Healing Arts: Wild Women Artists Come to Reno


Calling all art lovers: There’s a show coming to town that you don’t want to miss! Each year, a group of artists called the Wild Women Artists band together to showcase diverse talents to benefit the community. These artists work in a variety of media, live and static, with the intention of featuring and selling their works to raise money for local causes.

Wild Women Artists Poster

“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force filled with good instincts, passionate creativity and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman.”

~ From Women Who Run With Wolves by author Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

On Oct. 23-25, 2015, the Wild Women Artists will have an exhibit in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds of the sale will go to Renown’s Healing Arts program and benefits breast cancer patients from the Institute of Cancer. This storefront is located at the Summit Mall, three doors to the right of Dillard’s.

So what can you expect to see? Here’s a spotlight of some of the artists:

Wild Women Artists Marti Bein


Rural Nevada paintings

Marti Bein has been painting since she could hold a brush and has taught the medium to artists from preschool to the post-graduate level for over 30 years. She is a Native Nevadan who is continuously inspired by the surroundings of rural Nevada and by the children who often explore the high desert with her.


Wild Women Artists Susan Glaser Church


Metalworker Susan Church is a native to northeastern Nevada. Susan finds inspiration in found objects, junkyards and the western landscape. Her work is often whimsical and takes shape in various series including food, neon, and domestic art. Susan’s larger architectural installations can be found in Elko at the Elko County Library and the Great Basin College and in San Francisco at the Ben Franklin Middle School.


Wild Women Artists Kathleen Durham (1)

Sculpture and Storytelling

Storyteller and artist Kathleen Durham has a tale to tell. She’ll take you back to your younger, more imaginative years as you meet her hand-made dolls sculpted out of polymer clay. Each miniature doll comes with a dynamic personality, like the family who put on a circus to raise money to afford pop-tarts. Join in on the magic of Kathleen’s storytelling and get to know each character as you are entranced in the Underwood Story Hour on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m.


Wild Women Artists Kristen Frantzen Orr



Glass Beads and Jewelry

Kristen Frantzen Orr creates glass beads that are at play with texture, contrast and harmony. Her work is informed by her surroundings, the colors she sees, and the flora and fauna that share the rural northeastern Nevada landscape. Kristen’s beads can be found as the foundation of finished jewelry pieces that are wearable art, and also as small collectible objects that stand alone.




Wild Women Artists Barbara Prodaniuk (1)



Sculpture and Pottery

Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk creates unique ceramic sculptures and pottery with mixed media elements. A Truckee, California Calif. resident since 1981, Barbara currently operates a pottery studio in her home. She draws inspiration from the events and experiences of daily life the as well as the beauty of the surrounding Tahoe and Great Basin areas.




Wild Women Artists Gretchen Ericson



Born and raised in Reno, Nev., Gretchen Ericson received a degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. Her art helps create a balance with the left and right sides of her brain. Gretchen’s views on rendering a basket or vessel are limitless. There is no end to her possibilities.




Wild Women Artists Michelle Lassaline

Mask-making and Performance

Michelle Lassaline is a transcendent artist in Reno, Nev. that takes art to new bounds. She was afforded one of two Artown 20th Anniversary Commissioned Performances this year. Michelle has exhibited work at the UNR Galleries, McKinley Arts and Culture Center, and the Holland Project Gallery, as well as performing at the Nevada Museum of Art and the Nevada State Legislature.

In Lassaline’s paintings, mask-making and performance work, the central theme can be described by the Portuguese word saudade. The word roughly translates to “homesickness,” but also carries the meaning of invented memories.


To see more Wild Women Artists and exhibit details, visit wildwomenartists.com.

We hope to see you at the exhibit!