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PBS Reno Set to Launch Art Views Exclusively Online

Weekly Online Arts Column Debuts April 1, 2022

RENO, NV (Mar. 25, 2022) — In continuing its mission to shine a light on arts and culture in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, PBS Reno will launch Art Views – an online weekly column featuring the perspectives of four local artists and arts-minded people who represent a rich variety of backgrounds in cultural arts and expression in the region.

Beginning April 1, 2022, a new column will be posted weekly on PBS Reno’s website by one of the four talented professionals: Rosine Bena, Scott Faulkner, Steve Trounday, and Chuck Reider.

Rosine Bena is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sierra Nevada Ballet, and has taught ballet and related arts for more than 50 years. She spent 28 years as a professional ballerina, receiving critical acclaim as a Prima Ballerina for dancing numerous principal roles, and has performed as a guest artist with several U.S. companies.

"I was born into the arts, grew up in the arts and have devoted my life to them,” said Bena. ““I feel that art greatly contributes to the quality of our lives by feeding our souls and enriching our spirits, and it is uplifting to be part of the Reno community that appreciates the arts and supports them. It’s an honor to be invited to be part of the wonderful PBS Reno team dedicated to producing quality arts, news, and educational content for our community.”

Scott Faulkner is the principal double bassist of the Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra. From 2001 to 2015, he was Executive Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Faulkner is also the director of the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar, and was recently named director of its League Alumni Network. He regularly consults with orchestras and arts groups, and mentors young administrators, across the country.

“I am delighted to be working with PBS Reno and my other fellow contributors to help illuminate the rich arts life we have here in the Truckee Meadows,” said Faulkner. “I see great potential for creative and meaningful work to be done on this platform. PBS Reno’s commitment to educating and enriching our community is inspiring, and I'm honored to be a part of it.”

Chuck Reider is a founding member of the Reno Jazz Orchestra and has been a professional trombonist for more than 46 years. He started his career in San Francisco where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in music from San Francisco State University. He moved to the Reno-Tahoe area in 1978 and performed with the Reno Philharmonic for more than 30 years, retiring in 2018. 

“I am thrilled to share with the community at large the vibrant jazz scene here in northern Nevada,” said Reider. “Having been a part of that scene since 1979 I have witnessed its growth and the contributions of the next generation of jazz musicians. Jazz is an American original art form and my goal, through this project, is to encourage everyone to come out and experience jazz.”

Steve Trounday is a published author of three mystery/thriller books: The Biggest Game of Chance,Taking a Chance on the Lucky One, and It Just Happened by Chance. Active in community events, Steve is the media, marketing and business advisor for A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, and is the chairman of the advisory board for the Center for Basque Studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

“My arts columns communicate information about A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, and their full season of classical and contemporary performances,” said Trounday. “Each of their classical ballets are performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and I try to covey how the two arts organizations work together to create magic on the stage. I also try to educate the general public on the art of ballet and cultivate appreciation for the dancers’ talent.”

Readers can expect one article monthly from each columnist. A new article will be published each Friday, giving readers an opportunity to be in the know with regard to upcoming events, productions, and more pertaining to arts and culture.

“We are pleased to be a conduit that opens the doors to the arts voice in the community beyond just the television screen,” said Megan Myers, PBS Reno Vice President of Content and Marketing. “PBS Reno is thrilled about this partnership and how it will strengthen and further shine a light on the importance of the arts and culture that is so special to this region.”

About PBS Reno

As of February 2022, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 113,000 people in approximately 62,000 households in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create 5.2 and PBS KIDS Reno 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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