Dec 7, 2016

The BigCrow Studio Gallery in Reno is ready for shows!




We just hung our first real show, at the new space in Reno. It's an Exhibition of Recent Work: Photographs by David W. Sumner

Opening reception is this Saturday, December 10th, 6-9pm

BigCrow Studio Gallery
320 Caliente St. Reno, NV
We're located in the alley between Caliente and Arroyo - enter from Plumas.

This 2016 exhibition is the first showing of David’s photography in Reno and features works from 2014 to present, mostly from Reno and San Francisco. This exhibition also marks the first public viewing of the “Uncorrected Vision Project.”

Please join us for a warm evening of lively conversation, friendship and refreshments.

David began his professional career as an archaeologist and teacher. Introduced to photography while working at the San Bernardino County Museum, he became fascinated with the power of the image.

"The first time I looked through a view finder and focused a lens I was awe struck. A friend was showing me how to use a 35mm camera so I could take the pictures necessary to illustrate an article I was writing. My first day with the camera I turned the focusing ring on a 50mm lens and a gray, shapeless form came into sharp focus. There it was, everything I had been writing about for months: all the research, all the theorizing, instantly crystal clear. I realized that all the words in the world couldn't do that. I never finished the article and I’ve never stopped taking pictures."

David left academics in 1985 and moved to the Bay Area in 1988 taking a job as a photo researcher with a small stock photo agency. Since then, in addition to freelancing, he has worked as a print framer, darkroom assistant, retoucher and photo editor. He currently lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife, Anna L Conti.



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Location:MidTown, Reno, NV

Jul 6, 2016

July = Artown in Reno

Reno is Artown! It's pretty great all year 'round, but the entire month of July is insane, with 10 to 20 art events every single day! Get the full schedule here (click on the calendar date-by-date for events & activities.)

Anna is just dipping her toe in this year, participating in a few events and getting around to some of the others as a visitor. 

Saturday, July 9th: 
yART Sale, 9am-4pm, 1420 Mt. Rose St., West of Marsh Avenue
Anna will be there all day,  be showing some paintings, along with 25 other artists, including Lynne Bunt (mixed media), Brenda Retterer (glass painting), and Craig Johnson (knots & bolts)

Other Artown venues that carry some of Anna's paintings:

Micano Home, 1350 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
10am-6pm, Sat-Thur (closed Friday)
We’ll all be at the Art, Wine & Music event Micano is hosting on Saturday, July 30th, 1pm-6pm


Loorr Home, 3368 Lakeside Ct, Reno, NV
11am-6pm, Tue-Sat (closed Sun & Mon)
Loire has several of Anna's paintings on display.


Fred & Wilma’s Rock Quarry, 190 W. Moana Ln, 10am-3pm
Anna will be at the rock yard, doing some plein air watercolors on
Sunday, July 10th
Sunday, July 17th

Sunday, July 24th

May 17, 2016

Tim Braidy, DesertRat Metal Art

Tim Braidy is a metal sculptor & woodworker who lives and works in my neighborhood (MidTown Reno.) I’ve watched him build big things and little things, all with the same authentic sense of style, integrity, and craftsmanship.

But this morning, when I was visiting his workshop with a friend, we were blown away by a custom gate/door he had just finished. It’s a commissioned piece and the design was arrived at in collaboration with the client. 

You may have seen his work around town, without realizing it was his (some of his pieces are at Micano Home & Garden, and private homes; others will be on view at a restaurant opening soon on Virginia Street.) Recently, he’ s been branding the wood pieces with his logo.




And he’s starting to get requests for custom branding irons! You could use one for burning a logo or design into food, crafts, signage, or ???? He’s starting to get real busy, so if you want to build him you something, contact him soon:

Apr 27, 2016

Spring in Reno

'52 Vincent with Fishtails, acrylic on weathered wood, ©2016 AnnaLConti,
painted for Sam Sprague (to sell) at Micano Home & Garden.
Spring is here! (Kinda - it's actually snowing today.) But it seems like everyone in the Reno art scene is looking forward to Summer art shows & events. 

Luna Maya Marketplace is continuing their monthly, first weekend marketplace. We'll be out of town in May but look for Anna there on June 3, 4, 5; July 1, 2, 3; August 5, 6, 7; and September 2, 3, 4. And if you are an artist who wants to show/sell your art, shoot us an email and we'll set you up.

