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Special Events


Throughout the year, VSA arts of Nevada produces special events to raise awareness, raise funds, raise friends or raise the fun level!  If you have an idea for a special event, let’s talk.  Please support the following events.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at 775-826-6100, ext3# or

March 15, 2014 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Youth Art Month Family Festival and Exhibit at the Lake Mansion

Eight hands-on art creation stations for kids to make and take their art home, tours of the historic mansion built in 1877,  face painting, selection of antique linens and kitchen equipment for sale.  Patty Cafferata will be on hand to sign and sell her historic building books.  The Youth Art Month Festival is open-to-the-public and FREE.  No registration is required.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Activities run continuously during the four hour event.  Funded by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Rich in Art license plate funds and individuals like you!

Through April 30 Youth Art Month Exhibit at the Lake Mansion

Annually, VSA arts of Nevada talented teaching artists conduct close to 1,000 workshops in Washoe County and Carson City special education classrooms.  A sample of artwork created during these workshops is on exhibit at the mansion through April 30.  Please stop by 10 AM – 4 PM Monday – Friday and during special events to view.

VSAN workshops and the Youth Art Month Exhibit and Festival are made possible by: the E.L. Cord Foundation, the Leonette Foundation, the William F. McGowan Charitable Fund, NV Energy Foundation, the City of Reno arts and Culture Commission, Safeway Foundation, The Charles H. Stout Foundation, Target and the “Rich in Art” license plate funds.   In addition, this program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Reno’s Original (and best):

Paint & Sips, Paint Your Pet and TGIAF (Thank Goodness it’s Art Friday!)

Experience “Paint & Sips” at the Lake Mansion located at 250 Court St. and Arlington Ave., one block south of the Truckee River with free parking.

Make it a special event for your family and friends with our own Paint & Sips or Paint Your Pet! You bring the food, wine, beer or other beverages of your choice and VSA Nevada does the rest, providing a fun and talented teaching artist who will guide you step by step recreating the featured painting.  All art supplies (16”x20” canvas, acrylic paints, table easels, and brushes), an apron for the night, stemless wine glasses, a wine opener, ice, water, an area for food/drink and a wonderful welcoming space makes it easy, fun and stress free.  By the end of the event everyone will be amazed at their creations they get to take home.

You can also register for monthly Paint & Sips, Paint Your Pet and TGIAF with pre-selected famous artists’ work.  Come with a pal or come solo and meet new friends!  Check VSAN’s adult workshop page on this website.

$350 for up to 12 people.  If more than 12,  $10 additional per person up to 15 maximum.  Contact Eva Lerud at or 826-6100, ext.2.  Information: Click here for the rental agreement.