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ART VIEWS Features in February 2023

February 24, 2023


A Labor of Love

Valentine’s Day always helps to remind us of the importance of love within our lives; be it the romantic kind of love, love of family, love of friends, home, work, religion, nature, etc. For me, the love of art is also a central part of my life...

February 17, 2023


Choreography Elevated

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne does all original choreography for all of his productions. When the dancers step onto the stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, every movement they make – from the steps they take, to a tip of the head, or the extension of a hand – is scripted by Van Alstyne...

February 10, 2023


A Meeting with Mr. Stan

Stan Padilla is a multi-media heritage artist, educator, and cultural activist who is of California Yaqui and Chicano heritage. He lives in rural Colfax about 100 miles west of my own home in Reno, Nevada. His name surfaced in a few Placer County discussions and surveys...

February 3, 2023



A murmuration of starlings is a spectacular thing to behold. So many birds flying so close together with so much speed, coordination, synchronization, and agility is exhilarating. Friend, colleague, and distinguished conductor Donato Cabrera has said that an orchestra at its best is like a murmuration...

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