Celebrating Twenty-Eight Years

The Churchill Arts Council is a private, non-profit arts organization bringing high quality arts events to Fallon, Churchill County and northern Nevada. For almost three decades, we’ve enriched the cultural and social life of our region by offering educational and experiential opportunities in the arts on many levels—performances, art exhibitions, films, literary readings and conversations with artists in all disciplines. We are committed to excellence in multi-disciplinary programming as you’ll see by this overview of our 2013 – 2014 offerings.

PO Box 2204, Fallon, NV 89407
[V] 775.423.1440    [F] 775.423.0779
charts@phonewave.net

Visitor Information

This section provides directions to the Oats Park Art Center, Fallon, as well as information on lodging and other local amenities.

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Directions

Elko and points east: Take 1-80 West to Lovelock, continuing approximately 20 miles further west and taking the US 95 South exit to Fallon/Las Vegas. After about 30 miles you will enter Fallon and come to a signal at Maine and US 50 (Williams Avenue). Turn left on US 50, go four blocks to West Park Street, turn right, go one block, turn left. The Center is the large red-brick building at the end of the parking lot.

Reno and points west: Take I-80 East approximately 34 miles to Fernley, taking the second Fernley exit and following the signs to US 50/Fallon, which is about 25 miles. Once in Fallon, stay on US 50 until you come to the signal at Maine Street (the old Courthouse will be on your left). Continue four blocks further east and turn right on West Park Street, go one block and turn left. The Center is the large red-brick building at the end of the parking lot.


Lodging

We recommend the Holiday Inn Express, 55 Commercial Way; 775.428.2588. For information on other available lodging please contact the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at 775.423.2544 or info@fallonchamber.com


Dining

There are several dining options in Fallon including:

Angelica's Steakhouse @ Stockman's Casino, 775.423.2177
Jack's Place, Cheeseburgers, 775.423.7219
La Fiesta, Mexican, 775.423.1605
The Overland Hotel, Basque Dining, 775.423.2719
The Slanted Porch, American Cuisine, 775.423.4489

For information on other dining choices, please contact the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at 775.423.2544 or info@fallonchamber.com


Business Hours

The Center's hours vary with the type of presentation. If you are traveling long distances, please call 775.423.1440 or email charts@phonewave.net to confirm the Center's opening hours for that event.

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About Churchill Arts

Welcome to Churchill Arts Online. This section provides general information on who we are and our programs and activities.

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About Us

Churchill Arts Council, formed in 1986, is a private 501(c)3, non-profit arts organization bringing high quality arts events to Fallon, Churchill County and northern Nevada. For more than two decades, we've enriched the cultural and social life of our region by offering educational and experiential opportunities in the arts on many levels - performances, exhibitions, films, literary readings and conversations with artists in all disciplines. Membership in CAC is open to all individuals and businesses on an annual basis. For more information on membership, click here »


Programs/Activities

We present an annual season of performing arts events, literary readings and visual arts exhibitions. In addition, we also sponsor Artists-in-Residence programs in Churchill County Schools, offer scholarships to pursue studies in the arts, mini-grants to local groups and individuals to undertake projects that would not otherwise be possible and publish a monthly newsletter/arts calendar, ChArts.


13/14 Underwriters

CAC programs and activities are sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the City of Fallon; the Nevada Arts Council; CLM Design, Advertising & Interactive Media; the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; the Bretzlaff Foundation; the E.L. Cord Foundation; the Fallon Convention & Tourism Authority; the Nevada Commission on Tourism; Systems Consultants; U.S. Bancorp Foundation; NV Energy; Nevada Humanities; CC Communications; and Holiday Inn Express.

Additional support has also been provided by Jack & Gail McAllister; Churchill County; The Depot/Widmer & Mills, CPAs; Mackedon- Erquiaga, PC; Fallon Nugget/Bonanza Inn & Casino/Fernley Nugget; Kennametal, Inc.; and the Cousie C. Nelson Endowment. The Churchill Arts Council proudly pours Great Basin Brewing Company’s Icky IPA and Outlaw Oatmeal Stout at all its events.

The free performances by Maria Muldaur with the Campbell Brothers and Los Texmaniacs are presented in cooperation with the Mayor, City Council and City of Fallon. Additional support for the performances and conversations by Maria Muldaur & the Campbell Brothers, the Portland Cello Project and Cristina Pato & the Migrations Band has been provided by TourWest, a program of the Western States Arts Federation. The performance by Hot Buttered Rum is part of the IMTour Program of WESTAF.

