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Downtown Murals Help Change the Look of Virginia Street

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1st Place: Rex Norman, Strong Man mural 1st Place: Rex Norman, Strong Man mural
2nd Place: Rafael Lopez, Jump 2nd Place: Rafael Lopez, Jump
3rd Place: Joe C. Rock, Biggest Little City Tribute 3rd Place: Joe C. Rock, Biggest Little City Tribute
From blank walls into works of art. That is the idea behind a new Artown event that transforms the eastern walls of the Circus Circus into murals. 

“There is a lot of property pride, and a lot of community pride,” said Debbi Engebritson, Director of Marketing for the downtown Reno casino. “It’s just great to see.”

Sunday afternoon, the walls were just that: walls. But Monday, those walls transformed into seven different murals. Those works range from abstract to realistic, to geometric.

The artists only had 24 hours to complete the work. However, some feel they are doing more than just painting murals; they are changing the face of the downtown corridor.

“I think it is just going to help keep away graffiti,” said Hayden Lyle, and artist. “We are slowly starting to transform it into a more cultural, art appreciative area.”

First place went to Rex Norman, AKA “Killbuck” with his mural of the Strong Man. Second place went to Rafael Lopez called “Jump.” Third place went to Joe C. Rock with his tribute to the Biggest Little City.

Norman received $2,000, Lopez got $1,000 and Rock won $500.

The winners were selected by the judges; David Walter, CEO of the Nevada Museum of Art; Eric Brooks, Galleries at Work Administrator Sierra Arts Foundation and curator for Art Spot Reno; Maria Partridge, Artist Advocate at Burning Man; Dave Aiazzi, Chairman of Artown; and Paul Baker Prindle, Director of University Galleries at the University of Nevada, Reno

The Circus Circus says the murals will be covered next July when a new set of artists will once again have 24 hours to change the look of the area.
All the selected artists who competed were Rafael Lopez, Pan Pantoja, Alex Fleiner, Heather Jones, Joe C. Rock, Rex Norman, Mike Lucido and we two alternates were chosen, Nate Clark and Dave Cherry.

(The Circus Circus also contributed to this report.)
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