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Memorial for Valerie J. Serpa

Sunday, February 13, 12 - 4pm

Oats Park Art Center

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Valerie J. Serpa at the Oats Park Art Center on Sunday, February 13, from 12 - 4pm. Please email for more information.

We would also like to ask that if you have any photos or videos of Valerie that you would like to share for inclusion in her memorial – or favorite songs that you enjoyed with Valerie or that remind you of her – please email them to Karen Isbister at

In memoriam of Valerie J. Serpa

Leader, Visionary, Artist, Friend

February 13, 1954 – December 5, 2021

Valerie J. Serpa was the heart of the Churchill Arts Council and Oats Park Art Center. Founding the Council in 1986 with her late husband Kirk Robertson, Valerie served as the Council’s Executive Director from 1991-2021 while working tirelessly to create a permanent home for the Council in what would become the world-class Oats Park Art Center.

A native Nevadan born and raised in Fallon, Valerie created a world of meaningful relationships by bringing individuals from all walks of life together through the Arts. Famous for her brilliant smile, sharp wit, and incredible generosity, Valerie touched countless lives.

The Churchill Arts Council’s Board of Directors, volunteers, and members are dedicated to continuing Valerie’s mission of championing the Arts, while honoring her legacy and vision.

Photo courtesy of Lynn Campion.

National Endowment for the Arts City of Fallon Nevada Arts Council The Fallon Post Lahontan Valley News

John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation System Consultants Nevada Division of Tourism WESTAF Great Basin Brewing Co.

Thank You Sponsors & Partners

Churchill Arts Council programs and activities are sponsored, in part, by: the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Fallon; the Nevada Arts Council; the Fallon Post; Lahontan Valley News; the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust; the Fallon Convention & Tourism Authority; the Bretzlaff Foundation; the E. L. Cord Foundation; the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation; Churchill County; Systems Consultants; the Nevada Commission on Tourism; Speedway Market; Walmart Foundation; CC Communications; and Holiday Inn Express.

Additional support has also been provided by the Depot / Widmer & Mills, CPAs; Mackedon-Law, PC; Fallon Nugget / Bonanza Inn & Casino / Fernley Nugget; the Southwest Gas Foundation; 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 performance by the Dusty 45s is presented in cooperation with the Mayor, City Council and City of Fallon. Additional support for the performances and conversations by American Patchwork Quartet and Del Castillo Trio has been provided by TourWest, a program of the Western States Arts Federation. Underwriting support for the performances by John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, American Patchwork Quartet, and Le Vent du Nord has been provided by Speedway Market. The readings and outreach activities by authors David Anthony Durham and Mindy Nettifee are presented in cooperation with the Churchill Library Association.

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