About Us

Reno Arts News is a group of artists and creatives who love the Arts Community in Reno.

We will share our love and commitment to the community with our words, thoughts, and images.

Dana Nollsch – Founder

Paul G. White – Contributor

Paul G. White is a life-long photojournalist and former copy editor at the Reno Gazette-Journal. He has pursued his passion for journalism since 1971 as a Combat Correspondent in the United States Marine Corps and has a degree in mass communications from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead. He has worked with Hot August Nights, the Reno Air Races, Reno Magazine, Sparks Tribune and his photos and articles have appeared in publications all over the United States. He is married to Tammy Hansen White, a math teacher at North Valleys High School and a bodybuilder and nutritionist. They have lived in Reno since 1997.

Norm Robins – Contributor

Norm spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force in photo intelligence. He took his G.I. Bill and got a B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  He spent 7 years as an engineer with the Far East affiliate of what is now Exxon-Mobile living in New York City, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Danang, Saigon, and Bangkok.  He then got his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.  He remained in the S.F. Bay area becoming an entrepreneur.  He started an employee benefits and health insurance agency that he still runs.  He also started a property and casualty insurance agency that he sold and a human resources outsourcing agency that he sold later just before moving to Reno in 2004.  He lives in Reno with Lynn, his wife of 40 years. She was his fellow entrepreneur running these businesses with him.  Norm and Lynn love the performing arts, opera, ballet, and theater.  Norm loves writing and the English language.

Randy Pelish -Contributor

Randy Pelish, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of Illinois State University and the University of California, Davis, where he received his MFA (master of fine arts) degree majoring in theater arts.  He credits his late father for his passion for the cinema.

Randy worked as an actor with James Whitmore, Rex Harrison, James Woods and other stars of note in Hollywood.  He had a recurring role as Carla’s brother Sal on the TV program Cheers.

His movie reviews tend to be brief, incisive, and informative with a flair for current critique and historical perspective.  Randy reviews many movies but writes about only those ones he personally enjoys.

Rachel Douglass – Contributor

Rachel Douglass is a Reno native. She was a contributing columnist to Reno Tahoe Tonight from 2015 to 2016. She received a BA in Theater from the University of Nevada in 2004 and recently played the lead role as Roxanne at the Restless Artist Theater in Artificial Jungle. She currently owns and operates Union Studio, a private/boutique studio for personal training that offers a range of exercise experiences. Modalities range from Functional Fitness, TRX, Pilates, to Personalized Yoga Work-outs. You can also catch her teaching group Pilates or Kids Yoga at Acro Enso. 

Jesse James Ziegler – Contributor

Jesse James Ziegler earned a degree in Philosophy (with a concentration in Ethics and Society) from Cal Poly SLO as well as a double minor in Spanish and Speech Communication. He was admitted to the Master’s Program in English, but decided that he wanted to create a great adventure of his own rather than only reading about the ones that others had done. After leaving the University he began traveling extensively on the international level and working all over these United States. He has been an active member of Spoken Views Collective (Western Nevada’s longest standing Spoken Word/Slam/Poetry Open Mic Organization) since shortly after relocating from the D.C. area in the fall of 2014. He currently serves on the Board, and is the host of their special event series ‘Poets of the Caribbean’. He is actively involved with growing the poetry community at various local venues including the Bruka Theatre, Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co., Merry War Theatre Group, the Holland Project, Sierra Arts, West Street Market, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. He runs all of the social media for ‘Poets of the Caribbean’ and ‘Sideways Eight Projects’ (his personal blog) and is extremely excited to be a regular contributor to Reno Arts News. Poetry will always be his first love as he believes in its ongoing ability to be a medium for personal growth as well as social commentary, awareness, and relevance.

Gary Weinheimer – Contributor

Gary has traveled around the world and has a very adventurous palette. He will try anything he can get past his nose. Any time he travels abroad Gary makes it a point to sample the native cuisine and enjoys bringing that same sense of adventure to his daily dining.

Gary loves trying new places to eat and is happiest when he discovers new flavors he has never tasted before.

Michelle Shearer – Co-Conspirator

Michelle Shearer has spent the last decade in Reno,NV. Her love for all forms of arts & culture has led her to meet Dana Nollsch & experience together theatre, art museums, & any events related to the various arts arena.
Her passion runs deep for others art forms as well as her own. Through others art she is finding her own muse.

Jann Selleck – Contributor

She is a founding member of Reno Open Studios.

Jann is an Artist who works in mixed media, sculpture, and Papermaking.

Jann also owns Pathways Spirit.

Tom Bengston – Consultant

Artisan and owner of Leather Tsuba