Visual Arts is proud to provide this Artists Section to showcase many of Reno's fine artists. These artists are among more than 750 local and regional artists in the Sierra Arts Artist Registry. The Registry is available to corporations, schools, churches and other arts organizations to seek an artists(s) for a specific program and to assist the individual artists professionally. The registry also informs artists of local opportunities to exhibit and to receive funding. For more information contact Sierra Arts at 329-ARTS.

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Crumbaker, Evelyn
Evelyn loves to paint bold, colorful, fun brush strokes with oils. Evelyn Ventrcek/Crumbaker was born in south Texas. She interned at Leo Burnett Advertising in Tasmania, Australia, during a Rotary Exchange Program. She earned a BFA in commercial art from Southwest Texas State University, studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York while working at Macy¹s and spent 6 years with a sign company. Currently Evelyn is president and Senior designer for Ventrcek Advertising & Design, Inc. Previous President of the Sierra Nevada Craftsmen Assoc., Evelyn has Served on the Reno Advertising Club's Board of Directors and serves on the Reno Chamber Orchestra's Board of Directors. Contact:, 775-825-0798

DeManczuk, Philip Philip DeManczuk is an internationally published, award winning wildlife photographer based in Reno. His work has been published in many prestigious magazines around the world and featured in galleries and exhibits throughout North America. He numbers among his advertising clients, Eastman Kodak, Alaska Airlines and the US Department of Energy. He is currently represented by in London, the Stock Photo Desk Book in New York, the Stock Solution in Salt Lake City and listed with the Global Photographers Search on the National Geographic web site which features stock samples of his work. Please contact him through his web site,, or 775-329-7110 or Image will open in a new window Image will open in a new window Image will open in a new window

DiBitonto, Isabella
Swiss-born Isabella DiBitonto started painting in elementary school after being inspired by a Monet Exhibit. She studied art at the university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she joined the University Women's Painters group and won several awards for her work. "I like to represent in my painting that I like to live in harmony with family, friends, relatives, church, people from the community, animals and all the generations. I like to be connected with other artists and be productive.

DiMaria, Salvatore In 1980, I was living in Arnold, California. It snowed quite a lot there, and I would look for wood for the fireplace. One day, I was chopping wood and found an interesting piece. While looking at it, I could see different types of figures. After cutting and filing on it, I came up with a fish in abstract form. I created all types of animals from other pieces of wood, while keeping as close as possible to being nature made. I now work with all types of wood, carving in abstract form while keeping mother nature in mind.

Dory, David David Dory"The basic element of every culture is ART"
David Dory is an dreamscape surrealist painter. He believes that,"Being an artist is not so much an occupation or a way to earn a living, but is his destiny." Painting and drawing are reflections of some of Dory's earliest memories and he continues to strive to have them be amongst his last. In recalling his childhood, Dory summons memories of magical adventures that were fueled by youthful innocence that shaped his world. These childhood times, when a week seemed to last a year and reality was a fanciful fantasy, are the sources of his creative vision. His artistic quest is to paint and give visual expression to these delicate, yet powerful emotional impressions. In doing so, he brings all of us back to those precious days when imagination was more important than knowledge and summer really did last forever.

Giles, Jeanne A native Nevadan, Giles has been interested in art since the age of two. She spent many hours sketching "Casper the Ghost" at her father's drafting table. The father daughter pair spent many early morning hours drawing and drafting together. Giles participated in many art classes during the time that she attended Sierra College in Rocklin, California. While at Sierra College, Giles received several awards for her work and has also created commission pieces in many media. Giles currently lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband Geoff, her daughter Shelly (15), and son Chris (7). She studies watercolors with Joyce Rossi, a local artist who has helped her to find the "soul" of her art. Jeanne Giles has set a goal to open eyes and make the magic of art accessible to everyone, young and old, all it takes is the wish to see more than what it there.

Horton, Jan
Jan was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Reno in 1990. She has been involved in many art forms for many years, with photography being the most recent and her most passionate. She has been taking black and white photography classes at Truckee Meadows Community College for the past 3 years. Her list of credits include Encore Newspaper, Nevadakins (photography for the catalog and poster) TMCC student Photography Show, Not Too Shabby,, River Gallery and Very Special Arts of Nevada.

Marion, Earl
Earl was born in San Francisco, CA and served in the USMC during WWII. After retirement he resumed his interest in photography. His ability to pick up the delicate structure of flowers through the eye of his camera is apparent in the photographs he creates.
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Newman, Ken
Wildlife Sculptures
Years of outdoor experience serves as the inspiration for California wildlife sculptor Ken Newman where he developed an awareness of nature and a passion for wood. The towering majesty of the High Sierras now influences much of his work. Each of his sculptures captures the essence of its subject and makes a statement about wildlife in its environment. Commissions accepted.

Peltier, Michelle
Growing up on the slopes of Tahoe ski resorts instilled a love of outdoors in artist Michelle Legras Peltier, which has merged with her love to paint. Michelle uses watercolor, acrylic and found objects to create her pieces. The Carson City resident earned two bachelor degrees in art: one from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco in advertising and graphics, and another degree in Fine Art, painting, from the University of California, Davis. Michelle's work has appeared in many exhibitions including the Nevada Museum of Art, "Visual Faculties, Part III", Comstock Art Association, Virginia City, and Community College of Southern Nevada Art Gallery.



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