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Support Churchill Arts Council

Your support, through memberships, helps to insure that we will continue to bring the finest arts programming to Fallon, Churchill County and northern Nevada. Please take a minute to join and/or renew today!

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Member Benefits

Membership is open to all individuals, businesses and organizations on an annual basis. Benefits include Season Tickets and “Five-Packs” at a discount; purchase of Box Seats; reduced price performing arts and film tickets (CAC member price $17, non-members, $20); priority seating requests; subscription to our newsletter, ChArts; invitations to visual art openings, Art Bars, artists’ readings, lectures and special events; and e-mail reminders about upcoming activities. Please let us know whether you prefer to receive information via U.S. mail or electronically. Memberships of $50 or more are acknowledged in ChArts; memberships of $100 or more also receive a 10% discount in the ChArts Store.


Acknowledgements

CAC programs and activities are sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the City of Fallon; the Nevada Arts Council; CLM Design, Advertising & Interactive Media; the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; the Bretzlaff Foundation; the E.L. Cord Foundation; the Fallon Convention & Tourism Authority; the Nevada Commission on Tourism; Systems Consultants; U.S. Bancorp Foundation; NV Energy; Nevada Humanities; CC Communications; and Holiday Inn Express.

Additional support has also been provided by Jack & Gail McAllister; Churchill County; The Depot/Widmer & Mills, CPAs; Mackedon- Erquiaga, PC; Fallon Nugget/Bonanza Inn & Casino/Fernley Nugget; Kennametal, Inc.; and the Cousie C. Nelson Endowment. The Churchill Arts Council proudly pours Great Basin Brewing Company’s Icky IPA and Outlaw Oatmeal Stout at all its events.

The free performances by Maria Muldaur with the Campbell Brothers and Los Texmaniacs are presented in cooperation with the Mayor, City Council and City of Fallon. Additional support for the performances and conversations by Maria Muldaur & the Campbell Brothers, the Portland Cello Project and Cristina Pato & the Migrations Band has been provided by TourWest, a program of the Western States Arts Federation. The performance by Hot Buttered Rum is part of the IMTour Program of WESTAF.

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Facility

The school was designed in 1914 by Frederic J. DeLongchamps, Nevada's pre-eminent architect of the period. His designs - more than 550 structures between 1907 and 1964 - are credited with molding the architectural character of Nevada. It was utilized as a school for almost seven decades before being closed in the early 1980s.

CAC placed the building on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1990 and a feasibility/concept study was completed in 1992. Construction and renovation for adaptive re-use began in 1995 and work on the facility has been implemented in a series of dovetailing phases.

The theatre and allied support spaces were completed and opened on Valentine's Day, 2003. The north wing visual art galleries, south wing installation and board room, and the ChArts Store were completed and opened in 2006. We are currently fundraising to complete the last major phase of the project, the lower level spaces, which will house visual arts preparation, a group dressing room and other support and administrative areas.

To date over $5 million has been raised and expended to the renovation and adaptive re-use. Funding has come from a wide range of public and private sources including the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs, the E. L. Wiengand Foundation, Bill & Harriet Barkley, the E.L. Cord Foundation, the John Ben Show Memorial Trust, the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation and many, many others.

If you are interested in making a contribution to the renovation efforts, please contact CAC for information on donor recognition opportunities. When completed, the Center will be a regionally significant, multi-discipline arts facility, aiding in the economic development of the region and serving as a nationally recognized demonstration project for the adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

Barkley Theatre

The proscenium theatre has been hailed as the finest small performing space in Nevada. Tiered seating on the main floor accommodates 304 patrons, with upper and lower level boxes seating an additional forty-six. There is a fully equipped dressing room at the rear of the stage. The facility is capable of presenting a wide variety of performing arts offerings including music, dance and theatre. Digital projection equipment permits multi-media presentations as well as the screening of classic and foreign films.


Visual Arts Galleries

The primary visual art exhibition spaces are the E. L. Wiengand Gallery - which occupies the entire north wing of the building - and the adjoining Classroom Gallery. The configuration of the gallery spaces permits using both spaces for a large thematic exhibition or two smaller exhibitions at the same time.

