Aug 13, 2015
Reno was not even on our radar until earlier this year, when our good friend Kerry moved there. After visiting her in her new home, we were smitten with the Biggest Little City in the World. Unless you've spent some time there recently, it's probably not what you're thinking.
We have wandered around the Downtown, Midtown, and Old Southwest areas on foot, by bus, and by taxi. We've driven around some of the other areas by car. We talked to everyone who would talk to us (and that was everyone - so far, 100% of the people we encountered were friendly, low-key, happy to answer questions about Reno.)
The first thing that surprised me about Reno was the natural beauty: the river, the big trees, those purple flowering sage bushes, and the surrounding mountains. The next thing that I noticed was the high percentage of actively creative people (all kinds of artists) who were doing their thing in Reno. The city seems to support this activity and the artists all seemed very happy. The third thing that hit me was the cost of living: an artist can actually live and eat here (what a concept!) This was not strictly news - anywhere is cheaper than San Francisco and I'd heard from Kerry that Reno was affordable. But there's nothing like first-hand experience. In so many little ways, a dollar goes further in Reno. Which is no doubt responsible for observation number four: there is a sense of relaxed openness in the people we encountered in Reno - and most of them were working when we talked to them! There was none that anxious, closed-off, distracted affect that seems to be infecting so many of the citizens on San Francisco.
We found a place to live in Midtown, with room for our studios and a gallery. We're moving there over the next few months (before the end of 2015, for sure.) So stay tuned - I'm sure it's going to affect our work (no more shipspotting for me) and think it's going to be good.
Posted by Anna L. Conti at 6:35 PM