnek; October 16 - December 1

Abstract image with a red triangular shape in the middle fading from pink to red on the left side, and stripes of grey on the right; Angles and eaves: Deconstructing Architecture; Karen Anable-Nichols, October 16 - December 1

Purple and green abstract painting with light blue cassette tape with the word ectronic in the middle ; Imagined: New Painted Images; August 21-October 6 Work by Bruce Clark

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2015 Gallery Exhibitions

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2014 Gallery Exhibitions

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An abstract painting of an art car in predominantly oranges.  The David J. Drakulich Foundation Presents Selected works from The Veterans Art Project.  January 7 to February 15.  Reception January 17 from 5 to 7. McKinley Center Gallery East.

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