The South Wing houses both a permanent installation gallery - which displays Crank, an interactive piece by sculptor Patrick Zentz - and the Center's E. L. Wiengrand Board Room.


Permanent Collection

CAC's permanent collection - a selective assemblage of works by regionally significant artists - is on view in the lobby and corridors of the facility. Artists in the collection include Terry Allen, Marry Ann Bonjorni, Jack Fulton, Tom Gilbertson, Christine Pinney Karkow, John Mason, Walter McNamara, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Fred Reid, Victoria Z. Rivers, Theodore Waddell, DR Wagner, and many others.


ChArts Store

The Center's store was opened in 2006 and contains an eclectic selection of photographs, prints, books, ceramics, jewelry and other artful items from local and regional artists and artisans. ChArts Store is open for all CAC events or by appointment.


Art Bar

The Art Bar is the Center's lounge and reception area and is utilized at all CAC events as well as for monthly open-to-the-community social open houses.


Rental Policies

The Oats Park Art center is available for rental use, subject to both availability and appropriateness of the proposed event. If you, or your organization is interested in renting the facility, please contact CAC for additional information.

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Event Tickets

All seats are reserved. Please email charts@phonewave.net or call 775.423.1440 to order tickets for individual performances. Tickets are $17 for CAC members; $20 for non-members. Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted. In general, the Center’s Box Office, Art Bar and Galleries open at 7:00 p.m. and performances start at 8:00 p.m. Literary readings are from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; visual artists talks and receptions are held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Information on performances is current as of press time. However, performances and other dates may be subject to change. If you are traveling long distances, please contact CAC to confirm dates and times. Additional performances and events may be added throughout the season as funding and scheduling permits. If you would like to be apprised of these, please email us.

Season tickets for ALL performing arts events and the Fall and Spring Film Series are available to CAC members for $125; $150 for non-members. These guarantee you a seat at diverse performances, many of which will sell out. A 10% saving over individual ticket purchases.

“5-Packs” (tickets to five performing arts events—OR—four performing arts events and either the Fall or Spring Film Series) are available to members for $80; $105 for non-members. A 6% saving over individual ticket purchases.

Youth student tickets (with valid student ID) are available for $10.

The Barkley Theatre has a limited number of upper and lower level box seats available for purchase on an annual basis. For information, please contact CAC.

Seating Chart - Barkley Theatre Seating

Seating capacity on the main floor is 305 and all seats are reserved. If you’d like to request a specific seat please refer to the seating chart above. We’ll do our best to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee the availability of specific seats at any given performance. Please call 775.423.1440 or email charts@phonewave.net for all seating orders.

Seats will be assigned on a “first-requested, first-assigned” basis. Seating for patrons with special needs is available on both upper and lower levels of the house—please call in advance of the performance for more information. Assistive listening devices are also available upon request.

A limited number of box seats—six on the upper mezzanine level and four on the lower main level—can accommodate four to six persons. They may be purchased on an annual basis, and may be available for individual performances.

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Business Hours

Gallery: Open for events or by appointment. Call 775.423.1440 to schedule. The primary exhibition areas at the Center are the E. L. Wiengand and Classroom Galleries. The configuration of the spaces permits using both for large survey exhibitions or the installation of two thematically related shows at the same time.

Art Bar: Open for events or by appointment. Call 775.423.1440 to schedule. The Art Bar is utilized as the lounge and reception area for all CAC programs and activities. In addition, it is the home of a series of monthly cross-generational social mixers for the community.

Barkley Theatre: Open for events or by appointment. Call 775.423.1440 to schedule. The Barkley Theatre is a 350-seat proscenium performing arts space. The stage size, depth and wing spaces make it appropriate for a wide range of presentations including music, dance and theatre. The digital projection system and screens can be utilized for a variety of media.

Gallery: Open for events or by appointment. Call 775.423.1440 to schedule. The ChArts Store offers an eclectic array of selected artworks, prints, books, broadsides, crafts and other items by local and regional artists.

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Contact Us

Valerie J. Serpa, Executive Director
Kirk Robertson, Program Director

To contact us by email us at charts@phonewave.net

775.423.1440 Voice  |   775.423.0779 Fax
Address: P.O. Box 2204, Fallon, Nevada 89407

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