I’m off again. To Reno, Nevada, again. Reno is up in the Sierras and is called the Biggest Little City in the world. I’ll say. This little city is made up mostly of casinos and not too much more, but the beauty of the Sierras is all around. Why do we go there fairly frequently? My husband is a Texas Hold ’em poker aficionado. I am not. A couple of years ago it entered my head to expand my vision beyond aimlessly wandering the streets, or sitting in the hotel room reading and watching movies (which isn’t all that bad, and they have some great restaurants), and oh, wow! I found the Nevada Museum of Art; right there in Reno, right down the street from where we most frequently stay. It never fails that when we go they have a fabulous exhibit of something that is wonderful (last time it was the photography of Frida Kahlo…can you believe that? In Reno?). This trip I will go see their current exhibit “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art” which is the first traveling exhibition of art objects from Doris Duke’s home in Hawaii. I am thrilled to have this opportunity.
The museum is first-rate, the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. Many rooms and several floors of art work and photography displays that change frequently. When I first found the museum I told my husband about it, which he shared at the poker table the next day; the feedback? “Really? There’s a museum here?”. The photo above is of the wire sculpture that is at the front door. On my last visit I went up to the museum’s roof top to discover art up there as well, besides a great view of Reno.
When traveling, it always pays to look around even when it seems there is nothing there.
I’ll be pulling myself off the grid in the morning until next weekend, when we return, to concentrate on photography, reading, watching movies, and going to the museum. I’ll use this week for some much needed rest after several difficult months, and to prepare for a move coming up for us soon into San Francisco’s East Bay. I’ll see you all back here for next week’s Sunday Traveler.