Micano Home & Garden has a few of Anna's pieces, specially commissioned by Sam Sprague for his rustic, steampunk, farm, industrial themed store. The Vincent (above) is the first in a new series. Stop by the store to see the latest.

Anna, with Bill Harvey in his
stone sculpture studio , with the
painting of his wood burl root that
looks like a horse.

Anna is very excited about the opportunity to show with Connections, at the Annual yART Sale, July 9th, 2016, during ArtTown. 20% of all sales benefit Arts for All Nevada. She'll be sharing a big booth space with Lynne Bunt (gourd artist,) Craig Johnson (metal & woodwork,) and Brenda Retterer (glass artist.)

Anna just dropped off a commissioned painting for Bill Harvey of Fred & Wilma's on Moana, in Reno. He calls the tree root that looks like a horse, "the horse that never was."

Dave has been posting a daily "View for the day" on his Instagram page and other work on his Flickr page. A few examples below:

untitled, ©2016 David W. Sumner
untitled, ©2016 David W. Sumner

untitled, ©2016 David W. Sumner


untitled, ©2016 David W. Sumner

Mar 27, 2016

Spring at the Plaza Maya Markets

"Tempus Fugit" (Time Flies) acrylic on canvas, mounted on hinged wooden panels
by Anna L. Conti
April 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2016

Luna Maya Markets ** at 1644 South Wells Avenue, Reno - BigCrow will host a booth at the new monthly Plaza Maya Markets. Stop by Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 3-8pm, Sunday 12-5pm. There will be food, drinks, music and of course ART!

Anna will be showing some of her paintings; Eoghan will be making and selling his earrings; and we have a secret guest artist.

** Luna Maya Markets is a new community art, performance & gathering space and they have a great lineup of activities the first weekend of every month. Please stop by!



Feb 5, 2016

February Walkabout

"Lincoln" mosaic by Beniamino Bufano
Please join us for the first bi-monthly BigCrow Reno Walkabout, on Friday, February 12, 2016. In honor of Lincoln's Birthday, we'll see some Lincoln portraits and raise a toast to the 16th US President, who proclaimed Nevada as the 36th state to join the Union, on October 31, 1864.

It'll go something like this (all times approximate): 

2pm- Meet up in the Basement of the old post office at 50 S. Virginia St. We'll do some sketching at the big communal tables in the common area near Rawbry & Global Coffee. (Enter through the door on the right of the loading dock on S. Center Street. Then go down the stairs.) Bring your own art supplies. Or just come hang out with those of us who will be drawing.

3pm - We walk across the street to see the  Joe C. Rocks show at the Sierra Gallery in the  historic Riverside Hotel, home to Reno's artist live-work lofts.

4pm - We walk 4 blocks to Arte Italia (Flint & California) to see the Benjamin Bufano show, where we'll see a beautiful mosaic portrait of Lincoln. 

5pm - We cross the street to the 1864 Tavern, at 290 California Ave., at Humboldt Street. We'll hang out in the comfy seating areas, talk about all we've seen, order some libations (imaginative cocktails and fresh juices) and maybe we'll get a pizza delivered. Plus - sa second Lincoln portrait is in residence there.

Feel free to join us at any point in the evening - there is no fee for participation other than purchasing your own refreshments. 

Jan 23, 2016

Hello Reno

Do not adjust your screen settings. This is part of David W. Sumner's new series,
"Uncorrected Vision."
"Horse to Water," 18"x18", acrylic on canvas, 2016 AnnaLConti
part of the "Unreliable Memories" series
We’re all moved in and (finally) starting to make new work in our new studio spaces. David is starting a new photo series called, “Uncorrected Vision” (top image above.) Follow his Instagram feed for updates. Anna is working on a new painting series called, “Unreliable Memories” - follow her thoughts on her blog, Working Artist’s Journal, or just the images on her “New Work” Flickr folder.

We’re meeting local artists and looking for ways to contribute to the local arts scene. To that end, we’re starting up a modified version of the artist gatherings we hosted in San Francisco over the last several years. Check the calendar tab (above) for details. 


Anna has placed a new commissioned painting at Micano Home & Garden on Virginia Street in MidTown, Reno. (It's the hand/eye painting at the top of the blue wall.)

In the next couple of months she’ll be announcing a location and schedule for classes and other public events.


We’re looking forward to participating in the vibrant art scene in Reno, which really seems to heat up as summer arrives. Thanks, Reno, for making us feel so welcome - we’re glad to be here!