Art Alfresco: A delicious day of painting

Staff report
Students enjoy a day of plein air painting in Floriston.
Courtesy photos |

FLORISTON, Calif. — Jerry Stinson, a Reno area artist for 40 years, hosted a day of art July 27, in his grotto-like back yard of Floriston. The historic town, perched under a rock rimmed- Sierra slope, provided a rich venue for 12 South Utah University students earning credit by participating in art experiences, such as Reno’s Art Town and the Nevada Musuem of Art.

Professor of fine art and former Reno native Ron Spears along with Stinson and his wife Karen Seelhoff, designed the “Art Alfresco” opportunity for students to participate in live art for the weekend.

Stinson, whose home was the out-of-doors art venue, is following in the footsteps of his father, a known commerical artist, cartoonist and illustrator.

The Floriston resident taught at the Nevada Museum of Art for nine years and is presently teaching life drawing, period costume drawing, portrait drawing and art high for students ages 13 to 17. His present joy is creating illustrations of bugs.

Currently, he is illustrating a children’s book called “The ABC Bugs.” His work is displayed at various venues in Reno and he was recently featured in the July edition of Reno Tahoe Tonight.

“His reverence of the human form betrays an almost nomastic discipline inspired by a love of beauty, love of craft, and the wonder of light and shadow. There is an overarching honesty and humility in his life studies, yet the depth and warmth that his pencil on paper achieves is rare, spiritual, unctuous,” wrote Oliver X in the magazine.

For more information contact Stinson at 775-224-4353.

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